Carnival is over, now what? One of the most memorable parts about living in a foreign country is experiencing the cultural events with the locals and lucky for us, Spain has plenty of festivals year round to take advantage of.
When I arrived to Galicia, just about every local gushed about the Entroido, or Carnival here in Ourense, one of the most anticipated times of the year for many Ourensanos. The energy of carnival in Ourense can only be described as electric. The streets are filled to the brim with people dressed in some of the most extravagant costumes I’ve ever seen. The Ourense province boasts the longest running and biggest Entroido filled with weeks of vibrant fiestas, music, and traditions like the ant-throwing party dating back to the 16th century. Live music filled the streets on every side with several comparsas, or groups of singers, dancers and musicians leading the carnival goers into the night.
The exhilaration of Carnival may be over, but here in Spain the fiestas never really end. To experience more of what Spain has to offer, we’ve listed a few Spring festivals coming up across the country that are sure to be unforgettable.
Snail festival in Lleida
For the foodie travelers, and for those who are closer to the North, check out the Snail festival. During the third weekend in May in the Catalonian city, thousands of locals gather to attend L’Aplec de Caragol, a festival with one goal in mind- to eat tons of snail. Along with the food there is plenty of wine, street entertainment and fireworks at night to give you a different taste of Catalonia.
Las Fallas in Valencia San Josef
Perhaps the biggest festival in Valencia, Las Fallas attracts thousands of people excited commemorate St. Joseph’s Day in Valencia. Celebrated during the first weekend of Semana Santa, you can expect parades, fireworks, and the traditional burning of the large sculptures.
Bando de la Huerta in Murcia
Welcome the season of spring fiestas with this traditional festival in Murcia, which happens the first Tuesday after Easter. You will get a glimpse of traditional Murcian culture and food, and see the colorful regional costumes of the Murcian people. This festival, followed by the Burial of the Sardine are a unique way to ring in the season of spring in Spain.
Feria de Abril Sevilla
This world-renowned week long festival dedicated to food and drink while donning gorgeous, colorful flamenco dresses is one of the most exciting times of the year in the Andalucian city. I don’t know what sounds better, eating delicious food all day or getting to wear a beautiful flamenco dress for a week.
Festa do Requeixo e do Mel das NevesIf
If you’re in Galicia during Semana Santa be sure to check out this gastronomical festival that takes place every year in As neves, a pueblo near Pontevedra. This festival in Galicia is for the cheese lovers and you can expect to taste plenty of it, alongside delicious Galician honey, and other typical Galician dishes like pulpo and chorizo and more. For entertainment, be sure to hear traditional Galician music played by the charangas, or bands, and learn the fun gallego dances.
What are your favorite Spanish fiestas?
Nikki Ndukwe is a twenty-something part time writer + foodie and full time travel enthusiast. Most of her time is spent plotting new adventures and day dreaming about life in Spain. Lover of photography, style, food, culture, languages, and all things Spain, Nikki is currently adventuring in the north of the country.