Travel Guide to Spain

 

Spanish Festivals to Experience:

Batalla del Vino

Batalla del Vino
Haro, Spain

One thing you have to know about the Spanish, they really do know how to throw a party. And for some reason they can get pretty darn messy. Here in the Rioja Region, June 29th is the Batalla del Vino or Wine Battle. Though many Spanish festivals are meant to celebrate various patron saints (June 29th is also St. Pedro’s Day) this little shin dig is anything but saintly. Whereas most people think the point of a wine festival is to get the drink IN you, here the goal is to get it ON you (well mostly).
Hogueras de San Juan

Hogueras de San Juan
Alicante, Spain

Each year around June 24th several towns in Spain celebrate the popular festival known as the Bonfires of Saint John(Hogueras de San Juan). Although celebrated throughout the country in many cities, Alicante considers it the most important festival in the city and sets up the largest celebration. During the festival there are a variety of celebrations held, some are repeated daily and others are one time events. Originally started in 1928 by Jose Maria Py because he felt Alicante needed...
Las Fallas

Las Fallas
Valencia, Spain

Originally started as a feast day for St. Joseph, Las Fallas has evolved into one of the most unique and wild festivals in the world. Meaning “the fires” in Valencian, the focus of the festival is creating and destroying huge cardboard, wood, papier-mâché and plaster statues that are referred to as “fallas” or “ninots”. They tend to be quite realistic looking and depict a variety of things such as poking fun at corrupt politicians and celebrities. The fallas are very labor intensive taking up to a year to prepare and can cost...
La Tomatina

La Tomatina
Buñol,, Spain

Are you ready for the craziest, messiest, most “off the chain” party in the world? Well pack your bags; you are going to Buñol, Spain for the annual La Tomatina tomato fight festival. Although its roots (no pun intended) are somewhat ambiguous, it is known that La Tomatina first started in the mid-1940s and had spread from a few hundred revelers to thousands every year. Part of a week long festival honoring the town’s patron saints (St. Louis Bertrand and the Virgin Mary), La Tomatina is a wickedly fun...
La Fiesta de San Fermín

La Fiesta de San Fermín
Granada, Spain

La Fiesta de San Fermín(The Festival of Saint Fermin), held every year from July 6-14, began in 1591 when the San Fermin festival, the town fair of Pamplona, Spain and a bull fighting celebration were combined into one large festival. The bishop, Saint Fermin, traveled across the lands converting people to Christianity. Sadly, his views were not shared by all and he met his martyrdom in Amiens, France where he was beheaded. Pamplona locals have since honored him with his own festival. Festival go-ers...
   

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