Olé, olé! No matter how small, every village comes together to celebrate multiple fiestas throughout the year and here are just a few of our favourites:
Taking place the week before Easter, The Holy Week retells the story of the Passion of the Christ through processions whereby huge pasos (floats) are carried through the streets by costaleros (bearers) and followed by nazarenos (pentients).
Think Bonfire Night but WAY bigger and WAY better. This larger than life fiesta takes place in Valencia on 15-19th March each year, symbolising the start of Spring where everything bad is burnt and reborn from the ashes. Fireworks, celebrations, incredible giant Ninots (Guys), roaring bonfires and lots of food – it’s no wonder it’s a favourite!
The world’s biggest food fight with tomatoes. Seriously! Head up to Valencia and join 20,000 people to fling 145,000kg tomatoes on the last Wednesday in August. Buckets of fun with its own after party too!
Benicassim is Spain’s largest four day festival with incredible acts including Blur, Florence + The Machine, Clean Bandit, The Vaccines, Jamie XX and Bastille taking centre stage. Amazing music, incredible city and beautiful beaches…need we say any more?
On November 1st, All Saints’ Day, is a dedicated day to remembering and honouring deceased relatives. Cemeteries are bursting with colourful flowers and families flock to clean and decorate graves of loved ones.
Traditionally, it’s not Santa who delivers presents on 25th December in Spain but the Three Kings on 6th January, filling shoes of little ones who have left their shoes on the doorstep. You’ll find the Three Kings (Wise Men) parading down the main streets generously giving away sweets to children waiting and cheering on this family fun fiesta.