Spain: Top Five Festivals in Spain

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Brave tourists and locals participate in the Running of the Bulls at the Festival of San Fermin, Pamplona, Spain

Brave tourists and locals participate in the Running of the Bulls at the Festival of San Fermin in Pamplona, Spain

For some people, traveling to different countries means one thing: to experience the culture as much as possible, and I feel that the best way to do this would be to time one’s visit to match the festivals of the destination country. Spain is one country that definitely has no dearth of festivals. Indeed, it has so many that you might have to narrow your choices down. Here are the top five festivals that you should NOT miss in Spain.

Running of the Bulls
This is one thing that everyone knows about – they let out angry bulls in the streets and people (either brave or foolhardy) run out in front of them. The festival runs for a week, with lots of bullfights in the schedule as well. It is also called the San Fermin Festival and occurs in early July.

Semana Santa
Literally translated as Holy Week, this is the festival for the Lent. It is held in the week leading up to Easter Sunday. This festival is held all over the country but Seville and Malaga holds the best celebrations.

Spanish Carnaval
This festival begins before Lent and ends on Shrove Tuesday. You can visit different cities and still have a taste of the Carnaval, but the best places would be Chueca in Madrid (gay scene), Sitges near Barcelona, and Ciudad Rodrgio near Salamanca.

Las Fallas
You up for fire? Then time your visit to coincide with Las Fallas, something akin to Guy Fawkes Night. This takes place on the week before March 19 (St. Joseph’s Day) in Valencia.

Tomatina Tomato Fight
For some tomatoey fun, visit Bunyol, a small town near Valencia on the fourth Wednesday of August. What to expect? The world’s biggest food fight. FUN!

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