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Travel Guide: The Festivals

14th Jul 2015 1:45pm | By Editor

Take a look at the top Spanish Festivals...

Las Fallas

Valencia | March 15-19

If you’re seeking sensory overload you can’t beat Valencia’s Fallas (fire) Festival. It’s a five-day mega-fiesta of burning effigies, spectacular fireworks and popping fire crackers, plus plane-loads of paella on hand to sustain you – and plenty of agua de valencia (the city’s cava-based cocktail) to wash it down. 

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La Batalla de Vino

Hora, La Rioja | June 29

There’s wine by the gallon at this festival but – and this may feel like sacrilege to some – rather than drink it, you throw it all over each other. Wear white and come out purple as festivalgoers fill buckets and water guns with vino and soak each other with it. Warning: wear goggles as it stings your eyes! Of course we’re sure plenty of it manages to accidentally on purpose find its way into your mouth too.

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San Fermin

Pamplona | July 6-14

Most famous for its ‘running with the bulls’, this is actually a very small part of the San Fermin festival.  Recently getting bad press for animal cruelty, you can avoid the crazy chase through the streets risking being speared by a horny beast and still enjoy the festivities and atmosphere. Other main events include the San Fermín procession, when thousands dance and parade through the streets behind a statue of the patron, and The Roar, when crowds gather at the Town Hall at midnight to make as much noise as they can.

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La Tomatina

Bunol | last Wednesday of August

For 364 days of the year nothing really happens in the drab industrial town of Buñol, 38km west of Valencia, Spain. But on the last Wednesday of August every year, things are a little different. Here is where you can be a part of the world’s most famous food fight. The weapon of choice is tomatoes, but beware of the odd root vegetable: we know someone who got a black eye from a flying carrot. Wear white, goggles and be prepared to get messy. 

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Bilbao BBK Live

This is one of our favourite festivals. Catch international rock and indie acts as the sun sinks behind the city and you watch from a blissful spot atop a mountain. With acts only playing in the evenings, you’ve got the days free to explore Bilbao and its beaches. Perfect.   

Bilbao |

Where to stay

Bilbao Ganbara Hostel

The most centrally located hostel in Bilbao in the heart of the old town


Sonar prides itself on its selection of ‘advanced’ new music and hosts the most cutting-edge and forward-thinking artists out there, irrespective of their musical genre. 

Barcelona |


The vibe English festival-goers love Beni, with its hot weather and even hotter tunes. Its line-up offers a nice mix of cool rock and quirky pop for those who prefer their music a bit more mainstream.   

Benicàssim |


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