We can just feel it… 2018 is going to be a good year! Why? Well, there are endless events and celebrations happening in Spain this year! From once in a lifetime citywide art exhibitions, food showcases, epic hikes, music festivals…the list goes on. From so many exciting events happening this year, how do you choose? Well, we’ve made it easy for you! We’ve highlighted 5 top things to experience in Spain this year:

Celebrate Año Murillo in Seville

Art lovers, this one is for you! Año Murillo, or “the year of Murillo” celebrates the 400th anniversary of the birth of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Seville’s most famous and influential painter. Known for his Baroque works that deeply reflect the Sevillano culture in the 17th century, he became internationally famous and was a symbol of Seville’s global cultural influence of the time. Ok…sold? The good news is, you have the entire year to be a part of the celebration! Over the course of the year, there will be nonstop activities, including several exhibitions featuring his work, interactive music series and special walking tours that will bring his story to life throughout the city.

Eat in León, Spain’s 2018 Capital of Gastronomy

Ok, now this one goes out to the foodies. León has been named Spain’s capital of gastronomy for 2018, aka the foodie capital of Spain! It’s no wonder; the region is known for its incredible cured meats, cheeses, wines, wild mushrooms, stews and slow roasted suckling pig and lamb. Not to mention, the city has one of the highest numbers of tapas bars and restaurants per habitant in the nation. In honor of its proud title, this year the city will host a program of 155 activities showcasing their incredible local flavors and products. If you travel to eat (we don’t blame you), León is the place to go to this year! So, who’s hungry?

Do the “Camino de Santiago” to Santiago de Compostela

If you’re the outdoorsy type, this is your year to do “the Camino”. You might’ve heard the name before; Camino de Santiago or “The Way of Saint James” crosses the country through some of Spain’s most breathtaking landscapes. While travelers choose to take a variety of different paths, all routes end in the same place: the historical city of Santiago de Compostela. Though today the journey is taken on by nature lovers from all walks of life, the religious origin of the “pilgrims’ way” began as a spiritual pilgrimage to the shrine of the apostle Saint James, who sat patiently awaiting his pilgrims in the grand cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Santiago de Compostela is a gorgeous city to see in itself, full of history, Roman and Gothic architecture and delicious Galician cuisine!

Go to a Music Festival in Valencia

Electronic, blues, jazz, rock…whatever kind of music you’re into, Valencia is sure to have a music festival for it in 2018! With a coastal venue, you’ll get the best of both worlds: music and the beach. Some festivals to look out for this year are Electrosplash and Marenostrum featuring internationally famous electronic DJs; Festival de les Artes connecting visual art and music; Double Shot Blues & Fusion mixing blues and funk; and Rockafalles Festival featuring rock.

Attend Carnaval Celebrations

Why choose one destination when you can celebrate in all of them? February is Carnival season throughout Spain! The streets of Spain are filled with music, revelry, eccentric costumes, dance, art, parades and more! If you’ve never seen a carnival celebration in Spain, 2018 is your year! Some of the most famous and spectacular cities to celebrate carnival are Cádiz, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Águilas. Read our blog post on Carnival for more info!

So, who else is excited for 2018? Written by: Casie Tennin

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