The cheerful and festive spirit of the Spanish is well known. The arrival of warm weather brings with it a large number of fairs and festivals in cities and towns scattered throughout the Spanish geography. Among the most popular holidays and attract the largest number of visitors, both local and international, is San Fermin in Pamplona, La Tomatina in Buñol and the April Fair in Seville.
San Fermin is one of the most recognized festivals internationally. Start every 6 July with the launch of the traditional chupinazo (rocket) and extend for up to 14 July. Local and visitors wear the typical white dress and red scarf to enjoy intense days of street celebrations that include the famous “bulls”, in which several bulls are released on the streets of the city on a journey that ends in the bullring. During the closures, which include the participation of thousands of people, will live moments of great tension and risk.
Accommodation: There are plenty of hostels in Pamplona for San Fermin enjoy. Our recommendation is the Hostel Hemingway, a newly established central hostel that offers private and shared rooms with breakfast included at unbeatable prices. It also organizes activities for travelers, as typical Spanish dinner, film or guided tours.
La Tomatina is one of the most popular holidays and is celebrated on the last Wednesday of August in the Valencian town of Buñol. The festival dates back to 1945 when, during the celebration of the town, a young man was pushed and knocked to the ground, enraged, began to throw everything that came his way, including tomatoes a vegetable stand nearby, causing a release tomatoes massive crowd. At present, the “tomato battle” lasts an hour, after which clean the streets with powerful hoses and people continue the party.
Accommodation: Considering the small size of the town and its proximity to the capital (only 35 km apart), it is best to find a cheap hostel in Valencia to stay, since the supply is varied and can also be utilized for do some sightseeing in the city of Valencia. Home Backpackers is a modern and colorful hostel with an excellent location in the center and not far from the bus station. Its rooms are spacious and has several areas and a terrace.
April Fair in Seville is one of the most famous Spanish fiestas. The show begins with “alumbrao” of thousands of bulbs on the cover, which gives access to the fairgrounds. For almost a week the Andalusian capital is filled with thousands of people celebrating the fair booths, where they sing and dance until the wee hours. Of course, no lack of good food: ham, “pescaíto” sherry and rebujito are also stars of the festival.
Accommodation: The offer of cheap hostels in Seville is huge and Adventures Youth Hostel is a good example of cheap accommodation and quality time. Situated in the heart, it is a traditional Andalusian house recently renovated with interior courtyard that offers spacious and bright with breakfast included in the price.