With the holiday season past its peak and the weather cooling into pleasantly balmy days overseas, September is one of the best times to visit ever-popular Spain. What few people realise though is that this top timeshare destination is host to so many colourful, exciting festivals during the autumn months too.
Here are some of the best ones you might want to book into your travel diary.
Vuelta a España
This exciting cycling event is the Spanish equivalent of the Tour de France and mainly takes place in the north of Spain – Calicia, Navarra, Basque Country and Catalonia.
Fiestas Patronales de la Virgen de la Luz
In the first week of September, the people of the coastal town Tarifa near Gibraltar celebrate the festival of the Patron Saint, the Virgin of the Light. During this time, tourists can delight in the colourful chaos of a carnival complete with rides and raffles, parades on horseback, and sample all the sweet treats sold all across town.
Fiestas de la Mare de Deu de la Salut
Held from September 7-8, this festival takes place in Algemesí, Valencia. Dating back to the 13th century, it’s one of the most unique celebrations in the country, when the whole town joins in in a spectacle of theatre, dance and music. The spectacular costumes and accessories on show are always worthy of a photo and are handmade by the townspeople themselves.
Fiesta de Cascamorras
This unusual, fun festival is held in the towns of Guadix and Baza every year on September 6. The two towns fight for possession of a statue of the Virgen de la Piedad – a historical and legendary figure. Each year, a villager from Guadix will dress up and travel to neighbouring Baza – accompanied with fellow townsmen – to try and recapture the statue. The people of Baza dirty their faces and wait with coloured water and eggs with which to pelt the intruders – a bizarre sight that has to be seen to be believed!
Festa de la Mercè
Held in the historical and beautiful city of Barcelona, Festa de la Merce takes place from September 19 until September 24 this year. The festival is held in honour of Mare de Deu de la Mercè, the Patron Saint of Barcelona, and bids goodbye to the summer with a bang to welcome in the cooler months of autumn. Expect a spectacular, beautiful fire run, complete with fireworks, huge human pyramids and a parade with giant human effigies.