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Andalucia is extremely proud of its rich history of fiestas and festivals. © Sophie Carefull.
Andalucia is extremely proud of its rich history of fiestas and festivals.

 

Traditional festivals


There is no better way to get to know the Andalucians than through their many and fascinating traditional festivals. The local fiesta is the moment when every town and village strives to put on a splendid show, not only for themselves but also for those who come from afar to admire and enjoy. Over 3,000 fiestas are celebrated every year in Andalucia, including fairs, pilgrimages, carnivals, mock battles between Moors and Christians and religious processions. Each town and village has at least one patron saint and the processions in their name.  In fact, there is scarcely a day in the year without its fiesta. 

 

Below is our descriptive guide to the more popular festivals taking place each year. They are listed more or less in the order that they take place in the year. Alternatively consult a larger listing of the Festivals and Fiestas in Andalucia in a month by month format.  Also consult our list of the summer ferias and this extensive guide to the  main modern music and dance festivals.

Bullfighting Season Carnivals
An important part of local culture.
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Lively carnival celebrations take place across southern Spain.
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Cherry Festival Christmas Festivals
Every year the cherry season is celebrated with eating drinking and dancing.
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Spain and Andalucia are filled with good cheer and celebrations at Christmastime.
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Corpus Christi   Easter - Holy Week
Festuring solemn and magnificent processions
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  Celebrate Semana Santa with luxurious processions in cities, towns and small villages.
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Festival of National Tourism   Festivals Beyond Andalucia
This is a credential provided by the regional government for towns to certify that their festivals and other events are worthy of a tourist’s visit.
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  Find out about some of the big festivals beyond Andalucía.
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Fishing Villages Festivals  

Granada Music Festival

Fishing villages pag homage to their patron saint with special festivities.
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  For over half a century Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada has captivated the city with world class performances that draw visitors from far and wide.
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Grape Harvests

  Jerez Horse Fair
The vendimia is often accompanied by a celebration.
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  A spectacular equestrian event, the Jerez Horse show takes place in the Gonzalez Hontoria Park.
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May Crosses

Málaga Fair
May is a month of special celebration in Córdoba.
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The annual Malaga fair in August is an exuberant week-long street party with plenty of flamenco and 'fino'.
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Music Dance and Rock Festivals Moors and Christians
Every year there are many modern festival of mucic and dance. Here is a comprehensive list of the established ones.
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In Andaluíca these festivals take place in Granada and Almeria.
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Theatre Festivals

  Patio Contests
List of Theatre festivals.
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  Local residents open their gorgeous private patios for public viewing.
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Patron Saints Day   Pilgrimages
Towns may have up to two patron saints which are dutifully honoured on their special days.
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  Pilgrimages, ir romerías to local shrines are popular throughout the south.
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San Juan   Seville Feria
It is a celebration that is usually held on the beach with roaring bonfires, drink, food, and friends.
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  The Seville Fair takes place just two weeks after Semana Santa, so if you have the energy you can enjoy both spectacles during your stay in Seville.
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Spring Fairs  

Summer Fairs

Seville's fair is famous world wide.
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  Summer fairs are a common way to enjppy the cool of the nights during hot summers.
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Verdiales   Winter Festivals
The origin of Verdiales is uncertain, but like much of Andalucían culture, it probably has roots in the Arabic music.
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  Winter holidays take on a special flavour in Andalucía.
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Wine Fairs Three Kings
A lively fair dedicated to Manzanilla, a special dry sherry wine.
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Perhaps the most important part of Christmas in Spain..
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Flamenco Festivals Three Kings
Flamenco festivals are reserved for the more orthodox flamenco,
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Perhaps the most important part of Christmas in Spain..
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Hopefully this overall guide has been a help in planning your trip or in understanding the many varied festivals of the the region. For more dates try our events home page or look up an individual town in our destinations section.

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