This is intended as a guide to events; please verify these dates before you plan your trip.
1 January New Year’s Day Spanish Public Holiday
6 January Epiphany, Spanish Public Holiday
Skiing in Sierra Nevada (3hrs away), until Easter time
Early February – Carnaval in Cadiz The third largest Carnival in the world, organised singing of poetry, dressing up and celebrations
February – March Sunshine Tour, Montenmedio Horse Event by Vejer de la Frontera
21 February – 8 March Festival of Flamenco, Jerez de la Frontera
28 February – Dia de Andalucia Public Holiday
Tarifa has its own Carnival in February or March – please enquire for dates
29 March – 6 April Semana Santa, Holy week in Seville (the week running up to Easter, the most decadent processions are in the larger towns and cities of Andalucia. Seville is the most spectacular of the all)
SPRING, the sun and the wildflowers….
6 April – running of the bulls on Easter Sunday in Vejer de la Frontera (45 mins away), Gaucin in the white villages of Malaga (1h30mins away)
Seville Spring Fair (Feria de Abril) from 21-26 April. Worth visiting for the fabulous dresses, incredible horses and party atmosphere.
1 May – Labour Day, Spanish Public Holiday
First two weeks of May – Festival of the Patios in Cordoba (patios are open to the public for visits and the most impressive ones win prizes)
Fair of the Horse (Feria del caballo), Jerez de la Frontera. Sponsored by the sherry companies for which Jerez gets its name
El Puerto de Santa Maria Fair and their special Fino wine
Los Barrios Fair
Pentecost and the Romeria del Rocio
Corpus Christi – bullfights and celebrations in Granada, Ronda, Seville, Zahara de la Sierra and Vejer de la Frontera
Last week – Fair in Sanlucar de la Barrameda and their special Manzanilla wine, enjoy with their fabulous seafood!
The Alfarnate Cherry Festival, Malaga
23 June, Noche de San Juan, large parties on the beach with fireworks and bonfires that people jump over
End June / early July, International Festival of Music and Dance in the grounds of the Alhambra Palace.
Early July, International Guitar Festival at Cordoba with international artists performing classical, flamenco, rock and Latin music
16 July – Virgen del Carmen – A procession led by the fishermen in honour of the Virgen del Carmen, protector of the sea, leads out into the sea from Tarifa, Algeciras, Los Barrios and all the coastal villages and towns
15 August, Assumption Spanish Public Holiday
Mid to end of August, professional horse racing along the beach at Sanlucar de la Barrameda
Bullfights in El Puerto de Santa María
Feria Goyesca in Ronda – for bull fighting aficionados, unmissable, need to book tickets and accommodation well in advance. See the rejoneo – bullfighting on horseback
First and second week, the Vendimia celebration of the Palomino grape harvest in Jerez
Fair in Tarifa
Cattle fair in Tarifa
12 October – Dia de la Hispanidad, A Spanish Public Holiday to celebrate the two main events of 1492 Christopher Colombus’ discovery of the New World and the eviction of the Moors from Spain
3rd weekend in October – the Feria de Jamon in Aracena, one of the leading areas for Spanish cured ham production
End Oct/ Early November – Festival of Tapas in Sanlucar de la Barrameda
1 November – Dia de Todos Santos, All Saints Day. A Catholic holiday to celebrate and honour the dead, all gravestones are adorned with flowers and candles. In towns there are usually markets selling dried fruits, nuts and sweets for the children.
December 6, Dia de la Constitucion, Spanish Public Holiday
December 8, The Immaculate Conception, Spanish Public Holiday
December 24, Noche Buena, the christmas meal is usually eaten on this day and is typically seafood
December 25 Christmas Day (presents are usually given on the 5th January with the arrival of the kings)
December 31 Noche Vieja, celebrated in grand style; one eats a grape on the 12 chimes of the clock that mark midnight and the new year!!