Life in Spain, especially in the smaller cities and towns, is lived at a more sedate pace than most of it’s European neighbours and Spanish festivals, are a way of life. The Spanish people love a good party and throughout the country you will find Spanish festivals and fiestas celebrating all nature of things, from the humble tomato to the mighty bull.
Spanish Festivals & Popular Fiestas in Spain
Many Spanish festivals have a religious theme and they don’t get bigger or more elaborate than the festivals held for Semana Santa or Holy Week, Easter in Spain. Food and drink play a big part in a lot of the celebrations with different villages, towns and regions competing with their various regional specialities such as Paella.
Throughout the year locals hold Paella festivals, some just small Fiestas with a few Paella dishes being prepared for the enjoyment of the villagers whereas others are huge events. These events use massive Paella pans measuring metres across and literally sack and bucket loads of ingredients. Entire towns get together to enjoy the festivities and a delicious free meal.
Semana Santa Festival, Easter Holy Week
Semana Santa Festival is celebrated throughout Spain, with some of the largest and most colourful taking place in Malaga and Sevilla. Marking the arrival of spring, the week long celebrations fill the city’s streets, bars and restaurants. There are hundreds of floats, marching bands and processions, most including images of Christ and the Virgin Mary in different detail. The Semana Santa Festival will awaken all your senses with the sound of marching bands and the smell of burning incense and thousands of candles, a truly heart warming celebration of Easter.