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 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 Fiesta in Buñol

La Tomatina

The last or penultimate Wednesday in August (dates vary) marks Spain’s messiest festival. Held in Buñol, 40km west of Valencia, La Tomatina is a tomato-throwing orgy attracting more than 20,000 visitors to a town of…
Top Choice Fiesta in Alcoy

Moros y Cristianos de Alcoy

Of all the many Moors and Christians festivals that celebrate the Reconquista, the region’s liberation from Muslim rule, Alcoy's is the biggest and best known. Hundreds of locals dress up in elaborate traditional co…
Top Choice Carnival in Águilas

Carnaval de Águilas

One of Spain's most interesting Carnavals, featuring four characters who represent various aspects of humanity, virtues and vices. There are parades from the Friday through to Shrove Tuesday, as well as the followin…
Cultural in Barcelona

Festes de la Mercè

The city’s biggest party involves four days of concerts, dancing, castellers (human-castle builders), a fireworks display synchronised with the Montjuïc fountains, dances of giants on the Saturday, and correfocs – a…
Cultural in Barcelona

Festes de Santa Eulàlia

Around 12 February this big winter fest celebrates Barcelona’s first patron saint with a week of cultural events, including parades of gegants (giants), open-air art installations, theatre, correfocs (fire runs) and…
Fiesta in Binissalem

Festes de la Verema

This vintage festival, renowned for its climactic grape fight, is actually a week-long bash of wine tastings, concerts, readings, exhibitions and a wild night-time correfoc (fire run), with fire-breathing devils das…
Religious in Lorca

Semana Santa

If you're from Lorca, you’re passionately Blanco (White) or Azul (Blue), the colours of the two major brotherhoods that have competed every year since 1855 to see who can stage the most lavish Semana Santa display. …
Street Carnival in Tarragona

Festival de Santa Tecla

This colourful 10-day festival brings castells, or human 'castles', to the centre of Tarragona.Teams of castellers stand on each other’s shoulders to build towers up to nine levels high. A death-defying child scramb…