Fiestas in Spain
What better than to arrive in some small
Spanish village expecting no more than a bed for the night,
and find that the streets are decked out with flags and baloons,
a band is playing in the square and the entire local population
is out enjoying the party atmosphere!
Everywhere from the smallest village to the biggest City in
Spain dedicates a couple of days to celebrating in this way:
the local fiesta. Usually it is the local Saint that provides
the reason to celebrate, but really any excuse will do whether
it be deliverance from the Moors, harvests or safe return from
There are also a couple of events in the Catholic calendar,
most notably Semana Santa (Holy Week), which in Southern Spain
sees religious floats carried through the streets in a wildly
theatrical style. These are accompanied by the hooded penitents
atoning for the year's sins.
Each fiesta is different. In Pamplona in Basque Country they
celebrate the 'running of the bulls' in July; in Andalucia
, horses, flamenco and guitars are integral to the celerations;
at the fiesta of Las Fallas in March in Valencia, huge bonfires
and firework displays form the basis of the party. The fiestas
can also get very strange indeed, with parades of devils or
full blown water and tomato fights!
You can see details of the local festivals for each region
in our region
Festivals in Spain
There are many important annual festivals in Spain. Among
The International Music and Dance Festival of Granada.
- July (concerts; Spanish light opera (Zarzuela); opera; Classical
and modern dance; and flamenco).
The International Music Festival of Barcelona.
(Orchestral music, choirs, bands and soloists.)
The International Festival of Santander.
Second half of July-first
half of August. (Music dance and theatre.)
The Merida Theatre Festival.
Staged at the Roman theatre in
Merida. End of July-beginning of August. (Greco-Roman and Mediterranean
The National Classical Theatre Festival of Almagro.
weeks in September. (National and international classical theatre).
The Madrid Autumn Festival.
Mid-September to early October.
(Concerts, opera, theatre, classical and modern dance.)
The San Sebastian International Film Festival
competition includes feature-length and short films. Other
The Valladolid International Week of Film.
competition and parallel sections.