Festivals and Events in Spain
Brimming with culture, passion, food and wine, Spain celebrates a number of festivals throughout the year that feature on many people’s bucket list. Attracting people from all over the world, prices for accommodation and transport can often surge at these times. Festivals take place in almost every town and city in Spain throughout the year but here we've selected some of the best.
Running with the Bulls (San Fermin)
Every year from the 6th to 14th July the Fiestas de San Fermin - otherwise known as 'Running with the Bulls' - is celebrated in the city of Pamplona. As the name suggests, bulls are led through the streets by dare devil runners. Bull runs are at 8am every morning, though the celebrations continue throughout the day and night as the streets of Pamplona come alive with festivities.
Valencia’s Las Fallas has recently been added to the UNESCO Cultural Heritage List and it’s not hard to see why. The traditional celebration is held in commemoration of Saint Joseph and takes place over five days in March. It is a festival of fire, as over the week you’ll see hundreds of large puppets (ninots) burnt on large bonfires to honour St Joseph.
Held in the Valencian town of Bunol, La Tomatina is possibly one of the world's messiest events. This famous festival is, in essence, a huge tomato throwing event and takes place every year on the last Wednesday of August. People come from all over the world to have a go at throwing - in total - around one hundred metric tons of tomatoes (over ripe ones, of course). In addition to tomatoes, expect dancing, fireworks, parades and music.
Haro Wine Festival (La Batalla de Vino)
Taking place in the historic town of Haro in Spain’s La Rioja wine country, the Haro Wine Festival is certainly something different. Taking place on the day of patron saint San Pedro, June 29th involves many festivities. These include wine drinking competitions and the famed Battle of Wine, where people pour wine on each other with buckets.
Three Kings' Day
Three Kings' Day marks the end of Christmas in Spain and celebrates Epiphany, a day in the festive season where people exchange gifts. It commemorates the arrival of the wise men after the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. It’s as important as Christmas Day in Spain and is celebrated across the whole country on January 6th each year.