A Quick Guide to Festivals & Public Holidays in Torrevieja
10th October 2019
It’s easy to be caught out by public holidays in Spain. During these holidays, many businesses close their doors and visitors may be unable to enjoy all that Torrevieja usually has to offer. Popular attractions such as Museum of the Sea & Salt may not be open during these periods, for example. Where holidays fall mid-week, many Spaniards choose to stretch holidays out, resulting in even longer, sleepier periods.
Alongside national public holidays, there are additional dates to be aware of in Torrevieja. There are a number of festivals and events which take place annually in the town, which are well worth considering when you plan your visit. To help you stay on top of public holidays and festivals in Torrevieja, we’ve compiled a quick, handy list…
Please note: this is all accurate at the time of writing (October 2019). If you read this post in the future (especially late 2020 onwards), please be aware that while these festivals and public holidays may continue into future years, the dates and information may vary slightly.
12th October: National Holiday – Hispanic Day
Celebrated to honour the arrival of Christopher Columbus in America, Hispanic Day (also known as Fiesta Nacional de España), is celebrated across the country. Although a parade is usually held in Madrid, this holiday is not widely celebrated in Spain.
1st November: National Holiday – All Saints Day
Also known as Dia de Todos los Santos, All Saints Day is another national day off for Spaniards. On this day, locals often return to their home towns and villages to lay flowers at the graves of their deceased relatives. It’s also common for the play Don Juan Tenorio to be performed in local towns.
6th, 8th, 9th, 25th, 26th & 31st December: National Holidays – Christmas Dates
December is full of public holidays in Spain, including Constitution Day, Immaculate Conception Day, Christmas Day and New Years Eve. Expect plenty of parades, concerts and religious ceremonies during this time. The main Christmas service takes place in Torrevieja at midnight on the 24th December. The biggest celebration, however, takes place on New Years Eve when friends and families gather to feast!
1st & 6th January: National Holidays – New Years Day & Epiphany
Torreviejans traditionally conclude their New Years revels with chocolate and churros before heading to bed on the morning of New Years Day. On the 5th January, the Three Kings Parade takes place through the town and on the 6th, Spaniards celebrate Epiphany, with Spanish children opening their Christmas presents.
16th & 22nd February: Local Fiesta – Torrevieja Carnival
Mirroring carnival season in Brazil, a big, colourful parade makes its way through Torrevieja on 16th (daytime, for children and families) and 22nd February (nighttime, for adults), featuring music, costumes and an exuberant party.
9th-13th April: National Holidays – Easter Celebrations
This holiday period is considered the most holy in the Spanish calendar. Throughout the week, religious processions take place through Spanish towns (including Torrevieja), with ornate sculptures and scenes (known as pasos) carried through the streets.
1st May: National Holiday – Labour Day
Also known as Día del Trabajador or Primero de Mayo, this public holiday celebrates the achievements of workers across the country.
Unannounced Date: Local Fiesta – The May Fair
Taking place across a week, The May Fair is one of Torrevieja’s biggest local festivals combining live music, food stalls, fireworks, shows and parties. The majority of festivities take place in specially erected marquees near the fairground behind Torrevieja’s marina.
24th June: Regional Holiday – Feast of St John the Baptist
Torrevieja celebrates this regional holiday with bonfires and spectacular fireworks.
16th July: Regional Holiday – Day of the Virgin Carmen
Known in Spanish as Día de la Virgen del Carmen, this day is very special to Torreviejans. As the patron saint of fishermen, the Virgen del Carmen is close to the townsfolk’s hearts. On this day, fishermen ferry a statue of the Virgin to land, then carry her through the town.
Last week of July: Local Fiesta – Habaneras & Polyphony Competition
Held in Torrevieja since 1955, this singing competition brings choral groups from across the world to the town’s shores – their beautiful music is a treat for the ears.
15th August: Local Fiesta & National Holiday – Coronation of the Queen of Salt & Assumption Day
In honour of the town’s historic salt industry, this event sees the townsfolk parade through Torrevieja with the elected queen of salt seated atop a float. The event is followed by a fiesta featuring live music and dancing.
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[Photo credit – Keith Williamson]