Top Festivals in Spain – Your passport to fun!
The Best Carnivals, Fiestas and Festivals in Spain
Spanish people are known all over the world for their love of partying and enjoying themselves to the fullest and they certainly know how to put on a good display when it comes to festivals in Spain.
Spanish festivals take place in almost every city, towns and village throughout Spain at some point during the year. Some of the best festivals and fiestas in Spain have deep religious and historical meaning to the locals while others are simply meant for partying and having fun.
The following are among the best festivals in Spain.
1) La Tomatina
This festival is held on the last Wednesday of August each year in Bunol in the region of Valencia.
The Tomatina is a festival where tons of overripe tomatoes are thrown in the streets for around one hour. It is typically a war where people throw ripe squashed tomatoes at each other which leave the participants and the towns main square dripping with bright red tomato juice.
The funniest part is that there are no winners as people just do this for fun and to enjoy themselves. You simply have to grab ripe tomatoes and throw them at anyone running, bending down, standing still, or moving.
The main rule of the La Tomatina festival is that you have to squash the tomatoes before you can throw them at somebody else.
2) Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife
One of the most famous colourful festivals in Spain are the carnivals of Santa Cruz de Tenerife held during the month of February of each year.
The carnival resembles those held in Brazil and features parades with floats and bands who perform different types of songs during the street parades. The colours and costumes worn during this festival are stunning and are a delight to see.
The parades move through the streets with energetic musical groups and well-dressed performers. The most beautiful scene of this festival is the parade of pretty, well-dressed ladies who enchant viewers with their dance moves.
The colourful costumes can weigh over a 100 kilos, and they can take takes months to make and practice in for the street parades.
3) San Fermin Fiestas Pamplona
This festival takes place from July 6th to the 14th each year. It is a festival that brings the party to every corner of the city of Pamplona. The festival starts by setting off the pyrotechnic Chupinazo from the mayor’s balcony.
The celebration is fun, full of dance, song and location of the famous running with the bulls which takes place each day during the week long festivities. The bull running run starts from the Plaza Santo Domingo and winds through the ancient streets of Pamplona ending at the bullring.
This is one of the most popular festivals and fiestas of Spain and the most represented by visitors from all over the world seeking the undeniable rush you get from being chased by an angry bull.
4) Semana Santa
The Semana Santa holy week is among the most important festivals in Spain. It is a religious celebration among the Catholics who mourn the final days of Christ on Earth and at the same time sympathize with the grief of the Virgin Mary.
It is held on the week leading to Easter Sunday. Throughout the entire week, processions consisting of big floats are usually paraded all over the streets. The climax of the celebrations is the procession of Good Friday whereby the floats leave the churches in the middle of the night and they are carried throughout the night to their final destination: the cathedral.
5) San Juan
If your into an all night beach parties then the annual San Juan fiesta are for you. It is held on the 24th June each year up and down the coastal areas of Spain most notably in Andalucia where the warm temperature makes for a perfect all night party.
This ancient pagan festival is now legendary for its all night long beach party which includes music, dance and fun is had by all. The night is all about fire and water and it where young and old congregate to build fires and enjoy the shortest night of the year.
According to tradition to be cleansed and purified you musts jump over the fires three times.
6) Sonar Music Festival of Barcelona
Some 80,000 visitors each year make it to this prestigious festival to take in the splendour of multimedia arts and concert exhibitions. The main celebrations of the Sonar Music Festival are held around the Raval District where tourists can visit the Museum of Modern Art and the Contemporary Culture Centre.
Music lovers from all over Spain and Europe flock to this impressive music festival where the big international acts, underground and experimental artists get a chance to share the same platform.
7) Granada’s Ham and Water Festival
Granada has some of the best cured ham in Spain as well as one of the best foody festivals you will find in Spain. The ham and pure water from the natural springs of Alpujarras provide two key ingredients for celebrating Saint John the Baptist’s Day.
Water buckets, hose pipes and water guns get blazing at the stroke of midnight. Anyone who crosses the path of water is drenched during a day of almost fanatical water fights.
The night is celebrated with copious amounts of locally brewed beer and wine as well as large chunks of the finest local ham.
8) San Isidro
Madrid’s free pass to drink and fun is granted in the month of May when the whole city celebrates its patron saint.
During the day, the city dwellers are normally engrossed in live music concerts in city squares, which later culminate in drinking frenzies that take up the night.
The top festivals and Fiestas month by month
The public holiday calender in Spain
|Jan 1st||New Years Day – Ano Nuevo|
|Jan 6th||12th night, The Three Kings – Dia de los Reyes|
|Mar 19th||Fathers Day – San Jose|
|Variable||Good Friday – Viernes Santo|
|Variable||Easter Sunday – Dia de Pascua|
|May 1st||Labour Day – Dia del Trabajador|
|Aug 15th||Assumption – Dia del Asuncion|
|Oct 12th||Spanish National Day – Dia de la Hispanidad|
|Nov 1st||All Saints Day – Todos los Santos|
|Dec 6th||Constitution Day – Dia de la Constitucion|
|Dec 8th||Immaculate Conception – Imaculada Concepcion|
|Dec 25th||Christmas Day – Navidad|