The Spanish culture is colorful, lively, and passionate. It includes much more than tapas, flamenco, or bullfights. Every region has its own traditions and vibes, so there is no better way to explore this country than explore the most famous traditional festivals of different regions throughout the year. Each festival has a completely unique vibe, with unforgettable traditions and customs that make it unlike any other celebration in the world. Be sure to try and experience one of these unforgettable traditional festivals in Spain on your next trip.
It would be difficult to find a person who would never be heard about the fight of tomatoes. The festival of La Tomatina is well known for its fun and mess. This annual event is held on August 26 in the small town of Buñol located about 40km away from Valencia. Everything starts in the early morning to avoid the Spanish summer heat. Around 9 AM when a large ham is hoisted up onto a tall pole in the town square and people scramble to get to it.
Around 11 AM, trucks begin to unload tons of ripe tomatoes to the public. A cannon fires at this time to signal the start of the madness and fight. For an hour, people are throwing tomatoes at each other and all square is flooding in ketchup. At 12 PM a second cannon goes off signaling the end of the festivities as the participants happily head home to wash off. Of course, the special fiesta at night is just unquestionable part of La Tomatina as well.
Another Spanish cultural festival that became a label of this country is the annual bull run in Pamplona. The event is called the festival of San Fermin and it is another madness when adrenaline is just exploding everywhere. The group of adult bulls is allowed in the street and the bravest people are running in front of those bulls. The bull run happens every year early in July. This spectacle takes place at 8 AM each day for the week of the festival and continues throughout the day. The festival is risky and there are many injured people every year. However, it is not an obligation to run. You can watch the runners from a safe distance, so nothing wrong will happen to you. After all, it is worth seeing at least once in your life as you cannot find anything similar in any other country.
The term Fallas refers to both the celebration and the monuments burnt during the celebration, so this is a miraculous show you would not be able to forget! Throughout several nights in mid-March, the streets of Valencia come alive with giant paper sculptures, painstakingly handcrafted in ornate detail. Then, on the last night, most of the sculptures are burned in epic bonfires throughout the city. According to the sources, the first festival of Las Fallas took place in 1784. Besides the sculptures and bonfires, there are many concerts, parties, and fairs, so the atmosphere is very funny and engaging all week long.