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Fiestas and Folklore Throughout the Year in Santiago de Compostela

After walking the Camino why not treat yourself to some of the festivities. Santiago is one of the most famous places of pilgrimage worldwide.  Many of its traditional festivities are of religious character. So, while you walk the Camino, here are a few of the festivals that take place on the Camino which you can visit throughout the year: 

Festivals of SantiagoSemana Santa 

Semana Santa takes place during Easter week and is celebrated in most major Spanish towns with spectacular processions.

Feria del Ganado

Next up is Feria del Ganado in May, which lasts for 10 days. Apart from the performances by traditional folklore groups, it is also a culinary festival, giving everyone a great opportunity to try all the incredible famous dishes of the regional cuisine. 

Fuego del Apostol 

Festivals of Santiago

If you are in Santiago at the end of July, then you will not want to miss the Festival of the Apostle. On July 24th, the "Fuego del Apostol" hosts an impressive fireworks display, which is held in front of the Obradoiro-door of the cathedral. The next day, during mass, a huge incense font (the "botafumeiro") that is fixed to the ceiling of the cathedral with a rope is swung through the nave. You can watch a video of the Botafumeiro in action here  

Festival of Classical Music

Lastly, in August and September, there is the important Festival of Classical Music which has numerous concerts for everyone to see.

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Check out our review of the Top Festivals on the Camino de Santiago here

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