Spanish national holidays

Spanish national holidays – List of Festivals and Fairs


“The first festival of the year is the Day of the Three Kings (Epiphany) on 6 January, which is a holiday. Traditionally, Christmas of Spanish children are brought by the Kings on the night of 5 and, in advance, amid much excitement, their Majesties part in processions in almost all cities and towns of the country.


“The city of Cádiz is known for its amazing parties ‘Carnaval’ but many other places also celebrate the event with processions and satirical songs. These usually take place between mid-February and early March.


“Andalusia is famous for its Easter processions, which are particularly spectacular in major cities such as Malaga, Seville, Granada, Almeria and Cadiz. The processions in cities and smaller towns are also beautiful.

Cruces de Mayo

“Las Cruces de Mayo Festival is held during the first half of May, and crosses adorned with flowers decorate the streets of many cities in the villages. Córdoba put in an excellent display, and continues with a competition for the most beautiful courtyard.


“Usually held in June, this religious festival is celebrated by many towns and villages. The event has been declared of National Tourist Interest in towns like El Gastor and Zahara of the tunas, both in the province of Cadiz.


“On the night of June 23 to celebrate the summer solstice, people flock to the beaches, bonfires and party until dawn.

Fiestas del Carmen

July 16 is the day of the Virgen del Carmen, patron saint of fishermen, and this festival is particularly charming. It is celebrated in many villages along the coast. The statue of the Virgin is carried in procession to the beach where the boats are cheerfully decorated await your arrival.


On 1 November is All Saints Day. It is a holiday in Spain, and most people take the opportunity to visit the graves of their deceased relatives.

Moors and Christians FESTIVAL

In memory of the reconquest of Moorish Andalusia by the Catholic Monarchs in the 15th century, many people make a representation of the battles between Moors and Christians. Among the celebrations of Moors and Christians are the most popular Trevelez (Granada), which takes place in June, Benalauría (Málaga) and Benamahoma (Cádiz), both of which took place in August.

Local fairs in cities and towns in Andalusia


Almería fair held in August each year.


The city celebrates its fair in the second half of May each year.


Jaen annual fair is always held in the second week of October.


The most important exhibition in Cordoba – the Fair of Our Lady of Health, takes place in mid to late May each year.


The week-long annual fair takes place in August, around 19th. The streets of downtown are filled with revelers every evening during the Fair during the day and at night the party moves to the great amusement park on the outskirts of the city.


The charming town of Ronda is famous for its Goya fair held in early September each year. It is so called because the bullfighters and the ladies of the city (the ‘ladies’) Dressed in 18th century costume traditional bull run Saturday.


“La Feria de Sevilla is the first of the year and is the largest in Spain. Typically it held two weeks after Easter.


After the excitement of Carnival in February, by which the city is famous, people of Cadiz take to the streets in late June for their annual Fair full of fun.


The city holds two shows, one called the Horse Fair (Feria del Caballo) in late April or early May, and then the Autumn Fair in September.


Sanlúcar pays tribute to its most famous product, chamomile, in the Manzanilla Fair every May or June, and then has its internationally renowned horse racing on the beach in August each year. Race dates are dependent on the tides.


The annual fair in the city of Huelva takes place in early August.


This is probably the most famous pilgrimage in Andalusia, when thousands of people across the region put in traditional costume and walk to the chapel opened in the village of El Rocio. The climax of the festival is in May or June of each year, the weekend before Pentecost Sunday.