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Attending to festivals in Spain is definitely one of best ways to experience the Spanish culture and traditions. And definitely a a chance to celebrate in real style. The Spanish fiestas are worthy of their colourful nights with fireworks, carnival dancers in great costumes, bull running, eating, drinking, dancing and more…
From the world’s biggest food fight to spectacular music events, you can find and participate variety of festivals in Spain during the year, in all seasons.
Spanish Fiestas for you…
Castellers – Catalonia, annual on the 11th of September
Els Castellers is the Catalonia’s national fiesta, La Diada that is held on the 11th of September. The festivities consist of the community’s own symbolic activities that include; the castellers that are the human towers built in defiance of the law of gravity and the sardana, the traditional Catalan dance.
Feria de Abril – Seville, annual 2 weeks after Easter Holy Week – March-April
Feria de Abril, which means April Fair is the colorful and outstanding annual festival of Seville. At midday, the fairgrounds are taken over by horses and their riders, along with horse-drawn carriages for the traditional parade. During the evening, large tents are filled with music and dancing. Feria de Abril begins two weeks after the Semana Santa or Easter Holy Week at the midnight on Monday and runs for six days and ends on the following Sunday.
San Isidro – Madrid, annual on the 15th of May
San Isidro is the feast day of the patron saint of Madrid that is held on the 15th of May. Travellers may enjoy the spectacular outdoor dances and acts during the festival.
Las Fallas – Valencia, annual between 15-19th of March
Las Fallas festival is a lively and world wide famous festival that is held annually between 15-19 March in Valencia. The Las Fallas, which means “the fires”, is a bit like bonfire night, but a lot more chaotic, and the atmosphere is just brilliant.
The main festivities of Las Fallas are the ninots; massive cardboard, wood and plaster statues located all over the city which portray a satirical version of current events whether it be about politicians, celebrities, or the both combined.
A celebration of patron saint San José, Las Fallas is an excuse for the city to really let loose. And there’s a proper party atmosphere going on, with events all over the city. The huge Fallas structures crafted from wood and paper, and paraded around the streets just the week before the festival begins, and before being set alight on the final night.
San Fermin – Pamplona, Navarra, annual between 6-14th of July
San Fermin festival is a fantastic festival that is held in Pamplona, Navarra, annually between 6-14 July. The running of the bulls is the most popular event of the festival. During the festival there are also many traditional and folkloric events take place.
Danza de los Zancos – Anguiano, La Rioja, annual on the 22nd of July and on September
Danza de los Zancos (Stilt Dancers Festival) is the most popular event and folkloric traditional celebration of the La Rioja region of Spain. The festival takes place in the town of Anguiano and in honor of Mary Magdalene, the town saint. The festival takes place several times a year. During the Magdalene festival on July 22 and in September.
La Tomatina Festivali – Valencia, annual, last Wednesday of August
Tomatina Festival is a lively festival that the celebrations include street battles where people throw tomatoes at one to another. The festival is held annually on the last Wedneday of August in Bunol, near Valencia.
Being the messiest Spanish festival, up to 300,000 people gather in the Valencian town of Bunol for this tomato-throwing extravaganza. It all started in 1945 as a protest against Franco’s regime.
You’ll enjoy the running battles in the streets and people threw whatever they could get their hands on. They take to the streets to get involved in this huge tomato-throwing fight. During the festival, over 100 metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are tossed around, which make this the world’s biggest food fight.
Sant Joan (St. John’s Day) – Ciutadella, Menorca, Balearic Islands, annual on the 23rd and 24th of June
The Sant Joan Fiesta (St. John’s Day) is the Menorcan fiesta par excellence that is held in Ciutadella, on the 23rd and 24th of June. The celebrations the most colourful and eye-catching of all those held in Spain.
Carnival – Canary Islands, annual on February
Spain hosts some of the biggest Carnival festivals in Europe, and the best-known events taking place in Tenerife, Cadiz, and Sitges. Carnivals are also one of the best known features of the Canary Islands.
During the carnival period, open-air parties take over the streets throughout Spain. Each town celebrates Carnival in its own way, but you can expect drinking and dancing galore, as well as colourful costumes and masks.
Gran Canaria Carnival and its festivities are held during February and take place in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and in the Santa Catalina Park area.
Tenerife Carnival goes for 27 days take place during February and the main celebrations take place in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Fuerteventura Carnival is held during February and the main celebrations take place in Puerto del Rosario, Corralejo and Morro Jable.
Semana Santa (Holy Week) – Andalucia, annual March-April
Semana Santa, also known as Holy Week is one of the most significant and popular festivals in Andalucia. The popular festivities are the religious celebrations in Seville with the pasos (floats) bearing the most revered images of Jesús El Gran Poder, Triana and La Macarena. And in Malaga, these pasos are even larger. In other province capitals of Andalucia, there are processions in the early morning hours of Good Friday.