Fiestas, ferias and holidays
It’s hard to find a week in Spain when there isn’t some kind of holiday or fiesta going on. As a visitor it is of course fascinating to join in or just to observe the spectacle which is such an important part of cultural and religious lives of the Spanish, but just as importantly it is good to know when the these events take place because they often impact travel plans, accommodation availability, and access to shops, monuments and attractions.
Semana Santa procession, Granada | Michal Osmenda
Click on the toggle buttons below to view the festivals and holidays for each month of the year. This does not claim to be a fully comprehensive list, an almost impossible task, as even the tiniest village holds an annual fiesta around the date of the local saints day. Also included are the important dates celebrated in neighbouring provinces as this may be useful for those planning a trip to Granada and beyond.
1 – National Holiday: Año Nuevo New Years Day
2 – Granada: Dia de la Toma Reconquest Festival, celebrating the Christian conquest of the Moors in 1492
6 – National Holiday: Dia de los Reyes The Three Kings, 12th Night and Efianía Epiphany
20 – National Holiday: San Sebastian Saint Stephen and the famous Tamborrada
1 – Granada: San Cecilio Local fiesta celebrated in the gypsy quarter of Sacremonte
Mid – Andalucía: Carnaval week long celebration leading up to Lent
28 -Andalucía: Dia de Andalucía Andalucía Day
Variable – National: Semana Santa Holy Week following Domingo de Ramos Palm Sunday
see April for Semana Santa 2017
Semana Santa 2017
9 – Domingo de Ramos Palm Sunday
14 – Viernes Santo Good Friday
16 – Domingo de Resurrección ó Domingo de Pascua Easter Sunday
17 – Lunes de Pascua Easter Monday
If you are planning to go further afield than Granada it is worth noting that the week-long Seville Feria takes place two weeks after Easter.
1 – National: Dia del Trabajo Labour Day
3 – Local: Fiesta de Moros y Cristianos Pampaneira, La Alpujarra
Variable – Corpus Christi Important religious processions all over Spain, the most important of which can be found in Toledo, Malaga, Granada and Seville
13/14 – Local: Fiestas Patronales de San Antonio Trevélez, La Alpujarra
15 -National: Corpus Christi 2017 Important religious processions all over Spain, the most important of which can be found in Toledo, Malaga, Granada and Seville
23/24 – Local: Candelas de San Juan Saint John which includes Noche de San Juan Bonfires and burning effigies on Spain’s beaches.
23/24 – Local: Carrera de agua Lanjarón Annual water fight in Lanjarón takes place at midnight on 23rd June.
Variable end of June early July – Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada Granada Festival of Music and Dance, one of Spain’s most prestigious annual music events featuring celebrated and budding artists, takes place at the Alhambra. Dates for 2017: 25 June to 5 July.
Variable end of June early July – Festival Internacional de Música y Danza de Granada Granada Festival of Music and Dance, one of Spain’s most prestigious annual music events featuring celebrated and budding artists, takes place at the Alhambra.Dates for 2017: 25 June to 5 July.
15 – National: La Asunción Assumption
6 – Local: El Cascamorras Annual Feria in Baza
1 – Local: Fiesta de San Miguel Saint Michael celebrated in Granada’s Albayzín
12 -National: Dia de la Hispanidad Spanish National Day celebrating the anniversary of Columbus’ landing in the New World.
1 – National: Todos los Santos All Saints Day
6 – National: Dia de la Constitucion Constitution Day
8 – National: Imaculada Concepción Immaculate Conception
25 – National: Navidad Christmas Day