Visiting Spain in September? Can't decide which city to head to? Check out this list of best Spanish cities to visit according to the events going at the time.
September in Spain is grape harvest time and many wine-producing towns villages have their own celebration - look out for anything that says vendimia. This, as well as the San Sebastian Film Festival and the Vuelta a España cycling race, dominate proceedings this month.
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The San Sebastian Film Festival is one of the world's biggest film festivals (see also: Film Festivals in Spain), taking place from September 20 to 28, which is reason enough to visit this excellent beach city in the north of Spain.
Also, taking place at the same time (September 21) is the grape harvest celebration (vendimia in Spanish) in Logroño, La Rioja, Spain's most famous wine region, which is not far away from San Sebastian.
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Barcelona and Catalonia
Base yourself in Barcelona to explore a few of the events taking place in and around the Catalan capital in September.
The Vuelta a España, Spain's version of the Tour de France (which finishes in Madrid later this month), passes through Catalonia for a few days early in the month (September 5-6), before heading up to nearby Andorra. There's also the Birraso Beer Festival, a celebration of the new international craft beer scene.
Then there are two major cultural events to see: the Diada de Catalunya (Catalonia day) takes place throughout the region on September 11, followed by the Festa de la Mercè in Barcelona from September 20 to 24.
Other events in the Catalonia area include:
- Vilafranca del Penedés Festa Major de Vilafranca del Penedés featuring human castle building and other festivities. (August 29-September 2)
- Tarragona Festa de Santa Tecla More human castle building and other celebrations. The festival centers around September 23, but there are events for around a week before.
See also: Barcelona Weather in September
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Lots of things are taking place in and around Madrid in September. The Vuelta a España will see cycling enthusiasts line the streets as the race ends in the capital on September 15, 2013.
Shopaholics have Fashion's Night Out, with Madrid's most chic boutiques offering discounts and staying open later on September 12. Then there's DecorAccion a week later (from September 19 to September 22) where the smaller shops of the Barrio de las Letras spilling out into the streets for a few days.
There is also Madrid Fashion Week.
Then the following towns close to Madrid have events:
- Aranjuez Fiestas del Motín (September 7-8, 2013 - dates TBC: usually first full weekend of September)
- San Lorenzo de El Escorial Romería de la Virgen de Gracia (September 9, 2013 - date TBC).
See also: Madrid Weather in September
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Jerez and Cadiz
Another film festival and grape harvest festival pairing. The Film Festival of the Atlantic in Cadiz is not as famous as the San Sebastian Film Festival (see above) but it's still a fine festival, and Jerez is the home of sherry, making its vendimia worth a visit.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Allegedly the birthplace of modern bullfighting, the bullring of Ronda is a popular pilgrimage for aficionados of Spain's most controversial pastime. There aren't so many bullfights in Ronda anymore making the Festival of Pedro Romero (no website - but the date has been confirmed to me by the Ronda tourist board: September 6 - 8, 2013) one of the best times to visit Ronda (if you like that sort of thing).