Fiestas are what the Spanish live for...!
Throughout the year, every town and city celebrates with colourful seasonal ferias, romerias, gastronomic fiestas, and religious festivals.
Here are a just few examples...
Easter ("Semana Santa") is the biggest celebration in Spain's religious calendar. Each year, our local town of Riogordo hosts 'El Paso' - an internationally-renowned passion play. This huge production, with a cast of hundreds of people (plus a few donkeys and horses), depicts the story of the life of Jesus leading up the the crucifixion.
This annual nine day August fair is launched by a huge fireworks display on the opening Friday. During the day, celebrations overwhelm the city centre with music and dancing in the packed streets and bars, whilst horses and riders in costume parade around the streets. At night the action switches to the very large feria site outside the city. Here there are fairground rides and a lot more music and dancing, and people partying until dawn.
Each March, thousands of visitors get the opportunity to try this superior olive oil, in the form of a "Miller's Breakfast" - bread soaked in olive oil. During the festival, there are different activities, tastings of regional products, shows and dancing, with the main stage hosting many different performances.
The Maritime Procession of the Virgin del Carmen in July is quite a spectacle, as the locals celebrate the patron saint of the fishermen. It starts with a candlelight procession through the town centre and the festival ends dramatically with a lavish firework display.
A traditional country festival held each June, which starts with the pilgrimage - a religious procession following an icon of San Isidro mounted on a cart. The fiesta takes place on a dry riverbed close to Casa Colina, and activities include the "race for the ribbons" - a competition where horse riders try to catch ribbons hanging from a line above their heads.
Once the largest city in Europe, Cordoba is a fascinating place to visit. Despite being Spain's 10th largest city, Cordoba retains the feel of a small provincial town built up around a historic centre.
The city boasts some great historic attractions, including the famous Mezquita - a massive medieval Islamic palace, which is a rare fusion of Christian and Muslim architecture. The Alcazar De Los Reyes Cristianos is also well worth a visit - an impressive castle, featuring huge, beautiful gardens, a moorish bathhouse and some very well-preserved Roman mosaics.