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Spain Festivals

Spain is the land of fiestas and no matter when you visit you can be sure your stay will coincide with a colourful celebration which usually culminates in a spectacular firework display. In February or early March as winter ends and before lent begins Carnaval is widely celebrated throughout Spain but the largest street parties, floats and the most colourful costumes can definitely be seen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Sitges and Cádiz. Holidayloop.co.uk offers Spain holiday rental and Villa rentals. You can rent a private apartment in Cadiz directly from your local home owner. The beginning of spring is also marked by Las Fallas, a famous firefestival in Valencia held in March at which large papier-mâché models are symbolically burnt to celebrate the saint San José. Throughout Catholic Spain Easter is a very important time and the best Semana Santa (Easter Week) masked penitent parades are held in Malaga, Murcia, Seville and Valladolid. During May or June Corpus Christi is widely celebrated and the procession routes are often strewn with flower petals. Assumption Day on August 15th is marked by a variety of fiestas throughout the country.
 
Traditional Spanish events in Andalusia include Seville’s exuberant Fería de Abril (April Fair) usually held 2 weeks after Easter and the Feria del Caballo in the first week of May in Jerez de la Frontera, a horse fair where you will see women dressed in fine flamenco dresses. Every 3 years during mid-May the National Flamenco Competition (2010) is held in Cordoba. Cordoba also hosts a Guitar Festival (Classical and Flamenco) the first 2 weeks of July. The Bienal de Arte Flamenco in Seville during the last 2 weeks of September (even years only) gives you the opportunity to see some of the best flamenco artists perform. Holidayloop.co.uk brings together a great collection of Spain holiday accommodation, Spain holiday apartments, Spain holiday villas and Apartments. Holidayloop.co.uk is unique in providing Spain holiday lettings because we are the only site that allows you to find someone local to you who may have advertised their Spain home. Don’t miss the exciting bullrunning festival of San Fermín in Pamplona in July. The fiestaof San Isidro in Madrid in May is a signal for the start of the bullfighting season while the Día Del Pilar in Zaragoza in October marks the end of the bullfighting season. For something completely different La Tomatina in Buñol, Valencia holds a massive tomato fight the last Wednesday in August.
 
Gastronomic fairs celebrating the harvest of food and fish are popular in rural and coastal Spain such as the Feria Nacional del Queso (Cheese) in Trujillo, Cáceres in late April/early May where you can sample a wide range of Spanish cheeses. Cider can be tasted in Nava in Asturias the second Saturday in July (even years) while in Jerez de la Frontera the grape harvest is celebrated the first week of September. Late October sees a Saffron Festival in Consuegra near Toledo. Look out for Os Magostos chestnut-harvest fairsthroughout Galiciatraditionallyheldon November 11th annually.
 
Spanish cities host many cultural events starting with Opera Season in Bilbao which runs from January through to April. Sevillestages a Festival of Ancient Music during February and March whilst Madrid is the venue for ARCO in mid- February, an international contemporary art fair. Barcelona hosts the Grec Arts Festival between June and August whilst Grenadaboasts the International Festival of Music and Dance from mid-June to early July in the stunning locations of the Alhambra and Generalife. Lovers of jazz should head to Getxo, Vitoria and San Sebastián during July. Film lovers meanwhile should visit San Sebastián for the Film Festival the last 2 weeks of July and Huelva for their Latin American Film Festival the last 2 weeks of November. Enjoy! Don't forget, a holiday visiting Festivals in Jerez de la frontera or Madrid, Spain, staying in self catering accommodation makes an ideal family holiday.

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