Five of Spain’s most interesting (and fun) summer festivals

Spain is famous for its summer fiestas – and boy, do they party! Here are five festivals to get amongst this summer in Spain 🍅

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Spain is famous for its summer fiestas – and for good reason. Every single village and town in the country has its own annual holiday, where young and old come together to party. And boy, do they party! These lively events are probably the most important calendar days in the daily lives of locals, and we’ve put together a list of some of the most unique: from wine fights to baby jumping.

El Colacho (Castrillo de Murcia, Burgos)  

Come late May or early June, witness the intriguing Baby Jumping Festival, El Colacho – where men dressed as devils leap over rows of babies (yes, real human babies) lying on mattresses in order to cleanse them of sin and ensure good health. This unique and centuries-old tradition offers a fascinating glimpse into Spanish folklore and cultural practices, and is an event unlike any other in the world.

La Tomatina (Buñol, Valencia)

Join La Tomatina, where participants engage in a massive food fight – hurling ripe tomatoes at each other and turning the streets into a sea of red. Playful and chaotic, the event is held sometime in late August. The fight first kicks off with a tradition known as palo jabón – where participants try and climb a greasy pole in order to be the first to touch the Spanish ham attached to the top! If we can give you one piece of advice, it’s to bring goggles – or even a snorkel – to this fiesta.

Correfoc (Various cities, Catalonia)

Unleash your inner pyromaniac at Correfoc: a fiery Catalan tradition celebrated in towns across the region during the summer. Here, participants dressed as demons dance through the streets, wielding fireworks and sparklers that light up the night sky. Join the revelry, but be prepared to dodge sparks and flames as you immerse yourself in this exhilarating and unforgettable experience.

La Batalla de Vino (Haro, La Rioja)

Dive into the wine-soaked revelry of La Batalla de Vino, where participants drench each other in red wine from water pistols atop a mountain. Celebrated on the Feast of St. Peter at the end of June, this vibrant event combines traditional rituals with modern fun, creating an unforgettable experience amidst the picturesque backdrop of the Spanish wine country. 

The Running of the Bulls (Pamplona, Navarre)

Experience the adrenaline-fueled spectacle of the Running of the Bulls during the Fiesta de San Fermín in Pamplona. Held annually in July, this fiesta sees participants dash through the streets alongside charging bulls in a thrilling display of courage (stupidity?) and tradition. This iconic event attracts thrill-seekers from around the world, but if you’re concerned about the animal cruelty element of the bull fights – you’re not alone, and plenty of Spaniards are with you. But the festival is so much more than that, and goes for nine days. The incredible multi-day street parties alone are worth your time!

📸 Alfonso Bermejo Garcia. Creative Commons.

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