If there’s one country in Europe where people never run out of festivals to celebrate, that would have to be Spain. There are fiestas and celebrations all year round and if you’re planning to visit, it’s best that you verify the festival dates so you can witness and join in the revelry. After all, it is in these festivals where you can get a taste of Spanish traditions, culture, and food.
Here are the 5 must-visit Spanish festivals:
This festival takes place in Valencia, and it’s celebrated to welcome the arrival of Spring. People build huge papier mache figures in honor of St. Joseph, and these fallas are burned to ashes on the last day of the celebration. Valencia, which has been dubbed as the pyrotechnic capital of the world will also prepare a fantastic fireworks display and lots of explosion for one full week, from March 13-19.
Better known as the Holy Week, this week-long festivity is celebrated all throughout the country, but you might want to go to Seville, Malaga, Valladolid or Leon which are the most famous cities for the occasion. The dates vary every year, but it starts on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Sunday. With the country’s strong Catholic tradition, Semana Santa is widely celebrated and considered one of the most important events of the year. There are street processions, re-enactments of the passion, choir singing, and finally a grand celebration on Easter Sunday.
Feria de Sevilla
Two weeks after Semana Santa is another weeklong celebration called Feria de Sevilla which is held in Seville, Spain. There will be bull fighting, fireworks, flamenco dancing, horse rides, and lots and lots of food. The celebration goes on for 24 hours every day. Music is played during the day and everyone’s partying at night. You’ll see colourful marquees everywhere, and men, women, and children are all dressed up in fancy flamenco costumes.
Festival of San Fermin
The San Fermin Festival is one of those Spanish festivals that will truly give all participants and spectators an adrenaline rush. It’s a festival marked by a week-long bull running activities and every year, it attracts thousands of visitors to Pamplona. In 2014, the event will open on July 6 and end on July 14. You need to book your trip ahead because hotels will likely be fully booked the entire week.
The famous tomato fight festival takes place in Bunol, Valencia every last Wednesday of August. It’s so popular that every year, tens of thousands of tourists flock to this tiny town to join in the celebration. It’s not for the faint of heart and you’re going to have to make sure you’re not claustrophobic before you decide to join the “battle.” It’s fun, gross, and a completely unforgettable experience that anyone who’s visiting Spain should try!
Visiting Spain is always a great experience. Time your trip to coincide with one of the must-see festivals in the country and you are sure to have a grand time. Oh and don’t forget to buy travel insurance …these festivals can get crazy and you want to make sure you’re covered in case you miss your flight, lose your luggage, and what-not.
I’m Anna and I’m a passionate traveller, travel writer and extreme activities fan. I live my life with the motto: I was not born for one corner, the whole world is my native land.