The best Spanish fiestas

Please enter an age for each child under 18.
To book 10 or more passengers, please see our group booking site.
There are currently no timetables available for routes selected.
Please enter all the information for your vehicle.
Please enter trailer type, length and height.
All operators are closed, please type others.
The return time must be after the outbound time.

18+ years
under 18

Ages:

Ferry news
The latest updates and articles to help you plan your trip

Articles by Year

2014 - Archive

2013 - Archive

2012 - Archive

2011 - Archive

2010 - Archive

2009 - Archive

2008 - Archive

2007 - Archive

2006 - Archive

2005 - Archive

The best Spanish fiestas

Date: 27 February 2013

If there's one country in Europe that really knows how to let loose and have a good time, it's Spain. The country hosts numerous fiestas, celebrations and festivals throughout the year, with something to suit every taste. So if you want a holiday to remember, head off to Spain and check out some of the events listed below.

Benicassim

Spain is quickly gaining a reputation as a must-visit destination for music fans thanks to the top festivals held in the country. Benicassim is one of the best known of these and regularly attracts big name acts, with this year's line-up set to include the likes of The Killers, Arctic Monkeys and Queens of the Stone Age. Held at a beautiful seaside resort on Spain's east coast in July, Benicassim is the perfect antidote to its typically wet and muddy UK counterparts such as Glastonbury and the like.

La Tomatina

The world famous La Tomatina is a giant tomato fight that takes place at the end of August each year in the town of Bunol, not far from Valencia, and although copies have sprung up in numerous other countries, nothing beats the original. The event sees thousands of participants hurl approximately 150,000 crushed tomatoes at each other in what is thought to be the world's biggest food fight. There are also plenty of other events and activities held over the festival period to keep visitors entertained.

The Running of the Bulls

For those with the daredevil spirit, the Running of the Bulls at Pamplona is something you simply have to experience at least once in your life. This dangerous but exhilarating event sees hundreds of people running in front of 12 huge bulls down an 825-metre stretch of narrow streets of a section of the old town of Pamplona, ending at the bullring. It forms part of the annual San Fermín festival, which is held each year from July 6th to 14th and also sees a number of other interesting events take place. These include El Struendo (The Roar) in which people gather outside the Town Hall to make as much noise as possible for several hours, using drums, whistles or whatever they can get their hands on.

Las Fallas

For a truly spectacular sight and an awesome party, check out Las Fallas, held across five days leading up to Saint Joseph's Day (March 19th) in Valencia. Throughout the year, organised committees are tasked with designing and constructing giant puppets, depicting all sorts of wonderful characters from modern celebrities to mythical beings. The five days and nights of Las Fallas are pretty much one constant party involving puppet processions, street celebrations and fireworks. On the last night, all the puppets, after being laden with fireworks, are burned in gigantic bonfires.

Semana Santa

Finally, for an experience that's a little more sedate than those above but fascinating nonetheless, head to Spain during the Semana Santa celebrations during the last week of Lent. In locations including Seville and Malaga as well as the Castilla-Leon cities of Valladolid and Leon, spectacular processions are held throughout the period featuring numerous 'pasos' - lifelike wood or plaster sculptures of individual scenes from the Passion of Christ - in a tradition that dates back to medieval times. The floats are carried through the streets by penitents dressed in long purple robes, often with pointed hats, followed by women in black carrying candles before being deposited at the city cathedral.

There are numerous other events taking place across Spain throughout the year well worth checking out on a visit to the country. Best of all, Spain is in easyy reach of the UK via ferry services, ideal for travellers who want to take their cars with them to better explore the country.

Ferries from Portsmouth to Santander, Portsmouth to Bilbao and Plymouth to Santander are among the most popular routes.
    • Boek veerboten met AFerry.be
    • 本书渡轮与 AFerry.cn
    • Rezervujte si trajekty s Aferry.cz
    • Bestille færger med AFerry.dk
    • Buchen Sie eine Fähre mit  AFerry.de
    • Reservar ferries con AFerry.es
    • Καντε Κρατηση Ακτοπλοικων στο AFerry.gr
    • Varaa laivalautoistaan AFerry.fi
    • Réserver des ferries avec AFerry.fr
    • Knjiga trajekti s AFerry.com.hr
    • Prenota traghetti con AFerry.it
    • 日本語サイト AFerry.jp
    • 도서 페리로 AFerry.kr
    • Užsakyti keltai su AFerry.lt
    • Foglalja kompok AFerry.hu
    • Veerboot met AFerry.nl
    • Bestill ferger med AFerry.no
    • Бронируйте паромы с AFerry.ru
    • Buchen Sie eine Fähre mit AFerry.at
    • Zarezerwuj promy z AFerry.pl
    • Book ferries with AFerry.ie
    • Feriboturi de carte cu AFerry.ro
    • Rezervný trajekty s AFerry.sk
    • Buchen Sie eine Fähre mit AFerry.ch
    • Boka färjor med AFerry.se
    • Book ferries with AFerry.co.uk
    • Замовляйте пороми з Aferry.com.ua
Book with Confidence:
Voted the World's Leading Ferry Website
Partner Services:   Ferries  |  Ferries + Hotels  |  Hotels  |  Cruise  |  Disneyland Paris  |  Ski  |  Groups  |  Freight  |
© TheTravelGateway. All rights reserved.
Visa
Compare & Book Cheap Ferries with AFerry.co.uk
The World's Leading Ferry Website
United Kingdom