22 June 2018
MADRID - It's summer again and it's time for the beach and the sun again.Besides relaxing there are also many parties that take place during the summer months in various cities in the country or even throughout Spain.It is almost impossible to list all the parties in the list below as there are many local or regional celebrations, but we do our best with the most popular parties of Spain between June and August.
The bonfires of the midsummer night take place in Spain on the night of 23 to 24 June. In many places in Spain, meetings take place on, among other things, beaches where bonfires are made, firecrackers are burned and much is drunk and eaten. San Juan is much celebrated in Catalonia, on the Balearic Islands and in Alicante.
While tomatoes are being thrown in Valencia at the Tomatina festival, this is happening in La Rioja with wine during the Haro festival better known as "la batalla del vino". The party takes place in the small medieval village of Haro in the La Rioja Alta wine region where 40% of all Rioja wines come from.During the party, it is the most normal thing in the world to walk through the streets and party with wine, drenched in wine ... and of course drink wine.
Who has not heard of the running of bulls in Pamplona. Running for the bulls is only a small part of the San Fermín festivities in the city of Pamplona, in the Navarra region. Every morning between the 8th and the 14th of July, the bulls are released on the streets of the city where the more than 500 kilos of animals walk behind hundreds of riders for just a few minutes. However, there are many more festivities around this bull run in which the entire city (and the thousands of tourists) celebrates.
Every year on July 25 the Dia de Santiago is celebrated in the city of Santiago de Compostela and throughout the Galicia region. Santiago de Compostela is known as the terminus of the pilgrim route and so on the day of the patron saint of Galicia, there is a lot of traffic in the city as there are many walkers who want to end the route on that day. There are many activities around this party and it is certainly worthwhile to experience in your life.
Besides the famous Semana Santa around Easter, Málaga is also known for the Feria de Málaga. The party can be compared to the world famous Feria de Abril in Seville, but then something smaller and less crowded. This of course does not mean that there is a lot of party in traditional style with traditional costumes, horse and carriages and processions through the city.
The horse races of the South Spanish Sanlúcar are very well known in Spain and are visited by thousands of people every year. Between 3 and 19 August several horse races are held on the beaches of Sanliqueñas in Sanlúcar de Barrameda in the province of Cádiz. The horse racing of Sanlúcar has been held on the beach since 1845 and takes place today during two 3-day events.
The big tomato fight of the small village of Buñol in Valencia is world famous and is visited by thousands of participants from all over the world every year. This traditional feast always takes place on the last Wednesday of the month of August, this year on the 31st where the fight starts at 11 o'clock in the morning and the days before and afterwards filled with exuberant celebrations.
The biggest and most impressive is where I live, Villena (Alicante). Declared of National Tourist Interest, it is the most participative Moors and Christians Festivities that exist. These festivities are a happy explosion of colors, joy and music, which fills the streets of our city for five days in a multitudinous representation of several thousand people dressed as Moors, students, warriors, farmers ...
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