Annual Events
Annual Events


Semana Santa


Top Ten Events: Carnaval en Espana

  1. Tenerife's  Carnaval (Feb)
  2. Cadiz's Carnaval (Feb)
  3. Murica's Carnavals (Feb)
  4. Valencia's Fallas  (Mar)
  5. Seville's Semana Santa & April Fair
  6. MMadrid San Isidro(May)
  7. Alicante Hogueras de San Juan (June)
  8. Pamplona's  Running of the Bulls/a> (July)
  9. Bunol's Tomatino (August)
  10. Barcelona's Merce (Sept)


Carnavals & Celebrations

Festivals, Fiestas, Ferias, & Feasts

It is traditional to identify four different festival seasons associated with the course spring, summer, winter and fall. Spring and summer festivals arise from their relationship with agriculture and the earth's fecundity. The first Spring festival is Carnaval. It begins its long season with Winter Solstice, when the days first begin to become longer and light and life are restored anew. Those held in autumn are less in number and less exultant, while those celebrated in winter tend to be dramatic and ceremonial. Spain also supports more historic festivals than anywhere else -- most often the Moors vs. Christians, but other militaristic variants as well, such as the Romans vs. Cathegenians. To this we add the growing annual festivals designed to attract visitors, which are primarily music and film festivals.

Madrid, Barcelona, Seville and Valencia p>Madrid, Barcelona, Seville and Valencia are spectacular global cities with no shortage of attractions for the visitors. There is no better time to visit than when they host a big annual event and the natives are particularly aware of their role as welcoming hosts. For the more adventurous, there is a festival culture that thrives throughout the country. Every Spanish city, no matter its size, stops and celebrates its local festival and invites visitors to join in. Every village, town and city in Spain has at least one annual fiesta commemorating the feast day of a saint, a manifestation of the Virgin, or a day in the Catholic liturgical calendar.

Remember to book your accommodations as soon as possible if your plans include traveling to a location where a major festival or other cultural event is taking place.


"I always get the feeling in Spain that something unexpected is going to happen at any moment. You never quite know what is coming." -- Ian Gibson, author and broadcaster

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1 January New Year's Day
 6 January Epiphany/Three Kings
18 April Good Friday
1 May Labour Day
19 June Corpus Christi
24 June St John the Baptist's Day
15 August Assumption
24 September Our Lady of Mercy
(Barcelona region)
12 October National Day
 1 November All Saints' Day
6 December Constitution Day
8 December Immaculate Conception
25 December Christmas Day

On public holidays, all shops and banks are closed. Taxis will add a small surcharge to the fare on these dates. If the public holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, you will find many Spaniards talking about "doing a bridge" (haciendo puente). This involves taking the Monday or Friday off as well in order to enjoy a 4-day long break.
websites on Spain:
Spanish airport guide
Official Spain Tourist Site
CIA World FactbookSpain Entry
Catalonian railways (GFR)
Spanish railways
A Short History of Spain
Spain Expat (Living in Spain}
The Time in Spain is
Visit Spain
Heritage Sites in Europe
Spain and Portugal for Visitors
The Boring Details on Spain
All About Spain

 King of Spain
 Congreso de los Diputados
 Senado de Espaqa
 El Gobierno
 Constitutional Court:Tribunal Constitucional
 Spanish Socialist Workers Party
 United Left
 Convergence Union
 Republican Left of Catalonia
 Basque Nationalist Party
 El Pais
 El Mundo
 La Vanguardia
 Agencia EFE
 CIA World Factbook: A detailed list of facts and figures for Spain.
 U.S. State Department Notes: A description of the history, government, politics and economy of Spain.
 Si, Spain: Interactive Information
 Tourist Office of Spain
 Destination Spain
 Consulate General of Spain in New York

Last Update: 15SEP05
Last Link Check: 07OCT05