It may have been five years since Spain won the World Cup, but this
does not mean Spain has slipped past its prime. Spain will continue to
be one of the most popular destinations to travel to in Europe, year
after year, regardless of World Cup victories. With vibrant cities like Barcelona,
Madrid and the lesser known Navarra, finding an authentic local
experience or a popular tourist destination is simple. With a wide
variety of events to choose from. This summer in Spain is set to be massive.
The San Fermin festival in Pamplona should be on everyone's travel checklist. The bull-run is commonly known for its six rampant bulls chasing participants through the streets. This festival will run from July the 6th to the 14th. One and a half million people will occupy the small town square, over the period of nine days. The small picturesque town comes alive, and there will be singing, drinking and dancing on the street. Reaching Pamplona is a 4 hour drive from Barcelona which takes you across the heart of Spain on a single stretch of road, so there is no chance of getting lost. Once you arrive in Pamplona there are a variety of car parking garages available to safely store your Spain rental car. Participating in the bull-run is encouraged, but you must be over 18 to participate. Bull runs occur daily. If you simply want to spectate the event, you can book a balcony--balconies can be purchased online.
Next on the list should be a drive to Alicante. Alicante is a 4 hour drive from Madrid. Settled on the east coast of Spain, it's a popular tourist destination located beside the beach, with myriad attractions for you to enjoy. The city plays host to the festival of Moors and Christian. This festival sees the town of Villajoyosa take a journey back in time. For eight days the town becomes a re-enactment of the Berber pirate's assault on Villajoyosa in 1538. Legend has it, the town was saved by Saint Martha, who apparently caused a flood to eliminate the pirates. The festival is held in Saint Martha's honour. The town will feature re-enactment battles between the townsfolk and pirates. The pirates will attempt to seize the castle as on looking tourists watch. When not witnessing the epic battle there are a variety of other activities to keep everyone entertained. Eating competitions, dancing, fireworks and concerts to name a few. Free parking will be signposted for the event, with plenty of parking spaces for everyone.
Finally head to the cultural capital of Spain, Barcelona. Barcelona will host one of the most anticipated festivals in Europe, "El Grec," translated it simply means "the Greek". The festival will occur in the town of Montjuic, an hour drive from Barcelona's city centre. The festival roots began focusing primarily on Greek theatre. These days it's a mixing pot of entertainment, with: Musicians, dancers, theatre performances, and much more on display--including a circus! With over 50 different shows to choose from, there's something for everyone. Pricing for the different shows vary, and some are free. Tickets can be purchased online in advance, or when you arrive at the event. When the shows are over, the vibrant city of Barcelona is open for exploration. It's recommended that you park and explore the city on foot, for maximum site-seeing enjoyment.
Spain is set to be one of the most high traffic tourist destinations this summer, you can easily drive to a wide variety of events across the country. Whether battling pirates or getting chased by bulls, there truly is something for everyone.