Spain is a country which is known for celebrations and bursts into life with fabulous fiestas and funky family orientated festivals. March 22-31 marks Holy Week and you will find exciting Easter partying all over Spain, but the biggest and by far most impressive event is found in Seville. Semana Santa in Seville sees around 50,000 people dressing in traditional garb to join in one of the 58 processions. Children are a welcome addition to the show and are included in the parades. The whole city literally comes alive in mass entertainment and creates breath-taking sights which will stay in your memory long after the holiday has ended. Before you travel to Catalonia make sure you have checked out car hire – Spain is easy to travel around but to experience more than one festival you will need a reliable mode of transport, and the railway network does not go everywhere.
A completely different type of festival is Primavera Sound, a great way to introduce children to music in a festival setting. Kids are welcome and there are an abundance of campsites – the downside is you have to pay full price for the small ones so make sure you are passionate about the acts performing. This year you can catch Jessie Ware, Nick Cave, and The Wild Things to name but a few. Primavera Sound 2013 is held at the end of May. Tomato Chaos If you find yourself vacationing in Spain in August make sure you drive over to Bunol which is a little west of Valencia. The kids will simply adore La Tomatina, held on August 28th; it is a festival which revolves around the crazy art of tomato throwing and other similarly ridiculous but hugely entertaining activities. The frivolities normally kick off with participants trying to climb a greasy pole to reach a portion of ham on the top and it concludes with a good hour of tomato throwing where at least 155,000 tomatoes are launched through the town, literally painting it (and the townspeople) red. Make sure you take goggles and gloves when attending La Tomatina – not forgetting a change of clothes!
In autumn, make sure you drive over to Cadiz for All Saints Day on November 1st. The stores all close and the locals really go to town on this day and dress in colourful rabbit costumes whilst trading on the market stalls. This festival is vibrant, energetic and gives a visitor a real insight into a traditional Spanish festival. More Christmas: Three Kings Day In Spain Christmas doesn’t stop after Santa has been, the festivities expand post New Year and on January 6th they commence for one final time in the festive season with Three Kings day. Tradition holds that children must leave their shoes out on the evening of January 5th to receive gifts from the passing three kings. On the day itself parades take place all over Spain marking the occasion. Impressive displays can be seen in Andalucía which should not be missed if you are close enough to take advantage.
Author: Jane Blackmore is a freelance writer, blogger and editor who also looks after her three children in her spare time. She is often found hovering over her laptop trying to make words sound pretty or planning the family’s next adventure. A cup of tea and a rich tea is usually to hand.