What's on in Spain: Seven great things to do in September

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What's on in Spain: Seven great things to do in September

From Roman battle re-enactments to celebrating wine, there are lots of great events happening in Spain this September.



Carthaginians and Romans Festival, Cartagena, Murcia (September 15th - 24th) 


Originally from Lebanon, the Cathaginians fled to the Mediterranean after they were invaded and became seafaring traders.  It was too bad that the Romans also fancied a bit of maritime trade - as well as conquering more and more land - and this fiesta in Cartagena involves re-enactments of the warfare, eventually to be won by the Romans.

Fiestas de la Mare de Deu de la Salut Algemesí, Valencia (September 7th -8th)

Photo: Juanjo Ripollés / Flickr

This festival dates back to the Middle Ages and more than 1400 people participate in the main event - a parade of giants, featuring King James I of Aragon, his wife and many figures from the bible.  as with any Valencia festival, paella is a main component and be sure to try some of the local seafood varieties.

Fiesta De La Mercé, Barcelona (September 22nd - 25th)

Photo: Miquel González / Flickr

Free music concerts are held for this festival which is held in honour of the city’s patron saint, Our Lady of Mercy.  Expect the usual Catalan partying - sardana-dancing, fireworks and human towers galore. 


San Sebastián International Film Festival, Basque Country (September 22nd - 30th)

In late September San Sebastian proudly host their world famous film festival when it showcases Spanish films, including five from first-time directors, as a launch pad for international selection. It will also see the premiere of “Michelin Stars – Tales From The Kitchen”, a documentary about the much coveted star rating culture.
It will close with "The Wife" starring six-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce, who will both be in attendance.
Rioja and the five senses festival, Logroño (September 2nd -10th)

Events are held in vinyards across La Rioja. Photo: AFP

We all know and love the wine from Spain's most famous grape-growing region but now is the chance to appreciate it using all your senses.

For a fortnight, wineries across La Rioja throw open their doors to a series of concerts, tasting events, talks and tours all designed to add to the enjoyment of a glass of wine.


International Mime Festival, Sueca in Valencia. (September 14th - 18th)


The only festival in Spain dedicated exclusively to gestural theatre, it is considered one of the three most important in Europe.  With events for wannabe clowns to performances in mime, pantomime, clowning and circus techniques, there is lots of fun for all the family.


La Vuelta, cycling race across Spain (Ends in Madrid September 10th) 

Photo: AFP

Participants in Spain's most important cycling race cover more than 3,200 kms in 21 stages across the plains, mountains and lowlands of Spain. Spectators turn out in crowds to cheer the cyclists on as they pass through towns along the route ending in Madrid with a big celebration.


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