Spanish Festivals in 2021
With the roll out of the Covid-19 vaccination programme to begin next week in the UK you may be thinking about ticking some items off that bucket list when travel opens up again in 2021.
Spain has some of the best festivals in the world, famous for their exuberance, uniqueness, and flair. There are few counties in the world where most of us can name a handful of festivals but with Spain we can all run off a couple at least.
There’s the running of the bulls, San Fermin, in Pamplona, the huge Semana Santa celebrations across the country but especially spectacular in Seville and Malaga, the Tomatina tomato fight brings in tourists from around the world and Las Fallas, in Valencia, is perhaps the most extravagant festival anywhere in the world.
Today we’re going to focus on festivals that take place in traditional holiday resorts, ones that will add that touch of magic to your traditional holiday that you may be less aware of.
#1 – Primavera Sound, Barcelona
The number one music festival of the season in Europe, all the big Indie names play Primavera Sound in Barcelona with past line ups including the Pet Shop Boys, Echo and the Bunnymen, Patti Smith, Public Enemy, Lou Reed, Franz Ferdinand, Radiohead, The Cure and more. For 2021 (June 2-June 6) there are currently 54 artists lined up and with the vaccine news so promising, we believe these June dates will stick.
Primavera Sound is not just about the music or even those attending the event. The whole of Barcelona is involved in the activities and the area of the Forum comes alive with stalls and entertainment during the event. Those without tickets often just take picnics to the parks and squares around the event just to be part of the ambiance.
Of course, attending the event also puts all of Barcelona at your fingertips and one of the world’s premier city breaks where both sea, mountains and city are on your doorstep.
Barcelona is perfect for culture vultures thanks to Gaudi, beach lovers due to its enviable position on the coast, mountain hikers in the hills of Tibidabo or Montserrat and party goers too will enjoy the eclectic array of clubs and venues.
#2 – The Elvis Festival of Benidorm
With provisional dates of 24-26th of April, we’re hopeful you’ll be able to spend some time in Benidorm after Easter 2021 and check out the amazing Elvis Festival of Benidorm, now in its 10th year.
Join thousands of Elvis fans and impersonators at the Melia Hotel in Benidorm for a hip shakin’, heartbreakin’ extravaganza with games, competitions and lots of crooning.
The festival is not just for Elvis fans, the atmosphere and friendliness of the festival is one of the main reasons it is so popular even with the locals. People from all ages, music genres and from around the world now flock to Benidorm just for this weekend so be sure to book ahead.
And of course, whilst in Benidorm, you’ve got to check out the strip, beaches and cocktails bars this resort is so famous for!
#3– Carnaval, Sitges
There’s really no need to haul your cookies all the way to Rio de Janeiro for that Carnaval atmosphere. Jump on a plane to El Prat (no, really) Barcelona and within 20 minutes you can be in stunning Sitges where the tide never comes in and the parties never end! This event usually takes place in February and the full event has been moved to 2022 however, plans are afoot to offer Carnaval with a twist in February 2021 so watch this space for updates.
Sitges is home to a large European gay contingent as well as attracting 100,000s of gay travellers every year, not only for Carnaval, as Sitges has scores of gay clubs and bars, but its hard to think of any other gay event in Europe that’s bigger and better than Carnaval. Although Carnaval is marketed as a gay event plenty of local families also turn up for the fun and festivities and everything is pretty PG friendly until the witching hour. After 8pm Carnaval can get pretty wild so if you are travelling with kids you may want to get safely tucked up back at the hotel by dusk or risk turning into a pumpkin.
Spain really has a party and celebration culture and every city through to small town and village has its local festival days; a national pastime we sadly do not seem to share. What else are holidays for?