10 Best Spanish Festivals You Can’t Miss

Everyone knows that Spain is synonymous with fun and fiestas, and it is true that this part of the Iberian Peninsula is home to some crazy Spanish festivals. From throwing tomatoes at one another to burning the enormous figures people spent a year creating, the best Spanish festivals are quite out of the ordinary.

A traveler friendly country, it is easy  to book accommodation at each of these can’t-miss festivals. Whether you’ll be partying with other festival goers in a HostelWorld dorm room after running from some bulls, or crashing in more luxurious accommodations after a day long wine fight, you won’t regret attending any of these crazy Spanish festivals.

10 Best Spanish Festivals for a Crazy Weekend

San Fermin Spanish Festival

Looking for crazy Spanish festivals? Try San Fermín!

La Tomatina

La Tomatina tops the list as one of the craziest Spanish festivals. Once a year at the end of August, thousands gather in the town of Buñol in Valencia to throw tomatoes at one another in the name of tradition and fun!

La Tomatina Valencia

The famous Tomatina Tomato Fight

Las Fallas

Visit Valencia city in the middle of March to experience its biggest fiesta, Las Fallas. For four days, the city transforms into a carnival of huge papier-mâché figurines, performances, fireworks, and bonfires. This famous Spanish festival finishes with a display of huge bonfires that burn all through the night.

Las Fallas Best Spanish Festival

Las Fallas Spanish festival in Valencia by kaberon on flickr

Carnival

Parades and performances fill the air with the buzz of celebration in Spain, where huge open-air parties take over the streets. Tenerife, Cadiz and Sitges host the most famous carnivals in Spain, so make your way to one of these towns, make sure to get dressed up, and prepare to dance through the streets all night long.

Carnival celebrations in Tenerife.

Carnival celebrations in Tenerife.

La Fería de Abril

One of the most popular fiestas in Seville, the Fería  (the April Fair) begins on a Monday night with the lighting of thousands of light bulbs strung through the fairgrounds and around the main gateway. This kicks off the weeklong celebration that includes dancing, singing and delicious food and wine. Many attendants wear traditional Andalusian Sevillanas dresses (like a Flamenco dress), making the fiesta even more authentic. This is one Spanish festival you truly can’t miss, so take a weekend trip and experience it for yourself.

Sevilla Feria de abril

The door of the April Fair.

San Fermín

Memorialized for eternity in Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises and Death in the Afternoon, San Fermín is perhaps the most famous Spanish festival known throughout the world. You won’t regret a visit to Pamplona for the running of the bulls, one of the craziest and most unforgettable of Spanish festivals.

running of the bulls best spanish festivals

San Fermín running of the bulls.

Día de los Reyes Magos

Unlike in the United States, Spaniards exchange Christmas gifts on January 6th in celebration of the arrival of the three wise men to Bethlehem, bearing gifts for the baby Jesus. On the night of the 5th, almost every Spanish town organizes cabalgatas, parades in which the three kings walk through the streets and throw candies to the children. The next morning, children receive their presents that the wise men brought them the night before. Christmas festivities in Spain are not to be ignored, and the Día de los Reyes Magos is one of the most famous festivals in Spain.

Reyes Magos Spanish Festival Parade

The parade of the Reyes Magos in El Puerto de Santa María, Spain.

Festa Mejor de Grácia

This 8 day festival is held yearly in August throughout the streets of Grácia, near Barcelona. Over one million people visit the party to participate in the free outdoor concerts and various family activities. With the festival come beautiful decorations, with every street covered in colorful decorations and lined with little shops to buy your festival souvenirs.

 

Festa de Gracia

Festa Mejor de Gracia

Els Enfarinats

On April Fool’s Day in Iba, Spain, thousands of people gather for the pure joy of throwing eggs and flour at one another. Like the Tomatina festival, Els Enfarinats will leave you covered in food and bent over laughing – what could be more fun than tossing eggs and powder all over your fellow celebrators?

Flour cup

Flour for the festival!

La Raima

Along the same lines as Els Enfarinats, citizens and visitors in Pobla del Duc get together every year after the grape harvest has finished to reward their hard work… by throwing grapes at one another. So if you like to get your hands a little dirty, head to this famous Spanish festival and finish out your day with some famous Spanish wine from last year’s harvest!

Grapes in Spain

Get your grapes ready!

Wine Battle of Haro

The last of on our list of crazy Spanish festivals takes place in the town of Haro in La Rioja region of Spain. Rioja wine is some of the most famous in all of Spain, and every year in June the town erupts with wine drinking competitions and the Batalla de Vino (the wine battle). At 9:00 in the morning, everyone gathers for the procession and mass that start out the day, but the minute that mass ends, get ready for an explosion of wine fighting fury!

Haro batalla de vino

Soaked in wine at the Haro Wine Battle!

These are what we’d consider the best Spanish festivals, but there are many more. If you know of another crazy Spanish festival, leave us a comment!

Photo Credits: carthesianInfrogmationamaianosSecret TenerifeMel B.,  horrapics,  Nebunel1

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