Fiestas, ferias & 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. Just as importantly it is good to know when these events take place because they often impact travel plans, accommodation availability, and access to shops, monuments and attractions.

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 school holidays and the important dates celebrated in neighbouring provinces as this may be useful for those planning a trip to Granada and beyond.

3 Kings silhouetted against sunset

January

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

February

1 – Granada: San Cecilio Local fiesta celebrated in the gypsy quarter of Sacromonte

Mid – Andalucía: Carnaval week long celebration leading up to Lent

28 -Andalucía: Dia de Andalucía Andalucía Day

Virgen | Michal Osmenda

March

Variable – National: Semana Santa Holy Week following Domingo de Ramos Palm Sunday

Semana Santa 2020 – 5-11 April

Accommodation in Granada is in high demand during Semana Santa, so be sure to book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

XII Granada Tapas Competition 2020 (postponed until September)

 

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April

Semana Santa 2020

5 –  Domingo de Ramos Palm Sunday

10 –  Viernes Santo Good Friday

12 – Domingo de Resurrección ó Domingo de Pascua Easter Sunday

13 – 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.

School holidays in Andalucía 6-10 April.

May

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

May is a lovely time to come to Granada to explore the city and visit the Alhambra before the summer heat arrives.

 

June

6-13 – Granada Feria Granada Fair

11 -National: Corpus Christi 2020 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

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 2020: 25 June to 26 July.

School holidays in Andalucía from 22 June to early September.

Granada Cathedral

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 2020: 25 June to 26 July.

School holidays in Andalucía from 22 June to early September. August is the time that most Spanish families take their holidays. Book your accommodation early to avoid disappointment.

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August

15 – National: La Asunción Assumption of Mary

School holidays in Andalucía from 22 June to early September.

Planning a trip to Granada in the summer? Find the best beaches on the Costa Tropical here. 

flamenco dresses green and red

September

6 – Local: El Cascamorras Annual Feria in Baza

School holidays in Andalucía from 22 June to early September.

8-26 – Local: XII Granada Tapas Competition 2020 (usually held in March but this year postponed due to the global Coronavirus Pandemic)

 

October

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.

31 – Halloween is popularly observed but is not an official holiday

 

Granada Cathedral

November

1 – National: Todos los Santos All Saints Day

Christmas lights in Granada

December

7 – National: Dia de la Constitucion Constitution Day

8 – National: Imaculada Concepción Immaculate Conception

25 – National: Navidad Christmas Day

School holidays in Andalucía from 23 December 7 January.

Check out our blog 5 Things to do in Granada this Christmas

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From July 25 the company will reinstate direct flights from London to Granada.

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