What’s on in Spain: November 2015

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What’s on in Spain: November 2015
Last year's national tapas competition in Valladolid. Photo: Cesar Manso / AFP.

November in Spain brings a wonderful choice of cultural events, from dance to local liquor-sipping to tapas-tasting.



Les Fires de Sant Narcis, Girona, until November 7th

Catch the last of the festival, honouring Girona's patron saint. The traditional fest includes dancing, music and of course Catalonian sport of castell - human tower-building.

Madrid en Danza, November 13th - December 5th

Photo: Madrid en Danza.

The annual international dance festival kicks off in the Spanish capital with troupes from around the world arriving to perform anything from flamenco to ballet - to avant-garde naked shows.

Food & Drink

National Tapas and Pinchos Competition, Valladolid, November 9th - 11th 

A chef preparing tapas at last year's competition. Photo: Cesar Manso/AFP.

If you're as serious about tapas as the chefs in this competition, then head over to the town of Valladolid in Castile and Leon as some of Spain's top chefs battle it out for the top €6,000 prize.

Fiesta de Orujo, Potes, November 13th - 15th

Orujo. Photo: Juan/Flickr Creaive Commons.

Local Cantabrian residents will get ready to raise their glasses for the annual festival celebrating orujo - a kind of brandy popular in northern Spain. The fest will also feature a wide variety of traditional food and entertainment. inspired by local folklore.


Cartagena Jazz Festival, October 31st – November 22nd

If you’re a fan of jazz, head to the coastal city of Cartagena in November where the city is playing host to its annual Jazz Festival. There are concerts throughout November as well as free "street jazz" every Sunday at 1pm on the Plaza del Icue.


Seville European Film Festival, November 6th -14th


This popular event showcases the best of European cinema in a public-friendly format. On offer are features, documentaries and short films. Movies competing this year include Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster, starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz. 
Zinebi International Documentary Film Fest, Bilbao, November 13th - 20th
The Zinebi film fest this year offers 65 documentaries and short films from 30 different countries around the world, including revealing footage of a war-torn Syria, to thought-provoking animated shorts.
Real Madrid versus Barcelona, Madrid, November 21st

Photo: Lluis Gene/AFP.

Watch the two Spanish rivals go head-to-head in Madrid's Bernabéu stadium. 

Madrid Horse Week, November 26th - 29th

Photo: Madrid Horse Week.

Equestrians from around the country will flock to Madrid for Spain's major horse-riding event. With both serious competitions and fun activities, this fest has something for every horse-lover: show-jumping contests, dressage, acrobatic performances and even pony-riding for kids. The world's top professionals will even be on-hand to host training sessions.



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