Tag Archive: Fiesta

A festival of color: Valencia’s Battle of Flowers

A festival of color: Valencia’s Battle of Flowers Spain’s calendar is filled with unique festivals, and each year in late July, the city of Valencia hosts one of the most beautiful. More than a million marigolds decorate streets and floats – and fly through the air – at the Battle of Flowers. Worth a visit […]

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El Rocio: Spain’s biggest secret

The tiny village of El Rocío in the southwestern province of Huelva, with its wide, sandy streets lined with impressive houses complete with broad verandas and wooden rails for tying up horses, appears to be something from the Wild West. But El Rocío is no ghost town – each year, one million people fill the […]

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Jerez: La Fiesta de La Vendimia

Jerez de la Frontera, located in the Cadiz region of southwestern Spain, is a picturesque city surrounded by sprawling fertile land. This has provided the ideal conditions for two things the region is most famous for: vineyards and horses. Add the third – flamenco – and you have La Fiesta de la Vendimia de Jerez. […]

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Sherry, Horses, Flamenco and Tapas: Feria del Caballo

The Jerez Horse Fair, (Feria del Caballo) is one of three major traditional festivals held in Andalucia, in Southern Spain.  This year’s festival takes place from 13 – 20 May with events kicking off at 10pm on the Saturday evening. For a whole week, the streets of Jerez are overtaken over by parades of beautiful […]

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Midnight Grape Eating on New Year’s Eve in Spain

The chiming of the New Year bells in Spain – be it via the local church bells nearest TV set – heralds a unique, and hilarious tradition. From Madrid to Murcia, Badajoz to Bilbao, Spaniards and visitors the country over hurriedly eat twelve grapes to mark the final twelve seconds of the year. A vine […]

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The Feria de Abril: Southern Spain’s wildest party

They say you know that Spring has sprung in southern Spain when Seville’s Feria de Abril (April Fair) kicks off. This vibrant, traditional and highly colorful weeklong Spanish shindig draws visitors from near and far to eat, drink, dance and make merry each year. If you’re in town, you won’t be able to miss the […]

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Stairway to heaven: Catalonia’s astounding human towers

Pass through a plaza in Barcelona or Tarragona, or any number of Catalan towns and villages during a local festival and you could be in for a breathtaking sight: local men, women and children standing on each other’s shoulders up to ten tiers high. The human tower or castell (“castle” in Catalan) is a mind-bogglingly […]

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La Tomatina: Valencia’s tomato throwing festival

La Tomatina is a festival unlike any other. It culminates when – for a couple of crazy hours – the small town of Bunyol (near Valencia) becomes a battleground for the world’s biggest food fight. Tens of thousands of people gleefully hurl ripe tomatoes at each other, every year on the last Wednesday of August, […]

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Cordoba: the hidden beauty

The region of Andalucia embodies the essence of Spain: sun-drenched streets scented with orange blossoms and jasmine, ringing with the sound of flamenco, alive with spirited fiesta…and within the region, Cordoba is known as one of the world’s most beautiful cities. The month of May offers tour groups a special opportunity to get an intimate […]

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History comes to life in Alicante

History comes to life in Alicante Spain celebrates many, many festivals – but one of the most spectacular are the historic Moors and Christians Festivals. The popularity and grandeur of these festivities means that they take place in many parts of Spain, but the event is of special importance in the province of Alicante. There,in […]

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