August is the hottest month in Spain, when the locals flock to the beach and the inland cities are left to the tourists. However, some of the biggest events in Spain are happening in all corners of the country, with cities such as San Sebastian, Malaga and parts of Barcelona holding their annual fiesta.
Check out some of the best cities in Spain to visit in August.
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Spain's most celebrated August festival is Tomatina, the famous tomato fight that takes place on the last Wednesday of the month in Buñol, close to Valencia.
Around the same is the Fiesta de Vendimia in Requena, also near Valencia.
And in Benicassim you'll find the Rototom SunSplash Reggae Festival, Europe's largest gathering of reggae music.
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Apart from these events, there are plenty more Things to Do in Valencia.
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There's one major August event in Malaga, and it's a biggie. The Feria de Malaga (or Feria de Agosto) is one of Andalusia's biggest parties (the other contender being the Feria de Sevilla). It takes place from 12 to 19 August 2017.
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San Sebastian (or Bilbao)
Expect to see such diverse sights as a nightly firework competition, a strongman contest, bullfighting (if that's your thing - you can certainly avoid it if not) and giant puppet dances.
There is also the Fiesta de la Virgen Blanca in nearby Vitoria from August 4 to 19, 2017.
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Barcelona and the wider region of Catalonia have a great little collection of festivals in August.
Two districts of Barcelona have their annual fiesta in August: there's the Gracia festival in the northwest of the city as well as the Festa Major de Sants.
Elsewhere in the region, at the start of the month, is the Festival de Musica de Cadaques, while at the end of the month, you'll find the Festa Major de Vilafranca del Penedés and the Festa Major de Sitges.
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Madrid gets very hot in August and a lot of the city's inhabitants take this month off to visit the beach with the families. This leaves the capital a lot quieter in summer than in other months, though there will be a fair amount of tourists. Expect to see many of the smaller bars and cafes closed.
Having said that, there are still some excellent events to attend in and around Madrid in August. Here are a few examples:
- Fiesta de Lavapies
- Bullfighting in Madrid
- Bullruns (like the Pamplona Running of the Bulls) in nearby Chinchon and Cuellar
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The Vuelta a España, or La Vuelta, is Spain's answer to the Tour de France and is one of the biggest events in the international cycling calendar, running from the end of August until the middle of September. Most of the August stages take place in Galicia before the event moves to Andalusia and then on to the north-east, the north and then to Madrid.
Octopus is not for everyone, but if you can get past the slimy texture you can join the ranks of Spaniards who lust after the stuff. To celebrate Galicia's excellent octopuses, check out the Octopus Festival O Carballiño (2017 event to be confirmed).
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