Spain is a country known throughout the world for its frequent and lively festivals and celebrations, some of which are backed by years of tradition, while others have appeared in more recent dates, but still achieved rapid acceptance. If you wish to discover the most traditional celebrations in Spain, come with us as we delve into some of the most famous and interesting festivals which are sure to surprise.
Last year Spain welcomed over 74 million tourists, a record figure which is equivalent to multiplying the population of Portugal by seven, and the population of Scotland by fourteen; Beyond its typical image of Flamenco, tortilla, red wine and bull fighting, this Mediterranean country has a lot to offer its visitors. The land of nobody and everybody at the same time, the diversity of the Spanish nation is evident in both its vocabulary (possessing words of Arabic, French, German etc. origin) and its delightful customs which contribute to the appeal of cities such as Valencia, whose cultural heritage rivals those of Madrid and Barcelona, and even those of Paris, London, and other European capitals. If you wish to travel to the Levantine coast, you cannot miss out on learning about these five Spanish customs.
Are you tired of celebrating New Year’s Eve watching the same TV program, attending the same city square event or practicing the same customs year after year? Travelling abroad is a perfect way to enjoy a very special and unique 2017, even more so if you decide to spend it in Spain. Walking alongside dinosaurs in Soria, snowboarding on the Argoneese Pirenees, touring the Guadalquivir on a cruise ship and exploring the wonders of Terra Natura in Benidorm are just some of the entertaining proposals on offer – Come and discover what Spain has on offer!
October 12 is a date full of meanings, symbolism and fond feelings; America’s discovery was not only geographical, but a revelation of unprecedented culture and ethnic revelations that would forever change the course of history and the ways of life of both the new and old world. Today, rather than celebrating the first contact between the two continents, Spaniards commemorate the cultural identity, the Native American resistance, the respect of diversity and the Hispanic American cultural heritage, depending on the region. There are many curiosities and historical data that make Hispanic Heritage Day one of the most important dates on the calendar, not only for Spaniards but for all of humanity.
Despite Halloween becoming a recent phenomenon in Spain, all of its provinces host similar festivities, events and activities all of which are rooted in Celtic traditions; The Comunitat Valenciana is proud to host over 300 different festivals for All Saint’s Eve all of which are enhanced by the lands history and ancient traditions. If you plan on celebrating Halloween in Spain, prepare yourself for zombie invasions, dark crypts and medieval villages surrounded by legends of witchcraft – Come and discover some of these terrifying ideas!
With the arrival of July, Valencia begins to vibrate with parades, pageants, fireworks, bullfights and musical performances amongst many other events, but nothing can come close to the Feria de Julio de Valencia – An event with almost 150 years of history and packed with culture, emotion and endless fun; Come and discover all its secrets!
Situated less than 40 kilometers from the city of Valencia is the region of Hoya de Buñol – A land full of hills, mountains and rivers where one of the most interesting festivals takes place within Spanish territory. The Tomatina de Buñol is held each year where over 50 thousand visitors from all corners of the country gather for a tomato throwing showdown – With more than 70 years of history behind it, this spectacle hides and infinite amount of anecdotes and oddities which are all well worth discovering.
Entertainment, fun and gastronomy will all come together at the 2016 Bonfires of Saint John Festival, where you can savor the excellent Coca amb tonyina – A delicious and healthy snack which is famous for being eaten in this festival; But what is it exactly? What are its origins? Why is it related to the St. John’s Festival? Time to find out!
Closely related to the sea, the 2016 ‘Semana Santa Marinera’ is one of the most distinguished festivals of Valencia, being declared the most interesting festival for international tourism as is its Alicante counterpart Crevillente. For over five centuries, processions and parades set to a historical ambience have commemorated the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Whether you are religious or not, the beauty, emotion and charm of this celebration is sure to impress.
Parades, floats and fireworks all come together for the ‘Fiesta de Moros y Cristianos’ ( The Moors and Christians festival) – A festival full of colour, music and joy uniting many towns and cities from all corners of the southern Levantine Peninsular. What historical moment does it represent? What is it’s origin? Why is it worth discovering? Continue reading