In Spain

Spain, a land of vibrant culture, boasts a rich tapestry of festivals throughout the year. From the religious solemnity of Semana Santa (Holy Week) to the electrifying energy of La Tomatina (tomato fight), these celebrations offer a unique glimpse into the soul of Spain. Immerse yourself in the rhythm of flamenco music, witness age-old traditions, and savour delicious local cuisine as you experience the infectious energy of these unforgettable festivals. Here’s our curated list of the top 10 festivals in Spain that will leave you with lasting memories:

  1. La Tomatina (Buñol, Valencia – Last Wednesday of August): Unleash your inner food fighter at La Tomatina, the world’s largest tomato fight. Held in the small town of Buñol near Valencia, this messy yet exhilarating festival sees participants pelt each other with over 120 tons of tomatoes in a joyous battle. Embrace the playful chaos, don your old clothes, and join the throngs of revellers in this one-of-a-kind experience.

  2. Fallas (Valencia – March 15th-19th): Witness the artistic spectacle of Las Fallas, a festival held in Valencia. Over weeks leading up to March 19th, the city transforms into an open-air art gallery, showcasing massive and intricate sculptures, or “ninots,” made of wood, cardboard, and papier-mâché. The festival culminates in a spectacular “cremà” (burning) ceremony, where the fallas are set ablaze in a fiery display of light and colour.

  3. Semana Santa (Holy Week – Movable Holiday): Experience the profound religious traditions of Spain during Semana Santa. Processions wind through the streets of cities and towns across the country, featuring elaborately dressed participants carrying religious statues. Witness the sombre atmosphere of Holy Week processions, culminating in the joyous celebrations of Easter Sunday.

  4. Feria de Abril (Seville – Two weeks after Easter): Dress up in your finest flamenco attire and experience the vibrant Feria de Abril in Seville. This week-long celebration features elaborate casetas (marquees) adorned with colourful lights, flamenco dancing, and an abundance of sherry and tapas. Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere, soak up the music, and enjoy the contagious energy of this iconic festival.



  5. Running of the Bulls (Pamplona – July 6th-14th): For the thrill-seekers, the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona offers a unique adrenaline rush. Every morning for eight days, hundreds of daring runners attempt to outrun a herd of bulls through the narrow streets of the old town. This exhilarating, albeit dangerous, tradition attracts participants from around the world and is a central part of the San Fermín festival.

  6. Los Caballos del Vino (El Raéal de Muro, Murcia – Mid-May): Witness a unique equestrian spectacle at Los Caballos del Vino (The Horses of Wine) festival in El Raéal de Muro, Murcia. Riders on horseback adorned with colourful ribbons race up a steep hill, aiming to reach the top and claim a flag filled with wine. This thrilling festival is a testament to horsemanship and local tradition.

  7. Fiesta de los Patios (Córdoba – First two weeks of May): Escape the summer heat and explore the enchanting courtyards of Córdoba during the Fiesta de los Patios. These private courtyards, typically hidden from public view, are adorned with vibrant flowers and cascading plants, creating a visual spectacle. Wander through these charming spaces, experience the tranquillity, and appreciate the beauty of Andalusian floral arrangements.

  8. San Juan (Night of June 23rd): Welcome the summer solstice with bonfires and fireworks displays on the eve of San Juan (Saint John’s Day) throughout Spain. Gather around bonfires on beaches and town squares, jump over the flames for good luck, and enjoy festive gatherings that extend well into the night.

  9. La Mercè (Barcelona – September 24th): Celebrate Barcelona’s patron saint, La Mercè, with a vibrant street festival. Enjoy parades with giant puppets, street performances, concerts, and open-air firework displays. This diverse festival showcases the artistic and cultural spirit of Barcelona.

  10. Carnival (Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife – February): Experience one of the most extravagant carnivals in Europe in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Elaborate costumes, vibrant parades, energetic music, and a contagious party atmosphere define this two-week-long celebration. Immerse yourself in the colorful chaos and be swept away by the infectious energy of the Tenerife Carnival.

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