Going on a vacation is always fun, but it is even made more exciting if you go to a destination that has something special going on. I am talking about visiting a city right when they are holding a festival and if festivals are what you are looking for, then Europe is the best place to look. Rich traditions equal festivals full of adventure for any traveler. Here are the top five festivals in Europe – and they don’t have to be that heavy on the pocket too!
Carnevale in Venice, Italy
The Carnevale is actually held in many other countries of the world – spelled differently, of course. This festival has its roots in pagan traditions but you do not have to be pagan to enjoy this spring festival. Put on your most exquisite and exotic costumes and go from one ball to the other and have some of the best and wildest nights of your life. One of the best things about going to the Carnevale is that you do not have to be part of royalty or the social elite to enjoy the festival. In fact, the Carnevale is one of those times when your social standing will not be of any import.
Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain
Another very famous festival in Europe is the Running of the Bulls. Traditionally held in Pamplona, this festival is crazy. People who want to participate have to dress in white and bring along some red handkerchief. They will then do their best to run ahead of the bulls that are let loose. With free flowing wine, fireworks, and numerous bull fights, this festival is definitely one of the most adventurous endeavors that you can engage in – and you do not have to spend too much on it!
Edinburgh Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland
If culture is what you are looking for, then this festival should be on your list. It is known to be the premier cultural event in Europe. With countless performances featuring music, art, film, dance, plays, and more, the Edinburgh Festival will satisfy any soul starved for culture.
Bloemencorso in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Beautiful fresh flowers never fail to bring joy in anyone’s heart and this is what awaits you if you decide to experience one of the biggest flower festivals in The Netherlands. This festival is held on the first Saturday and offers the most extravagant and awe-inspiring floats and floral arrangements. Oh, if you want to see tulips, this festival is not for you, though – there are no tulips in the Bloemencorso, surprisingly.
Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany
Free flowing beer for a very low cost – that is what Oktoberfest means for many a traveler. Oktoberfest has actually been copied by countless towns and cities all over the world but nothing beats the authentic Oktoberfest in Munich. Be part of the tens of thousands of beer enthusiasts sitting on long wooden benches under immense tents holding humongous beer mugs – now isn’t that heaven?