Tag Archive: Tradition

Galicia: The ritual of La Queimada

Galicia: The ritual of La Queimada In the northwestern corner of Spain, you will find Galicia, which is a land of pure magic. In this place of witches and spirits, your group can take part in the unforgettable ritual of the queimada. This rite, which involves a flaming punch of alcohol, herbs and other ingredients, […]

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Tantalizing Tapas

Any visit to Spain is incomplete without having sampled the delectable dishes that line the bars of even the humblest establishments. Tapas are an inextricable part of Spanish culture, and they are also an ideal way to get a taste of the different flavors and ingredients of each particular region. Some bars and restaurants that […]

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Top 5 Coasts: Costa del Sol

With over 300 days of sun each year and 100 miles of coastline, it’s no wonder that Costa del Sol is considered one of the top beach destinations in Spain. Beyond the beach, the region also has an impressive offer of attractions. Cities like Malaga are packed with culture and excitement, nature lovers will enjoy […]

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500th Anniversary: Magellan and Elcano

2019 marks the fifth centennial of an event that changed our view of the world forever: the first voyage to completely circumnavigate the globe, proving that the Earth is indeed a sphere. This expedition set out from Seville in 1519, and to commemorate the great achievement, the city is hosting a packed program of events […]

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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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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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Semana Santa: A week not to be missed

Those visiting Spain during the week before Easter will witness a country in complete transformation with one of its most spectacular and traditional events. Semana Santa, or Holy Week, fills the streets all around Spain with the beating of drums, masses of colorful flowers, religious sculpture, and a highly moving atmosphere. So intense is this […]

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Las Fallas: Valencia’s most fiery festival

Every March, while many people around the world eagerly await chirping birds, budding trees and other signs of spring, Valencians are putting the finishing touches on their fallas. These highly flammable papier-mache sculptures of celebrities, politicians and historical figures can reach up to 60 feet in height, and embody the essence of the Valencian community. […]

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Cadiz: the hidden Carnival destination

When most people think of Carnival, they think of sequined samba dancers, non-stop street parties and Brazilian heat, but one of the most important Carnivals actually takes place in the south-western tip of Spain – and it has a very different take on the celebration. A party for the pious Carnival is technically a religious […]

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