May is one of the most popular months to visit Spain. The weather will be getting pretty good, particularly in the south, and there'll be plenty to do. You can also beat a lot of the crowds by coming a bit before the peak season.
Probably the biggest event of the month, particularly if you're a fan of alternative rock music, is the Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona.
Check out below which Spanish cities have the biggest events going on in May.
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Then, at the end of the month, is the Cordoba Festival, with a bullfighting festival at the same time.
Cordoba is one of Spain's hottest cities (in all senses of the word), so coming a bit before the height of summer is a good idea.
Make sure you also include visits to nearby Seville and Granada to your trip to Cordoba.
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Other key events in Madrid in May include:
- Dos de Mayo festival Around the Plaza Dos de Mayo square in Malasaña.
- Madrid Open Major tennis tournament
- Documenta Madrid Documentary film festival.
The Spanish capital is well connected to most of Spain's top cities, thanks to the ever-growing AVE high-speed train.
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There's always so much going on in Barcelona - why would May be any exception?
Also, the new high-speed AVE train connection can take you to both Lleida and Girona for other festivals taking place this month. Check out just some of the events taking place in Barcelona.
- Primavera Sound Music Festival
- Spanish Grand Prix Formula One (F1) motor race.
- X Games Barcelona extreme sports event.
- Girona Flower Festival See the best displays of flowers, gardens and patios in Girona
- Snail Festival This festival celebrates the culinary delights of the little mollusks. Mmm, tasty!
Make sure you take a day trip from Barcelona to one of the top sights outside the city.
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The big event this month in Caceres is the world-famous WOMAD Festival world music festival. Note that they are often very late in officially confirming dates, but the event always takes place as expected. No doubt the same will happen again this year.
Nearby Merida is home to the most beautiful Roman ruins in Spain and is well worth a side trip.
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Seville has another world music festival. Not as high profile as the WOMAD festival, but worth checking out if you will be in Seville anyway.
Much like Cordoba, Seville gets extremely high temperatures in the summer (it is often said to be the hottest city in Europe). May is a good time to avoid the excesses of July and August.
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