Fiestas

El Rocio Pilgrimage

El Rocio Pilgrimage

La Romeria del Rocio For most of the year the small hamlet of El Rocío is just about as deserted a place as you could wish to find. Its wide, sandy streets are lined with impressively large houses complete with verandahs but they are usually uninhabited except at the time …

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El Grec Barcelona

Barcelona becomes a city of Festivals every summer; but one of the most varied and eagerly awaited is the one known now simply as ‘El Grec’ – the Greek. Although the spectacular bowl-like auditorium of the Greek Theatre itself, on the northern edges of Montjuic, was built in 1929 for …

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Cruces de Mayo

Festivals in Córdoba: Cruces de Mayo

Festival of the May Crosses The Festival of the May Crosses (Cruces de Mayo) is celebrated throughout Andalucia though it is in Cordoba and Granada where the most impressive displays are on show. If you have to choose one then go to Cordoba. The festival consists of the construction of …

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Christmas in Spain

Christmas in Spain

The first thing that the visitor will notice is that Christmas in Spain is not as huge a commercial occasion as is the case in many other western countries. Christmas lights are usually lit in the main cities in the first week of December by which time the shops are …

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Cava Week in Catalunya

Cava Wines of Catalonia

Catalunya’s major Cava producing town is Sant Sadurní d’Anoia (85% of national output) which has a Cava Week celebration dedicated to Catalan champagne with a whole range of gastronomic events and concerts. The week’s activities get off to a flying start with the inaugural address and ensuing crowning of the …

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Castellers de Vilafranca

Castellers de Vilafranca

If you are lucky enough to be in Catalonia during the summer then try and find a fiesta where there is a display by the Castellers de Vilafranca. To discover why Catalans have such a terrifying fascination with building human pyramids, or towers, one has to go back to the …

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Carnival in Tenerife

Carnival in Tenerife

Tenerife is known for beautiful vistas, great nightspots and luxurious resorts but you can’t say you know Tenerife until you’ve been there for Carnival. This riotous festival is world-famous for its exuberance and wildness and lasts for upto three weeks. It is only beaten by Rio de Janeiro as the …

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Carnival in Cadiz

Carnival Cadiz

Cadiz is a beautifully serene city on the Andalucian coast known for its elegance and grace. All of this is suspended for one week every year for what is one of the largest Carnival celebrations in the world. Cadiz’s carnival is the one of the most extravagant parties that you …

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Carnival in Spain

Carnival in Tenerife

Of all the crazy Spanish fiestas that take place throughout the year there is nothing wilder than the Carnival celebrations in late February. The week leading up to Lent is a time for wild partying in some parts of Spain when the country plays host to Europe’s biggest and best …

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