5 Fiestas You Can’t Miss This Spring in Spain

The spring sun is shining, the outdoor terraces are packed with revelers, and Spaniards across the country are planning for one thing: their favorite spring fiesta! Whatever your fiesta flavor is, Spain is sure to have something for you and your party palate! Don’t believe us? Read on! Here are Spain’s top 5 Spring Fiestas you can’t miss: 1. Las Fallas, Valencia (March 15th to 19th, 2016): One of Spain’s most peculiar yet breathtaking festivals is Valencia’s “Las Fallas” fire festival. Imagine: A city taken over by “ninots,” or ginormous cartoon-like monuments made of cardboard…only to be publicly burned at the end of the week! The tradition started centuries ago, when the city’s carpenters would burn their winter lamps the night before the feast of San José. The carpenters decorated these lamps with old fabric and materials, making them look like human figures. Over years, these peculiar figures slowly transformed into what we now know as the celebrated “ninots”. Don’t miss the final night of the festival (the 19th), as this is the culmination of the entire week, called the “cremà”. A week filled with revel, music, dance and art, this festival is one that you must see. 2. Semana Santa (March 20th to 27th, 2016): From the tiniest villages to the biggest cities, the entire country of Spain is transformed during the week of Easter, or “Semana Santa”. However, there are certain cities that have especially fabulous celebrations. Let’s start in Seville, where the famous processions invade the entire old town. There, admire the “cofradías” or religious brotherhoods, marching through the narrow streets in peculiar uniforms, carrying the weight of Virgin Mary statues above their heads. Or, head to Malaga, where the ritual “freeing of a prisoner” is celebrated. Or, get your art fix in Valladolid, where the religious statues are unique works of Baroque art. There is an endless list of “Semana Santa” celebrations across Spain, each unique in their own right. Be sure to experience at least one! 3. Moors and Christians, Alcoy (Alicante) (April 22nd to 24th, 2016): Get your medieval garb ready! Every April, Alcoy is transformed into a Middle Age city, celebrating its big ‘fiesta mayor.’ Dating all the way back to the 16th century, the festival celebrates the 1276 battle fought against Muslim-owned territories of Spain. The hero of the festival is the noble legend of San Jorge, who swooped into battle and led the Christians to victory. As a form of gratitude for his brave work, Sir Jorge was named the patron saint of Alcoy. Now, he is honored every year with this highly anticipated Medieval festival. 4. April Fair, Seville (April 12th to 17th, 2016): Close your eyes and see yourself in the midst of this festival: Flamenco song echoing through the streets, Andalusian “cowboys” mounted on horses, women dressed in fabulous Flamenco dresses, and “casetas” filled with families and groups of friends partying around the clock. Dance and sing “Sevillanas”, and then enjoy the lively “Calle del Infierno” (Hell’s Street), filled with attractions for children and adults. Whatever you do, don’t forget a big flower in your hair and your mojo to fiesta! 5. Córdoba Patios Flower Festival, Córdoba (May 2nd to 15th, 2016): Don’t throw your Feria de Abril flower out quite yet! Cordoba’s Andalusian flower festival is the perfect way to celebrate the end of spring, with beautiful flowers covering the city in vibrant decoration. Can you smell the flowers just thinking about it? Whatever your perfect idea of a “fiesta” is, Spain is sure to have it this spring. So, get your party hat ready, because it’s time to fiesta! As we say in Spain…salúd! Written By: Casie Tennin March 9, 2016

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