The Spanish love a festival. From bull running to flamenco dancing and fireworks. We have put together a list of some festivals happening in September and October that would make a great excuse for a short break.
Semana Grande in Gandia, Valencia – 28th September to 3rd October
Gandia is a coastal town in Valencia. The traditional character known as the Guy with the Truncheon takes the children out of the schools to start the festival. Over the 5 days there are theatrical and musical performances, processions and sports, culminating in a grand firework display on the river on the final night.
Bienal de Flamenco, Seville – 15th September to 9th October
Staged every two years since 1980 this festival of flamenco dance, guitar and singing has become a big attraction with performances at the 2008 festival 95% sold out!
O Grove Seafood Festival, Pontevedra – 1st to 12th October
Galicia’s annual fish and seafood festival is not to be missed. Enjoy giant mussels or steaming clams with a bowl of saffron rice whilst watching Galician-Portuguese folk dancing. There are also magnificent granite sculptures created for the International Symposium of Open Air Sculpture to be admired.
Annual Horror and Fantasy Film Festival, San Sebastian – 30th October to 5th November
Lots of new films for horror fans to enjoy, as well as exhibitions, street theatre and, to lighten the mood, comedy events.
What are your favourite festivals in Spain?