Popular festivals in Spain

 

Spaniards are known to love going out and having fun with family or friends. So they have many parties throughout the year that allows them to do this. In each city, there are different traditions, so it is possible to find something for everyone at any time of the year.

 

Holy Week, which is a religious holiday, is very important in the cities of Malaga and Seville. It begins with Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Sunday, for the commemoration of the resurrection of Christ. During this week many processions take place with various symbols not to be missed such as women mantillas, Nazarenes or tasting of typical dishes like torrijas and pestiños.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The San Fermin which is also a religious festival, takes place in Pamplona in Navarre during early July. For this occasion the inhabitants wear a white outfit with a scarf and a red belt and every morning at 8 o’clock bullfights take place in the streets of the city.

 

 

The pilgrimage of El Rocío is the most important pilgrimage of Spain and takes place during Pentecost. Thus the inhabitants honor «Nuestra Señora del Rocío». Pilgrims must walk on foot or horseback to the hermitage of Roció to pay homage to the Virgin.

 

 

 

The Tomatina takes place on the last Wednesday of August in Bunol in the province of Valencia. This week-long festival in honor of the patron saint Saint Lluis Bertran is punctuated by celebrations throughout the city and ends with a tomato battle known around the world.

 

 

 

The Batalla del Vino takes place on June 29 in the Rioja region. After a parade, all the inhabitants dressed in a white outfit and a red scarf around their necks go to the cliffs of Bilibio with bottles of red wine to start the battle that takes place until the twelve coup de midi.

 

 

The April Fair takes place in Seville; it begins with the illumination of a portal with thousands of bulbs and lanterns and ends with a firework show. Between these two events, the days are punctuated with the sound of music, parades of horsemen, amazons and carriages, as well as many stands to eat.

 

 

The Carnival takes place all over Spain but the most popular takes place in Tenerife. The party lasts for one month from the end of January to the end of February. It separates in two: on one side the official carnival with more than 100 different groups that parade through the streets and the carnival of streets that bring together the inhabitants and tourists of the city who also disguise themselves for the occasion.

 

 

 

The Valencia Fallas takes place from 15 to 19 March in Valencia. This festival celebrates the Saint José and is divided into 3 parts: the wooden sculptures called «ninots» which will be burned during the night of «cremà», the mascletá that take place every day and the popular vote of the most beautiful sculpture that will spare the flames.

 

 

 

The feast of San Miguel or Otoño festival takes place on September 29 in the city of Lleida, the days are punctuated with typical shows like habaneras or sardanas, and evenings of fireworks. Residents disguised as devils and a huge dragon parade through the city. A symbol of this holiday is the construction of a human pyramid up to several meters.

 

 

The Pilar festival during the period of October 12, pays tribute to the Virgin Pilar and takes place throughout Spain but especially in Zaragoza. Many activities take place in cities such as concerts, games for children or even plays. In addition, bullfights take place in different arenas of cities and fireworks take place after dark.

 

 

But there are still many other feasts such as the fire of St. John in Alicante, Cascamorras in Baza and Guadix, the day of the three wise men, or the salto del Colacho in Murcia. So during your trip to Spain, find out about the festivities taking place in the city of your stay, so you can enjoy the Spanish atmosphere and immerse yourself in this new culture. If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to come and see us at the reception, we will answer your questions with pleasure.