The Best Spanish Festivals for Thrill Seekers

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Spain is the one of the most visited countries on the planet and there are some very good reasons for this. Of course, we know all about the long, gorgeous coastlines and the exciting resorts but what if you want a bit more of a thrilling experience? Would you be interested in an adrenalin pumping festival?

La Tomatina

tomatoAs weird festivals go this is one of the best in the world. The action takes place in Buñol, near Valencia, in August of each year. Basically, 150,000 specially grown tomatoes are dumped on the street for everyone to, well, start throwing at each other, really. It is an incredible sight to see thousands of fun loving Spaniards and foreign tourists getting stuck in and getting covered in squished tomatoes.

Pamplona Bull Run

This is probably the Spanish festival that you have heard most about and seen most images of. However, no matter how well prepared you are nothing can get you fully ready for the occasion. The running of the bulls happens in the San Fermin event in July. It is believed that around a million people see at least part of the weeklong event. There are lots of different elements to San Fermin but the most thrilling part of the whole thing is the daily bull run. The bulls are set loose and the revellers are chased down the narrow streets to the bull ring. The run only last a few minutes each time but there are serious injuries to locals and tourists just about every year.

El Colacho

You won’t be taking part in the action in this festival but it is still sure to leave you with your mouth hanging open. There is no easy to sum this event up but let’s just say that it involves someone dressed in a brightly coloured devil’s suit jumping over babies in the middle of the road to cleanse them. Castrillo de Murcia is where this event takes place during the feast of Corpus Christi. Like most Spanish festivals, it has a long and rich history but the dangers inherent in public baby jumping has seen it come under fire from some quarters in recent years, with the Vatican apparently asking local priests to distance themselves from it.

Fallas

fallasValencia is a fantastic city to visit at any time of year but especially so in March, when the festival of Fallas (or Falles) takes place. There are 5 exciting days of events, processions and partying but the highlight comes on the final evening. Fire is the theme here, as the huge, spectacular effigies which are the highlight of the festival (these are the Fallas which the name of the festival comes from) are burnt in front of the crowds. Fireworks and gunpowder add to a hot and noisy finale which you won’t forget easily.

The Seville Fair

La Feria de Sevilla is the Spanish name for this typical event. It happens in April each year and while it might not be as high octane as the other fiestas we looked at it gives you a thrilling glimpse at the culture of the region. This part of Spain is the home of flamenco music and you will see many locals kitted out in beautiful dresses and traditional clothes. It started off life as an agricultural fair and to some degree this is still what it is about. However, a tourist in Seville is more likely to see it as a great opportunity to dance, watch some bullfights, go on some fairground rides, drink some sherry and eat some tapas and churros.

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