April is a busy month for Festivals around Spain, mostly it must be said with a religious theme as April festivals in Spain include the important Easter holy processions which are an integral part of hundreds of cities, towns and villages throughout the land.
Holy Week – Variable dates March /April
Holy week is a very important religious time of year in Spain and the entire week is filled with colourful processions and religious celebrations.
If you plan to visit Spain specially to celebrate holy week then its best to check the dates well in advance as they vary between March and April each year.
Even if you are not a religious person you will be inspired by the whole atmosphere of holey week in the towns and villages held across Spain. The brotherhoods of each church carefully prepare amazing processions which usually involves carrying the statue of the local patron saint through the streets on magnificently adorned floats lit by hundreds of candles.
Seville April Fair
Probably one of the biggest and most important of the April festivals in Spain is the Seville April Fair ( La Feria de Abril ) held each year in Seville, the capital city of Andalucia. As the festival is held during Easter week the actual festival dates can vary each year so it is always best to check before booking your holiday.
The fair usually starts at Midnight on the Monday two weeks after the holy week ( Semana Santa ) and is the beginning of one of Spain’s, biggest parties lasting a whole week, ending the following Sunday with a spectacular fireworks display.
The city of Seville comes alive with the sight of thousands local girls wearing colourful and stunning Flamenco dresses. In fact people come from all over Andalucia, Spain and further afield each year to witness and be part of this unforgettable Spanish tradition.
The Easter holy festivals are celebrated all over Andalucia and are a highlight of the year for many town and villages with large numbers of the local population involved in the preparation of the large religious floats.
De Cajon Flamenco – Variable dates
This is the biggest dance and folk music festival that extols the playing of the famous Cajon Flamenco, a specially made wooden box. This festival is an important part of the festival scene in Barcelona and is a hub of traditional folk music, singing, dance, guitar playing, and clapping. The shows normally begin towards the end of December and stretch all the way to March with the bulk of entertainment happening between January and February.
Moors v Christians Festival Alicante
Another major festival in April is the Moros y Cristianos held in Alcoy in the province of Alicante. The festival commemorates the battle of Alcoy in 1275 when Saint George assisted in the defeat of the Moorish hoards lead by Al Azraq.
The Moors v Christians event takes place between the third and fourth weeks in April, not an attempt by the locals to be historically accurate, it’s about having fun as the marvelous, noisy and colourful spectacle of the battle is re-enacted with verve and energy by the local population. The Alcoyans prepare well for this annual festival as some 30 armies are prepared for battle.
National Spanish Cheese Festival
This very tasty festival is usually held the last weekend in April until the beginning of May each year offering all the fun and dance of a typical Spanish fair but here will also be able to try the delicious varieties of cheese from this region of Spain.
The National Spanish cheese festival Trujillo attracts many thousands of visitors looking for a food holiday with a difference. It is now regarded as one of the largest cheese fairs in the world. Here you will find a huge number of stands by local cheese makers displaying their finest cheeses, not to mention an amazing choice of local wines to wash it all down.
Cheeses from the Extremadura region are renowned for their quality and taste and include such varieties as Torta del Casar, Torta la Serena , Los Ibores and the famous Manchego Cheese.
Other festivals around Spain in April
- 9th to 16th April ( Variable ) Easter week in Crevillent in the province of Alicante.
- Variable Dates- Moors Vs Cristianos – Alicante
- 23rd April – St Georges Day – Castilla y Leon , Aragon and across Catalonia.
- Variable Dates – National cheese fair Trujillo.
- End of April – Festival of the crosses mostly in Andalucia.
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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