Festivals

Virgen del Carmen Festival

La Virgen de Carmen

The Día de la Virgen del Carmen is celebrated on July 16th in many coastal towns and villages throughout Spain. Places as diverse as Almuñecar, on the coast of Granada province, and Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife share the festival with many other coastal communities in Andalucia, Murcia, Valencia …

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Corpus Christi in Toledo

Toledo Alcazar

Corpus Christi is undoubtedly Toledo’s most important and oldest festival. Formally instigated by Pope Urban IV in 1264, the religious festival is under the guidance of Toledo’s archbishop, the cardinal primate of Spain. The celebration itself falls on the Sunday of the ninth week after Easter, normally around the end …

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Haro Wine Festival

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La Batalla del Vino The Haro Wine Festival involves thousands of people soaking themselves, and everybody around them, in red wine then rushing off to run around a bull ring chasing frolicking heifers and then heading off to a party. That’s La Batalla del Vino in a nutshell. Held in …

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Jerez Flamenco Festival

May Festival in Spain

The ‘golden triangle’ or the ‘Holy Trinity’ of Flamenco music – the heart and soul of this traditional style – is said to be an area contained within the cities of Cádiz and Jerez de la Frontera and the barrio of Triana in Seville. This is the home of flamenco. …

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Jerez Horse Fair

Festivals in Spain in May: Jerez Horse Fair

The Jerez Horse Fair, the Feria del Caballo, is one of three major festivals held in this small but perfectly formed city in the south west corner of Andalucía. However, even though the Sherry Festival and the Flamenco Festival are both hugely significant events, there is no doubt which of …

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Sonar Festival

Sonar Music Festival in Barcelona

The Sonar Festival in Barcelona has developed into one of the very best meeting places for lovers of avant-garde, electro, hip hop and dance music. Held annually in the middle of June this three day musical extravaganza describes itself as a festival of ‘advanced music and multimedia art’, and it …

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Jerez Sherry Festival

May Festival in Spain

Jerez’s sherry festival takes place on the first Saturday of September every year as part of “Las Fiestas de la Vendimia y Otoño”. This is a three week party involving sherry, horses and flamenco. The origin of the festival is the annual celebration of the grape harvest. Jerez de La …

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Sanlucar Horse Races

Sanlúcar de Barrameda Horse Races

Carreras de Caballos de Sanlucar The Sanlucar Horse Races or “Carreras de Caballos” take place in August on the beach at Sanlúcar de Barrameda near Jerez de la Frontera in Andalucia. Officially these famous horse races have been taking place since 1845 but in actual fact they were happening way …

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