Think bright, vibrant colour, bongo drums and music that moves those dead bones, paella and sangria, lots of sangria! This is what comes to mind when we think of a Spanish fiesta on a holiday in Spain.
Now there are many festivals one can join, but the most famous festival is La Tomatina, this is actually part of a larger celebration; it marks the end of an entire week of parades, parties, fairs and street markets. It is so original and fun that people visit Spain just to take part in it. Have you ever wanted to throw a tomato at someone? Then La Tomatina is for you! Note, this festival is limited to 20 000 people, so book early to avoid disappointment. La Tomatina takes place on the last Wednesday in August in Bunol, Valencia.
You may have heard of the popular San Juan Festival (Saint John’s Day). Every year on the eve of June 23, Spain celebrates the arrival of summer and the birth of St John the Baptist. This is a magical night filled with old customs and superstitions. People will jump over fires believing it will bring them good luck. San Juan is usually celebrated at the beach amid a flurry of bonfires, and you can expect to experience spectacular fireworks at midnight.
From all this action, you are definitely going to need to find a hidden gem to enjoy your siesta 😉
South African passport holders require a Spanish Schengen visa to enter Spain. This may take between 15 – 30 days to process, so we advise planning in advance!
Currently, only travellers who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (minimum of 14 days before the date of travel), with a certificate issued by your national health authority, will be allowed to enter Spain.
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