Spain month by month: August

Best things to do in Spain in August

Spain in August

August in Spain means that summer is in full swing. The country basically shuts down while everyone goes on vacation. Temperatures sky rocket, beaches get crowded, and as soon as the sun goes down and its comfortable to walk around, every one heads out for a drink, a bite to eat and to plan the nights activities. 

This is the time of the year when Spain’s nightlife really comes alive. Evry town has a local festival or celebration with live music, tasty local street food and cold drinks. 

It is also the hottest Spain can get, so get ready to sweat a little and enjoy Spain from dawn until dusk. 

Malaga fair
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The Malaga fair

The Málaga Fair dates back to the fifteenth century when Málaga joined the Crown of Castilla in the reign of the Catholic Monarchs, who entered the city the 19th of August after the reconquest. Since then the City Council set this date to commemorate the fact, and the Malaga fair is established as the big summer fair every August 15th.

Malaga Fair has a reputation for being a very open and participatory festival, both national and international tourists, given the position of the city as the capital of tourism on the Costa del Sol

La Tomatina Festival in Buñol
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The amazing La Tomatina Festival in Buñol

The tomato fight (la Tomatina festival) is celebrated each year on the last Wednesday of August in Buñol – one of Valencia’s municipalities. The tomato fight goes from 11 to 12 in the morning.
The history of the tomato festival starts in 1945 where a group of young kids waited for the beginning of a local celebration near a vegetable stand and began throwing them until the police put a stop to the battle.

Semana Grande – Bilbao and San Sebastián  

A nine-day celebration featuring traditional dancing, fireworks, concerts, theatrical performances, bullfights, and the Bilbao Strong Man contest.Another major highlight is the fireworks competitions that light-up the sky every night.

San Lorenzo – Lavapiés, Madrid

Lavapiés is one of Madrids trendies neighborhoods. San Lorenzo is the areas patron saint and fom the 9th of august to the 11th the neighborhood becomes part central with concerts, fire works, street vendors, etc. 

Grácia festival  – Barcelona

The Fiesta mayor of the Gràcia neighborhood of Barcelona is noisy and bursting with color and you definetly cant miss it if you are in the city in August. You will find tons of concerts, performances and street vendors with all kinds of delectable street foods.