Guide to Fiestas in Andalucia
Here is a list of some of the most popular fiestas and carnivals to occur in Andalucia.
Carnival (February / March), Cadiz
The whole city puts on fancy dress for one of Europe’s largest and most colourful carnivals. Groups of singers practise for many months to perform ditties satirizing current fashions, celebrities and politicians.
Romeria de la Virgen de la Cabeza – Last Sunday in April
Seville’s April Fair ranks as one of Spain’s top tourist attractions and it’s an absolute must for anyone wanting to savour all things Spanish in one fell swoop.
A mass pilgrimage to a lonely sanctuary in the Sierra Morena.
Dia de la Cruz – First week in May Granada and Cordoba
Neighbourhood groups compete to create the most colourful crosses adorned with flowers on squares and street corners.
Cordoba Patio Fiesta – Mid-May
Flower-decked patios in old Cordoba are opened to the public with displays of flamenco.
El Rocio (May/June)
More than 70 brotherhoods of pilgrims arrive at the village of El Rocio to pay homage to the Virgen del Rocio.
Columbus Festival – Late July/early August – Huelva
This celebration of Columbus’ voyage is dedicated to the native music and dance of a different Latin American country each year.
Exaltacion al Rio Guadalquivir – Mid-August
Sanlucar de Barrameda (Cadiz). Horses are raced on the beach at the mouth of the Rio Guadalquivir.
El Canuelo – Periana, Malaga
This blues festival is held every year on various dates.
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