festivals in spain
Period: Jan 1, 1000 to
Holidays of spain
Oct 10, 1200
La pomplanaThe festival of San Fermin, or the Pamplona bull running as it's more commonly known outside Spain officially begins at midday on 6th July every year with the 'chupinazo' which takes place on the balcony of the Casa Consistorial in Pamplona. Thousands of people congregate in the square awaiting the mayor's official announcement that the fiestas have begun, a rocket is launched and the partying begins.
The history of the bullrunning in Pamplona is not clear.
Castellers de vilafrancaIf 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 17th century, when a Valencian dance, the Ball de Valencians, involving quite a small number of people balancing on each other’s shoulders.
La fiera de abriEvery Spring, the town of Seville throws a week-long party and over one million people show up! La Feria de Sevilla began as a cattle trading fair in 1847, and through the years it has evolved into a Spanish round-the-clock spectacle of flamenco bullfighting and rowdy fun. Seville is considered the center of flamenco music and culture, which is also known as "Sevillana" because many of the composers and songs are from the city.
La TomatinaLa Tomatina tomato fight in Buñol near Valencia happens every year on the last Wednesday in August though the partying starts earlier in the week. The highlight of the festival is the tomato fight which takes place between 11am and 1pm on that day.
Such are the numbers going to La Tomatina that the event has become a victim of its own success. The sheer number of people means that it's extremely difficult to get anywhere near the central area where the tomato lorries arrive.
Moros y CristianosOver 150 different festivals of Moros y Cristianos take place in Spain every year. If you're only able to see one of them then it must be the one in Alcoy in the province of Alicante which commemorates the Battle of Alcoy in 1275 when St George helped defeat the Moorish forces lead by Al Azraq.
Although there is no attempt to achieve historical accuracy, this is one of Spain's great festivals, or the greatest of all Spanish Fiestas if you ask any Alcoyano.
This festival takes place from April