For the Spaniards, the holiday season does not end with New Year's Eve. For them, there is one more important holiday, namely January 6. On this day the Spanish children receive gifts, and not on Christmas Eve. The Three Kings tradition is quite similar to Christmas, with the difference that it is not about the birth of Jesus, but about the Royal visitors, he receives one week later. According to the biblical story, three kings from the far east came and brought gifts for the little newborn King. Picture by Pixabay This event is now honored and the 3 wise kings were elevated to saints in Spain, Melchior, Balthazar, and Gaspar gradually got the name Tres Reyes Magos. Children can pass on their wishes via magical or royal mailboxes that are placed in town squares and in shopping centers, this is also comparable to the letter that children in the rest of the world can deliver to Santa Claus. On January 5, there is the solemn entry of the 3 kings. This impressive procession also takes
A few kilometers just outside Benidorm you can find the authentic village of Villajoyosa, also known as the chocolate village. In the 18th century, they started with the import of the cocoa plant from Ecuador and Venezuela. The Valor chocolate brand is now very famous and available worldwide. Valor has been making chocolate since 1881. The chocolate factory has its own museum. The Museo del Chocolate is open every day except on Sundays. In the museum, you can learn everything there is to know about chocolate, the production process, and the long history of the chocolate factory. A tour lasts about an hour. Picture courtesy of Valor Would you rather not leave Benidorm to enjoy the Valor chocolate? No problem, Valor also has a chocolate shop and bar in Benidorm. The specialty here is the churros with hot chocolate. This is something typical of Villajoyosa and the whole of Costa Blanca.