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In Spain they know a nice party to celebrate! Spain is the country of fiestas and festivals and there are numerous festivals in Spain. What I always like to do is combine a holiday with a special festival! There are plenty of unique festivals in Spain where you can have a wonderful time and you can also make a city trip or holiday of it. Great combination if you ask me! Do you also want to party during your holiday like the Spaniards do? I have listed the four coolest festivals in Spain for you.

The coolest festivals in Spain

The coolest festivals in Spain

Every year there are a lot of great and fascinating festivals in Spain. Local festivals with unknown mysteries and traditions and where the main focus is on having fun. From frenzied battles with tomatoes or red wine, from throwing paint to dolls that are set on fire. Festivals that last one day or several days, but in any case, these festivals are a great opportunity to get to know the traditions and culture of Spain a little bit. Each village, however small, has its own unique festivities, so there is no shortage of festivals.

What are the coolest festivals in Spain you shouldn’t miss this year? I’ve made a list of the four coolest festivals in Spain!

1. La Tomatina, Spain

La Tomatina is certainly one of the coolest festivals in Spain and takes place in the village of Buñol, near the city of Valencia. The sleepy town of Buñol changes one day a year into a cosy battlefield, where everyone throws tomatoes. Every year on the last Wednesday of August, La Tomatina takes place! There are 22,000 people coming to this festival and 150,000 tonnes of spoiled and absolutely inedible tomatoes are being thrown. It is the world’s biggest food fight and I participated in it in 2017! It was a fantastic experience. Visiting La Tomatina is an experience for very high on your bucket list! Early in the morning the party starts and everyone gathers in the narrow streets of the village to wait for the trucks with tomatoes that arrive at 11 o’clock on the dot. After an hour of throwing tomatoes, this part of the festival is unfortunately already over. But the party continues in the village with a nice paella party and lots of beer and wine.

  • Date: last Wednesday in August
  • Want to know more? Read all about La Tomatina here
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La Tomatina

Combining La Tomatina with a city break in Valencia

Valencia is a city on the coast of the Spanish Mediterranean Sea. Valencia was long shaded by Barcelona and Madrid, but the city has become an increasingly popular destination for a city break. Rightly so, because I think Valencia is fantastic! The city centre of Valencia has many must do’s and is lively and typically Spanish. The advantages of Valencia are that the city is located on the beach and that the center is small, authentic and clear. In Valencia you walk through small streets full of nice shops, you see hidden squares everywhere, eat tapas in cozy restaurants and wander among the monumental buildings. Don’t forget to visit the great City of Arts and Sciences! The spacious beach in Valencia is also wonderful, so you can relax for a day or afternoon or just walk along the promenade or grab a terrace with a sea view.

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Hotel tip while visiting La Tomatina

There are a lot of nice and affordable hotels and apartments in Valencia. I spent the night in La Casita de Palomar and this is highly recommended! It is a cozy apartment and it is close to some of the nicest sights, but is still fairly quiet. The price/quality ratio is good!

  • Check here the prices and availability of La Casita de Palomar
  • Not what you are looking for? See here more nice places to stay in Valencia.
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2. The wine festival in Haro, Spain

Once a year on June 29th there is a wine festival in Haro. Thousands of people gather on a field somewhere hidden between the mountains and the vineyards! They are ready with liters of red wine to start throwing this on top of each other. Buckets, water pistols and traditional bags are the weapons used in this wine fight. I participated in this festival in 2018 and it was fantastic. During this party you walk through the streets drenched with wine and you celebrate a unique party. The evening before the official wine throwing it’s already very busy in the city and the festival actually starts already. The actual wine throwing takes place early in the morning at a location in the middle of nowhere at a 15 minute drive from the center of Haro. Many people go straight from the city to the wine-throwing and are in a good party mood, so a little drunk. Around 12 o’clock the wine throwing is over and everyone goes home to change their clothes. Then everyone will continue the party in the city. A very special and cozy party!

  • Date: 29 June
  • Read here more about the wine festival in Haro
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Haro

Haro Wine Festival Combine with a city break Bilbao

Near Haro is the famous and fun city of Bilbao. Bilbao is located in the Basque Country and this city is world famous for its impressive Guggenheim museum. But Bilbao has much more to offer than just this impressive museum. It’s easy to have a couple of nice days in Bilbao, without getting bored for a moment. There are beautiful and green parks, everywhere you look you can see varied and modern architecture, on every corner of the street you eat delicious pinxtos, the old city is beautiful and wandering around is great! Did you know that it takes you 20 minutes to get from the city centre to the beach by metro? If the weather is nice then you should definitely go to the beach for a day.

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Hotel tip Haro

I slept in Haro at the hotel Los Agustinos and this hotel is great. The ambiance and the interior are fantastic and the breakfast is great with a huge choice. This building is a real gem! The central square of Haro is one minute’s walk away. Also nice is that they have a free service and they take you by bus to the place where the wine-throwing is.

  • Check here the prices and availability of Los Augustinos.
  • Not what you are looking for? Check here more great places to stay in Haro.
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Haro

Hotel tip Bilbao

I slept in Bilbao myself in the hotel Melia Bilbao and I liked this. The hotel is centrally located in the city and the rooms are fine. Especially the breakfast buffet is delicious! If you are looking for a hotel with a swimming pool, I recommend hotel Melia Bilbao. I had a very nice room with a large balcony and a great view over the city.

  • Check here the prices and availability of Melia Bilbao.
  • Not what you are looking for? Check here more great places to stay in Bilbao.
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3. Cascamorras, Granada

Cascamorras is perhaps the dirtiest party in Spain. The Cascamorras is a jester and it is dressed in very bright colors. This jester is officially from the village of Guadix which is close to the city of Granada. Every year on the 6th of September this jester visits the neighboring town of Baza with the reason to steal the image of the Virgin of Mercy. To prevent this stealing, the inhabitants throw liters of black paint over the Cascamorras and they start chasing him. If he succeeds in stealing the statue without it being covered in paint, he is allowed to take the statue with him to Guadix. But, of course, that never works. This is definitely a party you can’t make anywhere else in the world with and that makes it very unique!

• Date: 6 September

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Granada

Combining a Cascamor terrace with a city break in Granada

Granada is just a short drive from Gaudix. Granada is a very nice city in Spain and a very nice destination for a city trip of a few days. The city is world famous for its impressive Alhambra, but you can easily spend a few days enjoying yourself with the other cool sights. The city of Granada is quite large, but at the same time an ideal city to explore on foot and get lost is not easy here. I spent four days in Granada and I enjoyed it so much. The atmosphere is very different from other Spanish cities and this is mainly due to the Moorish influences. The Alhambra is of course a structure that you must have seen once in your life!

Read more about Granada

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Hotel tip Granada

I have slept in Apartment Smart Suites Albaicin and this is fantastic accommodation! The location is perfect in the most beautiful part of Granada and the staff are extremely hospitable and friendly. The apartment is spacious and there is everything you need. They have a shopping service and so you can order fresh sandwiches etc. what they deliver to your apartment. If I go back to Granada then I will definitely book this accommodation again!

  • Check here the prices and availability of Smart Suites Albaicin
  • Not what you are looking for? Check here more great places to stay in Granada.
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4. Las Fallas, Valencia

Las Fallas is also a very nice party in Spain where you have to be there once. The festival takes place every year in mid-March in Valencia. This party takes place on the street and consists of fire and gunpowder and gigantic dolls (ninots or statues) are set on fire. These dolls are made of papier-mâché and can be up to twenty meters high. Everywhere in Valencia there are satirical dolls, so visitors to the festival can first enjoy these dolls. The public can save one image through a vote, which is not set on fire, but the Fallero Museum is on display. Las Fallas is a hugely popular festival, so Valencia is very busy and it’s advisable to arrange your accommodation in time.

• Date: 15 to 19 March

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Combine Las Fallas with a city break in Valencia

Valencia is a city on the coast of the Spanish Mediterranean Sea. Valencia was long shaded by Barcelona and Madrid, but the city has become an increasingly popular destination for a city break. Rightly so, because I think Valencia is fantastic! The city centre of Valencia has many must do’s and is lively and typically Spanish. The advantages of Valencia are that the city is located on the beach and that the center is small, authentic and clear. In Valencia you walk through small streets full of nice shops, you see hidden squares everywhere, eat tapas in cozy restaurants and wander among the monumental buildings.

Read more about Valencia

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Valencia

Hotel tip Valencia

There are a lot of nice and affordable hotels and apartments in Valencia. I spent the night in La Casita de Palomar and this is highly recommended! It is a cozy apartment and it is close to a number of sights, but is still fairly quiet.

  • Check here the prices and availability of La Casita de Palomar
  • Not what you are looking for? See here more nice places to stay in Valencia.
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