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15 Famous Festival of Spain You Must Experience In 2024

“Oh, lovely Spain! renown’d, romantic land!”

The entire world is indebted to Spain for its gracious and austere allegory, its chivalry and mysticism, its endurances and its ardours, its siestas and fiestas! Hola amigos!!! Are you planning to visit Spain any time soon? If yes, try planning your trip during any of the popular festivals of Spain. Every festival has something unique and memorable to offer. Undoubtedly a very lively and fun country to visit, festivals make visiting Spain all the more exciting!

Spanish people love celebrations and spend every moment with oodles of joy and happiness. When you visit the country and witness some of the fab festivals in Spain, you will create bien memories for you! These chaotic, vibrant, and colourful festivals symbolise Spain's true essence. Over-the-top costumes, crazy activities, fun and laughter, foot-tapping music, and bellissimo sights create a convivial mood that forces every person to enjoy every moment!

Summer is the high season to visit Spain and soak in its festive spirit. A majority of villages have their local festivals happening all year round. Whether bull running in Pamplona or Las Fallas in Valencia, enjoy the fiestas to the fullest and soak in the beautiful culture of Spain. Due to regional differences, every region has unique celebrations and festivals. Check out some of the most prominent festivals, a time of coming together that you should not skip!

List of 15 Festivals in Spain Showcasing Unique Traditions and Rituals

Spain has a warm and vibrant culture. People are full of love, enthusiasm, and passion. They do not hold back when celebrating traditional festivities and feel proud of their culture, historical, religious, and artistic heritage. There are so many festivals celebrated in the country, but each is unique and gives something new to enjoy. Spaniards will warmly welcome you as you know; Mi casa es su casa!

  • La Tombarrada | 20 January 2023 | San Sebastian
  • Carnival of Tenerife | 20th January to 26th February 2023 | Mendez Nez Street & Pillar Street
  • Cadiz Carnival | 16 February to 23 February 2023 | Cadiz, Spain
  • Las Fallas Festival De Valencia | 15th March to 19th March 2023 | Plaza del Ayuntamiento
  • Semanta Santa in Seville | 2nd April to 8th April 2023 | Andalucia
  • Seville Fair | 23rd April to 29th April 2023 | Seville
  • Cordoba Patios Festival | 2nd May to 14th May 2023 | Cordoba, Andalucia
  • The Horse Fair in Jerez | 6th May to 14th May 2023 | Gonzales Hontoria Park
  • Barcelona Beer Festival. 26th May to 28th May 2023 | Barcelona
  • La Batalla del Vino | 26th June to 30th June 2023 | Haro, La Rioja
  • Feria De Malaga | 12th August to 19th August 2023 | Malaga
  • Fiesta Mayor de Gracia | 15th August to 21st August | Barcelona
  • Boloencierro | 18th August to 24th August 2023 | Boalo, El, Madrid
  • La Tomatina | 30 August 2023 | Bunol
  • Festes de la Merce | 21st September to 26th September 2023 | Plaça de Sant Jaume, Barcelona

1. La Tombarrada. The Loudest Festival of Spain

At the stroke of midnight, the first festival of the year, La Tombarrada, begins with the raising of the city flag in the Old Town’s main plaza. This festival is dedicated to the patron saint of San Sebastian. If you love knowing more about the traditions and culture of the place you are visiting, this festival will surely give you an insight into the rich historical and cultural legacy of the city. Oodles of festivities, drum parades, the city vibrating with songs, and more will give you goosebumps.

  • Where. San Sebastian, Spain
  • When. 20th January 2023
  • Highlights. Troops banging their drums, serving traditional foods, Donostiarran women banging buckets creating a raucous and more.

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2. Carnival of Tenerife. The Most Popular Bacchanal in Spain

A flamboyant festival, the Carnival of Tenerife is considered the world’s second-largest carnival after Rio de Janeiro. The festival is getting bigger, better, livelier, and more vibrant with time. Street parades, over-the-top costumes, loud music, parties, and more have made this festival a rage among locals and visitors alike. This festival is held right before Lent, the period of abstinence and self-reflection. Visit Tenerife and watch it come alive with fun, excitement, and laughter, creating a wonderful ambience!

  • Where. Mendez Nez Street & Pillar Street
  • When. 20th January to 26th February 2023
  • Highlights. Watch ‘murgas’ or satirical performers, the Burial of the Sardine, be a part of stupendous all-night parties, watch street parades, and dance to lively music.

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3. Cadiz Carnival. An Extravagant Party

Cadiz, the stunning and ancient seaside port city in Spain, hosts one of the most entertaining fiestas in the world every year. Attending this festival is like being a part of a lavish festival in a city known for its unparalleled grace, charm, and elegance. The whole town transforms into a party venue. Declared the Festival of International Tourist Interest, the festival highlights include witty and satirical songs performed by street performers and bursts of colours, music, and revelry. It was the only festival that Franco, Spain's general and dictator, could not ban. Enjoy days of wit, fun, and laughter that gives a glimpse of Spaniards and their funny side!

  • Where. Cadiz, Spain
  • When. 16 February to 23 February 2023
  • Highlights. Fireworks, open-air parties, satirical performances, fancy dress dances, loads of eating, drinking, and dancing!

4. Las Fallas Festival De Valencia. A 5-Day Long Street Party

If you are a party great, you must plan a trip to Valencia and enjoy being a part of the 5-day long continuous street party that ultimately culminates with awe-inspiring light shows and spectacular fireworks. The importance of this festival can be understood by the fact that it has been conferred the status of UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage of humanity list. During the festival, it seems as if the whole town is on the streets, celebrating, laughing, and enjoying to the fullest!

  • Where. Plaza del Ayuntamiento, Valencia
  • When. 15th March to 19th March 2023
  • Highlights. Watch brass bands marching down the streets, a loud display of firecrackers, watch fallas competition, flower offerings, an awards ceremony, and more.

5. Semanta Santa in Seville. The Holy Week

One of the most amazing and traditional festivals in Spain, Semanta Santa or Le Semana Santa, is worth experiencing for every traveller. It is a week-long religious celebration just a week before Easter. Although Holy Week is celebrated all across the country, the celebrations in Andalucia stand out due to the grand religious processions taken out amid a lot of devotion, fanfare, and enthusiasm. The festival begins from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. The event aims at showing and explaining the story of Jesus Christ to laymen.

  • Where. Andalucia
  • When. 2nd April to 8th April 2023
  • Highlights. Religious Processions, street parades, and hooded costumes worn by brotherhoods of prominent churches.

6. Seville Fair. The Most Celebrated Festival in Andalusia