One of the characteristics of Spain is that celebrations are the order of the day. At all times we can find some reason to celebrate. And in this country there are spectacular parties, recognized nationally and internationally. We are going to show you some of them that you should not miss.
Festivities of Spain not to be missed
Throughout Spain we can participate in all kinds of celebrations. Some are religious, others related to tradition and even some quite modern. Pay attention to the best Spanish parties:
1. Las Fallas, ValenciaNinot - César Caracuel / Flickr.com
It is one of the most important of the year, it takes place during the month of March and in it Valencia is filled with huge monuments as beautiful as ephemeral.
A date, March 19, on which the capital of Turia receives millions of people to celebrate the "Cremá". On this special night fire is the main protagonist, the one that will reduce to ashes each and every one of the ninots, except one that every year is pardoned.
2. The Sanfermines, PamplonaConfinements of Pamplona - Migel
In early July Pamplona dresses up. The streets are filled with neighbors and visitors dressed in white and with red scarves to enjoy one of the best known celebrations in Spain internationally.
Of course not everyone dares to run in front of bulls in confinements. But seeing them is a real show.
3. April Fair, SevilleApril Fair - Carlos Amarillo
It is celebrated days after Holy Week and Seville is flooded with music, colored and a lively atmosphere.
In the fairgrounds, public and private booths are filled with people eager to have fun. Sevillanas, fines and fried fish become protagonists.
4. La Tomatina, Buñol, ValenciaTomatina de Buñuel - Carlesboveserral / commons.wikimedia.org
For more than six decades this popular festival in Valencia brings together people from all over the world. It is celebrated on the last Wednesday of every August and It is characterized by throwing about 100 tons of tomatoes among the attendees. A "battle" that is dyed red and that for many is more than fun.
5. Carnival, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Carnivals are celebrated throughout Spain, however those of Tenerife are the most famous and crowded. They are considered the second most important in the world behind those in Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil. What is it worth going to?
6. Moors and Christians (Alicante)Moros y Cristianos, Alcoy - Enrique Blasco / Flickr.com
This party is celebrated in several Spanish provinces, although that of Alicante (and more precisely those of Alcoy) are the most popular. Even They have been declared of International Tourist Interest.
They are celebrated at the end of April and each participant can dress up as a Moor or a Christian to parade divided on both sides.
7. El Rocío, Almonte, Huelva
It is a religious festival where every year thousands of people make a pilgrimage venerating the Virgin. It is one of the most important traditions of the Christian world and surprises attendees for the great devotion of the faithful.
8. Festivities of San Miguel, Lleida
It is one of the most outstanding agricultural fairs in Spain and is celebrated at the same time as the Autumn Festival. As is the case in all Catalan towns,Human castles several meters high are also built here.
9. Fiestas del Pilar, ZaragozaFiesta del Pilar - davib
They are celebrated in honor of the Virgen del Pilar in the week of October 12. This party is also held in other locations in the country, but that of Zaragoza is undoubtedly the most important. The traditional offering of flowers to the Virgin summons thousands of people dressed in traditional costumes.
10. Feast of the Descent of the Sella, Ribadesella, Asturias
In this Asturian town every August a whole meeting of culture, sport and fun is held. It consists of descending 15 kilometers from the Sella River. Without doubt an unforgettable experience.
«Humor and party reveal that there is always a reserve of meaning that still allows us to live and smile.»
- Leonardo Boff -
11. Viking Pilgrimage, Catoira, Pontevedra
It is one of the funniest parties in Spain and they are celebrated in Galicia, more precisely at the mouth of the Ulla river.
In early August, neighbors dress up as Vikings and remember how this population defended itself against attacks by Norman pirates. A lively landing, plays and Viking dinners star in these parties.