Best July Festivals in Spain

July is another busy month for festivals in Spain so there is plenty too choose from. The weather is great which make the days and late nights extremely pleasant.

The Basque country is home to one of the most well known festivals of all, the San Fermines held in Pamplona, where running  with the bulls offers the ultimate adrenaline kick.

Other key festivals in July include the International Music and Dance Festival, the guitar festival in Cordoba and many more.



The San Fermines Festival Pamplona

Bull Running Pamplona

Come to Pamplona and share in eight days of fun, where every morning, six bulls chase a pack of locals and visitors along the streets of the city leading up to the Pamplona bull ring.

Eating good food, drinking copious amounts of ale and dancing in the city streets takes up much of the spare time.

The Pamplona running with the bulls festival now ranks among the best-known festivals in Spain and one that is attended by visitors from all over the world.



International Music and Dance Festival in Granada – Variable dates

Every July Granada welcomes visitors to enjoy the cities cultural, historical and gastronomic delights.

Visitors are treated to the sounds of the local folklore music and dance while at the same time enjoying the beautiful environment of Granada.

This fused combination of great music and historical ambiance has made the International Music and Dance Festival in Granada one of the largest of its kind in Spain.

Cordoba’s Guitar Festival – Variable dates

If you love music the Cordoba guitar is must-visit festival for you, held in Cordoba for the past 33 years it features a large selection of Flamenco artists, ancient, modern and jazz musicians, dancers and groups.

Shows take place all over the city including such historic and illustrious venues including the Grand Theatre, the Castle of the Christian Monarchs, Plaza Capuchinos, the Corredera Square, the Royal Stables, the Congress Palace, the Potro Inn or the Plaza de Tierra Andaluza.

The Cordoba guitar festival is one of the cultural highlights of the year in Cordoba becoming increasingly popular in the last 10 years.

The Stilt Dancers - Rioja

The Danza de los Zancos ( Stilt Dancers ) festival is held from the 21st to the 23rd of July each year in the town of Anguiano in the region of Rioja, northern Spain.

The highlight of the festival is seeing eight local young men descending the steep cobbled streets of the town in 50cm high stilts whilst spinning around.

This curious festival is held twice a year,  July and at the end of September.

Cider Festival Nava Asturias


The region of Asturias in Northern Spain is not only a green and picturesque region, but it is also the home of that renowned apple drink, Cider.

One of the best cider festivals is held in the town of Nava during the second week of July.

Visitors to the festival enjoy folkloric music, dance, bagpipers and live music into the small hours.

This is a perfect place to learn everything there is to know about Cider. there is also a contest to find the best pourers which is great fun to watch.

International Jazz Festival at Getxo – Variable dates in late July

The Biscayan town of Getxo hosts numerous concerts during the month of July. Here Jazz lovers from all over the world congregate in the town to enjoy live music.

Getxo's town center gets converted into staging areas to host numerous concerts as well as many festival competitions.

The International Jazz Festival in Getxo hosts some of the top jazz artists to be sure to check the schedule as there are many concerts on offer throughout the month.

Festival Calendar for July

Variable Dates – – Estepona, Fuengirola,  Alicante –  Virgen  del Carmen: Annual feast of the fishermen when the waters are blessed and
the Virgen is carried to sea in a procession.

25th July  –  Galicia – San Santiago – The feast of St James. Public holiday in Galicia

First week July  – San Lorenzo –  Galicia –  Rapa das Bestas –  capture and branding of wild horses from the hills attracts
equestrian lovers from all over Europe

Variable Dates – Pamplona –  Running of the bulls – one of the most popular and internationally recognised events in Spain where bulls are released into the streets – lots of other events also take place in what are known as the Fiestas de San Fermin

Last week in July – Benidorm –  Song Festival

Variable Dates – –  Antequera –  Feria de Santiago

Best Festivals in Spain - Month by Month

National Holidays 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
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

 

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