Top Choice Fiesta in Buñol

La Tomatina

The last Wednesday in August marks Spain’s messiest festival. La Tomatina is a tomato-throwing orgy attracting more than 20,000 visitors to a town of just 9000 inhabitants. At 11am, more than 100 tonnes of squishy t…
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 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 …
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 c…
Top Choice Fiesta in Alicante

Hogueras de San Juan

Alicante’s major festival is on the night of 24 June, when midsummer bonfires are lit. In a celebration reminiscent of Valencia's Las Fallas, satirical effigies (ninots) go up in smoke all over town. This act, known…
Top Choice Music in Benicàssim

Festival Internacional de Benicàssim

Fans gather by the tens of thousands for this annual four-day bash, one of Europe’s major outdoor music festivals. Top acts in recent years have included some classic names, but the majority are up-to-the-minute act…
Top Choice Music in Córdoba

Noche Blanca del Flamenco

An all-night fest of top-notch flamenco by leading song, guitar and dance artists of the genre, in picturesque venues around the city such as the Mezquita's Patio de los Naranjos and Plaza del Potro. All performance…
Top Choice Religious in Ávila

Semana Santa

Ávila is one of the best places in Castilla y León to watch the solemn processions of Easter. It all begins on Holy Thursday, though the most evocative event is the early morning (around 5am) Good Friday procession,…