The Water Festival at the fiesta of San Roque in Vilagarcía de Arousa (Pontevedra, Galicia)

Patron saint festivals in honour of San Roque

Festivity of National Tourist Interest

Vilagarcía de Arousa


The Water Festival is moment everyone looks forward to most during the Semana Grande fiesta in Vilagarcía de Arousa.

Vilagarcía de Arousa, in the province of Pontevedra, holds its Patron Festivals in honour of San Roque in mid-August, Over ten days there are religious events such as the mass and a procession of the saint's image, and other more playful activities. One of the most notable is the Water Festival. Thousands of people of all ages run through the streets in the centre of Vilagarcía shouting “Water!” while their neighbours and firefighters soak them with water. This fun event, with music from brass bands and general revelry, is attended by 20,000 to 30,000 people.

The fiestas also include free concerts, folk music and dance, a parade of floats, a flower fight, and more. The grand finale of the celebrations is the Naval Battle, which attracts thousands of visitors. This is a mock battle between a ship and a castle made of fireworks off the quay of Muelle de Pasajeros. This show is rounded off with a spectacular fireworks display, including aquatic fireworks.

Patron saint festivals in honour of San Roque

Vilagarcía de Arousa, Pontevedra  (Galicia)

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