Events

Top Choice Fiesta in Valencia

Las Fallas de San José

The exuberant, anarchic swirl of Las Fallas de San José – fireworks, music, festive bonfires and all-night partying – is a must if you’re visiting Spain in mid-March. The fallas themselves are huge sculptures of pap…
Top Choice Religious in Lorca

Semana Santa

If you're from Lorca, you’re probably passionately Blanco (White) or Azul (Blue), the colours of the two major brotherhoods that have competed since 1855 to see who can stage the most lavish Semana Santa display. Lo…
Top Choice Christmas in Gengenbach

Gengenbach Advent Calendar

Every December, Gengenbach rekindles childhood memories of opening tiny windows when the Rathaus morphs into the world’s biggest Advent calendar. At 6pm daily, one of 24 windows is opened to reveal a festive scene. …
Top Choice Performing Arts in Verona

Verona's Opera Festival

Around 14,000 music lovers pack the Roman Arena on summer nights during the world's biggest open-air lyrical music event, which draws international stars. Performances usually start at 8.45pm or 9pm. Tucking into a …
Top Choice Cultural in Gubbio

Corsa dei Ceri

The 'Ceri Race' is a centuries-old event held each year to celebrate Gubbio's patron saint, Sant'Ubaldo. It starts at 5.30am and involves three teams, each carrying a cero (massive wooden pillar weighing about 300 t…
Top Choice Horse Racing in Liverpool

Grand National

The world's most famous steeplechase – and one of England's most cherished events – takes place on the first Saturday in April and is run across 4.5 miles and over the most difficult fences in world racing. Its prot…
Top Choice Religious in Ribeira

Festa de São João

Porto’s biggest party is the Festa de São João. For one night in June, on the 24th, the city erupts into music, competitions and riotous parties; this is also when merrymakers pound each other on the head with squea…
Top Choice Performing Arts in Perm

Diaghilev Festival

Perm is said to be the third ballet mecca, following Moscow and St Petersburg. Every two years the Diaghilev Festival (named after the famous Russian ballet star Sergei Diaghilev) attracts arts fans with its rich ba…
Top Choice Theatre in Elche

Misteri d'Elx

A lyric drama dating from the Middle Ages, this is performed annually in the Basílica de Santa María. The mystery’s two acts, La Vespra (the eve of the Virgin Mary's death) and La Festa (the celebration of her assum…
Top Choice Religious in El Rocío

Romería del Rocío

Spain’s largest religious pilgrimage draws hundreds of thousands of revelers to El Rocío annually on Pentecost (Whitsunday) weekend. The festivities culminate with a boisterous procession through the streets in the …