August festivities in the Basque Country


País Vasco

The good weather is here and the main cities in the Basque Country are holding festivals in August: "Semana Grande" Festival in Bilbao and San Sebastián, and the Festivities of the Virgen Blanca in Vitoria. A perfect excuse to discover this part of northern Spain.

The Basque Country is always a great holiday destination thanks to its culture, gastronomy and nature. And in August, you also have festivities in its three main cities. Take note, plan a trip and be sure not to miss a thing. Festivities of the Virgen Blanca in Vitoria The beginning of the festivities is a good example of what you'll find. A great crowd fills the Plaza de la Virgen Blanca square, and people sing, dance and drink while they wait for the 'Celedón' (a doll that comes down from the sky with an open umbrella). This event kicks off a week of fun and festivities in the city of Vitoria (Álava). It lasts six days and includes concerts, a bull festival, religious events and a cultural programme bursting with activities for everyone. If you come and enjoy the fun you'll get the chance to discover the city at its best, and also taste, for example, the delicious Rioja Alavesa wine, or go for 'pintxos' or tapas.

San Sebastián's 'Semana Grande' festivities San Sebastián (Guipúzcoa) holds its main festival, the 'Semana Grande', in August every year. Many people take part and it is great fun. It begins with the traditional canon shot and the city's most important sites become venues for all kinds of competitions. One of the events not to be missed is the international fireworks competition, one of the oldest in the world. In addition, there are many concerts, the classic swim from Getaria to San Sebastián, horse races, the beach volleyball tournament and 'herri-kirolak' demonstrations (a traditional rural Basque sport). All this in a coastal city with renowned cuisine that gives you the chance to enjoy the sea in summer alongside delicious food and the local Basque wine 'txacolí'. 'Semana Grande' Festival in Bilbao The streets of Bilbao (Vizcaya) get ready to party during its 'Semana Grande' Festival. There are concerts, street entertainment, activities for young people and children, and especially, lots of people who want to have fun. Most of the activities take place in the area surrounding the Nervión estuary, where stalls ('txosnas') are put up, which, together with the many bars in the area, are a must if you want to taste Bilbao's delicious food - especially 'pintxos' or tapas. A bull festival, a regatta, a Basque 'pelota' competition, a gastronomy competition, etc. are also organised.


Spain 巴塞罗那塞维利亚马德里马拉加科尔多瓦格拉纳达拉科鲁尼亚加迪斯穆尔西亚韦斯卡巴伦西亚列伊达卡塞雷斯卢戈坎塔布里亚拉里奥哈阿斯图里亚斯庞特维德拉比兹卡亚阿利坎特-阿拉坎特。卡斯特利翁吉普斯夸省哈恩布尔戈斯托莱多莱昂西罗纳阿拉瓦-阿拉瓦巴拉多利德雷亚尔城塔拉戈纳韦尔瓦塞戈维亚阿尔梅里亚萨拉戈萨阿维拉萨拉曼卡特鲁埃尔纳瓦拉昆卡萨莫拉巴达霍斯阿尔瓦塞特奥乌伦塞帕伦西亚索利亚瓜达拉哈拉加那利群岛巴雷阿雷斯群岛
Baleares 马洛卡伊比萨梅诺尔卡福门特拉岛
Canarias 帕尔马兰萨罗特岛特内里费大加那利岛富尔特文图拉拉戈梅拉艾尔耶罗