Festivals - Festivals and Fiestas in Andalucia

The Feria de Abril is a highlight of the Andalucian Feria calendar. © Michelle Chaplow
The Feria de Abril is a highlight of the Andalucian Feria calendar.

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In Andalucia, there's a party every day - whether it's to celebrate a harvest (mostly in the autumn - grapes, olives, chestnuts, mushrooms) - a saint's day, or the town's own annual feria, when every town and village puts on a show, with casetas, sherry and dancing. Over 3,000 fiestas are celebrated every year in Andalucia, including fairs, pilgrimages, carnivals, mock battles between Moors and Christians. and religious processions, throughout the 800-odd communities of the region.

Each town and village has its own patron saint and yearly procession, feria and often a romeria (pilgrimage) too.

Here we've compiled a month-by-month guide to all the major festivals in Andalucia, from children's favourite Los Reyes Magos, to music, dance and film festivals, and major sporting events.



The year gets off to a great start, with Los Reyes Magos: the Three Kings come to visit children all over Andalucia.
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Carnaval time! Get your fancy dress on - Cadiz is party central. If flamenco's more your thing, head to Jerez for the festival. And for young wine lovers (the wine, not you), the Fiesta del Mosto in Umbrete. At the end of the month is the region's very own festival - Dia de Andalucia.
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Semana Santa sees pasos of Jesus and the Virgin Mary carried through the streets of towns and cities all over Andalucia (can also take place in April). Film buffs shouldn't miss the Malaga Film Festival, while sports fans will be at Jerez for the MotoGP.
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Feria season kicks off - time for dancing Sevillanas and drinking sherry till the wee hours - with the most famous of all: Seville's Feria de Abril. Plus the region's second biggest pilgrimage in Andujar. In Marbella, a major women's tennis tournament draws the sport's top names, while the world's longest horse race runs 500km across three eastern provinces.
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Cordoba offers its month of floral festivity: the Crosses, the Patios festival and the Feria. The Jerez Horse Fair is celebrated for its equestrian attractions and, of course, the local brew. And El Rocio sees a million pilgrims head for a small town in Doñana National Park.
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Granada's Music and Dance Festival offers the unmissable opportunity of enjoying concerts in the Alhamabra. Corpus Cristi, which honours Christ's presence in the communion wafer, is especially famous in Granada, and in Seville, with the Los Seises dance. More hedonistic is the Noche de San Juan, with bonfires on the beach and dancing till dawn.
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The music continues, with the International Guitar Festival in Cordoba - flamenco, rock, blues, jazz and more, and, at the end of the month, with Nerja's International Music and Dance Festival - in a cave, while in Seville you can see open-air theatre and concerts in the gardens of the Alcazar (until September). In fishing communities around Andalucia, the Virgen del Carmen is paraded through the streets, and taken into the sea to bless the fishermen.
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Time to hit the beach! However, if you're here visiting a city, many offer outdoor festivals this month - Seville's 21 Degrees has cinema, theatre, music and art, while the Malaga Feria lasts a full ten days. In Sanlucar de Barrameda, horses race along the beach, while in nearby Huelva city, the Fiestas Colombinas celebrate Latin American music and dance.
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The Vendimia (grape harvest) is celebrated in Jerez, and around the region, while in Ronda the Feria Goyesca sees bullfighters don period dress to face their nemesis. Seville sees the Bienal of Flamenco (even-numbered years).
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Dia de Colon - Columbus Day - is best celebrated in Huelva, where he set off from on his voyages of discovery, and there's also an Ibero-American theatre festival in Cadiz.
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The Seville Film Festival draws international names, while All Saint's Day is a major event in the towns of Cadiz. Pigs beware - this is the season of the matanza.
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Christmas Eve (Noche Buena) and New Year's Eve (Noche Vieja) are the biggest occasions of the year. Prepare to indulge! You've also got the Verdiales in Malaga province.
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Download a 25 page PDF document (1.1MB) prepared by the Costa del Sol Tourist board listing all the ferias and fiestas by village and date in the province of Malaga.