There is no better way to get to know the Andalucians than through their many and fascinating traditional festivals. The local fiesta is the moment when every town and village strives to put on a splendid show, not only for themselves but also for those who come from afar to admire and enjoy. Over 3,000 fiestas are celebrated every year in Andalucia, including fairs, pilgrimages, carnivals, mock battles between Moors and Christians and religious processions. Each town and village has at least one patron saint and the processions in their name. In fact, there is scarcely a day in the year without its fiesta.
Below is our descriptive guide to the more popular festivals taking place each year. They are listed more or less in the order that they take place in the year. Alternatively consult a larger listing of the Festivals and Fiestas in Andalucia in a month by month format. Also consult our list of the summer ferias and this extensive guide to the main modern music and dance festivals.
Traditional Festivals in Andalucia
In most wine-growing districts of Spain, the harvest festival begins on the feast of St Matthew (21 September). In Jerez the Fiestas de la Vendimia starts officially on 8… More →
Like many large cities, Málaga has absorbed what once were nearby villages. Therefore, some of Málaga’s seaside neighbourhoods continue to carry on the customs handed down to them by the fishermen… More →
The El Rocío pilgrimage is the most famous in the region, attracting nearly a million people from across Andalucia and the entire country, and beyond. Every Andalucian city, town and… More →
The Jerez Horse Fair, known as the Feria del Caballo, is traditionally held during the first or second week in May. It is an exciting and lively event that brings the entire city to the González… More →
A month by month guide to traditional festivals in Andalucía. More >
For more than half a century this amazing festival of international music and dance has brought some of the world’s best musicians and dance performers to Granada More >
Month-long music and cultural event held in July / August at the Cantera de Nagüeles, in Marbella. More >
Since 2011 Sabinillas has hosted a full moon festival every July / August on its beaches More >
or Festival of the Moorish Moon. Held over first or second weekend in September i More >
Arte Sano Festival is the biggest free alternative festival on the Costa del Sol, and takes place on the last weekend in July on San Pedro Alcántara seafront. More >
A bi-annual summer art festival which takes place in Genalguacil, near Gaucin in Malaga province. More >
Hopefully this overall guide has been a help in planning your trip or in understanding the many varied festivals of the the region. For more dates try our events home page or look up an individual town in our destinations section.