Festivals you don’t want to miss in 2015
Festivals are a great way to liven up a few days on your holiday. Book your trip to coincide, and you can get a whole new insight into your chosen destination, its culture and its people. At festivals you’ll see the locals as they are at play and you might even find yourself making a few friends along the way.
Here are a few of the biggest and best ones in some of our top holiday destinations.
Balearic Islands festivals
Every year since 2005, the Ibiza Rocks Festival has been one of the biggest draws to the island. For 14 weeks in 2015 music artists will come to Ibiza to whip the crowds up into a frenzy right by San Antonio Beach. Past artists have included Rudimental, Ed Sheeran, Tinie Tempah and Clean Bandit.
In Menorca, the Menorcan Jazz Festival is particularly worth planning your trip around. Staged during April and May, the festival brings the jazz and blues greats to the island for events held in Ciutadella and Mahon.
Festivals in the Canary Islands
The Festival de Música de Canarias (Music Festival of the Canary Islands) takes place on every island in the Canaries in January. Orchestras, concerts and celebrations make up one of Europe’s most important classical music festivals. All the action starts at the stunning Auditorio de Tenerife concert hall in Santa Cruz.
The Fiestas de San Juan is celebrated on all the Canary Islands. On Midsummer’s Eve (23rd) Canarios flock out to the beaches to revel in the party atmosphere and join in with the midnight bathing; said to guarantee good health, fertility and love. In Tenerife’s, in Puerto de la Cruz, you’ll find a huge celebration with live bands, a party atmosphere, and lots of food and wine. Don’t be alarmed if people start leaping over bonfires, it’s a tradition.
If you’ve over in the Canaries in the summer, be sure to check out our previous blog post on festivals during August.
Mainland Spain Festivals
Mainland Spain is famous for the wealth of festivals it has throughout the year. From the huge music festivals like Primavera, Sonar and Benicassim to the local religious celebrations, there’s something going on somewhere every weekend in Spain.
Tomatina is a hugely popular Spanish Festival, in which local crowds gather to gleefully throw tomatoes at each other in the Valencia town of Bunol. It’s known as the ‘World’s Biggest Food Fight’ and the weeklong festival in August features music, parades, dancing, and plenty of fireworks.
Festivals in Greece
The popular resort of Hersonissos in Crete is one of the biggest party destinations in Europe bringing music and people together in one sunny place. Holidaymakers from nearby beach towns flock to Starbeach to experience epic parties featuring international DJs including Tiesto, Axwell, Nicky Romero and Armin van Burren. Events include beach parties by day and nighttime neon parties in spectacular nightclub settings.
What’s the best European festival you’ve ever been to?