Top Festivals on the Camino de Santiago posted: 2016-04-23 11:57:00
Semana Santa (Easter)
This is the first biggest Festival of the year that takes place on the Camino. It starts on the holy week or Easter, which is usually around March/April. Semana Santa is one of the most impressive, traditional, colourful religious parades in most large major towns.
Freedom Day, across Portugal
On the 25th of April is the national holiday in Portugal. It is the anniversary of the Carnation Revolution. Freedom Day is celebrated with parades, fireworks and different entertainments across the country.
Run with the Bulls (San Fermin) in Pamplona
Every year on 6th to the 14th of July in Pamplona, there is a festival in honour of San Fermin which is celebrated by Running with the Bulls. San Fermin Festival is a world famous and historicaly rooted festival that also has many parades, traditional sports and firework displays.
St James Festival in Santiago de Compostela
St James is the patron of Santiago de Compostela and also Galicia. This festival takes place during the last two weeks of July. It is full of concerts and street entertainment across the city, including the fireworks on the 24th of July. On the 25th of July is the Feast of St James is the national feast in Santiago and is celebrated in style. The Camino routes or St James Way are very busy coming up to the 25th of July; especially closer to Santiago.
Semana Grande in Bilbao
Semana Grande is the largest Festival in Northern Spain. The festival starts on a Saturday after 15th August. It usually lasts up to nine days. This festival is dedicated to the Virgin of Begona or Mother to the Basques which is one of Europe's most exhilarating street parties.
Fiestas de la Encina in Ponferrada
On the 8th of September is the Virgin of La Encina, saint patron of El Bierzo. The festival starts on the 1st of September in Ponferrada and it usually lasts for 10 days. La Encina is full of concerts, activities, street entertainment and fireworks etc.
Check out our article on Tapas, Drinks and Gastronomy in Santiago de Compostela here
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