Events

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 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 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…
Sports in Alicante

Volvo Ocean Race

This gruelling round-the-world race has in recent editions started in Alicante, where the event has its headquarters. It normally begins every three years in October; the next is scheduled for 2020. A museum on the …
Fiesta in Morella

Sexenni

Morella’s major festival is the Sexenni, held during August every six years almost without interruption since 1678 (there's one in 2018, then 2024) in honour of the town’s patron, the Virgen de Vallivana. It was ori…
Fiesta in Villena

Moros y Cristianos

Villena's main fiesta is a boisterous affair based around the town's patron, the Virgin of the Virtues. With 14 Moor and Christian groups, just about the whole town is decked out in extravagant costume. The nocturna…
Sports in Valencia

Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana

MotoGP is huge in Spain, which hosts several annual races and often has several top riders in the mix. The Valencian version, held at a circuit at Cheste, 20km west of the centre, has in recent years been the season…