You already know where to go, what to eat and what to say if you spend your summer in Spain, but you can not miss the national summer festivals in the Spanish region. Everybody knows Spain is a country of festivals, every village, no matter how small, has its own individual celebrations. Most of these fiestas and festivals have their roots in religion, but Spain’s people don’t need an excuse to celebrate. Here is a list of the top five festivals in Spain that you won’t want to miss.
On the top of the list, for its early date and the importance of this festivity we have The Festival of San Fermín, or the Running of the Bulls as it’s more commonly known outside Spain. This festival begins on the 6th of July midday where the mayor launches a rocket from the Casa Consistorial’s balcony in Pamplona. The festival honours the martyr Saint Fermín, with crowds of brave individuals risking life and limb as they run through the city followed by 6 fighting bulls and 6 steers while crowds of spectators line the streets to watch. Running of the bulls is an experience you will never forget!
Sanlúcar de Barrameda’s horse races
This summer they will celebrate 173 years of history. The show begins when the afternoon falls and the tide goes down. Sanlúcar de Barrameda’s horse races were born almost two centuries ago and declared of international tourist interest since 1997. It has its origins in the informal competitions held by the fish vendors to get first to the markets. This year on the 8th, 9thand 10thor 22nd, 23rd24thof August, an amazing show to watch from the beach, enjoying, of course, a delicious olive snack.
The International Descent of the Sella
On third position, The International Descent of the Sella is celebrated on the first Saturday of August after the 2nd of that month between Arriondas and Ribadesella (Principality of Asturias – Spain), with a route of 15 km along the Sella River. One of the most important events of the world in the international panorama of descent of rivers beats, its record was on 2017 with more than 1.300 participants, 860 boats and 23 countries. Amazing !
Feria de Malaga
The city’s summer festivities have their origin in the commemoration of the incorporation of Malaga to the Castilla’s crown by the Catholic Monarchs, who entered the city on August 19th, 1487. You can enjoy different celebrations as the Romería (the Pilgrimage) where locals dressed up with the typical flamenco dress and they walk to the Victory’s Sanctuary with their carriages. Also the Feria, full of live performances and numerous stalls where you can taste wines and tapas and the best Spanish olives accompanied by music in Malaga’s historical streets.
Tomatina of Buñol
No list of festivals would be complete without, La Tomatina of Buñol, held on the last Wednesday of August. It is the worlds biggest annual food fight and this year celebrates its 76th anniversary. Involving over 20,000 people and approximately 150 tons of ripe tomatoes, La Tomatina draws people from around the world to join in on this messy fiesta.
Now you only have to choose your favourite celebration, or choose them all, always well accompanied with Olives from Spain, It’s a Spanish summer basic.