Spain's Famous Festivals and Parties
Collected by Brandy Bell, AFAR Local Expert
Las Fallas, Carnaval, Semana Santa... Plan to spend the whole day and night in celebration. As everyone knows, "La gente esta muy loca" (the people are very crazy) and love a good party—indeed, all night long!
Plaza Monteolivete, 4, 46006 Valencia, Spain
Even if you can't be in Valencia for its fiery Les Falles festival, you can view the popular ninots (figures and effigies) at the Fallero Museum. Some ninots are chosen to be spared from the flames by popular vote—and then end up on display at the...
Calle del Sadar, 59T, 31006 Pamplona, Navarra, Spain
Ole! This could very well be the sprint of your life. The running of the bulls is just that - 12 bulls are released to run from the corral to the bullring, but on their way they have to chase you out of the way. Side streets are barred, so for...
Plaza Encarnación, s/n, 11403 Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz, Spain
No one does Carnaval like the Venetians, but the Spanish are right behind them! Join thousands of revelers for the opening festivities when the streets are shut down for the Gran Cabalgata - The Big Parade - around dusk. The procession takes...
46360 Buñol, Valencia, Spain
It’s true, there is a festival in Spain every August where the entire town gets together each year to throw ripe tomatoes at each other in what is one of the most epic food fights of all time. Over 4 metric tons of ripe, squashed tomatoes are...
Av. de la Constitución, s/n, 41004 Sevilla, Spain
The immense Gothic Cathedral of Seville was built on the site of an ancient Muslim mosque. It was completed in the early 16th century and was designated a Roman Catholic cathedral. Since 1987, this cathedral has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site...
Plaza de Santa María, s/n, 09003 Burgos, Spain
Hands down, my favorite Cathedral in all of Spain, the Burgos Cathedral is yet another UNESCO World Heritage site and with valid reason. Everywhere you look, there is hard work and dedication to the art of decoration. From the intricately carved...
La Rambla, Barcelona, Spain
Shortly after we arrived in Plaça del Pi in Barcelona's Barri Gòtic, so did a parade of gigantes and castellers. The latter (who name comes from the Catalonian word for castles) climb upon one another to build human towers. The tradition goes back...
Camí de Binissaida, 108, 07720 Es Castell, Illes Balears, Spain
To really get to know the Spanish island of Minorca, be prepared to sit atop a saddle. The island has a love affair with a breed of horse: the graceful, strong, coal-black Minorcan. While donkeys traditionally worked the fields, the Minorcan was...
Calle Mañueta, 8, 31001 Pamplona, Navarra, Spain
The churros here supposedly get their crispy exterior from being cooked over an ax-cut beech-wood fire. You can sample the results when the 140-year-old shop is open: only two Saturdays in June, every day during the San Fermín festival in July,...
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