Nine fun things to do in Spain this November

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Nine fun things to do in Spain this November
The Kite festival takes place on Fuerteventura. Photo: Photo: Jose Mesa / Flickr

From film festivals to puppetry, and horses to kites, there is lots of fun going on in Spain during November. These are our highlights.



International Puppet Festival, Tolosa, Basque Country, November 24th - December 2nd

The Titirijai attracts professional puppeteers from around the world allowing young and adult audiences to enjoy a wide range of performances. The event showcases stories based on classic texts combined with colourful, modern and innovative dramatisations. Spanish and international companies stage their shows at various venues around the Basque town of Tolosa.

Alberto Giacometti Retrospective, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao. Until February 24th. 

The exhibition brings together more than 200 paintings, sketches and sculptures by the Swiss artist who became one of the most influential of the 20th century. 

Food & Drink

National Tapas and Pinchos Competition, Valladolid, November 5th - 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 9-11th

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, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout November

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 Saturday in plazas across the city.


Seville European Film Festival, November 9th -17th

This popular event showcases the best of European cinema in a public-friendly format. On offer are features, documentaries and short films. In competition for the Gold Giraldillo is 'Non.fiction' a new comedy from French director Olivier Assayas starring Juliette Binoche.  
Zinebi International Documentary Film Fest, Bilbao, November 9th - 16th
The Zinebi film festival programme includes short films, documentaries and animation from around the world.
International Kite festival, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands November 8th - 11th

Photo: Jose Mesa / Flickr

An incredible selection of kites will be taking to the skies over the magnificent sandy dunes of La Corralejo natural park on the Canary Island of Fuerteventura in what has now become an annual festival.

Madrid Horse Week, November 23rd - 25th

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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