Spanish Fiesta Season is Starting!

Here are two great photos from two great friends of mine.

First up is a photo taken this week by Ryan Opaz of Spains’ greatest wine website, catavino.net. It shows the crazed Castellers in his home town Terrassa, scaling new heights to celebrate St. Jordi, a Catalan fiesta similar to St Valentines, when people say it not just with flowers, but also by giving loved ones a book. You can see more of Ryan’s great photos here.

Castellers Terrassa

Secondly, we have this classic image from Alistair Wood, of Las Cruces in Granada. Where would I be if I could be anywhere in the world this May 3rd? In Granada for this fiesta. The Granadinos dress up to the nines and ride into town on speckled horses to see beautiful crosses made of flowers in the plazas around town. See more of Alistair’s wonderful photos from Spain and beyond here.

Cruces, Granada

The photo above was taken by Alistair when I first went to Las Cruces with him 9 years ago. The two girls in the photo have probably turned into frighteningly beautiful young women by now!

If you could visit any fiesta in Spain this summer, which would it be, and why?

7 thoughts on “Spanish Fiesta Season is Starting!

  1. Tom

    That poor Casteller kid with the uncomfortable-looking helmet on. Come on, this is breaking centuries of tradition!

    As to which fiesta I’d like to attend: all of them! The beauty of the fiesta is that each village and barrio (let alone each autonomous region) has its own distinct celebration. I’d love to attend a dozen different ones each year – I think I’d learn more about Spain in twelve nights than in twelve months.

  2. Urgellenk

    In July, I would love to participate in one of the sea processions in honour of Our Lady of El Carmen in a typical fishermen town in the Canary Islands, Galicia or the Basque Country.

    I would also love to revisit Cambados during the Albariño festival. Awesome sea-food and wine.

  3. Cyril

    Great pictures!!!

    I am looking forward to all the fiestas now the season has started!!

    We just had Sant Jordy which was really nice with all the flowers and a lot of books!

  4. Jonny

    it’s great to hear that gifts of books are given during Sant Jordi. it puts UK/US St. Valentine’s Day or even easter gifts of crap chocolate to shame!

  5. Andrew

    You know I read that as “siesta” and thought “Great! Naps, just what I need”…. but Fiestas are cool too ;)

  6. Bartosz

    For me it’s Apóstolo in Santiago de Compostela. Great fiesta that lasts two weeks. Of course main part is on St. Jacob’s Day, but there are many concerts, exhibitions, shows starting from (if I remember well) 14 July. As I said main part starts on St. Jacob’s Day and it starts with great fireworks and with ‘burning’ of cathedral’s faí§ade. Although this fiesta is connected with Christian saint, this is surely not only for Christians. There are always many things to see (xigantes y cabezudos, gaiteros, parades of people dressed in traditional clothes) and hear (traditional music, but also Spanish and World stars).

    Other thing is that in summer there fiestas probably in every town in Spain. I remember special newspaper with fiestas’ advertisements. And those smaller, not so famous fiestas are also fab and worth visiting.

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