Spanish cultural events for this summer
With the summer fast approaching, the minds of many British sun lovers are already set on Spain holidays. But notoriously being the country that’s most visited by our fellow countrymen, Spain can risk feeling a bit too familiar. Given the amount of events and local attractions available in the peninsula, that would be a great mistake. To help you discover that side of the country which is most genuine and sometime even unfamiliar, we have chosen three unmissable Spanish events for this summer.
Tapas en Avila
Every year between the last week of July and the first week of August, Avila becomes the Spanish capital of tapas. In what will be the 14th edition of a national culinary competition, the public and a panel of judges will get to try and decide which tapa is the year’s very best. Just short drive away from Madrid, Avila is a picturesque medieval town enclosed within stone walls, and is well worth the daytrip from the capital. Tapas en Avila may just be the perfect excuse.
Jazzaldia San Sebastian Jazz Festival
Now moving into its 48th year, the San Sebastian Jazz Festival is an institution for music lovers from all around Spain and the world. Even boasting an impressive jazz marathon which will go on for 5 to 6 hours on July 27th, the festival will go on from July 24th to July 28th and will showcase more than 60 performances all around town, often in suggestive venues such as Zurriola beach and the Kursaal centre.
For history lovers, Spain is full of treasures to behold. But few of them will ever be as thrilling as the Cantabrian wars, a live recreation of Cantabrian resistance against the Romans in the 1st century BC. Having moved into its second decade, the event sees the whole town host recreations of Roman and Cantabrian settlement and, from August 23rd to September 1st, embodies all the pride of the locals in a festive event.
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