4 Reasons Why the End of Summer is the Best Time in Spain

4 Reasons Why the End of Summer is the Best Time in Spain

It’s not too late to hop on a plane and enjoy the end of Summer in Spain! In fact, it’s actually the best time. Here are 4 Reasons why.

1) It’s Festival Season. Mid August is jam-packed with tons of festivals all over Spain, from the biggest cities to the tiniest villages. Head to Gràcia, Catalonia between August 15th-24th for the Festa Major de Gràcia. There, you’ll see a city transformed into a showcase of residential art, marked by streets lined with hanging replicas of the solar system, political figures, marine life, you name it! Come dark, party in the streets with the locals, as the community joins together to enjoy outdoor concerts, dancing, and more. Or, head to Aste Nagusia to celebrate Basque culture at the largest festival in Northern Spain. If you like the idea of giants parading down the streets, strongman competitions, bullfights and nightly concerts held under dazzling fireworks, then you’ve got to make it to Bilbao for this huge 9-day festival. Don’t miss the August 22nd kick-off, when a rocket is blasted into the air and the notorious mascot, Marijaia, is revealed. Or, go to the world-famous Tomatina in Valencia on August 26th, and join in a city-wide tomato throwing fight. Yes, that’s right; your childhood dreams of starting a food fight in the school cafeteria just became a reality, on a way bigger scale. Our advice? Pack a pair of goggles. 2) Shopping, Shopping, Shopping! Shoes. And leather bags. And one-of-a-kind artisan clothing. All made in Spain. Sound expensive? Well it’s not! At least not during August, when summer sales, or rebajas, are everywhere. So pack your suitcase half full, because the hottest Spanish fashions are calling your name! But don’t procrastinate, because those to-die-for handmade Spanish leather shoes aren’t going to wait around for you... 3) It’s the Best Beach Weather of the Year. Did you know that the ideal beach season in Spain is during September? The weather is slowly starting to cool down from the scorching Spanish summer heat, and as September approaches the beaches are starting to empty out with locals returning back to work and school. What does this mean for you? Perfect, mid-80s degree weather with a light breeze, a nearly guaranteed chance of sun, and room on the beach to lay down a towel. And maybe even two! Just to name a few gorgeous beaches, check out Costa Vasca in the Basque region, Málaga or Cádiz in Andalucía, Playa de la Concha in San Sebastián, San Vicente or Santander. 4) Food and Wine. Need we say more? Not only is the end of summer festival season, but it’s also food festival season! That’s right. Eat grilled razor clams at the Festa de Navalla on the Galician island of Arousa (July 25th-28th), or chow down on some meat empanadas at the Fiesta de la Empanada in the village of Allariz (August 15th-16th). All that food making you thirsty? Drink Rioja wine at the Rioja Wine Festival in Bilbao (a week-long starting September 17th), or head South and indulge with a glass or two of Sherry at the Sherry Wine Festival in Jerez de la Frontera (starting September and continuing for three weeks). These are just to name a few. Remember, bikini season is almost over ;)                                                    So, see you in Spain?   Article by Casie Tennin August 12, 2015

 

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