Baby Jumping Festival

Baby Jumping Festival in Castrillo de Murcia

El Colacho You would be forgiven for being curious about the title of this festival because even though Spain boasts some of the most unusual and bizarre festivals compared to the rest of the world, throwing tomatoes over each other as they do in Valencia or being chased down the …

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All Saints Day Spain

Todos Los Santos

Dia de Todos los Santos All Saints Day in Spain (Todos Los Santos) takes place on November 1st. It is a very important national public holiday when people from all over the country return to their town or village to lay flowers on the graves of deceased relatives. There are …

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Festivals in Spain: From Bull Runs to Tomato Fights

Valencia at Night

In every Spanish city, town and village there are annual fiestas which gets all the townsfolk out on the streets partying with their neighbours. The biggest festivals in Spain of international interest are the bullrunning of Pamplona, the fireworks of Las Fallas in Valencia, the mock battles of Moros y …

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Javea Festivals

Javea Fiestas

Javea’s main festival take place during the last week of August and the first week of September in the port area of the town and is in honour of Our Lady of Loreto. Rather than set up a temporary bullring and have bullfights as is the case in the majority …

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Nerja Festivals

Group of Girls in Flamenco Dress at La Feria de Abril

As is the case in all of Andalucia the people of Nerja love to party and never more so than for the annual Nerja Festival (Feria de Nerja) which takes place for four wild days in October. Nearly everyone seems to take the week off work and there are street …

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Almuñécar Festivals

Fireworks in Almuñecar

If you’re in the vicinity of Almuñécar in mid-August be sure to visit the town on the evening of 15th for La Fiesta de la Virgen de la Antigua. This is by far the biggest Almuñécar festival of the year and is highly recommended as the firework display is quite …

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Seville Festivals

Cart Wheel at the Fería

Three factors seem to characterise my many visits to the magnificent city of Seville: glorious blue skies, beautiful women and the sound of neighbourhood bands practicing for some upcoming festival. And at least part of my observations stand in good company considering the words of Lord Byron in his epic …

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Madrid Festivals

San Isidro Fiesta in Madrid

Whilst Madrid is notorious for its lively nightlife it can’t compete with the wonders of Andalucia and other parts of Spain when it comes to specific festivals. The main annual event is San Isidro which celebrates the city’s patron saint and there are other fiestas specific to Madrid such as …

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Barcelona Festivals

Les Festes de La Mercè

All year round there are festivals in Barcelona, some only take place in the city whilst others are celebrated throughout Catalonia or nationwide. The biggest Barcelona festival is Festes de la Merce which takes place in September and consists of giant wooden figures roaming the city streets. There are some …

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