Fiesta time

During the summer months in Spain and Portugal the heat intensifies during the day, averaging 40º, the days pass by in a blur of sticky sweat and heat induced siestas.  When the sun goes down and the heat abates (a little), it’s time to come back to life and party!  For whatever the reason, a saints day, a time-honoured tradition or sometimes there doesn’t even need to be a reason, if you are visiting the area, you are bound to find yourself in the middle of a Spanish fiesta or a Portuguese festa!  It’s too hot to do anything much during the day, so why not stay up late and enjoy some fiesta fun!

When we have visited fiestas we are lucky enough to have been amazingly welcomed by  locals who are always incredibly hospitable and rightly proud of their heritage.  During our recent visit to Portugal we stayed in a remote village of Salvaterro do Extremo.  After visiting the local bar for what we thought would be a quick drink, we were kindly invited to the small village’s festa.  We were given directions to the far end of the village, told to ask for Pedro and that he would give us as many BBQ’d Sardines and bread as we could eat, as much wine as we could drink to celebrate and honour Saint Antonio.  Pedro did not fail to deliver and the village certainly knew how to party, such fantastic hospitality that was so endearing and magical.
St.Antonio Sardines, Salvaterra do Extremo, Castello Branco, Portugal
In Spain the Romerio’s, originally a religious pilgrimage, now involve many of the Romany population of Spain.  In our local area, the majority of the local people highly decorate their caravans or trailers, pack them full of their favourite fabrics, belongings and festival goers.  After church finishes their elaborate ‘creations’ are pulled through the village by spruced-up tractors to a beautiful campo picnic spot.  Our local village’s Romerio was spectacular, everyone in their Sunday best and ready to party.  Whilst we were watching, the colourful procession of tractors suddenly stopped as everyone welcomed us to their event.  The boys were plied with plates and plates of Jamon, freshly sliced from the back of a trailer and we were given homemade wine by the pint glass!
Romeria, La Vina, Granada, Andalucia, Spain
The travelling fairs can be enormous in Spain such as in Malaga, and are worth visiting not just for the fun fairground rides but also as a great social occasion too; bands, bars show football and restaurants all pop up just while the fair is in town.
Bouncy castle, Loja Feria, Granada, Andalucia, Spain
Motorbike rider, Loja Feria, Granada, Andalucia, Spain
 Produce is celebrated during ferias too; cherries, grapes, seafood, you name it, there’s a fiesta for pretty much anything and everything…if you want to celebrate the watermelon, the fiesta is in July!   We visited a Seafood fiesta in Granada recently, when the Galecians brought their seafood to Andalucia; Octopus with potatoes, squid, prawns, crabs, a gastronomes delight!
Pulpo lady Seafood festival Andalucia Spain
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11 Comments Add yours

  1. Tim says:

    Looks awesome – and that octopus! Having been following the weather reports this week it must be meltingly hot in Iberia at the moment – and to think we’ve been complaining here that a mere 29 degrees is too hot …

  2. Fiesta time looks backed with colour and family fun
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  3. This looks like so much fun. Lots of colour for sure #silentsunday
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  4. This looks so much fun, the colours and happiness are beautiful

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  5. Tara says:

    Such bright and beautiful pics. How lovely to be so welcomed. I’d be dreadful in the heat (I’m bad enough in the UK today!).
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  6. John Adams says:

    Your tales of Spanish life really are just first rate. As for the images, I mean that final one with the octopus is just the best! I love your pics! #MySundayPhoto
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    1. Thanks John, that’s a lovely comment!

  7. John Adams says:

    ….obviously I meant Portugal on this occasion.
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  8. Louise says:

    Oh wow what fab pictures!
    Love the Octopus one!
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  9. Emma Raphael says:

    Always makes me laugh when people in the UK complain about the heat, when other countries just get on with it. Loved this post, full of colourful pictures, and gorgeous looking food – that octopus!! 🙂
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    1. Thanks for your lovely comment Emma, I totally agree, that Spain and Portugal just get on with it, everywhere in London would come to a halt in plus 40º heat!

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