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Top Ten Spanish Festivals in August

by John Bascombe on Thursday, August 21, 2014

Spain in August

August may be a little more than half over, but here’s a list of some of Spain’s coolest fiestas in the hottest month, so you know what’s going on this summer, or next summer… always en español.

Viking Boat1. The Viking Festival of Catoira

Celebrated since 1961, this curious event happens on the first Sunday of August in the Galician village of Catoira (but festivities begin a week before the festival actually begins). Festival participants reenact an 11th century Viking landing that occurred on the banks of this piece of coastline and the villagers’ efforts to defend themselves from the invaders. The drakkar boats used are exact replicas of original Viking boats found in Skudelev, Denmark. Catoira residents built the boats under the supervision of master builders from Frederikssund (Denmark), a sister city of Catoira. Take your own early August voyage to this northwestern Spanish town and prepare to enter the fascinating world of the Vikings.

Bilbao2. La Semana Grande de Bilbao

(Bilboko Aste Nagustia, in the Basque language). As its name suggests, this is Bilbao’s biggest and grandest festival. It takes place for 9 days beginning on August 15th. The comparsas (kompartsak in Basque) are the life of the party. These are groups of locals who serve food and beverages at serving stands, and offer musical performances and other activities such as traditional rural sporting competitions (herri kirolak). The festival kicks off with the launch of a rocket called the chupinazo, like the one that begins Pamplona’s San Fermín Festival. The symbol of the Semana Grande is Marijaia, the figure of a woman with her arms raised who appears forever lost in dance. A fireworks display draws festivities to a close… read more »

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Why should we remember Frida?

by John Bascombe on Thursday, August 14, 2014

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The Spanish Market

by John Bascombe on Thursday, August 07, 2014

El Mercado - The Traditional Spanish Market The Spanish Mercado is a traditional market that exists or has existed in all the major cities, not only in Spain but in France and other European cities. These markets are located in large, warehouse type buildings in key neighborhoods where inside you can find butchers, fishmongers, bakeries and a variety of other stands selling spices, canned goods and anything else edible… read more »

Green Madrid - New Bike Capital

by John Bascombe on Thursday, July 31, 2014

Bike Mad Madrid BiciMad, Madrid’s electric bike sharing program has launched to something of a bumpy start, but the cool-looking cycles are now offering city residents and visitors an eco-friendly transportation option… read more »

Game of Thrones Comes to Spain

by John Bascombe on Thursday, July 24, 2014

Calling all fellow Game of Thrones fans: care to catch a coveted sneak peek at the kingdom of Dorne? Most viewers will behold, for the first time, small screen imagery of the seventh realm sometime next year when season five of HBO’s most popular show ever finally airs. But keep in mind that some filming locations for next season have already been announced; parts of Spain’s southern province and city of Seville will serve as the southron region of the mythical continent of Westeros. All this certainly means that a journey to Seville may be in order, where you’ll get an early first-hand glimpse of Dornish esthetic appeal. … read more »

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