What to see (and when)
26 June. Corpus Christi when El Gastor is transformed - the houses
and streets are decorated with palms and flowers. Processions and
music, eating and drinking, laughing and socialising are the order
of the day.
01 June - 30 July. Granada's International Festival of Music and
Dance, a celebration of flamenco and classical music that attracts
05 - 08 August. El Gastor Feria – Festivities start at 10pm and
go on until the sun comes up. Fireworks and Toro del Fuego
(translates as “bull of the fire” - needs to be seen!). Bull
running, Pamplona style, in the streets on Saturday & Sunday.
August - Sanlúcar de Barrameda is home to some of the
oldest horse races in Europe, which take place along the beach.
01 - 05 September.
The Pedro Romero Fair takes place in
and around the Ronda Bullring. The Goyesca-costumed bullfights are
the highlight of the event.
07 October. Festival of El Gastor’s patron saint – Virgen del
18 December. Belen - live nativity which takes place around the
centre of the village of El Gastor.
06 January. Festival of the Three Kings - more important to the
Spanish people than Christmas itself
In February the city of Seville devotes itself completely to
catering for the annual Tapas Fair - it is one of those occasions
when, although as many as 50 restaurants and bars officially
participate in the Festival 'proper', all over the city other
'unofficial' establishments will be offering their own individual
specialties for people's delight. See
Seville Tapas Fair for more info.
25 February - 12 March. The Jerez Flamenco Festival has become one
of the most important in the world
13 - 13 March. Cadiz's Carnival is perhaps the most famous in the world -
outside of Brazil. El Gastor also has its own carnival with groups
of youngsters in fancy dress and roaming from bar to bar singing
their comical and satirical songs
01 - 03 April. The Moto Grand Prix in Jerez is one of the leading
events of the motorcycle racing season.
18 - 25 April. Holy Week (Semana Santa) - Celebrated throughout
Spain with processions all week culminating in a day of joy on
Easter Sunday for the resurrection of Jesus - See
Semana Santa for more information.
03 - 08 May. Every year Seville celebrates La Feria de Abril
(April Fair - even though it is in May this year!) with round-the-clock flamenco parties
07 & 08 May. Romeria - The town turns out to walk with the patron
saint, Virgen del Rosario, through the town and out into the “campo”
(countryside) for two days of non-stop partying.
08 - 15 May. Jerez hosts its annual Horse Fair (declared to be of
International Tourist Interest) - See
Feria del Caballo for more info.
Some of Spain’s most spectacular prehistoric art
Antiques and art museum in Ronda with live flamenco shows at night
Ronda, the oldest bull ring in Spain
Organic wineries in Ronda
General tourist information on Ronda
For all things Andalusian
Royal Andalusian Riding School in Jerez
Simple words but meaningful - THANKS A LOT!!! Your
charming B&B got nominated the BEST place we have ever
stayed in. Special thanks for los vinos.
Happy New Year
Woyti and friends - Poland - January 2009