Things To Do in Spain

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Festivals

Spain has many local festivals that are worth a visit.

  • Holy Week (Easter) in Málaga – a must. From Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, there are numerous processions.
  • Córdoba en Mayo (Cordoba in May) – an ideal month to visit the city of the south
  • Las Cruces (1st week of May) – large crosses decorated with flowers adorn the public squares of the city centre, where there is also music and alcohol in the evenings and lots of people having fun!
  • Patio Festival – one of the most interesting cultural exhibitions, 2 weeks where some people open the doors of their houses to show their old patios full of flowers.
  • Cata del Vino Montilla-Moriles – big wine tasting in a big tent in the city centre for a week in May.
  • Dia de Sant Jordi – the Catalan must. On 23 April, Barcelona is decorated with roses everywhere and there are book stalls on the Rambla. There are also book signings, concerts and various events.
  • Fallas – Valencia’s festival in March – burning “fallas” is a must
  • Malaga August Fair – dancing flamenco, drinking sherry, bullfights
  • San Fermines – July in Pamplona, Navarre.
  • Fiesta de San Isidro – 15 May in Madrid – a festival in honour of the patron saint of Madrid.
  • Holy Week (Easter Week) – the best in Seville and the rest of Andalusia; also interesting in Valladolid (silent processions) and Zaragoza (where hundreds of drums are played during the processions).
  • Carnival – the best in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Cadiz
  • Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos (Parade of the Magi) – On the eve of Epiphany, 5 January, the night before Spanish children are given presents at Christmas, it rains sweets and toys in all the towns.
  • San Sebastian International Film Festival – takes place every year towards the end of September in San Sebastian, a beautiful city in the Basque Country.
  • La Tomatina – a giant tomato fight in Buñol
  • Moros y Cristianos (Moors and Christians, especially present in the south-east of Spain in spring) – parades and “battles” reminiscent of the battles in the Middle Ages
  • 85 festivals in Galicia throughout the year, from wine to wild horses.

Holidays

  • New Year’s Eve: “Nochevieja” in Spanish. In Spain, it is traditional to eat grapes during the countdown to New Year’s Eve, one grape for each of the last twelve seconds before midnight. For this, supermarkets even sell small packets of grapes (exactly 12 grapes per packet) before New Year’s Eve.

The Puerta del Sol, is the place to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Spain. At 23:59, “los cuartos” (in Spanish), the bells that announce the ringing of the twelve chimes (campanadas in Spanish), begin. During the ringing “los cuartos”, sounds from the upper chime of the clock, with the same purpose as the sound “los cuartos”, indicating that “las campanadas”. It rings at midnight and indicates the beginning of a new year. At each chime, according to tradition, a grape must be eaten. There is a time interval of three seconds between each chime. “Las Campanadas”, are broadcast live on the main national television channels, because in the rest of Spain people still eat the grapes at home or on huge screens installed in the big cities following the chimes on the Puerta del Sol in Madrid.

After ringing “las campanadas”, he starts fireworks. It is a famous festival in Spain and it is a great moment to enjoy because the show takes place in the centre of the capital of Spain.

Outdoor activities

  • Canyoning
  • Climbing: Los Mallos (Aragon) and Siurana (near Barcelona)
  • Football: The most popular sport in Spain. The Spanish league and national team are among the strongest in the world.
  • White water sports in : Campo, Murillo de Gallego (Aragon)
  • Hiking in Galicia
  • Downhill skiing There are many downhill ski resorts in Spain.

Scuba diving

If you want to treat yourself, visit the world-famous Costa Brava and the Canary Islands.

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