Spain is a country of festivals and fiestas making it a very lively and fun country to live in. As for the tourists, no matter which time of the year you visit the country, there’s always some exciting festivals you should not miss! Make space for these crazy, exciting, thrilling festivals from Spain to make your trip ever so memorable. 😉
Semana Santa (The Holy Week)
The Holy Week, celebrated in almost every city in Spain during the last week of Lent immediately before Easter, is a festival which lasts for a week and is filled with processions and other celebrations. It is a tribute of the Passion of Jesus Christ celebrated by Catholic religious brotherhoods.
The brotherhoods of the most important churches in Spain spend months planning and practicing their processions, resulting in an awe-inspiring experience. The festival sees hundredes of men and women marching the street with candles and idols. Even for a non-religious person, this festival can be an experience of a lifetime.
Extravagance, colour and rhythm define the Carnival of Spain celebrated every year in the month of February. It is the most lavish celebration of the country, but the celebration in Tenerife and Cadiz steal the show!
Tenerife, the carnival capital of Europe is bound to give its tourists the most authentic carnival experience of their life. The island is filled with glamour, lights, parties, and endless entertainment from the contests and parades.
The carnival festival from Cadiz gives its tourists the authentic Andalusian spirit… a party that converts the city into a place pulsing with music, energy and fun. You definitely don’t want to miss out on this unique fiesta celebrated every year in February.
Las Fallas de Valencia (Valencia Spain Spring Festival)
Imagine an event so fascinating that it has been actually declared as an event of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. This explosive party is held in commemoration of Saint Joseph in the city of Valencia, Spain. For an entire week, the city’s streets are filled with gigantic, colourful statues and figures. These impressive figures are a reference to the political or pop culture events that happened throughout the year, giving people a good flashback memory. During this week, the most interesting way to discover the city is to walk the Fallas route. The City of Arts and Sciences, which marked its 20th anniversary in 2018, is a must visit in the city of Valencia.
La Tomatina (The Tomato Battle)
Ever had an idea of smashing a squishy tomato on someone’s head? You can do just that at the La Tomatina festival in Spain. Held on the last Wednesday of August, thousands of people throw tomatoes at each other at one of the most fun and happy events in the entire world.
La Tomatina, part of a much larger celebration, marks the end of a week for full parades, parties, and street markets. From 2013, the participation has been limited to ticket holders and only 20,000 tickets are given out. It was estimated that in the year 2015, around 145,000 Kg of tomatoes were thrown.
Feria de Abril (The April Fair of Seville)
The month of April sees one of the most amazing events taking place in Spain; the wonderful Feria de Abril. The traditional lighting of the entrance to the fair at midnight marks the beginning of this festival. For the week that follows, the streets are filled with entertainment, extravagance and the best of Andalusian art such as flamenco.
Apart from just enjoying the festival, it is the best time to explore the city with all the colour and glamour everywhere. The festive nights feature spontaneous flamenco performances in every corner of the city. An experience like this cannot be put into words. You need to physically experience it to feel it!
La Batalla del Vino de Haro (The Wine Battle of Haro)
Every year between the 27th and 30th June, thousands of enthusiastic thirsty tourists along with the locals and few whose luck is on the better side, climb a mountain in La Rioja, Spain and throw the sweet red liquid all over each other. This crazy party starts the night before on the evening of 28th June. It’s a party for all.. from children to grandparents, everyone hits the streets to be a part of this happening festival. The wine thrown during the festival is so much that the whole town appears to be red.
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