Virgin of Mercy

Festival of La Merce

The Festival of La Mercè is dedicated to the patron saint of Barcelona, the Virgin of Mercy, and involves a fabulous assortment of popular Catalan traditions and mythology. The festival takes place every year on 24 September, but it has become a multi-day event,...  see full details

The Madrid Carnival

Madrid Carnaval

Madrid's traditional medieval carnival was revived in 1976 after being squashed for 40 years under Franco's regime. Revellers now exult in this plethora of partying and parades every year, with the action centred in venues like the Casino and the Circulo de Bellas Artes....  see full details

F1 Grand Prix

Spanish F1 Grand Prix

The Barcelona grand prix is the fifth race of the Formula One season, and the crowds gather eagerly to watch the thrills, spills and speed that accompany a spectacle of this nature. Formula One is the king of motor sports and attracts the...  see full details

Running of the Bulls

San Fermin (Running of the Bulls)

The annual festival honouring Saint Fermin is most famous for its Running of the Bulls, which takes place every morning throughout the celebrations, starting at 8am. Ernest Hemmingway brought the festival to world attention with his novel The Sun Also Rises, and millions of...  see full details

Tomatoes in mid air

La Tomatina

Billed as 'the world's craziest festival' and 'the world's biggest tomato fight', visitors should be prepared to be soaked in tomato juice when this quirky festival gets going. Almost 50,000 visitors descend annually on the tiny village of Bunol, just 25 miles (40km) outside...  see full details



Valencia's spring festival, celebrated since 1871, is the highlight of the year in the city. Close to a hundred enormous wood and cardboard satirical papier-mâché figures are created and erected along the streets by different communities and these creative and comical figures are eventually...  see full details

A Spanish Bullfight

Summer In The City

A fantastic cultural accompaniment to a summer holiday in Madrid, the Veranos de la Villa Festival (Summer in the City Festival) offers daily shows encompassing theatre, puppetry, film, dance, opera, music and art, taking place at various indoor and outdoor venues across the city...  see full details


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