5 of The Biggest Cultural Events in Spain

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Spain loves to party, and they know how to do it well. One day is simply not enough; they'll turn an entire weekend into a party. Sometimes, they'll turn a whole week into a party. And that's why so many people love to go to Spain. They live life outdoors, in the moment, and around food, drink, family, and friends. We can guarantee that at any point in Spain in any location, there's a party. And don't get us started about the summer parties.

But it's not just random parties that attract attention - it's the cultural events that steal the show.

Below, we'll tell you about 5 of the best cultural events in Spain and why you should go.

La Tomatina

In the heart of Valencia, in the small town of Buñol, the last Wednesday of every August is painted red. La Tomatina is the world’s most famous and messiest food fight. It’s a spectacle of fun, laughter, and lots of tomatoes. It has to be one of the weirdest Spanish cultural events - but it is worth going to. Tens of thousands of participants from all over the globe gather to hurl overripe tomatoes at each other, turning the streets into rivers of red pulp. That’s literally it. This uproarious event started in 1945 as a spontaneous act among locals. And now, it has become an iconic festival. But it’s still random.

San Fermín

Pamplona's San Fermín festival is renowned worldwide for its exhilarating encierro. But you’ll know it as the bull run. Again, it’s totally random, but that will be the theme of this article.

 Every July, thrill-seekers run ahead of a herd of bulls (dangerous) and navigate through narrow streets towards the bullring. Beyond the adrenaline-fueled bull run, San Fermín is a week-long (and it is long) celebration filled with music, dance, and traditional ceremonies. And the locals love it. The festival's origins date back to mediaeval times and it’s still just as popular today. If anything, it’s more popular.

La Feria de Abril

Seville's La Feria de Abril is a dazzling display of Andalusian culture. There’s flamenco, fino (sherry), and festivity. Just weeks after Semana Santa (Holy Week), the city transforms into a vibrant fairground adorned with colourful casetas (tents) and crazy lights. So as you can see there, it’s party after party - they only just finish celebrating holy week before it turns to something else.

Flamenco dancers in traditional attire, the pulsating rhythms of Sevillanas, and the aroma of Andalusian cuisine - it’s all just incredible. La Feria de Abril is not just a fair. It’s a heartfelt celebration of the region’s rich cultural heritage.

Las Fallas: Valencia's Festival of Fire

Las Fallas is a unique experience. Watching fireworks during the day isn’t something normal, but in Spain, it is. And then they set everything on fire.

Every March, Valencia becomes a spectacle of pyrotechnics and artistry during Las Fallas. It’s a festival that culminates in the burning of ninots (large caricature sculptures). These intricate creations, often satirical and always imaginative, line the streets before meeting their fiery fate on La Nit de la Cremà (the Night of the Burning).

The festival is a feast for the senses. The dazzling firework displays, lively parades, and the constant crackle of firecrackers are incredible. Bring your headphones if you don’t like noise.

The tradition started in Valencia, but a lot of cities like Alicante celebrate.

Semana Santa

Semana Santa, or Holy Week, is observed with solemn grandeur across Spain. Spain is still a deeply religious country at heart. In cities like Seville, Málaga, and Granada, the observance reaches its zenith. They absolutely love it. The week features solemn processions of pasos (religious floats) carried through the streets by costaleros (bearers) and a backdrop of mournful saetas (sacred songs).

The processions, led by hooded penitents, are a profound expression of religious devotion and cultural identity.

Spain's cultural events are not just celebrations. They are living narratives. Each tells a story of history, faith, joy, and communal spirit. From the tomato-soaked streets of Buñol to the solemn processions of Semana Santa, these events invite you to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Spanish culture.

Each event, in its unique way, is a testament to the enduring allure of Spanish culture, beckoning travellers from around the world to experience the zest, spirit, and soul of Spain. And as you can tell, all of them are completely random.

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