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Spain: Fiestas and Carnivals-? in February, March!!

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1. Posted by sisidra (Budding Member, 3 posts) 12 Jan '08 11:20

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Hi. I will visit Spain from Feb25-March11, specifically Andalusia region. (Sevilla, Ronda, Murcia, Alicante).

Its difficult to find info about Fiestas, Carnavals and "bull fighting" in FEBRUARY & MARCH, Spain.

Anybody, Somebody: HELP ME!!!
Give me an additional info! Also smaller and other cities in this region are accepted!

Any other Huge events (International Expos, Flamenco competitions, etc) that I must see?!?
in Spain during my travel?

THANKS!

2. Posted by LittleHote (Inactive, 78 posts) 13 Jan '08 01:16

That's tricky timing. "Carnaval" is more or less the same dates everywhere (only the length varies from place to place) so that will be over before you arrive. and Semana Santa doesn't start until after you leave. -snip-

Good luck.

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3. Posted by beadyeye (Inactive, 4 posts) 13 Jan '08 03:04

Hi Sisidra,
Your timing is a little off, if you could delay your return by a week you could catch what is arguably the biggest and best fiesta in Spain - 15-19 March is Fallas in Valencia. The entire city is given over to giant papier maché sculptures (over 600 in all) and there are parades and parties in every street. Every day at 2pm there are the loudest fireworks you have ever heard in the town hall square and every night there are beautiful firework displays. The whole fiesta ends on the night of the 19th when every sculpture is set fire to where it stands and the entire city seems to be on fire.
Having said all that, if you spend you last days in Valencia, you will be able to see some of the sculptures being built and experience some of the daytime fireworks (Mascletas) as the hold these daily from the 01 March.
If you could delay your whole trip by two weeks - you could also experience Semana Santa either here in Valencia or in Seville - its a profound experience and takes place from march 17-23 this year.
Whatever you decide - enjoy your trip and have fun!

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4. Posted by sisidra (Budding Member, 3 posts) 14 Jan '08 07:28

Hey, thank You beadyeye for Your answer! You explained me in 0,45 sec more than i could find on fiesta espana during 1,20hour!!
Sevilla was my destination, but i see that Valencias fireworks sounds better and are more impressive! definitely MUST GO there. I'll see what i can do with my airplane tickets...

5. Posted by beadyeye (Inactive, 4 posts) 14 Jan '08 07:36

Hi sisidra.
My pleasure, hope you can change your tickets, have a great time! Valencia's a great place to visit with or without Fallas!

6. Posted by MT03Rider (Budding Member, 7 posts) 16 Jan '08 03:12

Ita a pity, but you´re going to miss the Cadiz Carnival (http://www.carnavaldecadiz.com/) 31st Jan - 10th Feb.

With regard to Flamenco - if you walk around the streets of Cadiz (great city, lively wonderful fun people) on a Friday or Saturday night you will hear flamenco being sung by the locals inside bars from around 12 midnight (my favourite is one bar off Plaza Mentidera (my spelling here might be dodgy, it translates as´the plaza of the lies´). Enter and you are in the middle of an impromtu genuine flamenco show. The atmosphere is electric and youll learn that clapping is an art form and hear shouts of ´olay´ and ´venga prima´.

I can´t speak for other cities in Spain. Note that Madrid is now the capital of Flamenco, which is rather strange as its not part of Castile´s tradition, simply the commercialisation being drawn to the capital. The Flamenco there isn´t impromptu, but shows for the tourists.

I dont know the other cities your planning on visiting, Seville is pretty, but ive only been once so cant recommend with authority.

Enjoy your trip.

Profa

7. Posted by Belkita (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 6 Feb '12 08:03

Quoting sisidra

Hi. I will visit Spain from Feb25-March11, specifically Andalusia region. (Sevilla, Ronda, Murcia, Alicante).

Its difficult to find info about Fiestas, Carnavals and "bull fighting" in FEBRUARY & MARCH, Spain.

Anybody, Somebody: HELP ME!!!
Give me an additional info! Also smaller and other cities in this region are accepted!

Any other Huge events (International Expos, Flamenco competitions, etc) that I must see?!?
in Spain during my travel?

THANKS!

hey-hey!!!
i know it like unreal to find information inthe internet:)I've been there its preety awesome) -snip- Sevilla especially)
here's one article thatb is pretty much what i think about this place:)
Hope you will have a bleast in spain!!!buen viaje:)!

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