Camino Festivals Calendar

Planning your Camino de Santiago trip? Many interesting festivals take place along the different Camino routes throughout the year; as most towns and villages host annual festivals to honour their ‘patron saint’ but also celebrating their local food and wine and other special events.

Whether they are world-famous such as San Fermin in Pamplona, local gastronomic feasts or small village ‘fiestas’, these festivals will reveal a very unique side of local culture and traditions; you will be part of celebrations that have been taking place, in many cases, for generations.

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Here’s a selection of some of the most popular and best-loved Camino festivals (you can find a full list on our Camino Culture page: Camino Festivals Calendar):

CAMINO FRANCES

Arzúa Cheese Festival – February/March
Bread and Cheese festival in Sahagún – April
Fire water festival in Portomarín – early April
O Cebreiro cheese festival – April
May Festival – Festa do Maio in Villafranca del Bierzo – May
San Fermin running of the bulls and the city’s most famous festival in Pamplona – July
San Cristobo Festival in Palas de Rei – July
Estella festival – Estella/Lizarra – early August
Santa Marta festival in Astorga – end of August
San Zoilo festival in Carrión de los Condes – end of August
Rioja Harvest Festival in Logrono – September
Romaria Virxe do Cebreiro dedicated to the patron saint of O Cebreiro – early September
Fiestas de la Encina in Ponferrada, the city’s biggest annual festival – September
Music Week in Melide – November

Finisterre Way

Easter in Fisterra – March/April
Festa da praia – Beach festival in Fisterra – July
Virxe do Carme in Fisterra, in honour of the patron saint of fishermen – September
Romaria da Virxe da Barca in Muxia – September

Camino Portugues

Oyster Festival in Arcade, Galicia’s oyster capital – early April
San Telmo Festival in Tui – mid-April
Freedom Day, Dia da Liberdade, across Portugal – 25th April
Fish and Seafood festival in Lisbon – April
San Joao, midsummer in Porto – end of June
Santo Antonio festival in Lisbon – 12th June
Padron Pepper festival in Padrón – early August
Festas da Peregrina, festival of the Pilgrim Virgin in Pontevedra – mid-August
Feira Franca in Pontevedra – First weekend in September

Portuguese Coastal Way

Arribada in Baiona, a medieval-inspired festival celebrating the discovery of America – March
Reconquista festival in Vigo, another period festival celebrating the victory of the locals over Napoleon’s army, 28th March
Freedom Day in Portugal – Día da Liberdade – 25th April
San Joao, midsummer celebrations in Porto – June
Romaria da Nossa Senhora da Agonia in Viana do Castelo – end of August

Camino del Norte

La Folía’ Marine Festival in San Vicente de la Barquera – early May
Virgen de la Guía in Ribadesella, honouring the patron saint of local fishermen – July
Ribadeo town festival – end of August
Flower battle in Laredo – end of August
San Sebastian International Film Festival – September
San Lucas, a traditional agricultural fair in Mondonedo – mid-October

Camino Ingles

Easter festival in Ferrol, one of the most traditional in Galicia – March/April
Medieval Fair at the Andrade Tower in Pontedeume – early July

Camino Primitivo

Arde Lucus, doing like the Romans in Lugo – mid-June
San Mateo (Saint Mathew) festival in Oviedo – end of September
San Froilan, the most traditional festival in the walled city of Lugo – October
Lugo Jazz Festival – November

Via de la Plata

Festa do Cocido, a classic boiled meat festival in Lalín – end of February
Carnival in Laza – February/March
Easter in Seville – March/April
Feria de Abril in Seville, the city’s most colourful festival – April/May
Os Maios May festival in Ourense city – early May
Bread festival in Cea – July
Tortilla and Empanada gastronomic festival in Silleda – early August
Santa María de la Vega festival in Salamanca – early September
Magosto in Ourense city, a sweet chestnut feast to welcome winter – 11th November St Martin’s Day

Catalan Way

Diada de Sant Jordi – St George’s Day across Catalonia – 23rd April
Diada – Catalonia’s National Day – 11th September
El Pilar festival in Zaragoza – week up to 12th October
Saint Narcís in Girona, featuring the famous Catalan human castles – end of October

Le Puy Camino

Roi de l’Oiseau medieval inspired festival in Le Puy en Velay – end of September

Geneva Camino

Fetes de Geneve month-long festival in Geneva – July/August

Santiago de Compostela

Easter – March/April
Galician Literature Day – 17th May
Ascension Festival – end of May
St James Festival, the city’s most important festival – Last two weeks in July
Cineuropa monthly film festival – November
Santiago é Tapas, tapas restaurant competition – November

See our full: Camino Festivals Calendar

For more information about the Camino de Santiago routes, Camino festivals and to book your Camino trip, contact our travel specialists

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