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Celebrate like a local! Check out the monthly calendar of Camino festivals along the different routes to help you plan your trip.
From traditional celebrations honouring local patron saints to seasonal food festivals, there are many events that will bring you closer to local customs and culture, making your Camino journey even more special:
– Entroido – Carnival in Laza, one of the most unique and traditional in the country. February/March (depending on the year). Via de la Plata.
– Cheese Festival in Arzúa, celebrating the town’s cheese-making tradition. February/March. Camino Frances – French Way.
– Arribada festival in Baiona, commemorating the discovery of the Americas and the fact that Baiona was the first town in Europe to receive the news. Portuguese Coastal Way.
– Reconquista festival in Vigo, marks the victory over Napoleon’s army on 28th March. Portuguese Coastal Way.
– Oyster Festival in Arcade; the best place to taste the village’s most delicious produce. Early April. Camino Portugues – Portuguese Way.
– Easter celebrations – Holy Week in Ferrol. Camino Ingles – English Way.
– Easter celebrations – Holy Week in Sevilla. Via de la Plata.
– Easter celebrations – Holy Week in Santiago de Compostela.
– Easter celebrations – Holy Week in Viveiro, on the Cantabrian Coastal Way.
-International Chocolate Festival in Obidos, Portugal, on the Camino to Fatima.
– San Telmo festival in Tui. Camino Portugues – Portuguese Way.
– Freedom Day – Día da Liberdade across Portugal. 25th April.
– Cheese Festival in O Cebreiro. Camino Frances – French Way.
– Os Maios – May celebrations in Ourense. 1st May. Via de la Plata.
– Festa do Maio – May celebrations in Villafranca del Bierzo. 1st May. Camino Frances – French Way.
Similar May festivals take place in Pontevedra, across France and the town of Jaca on the Arles Way.
– La Folía marine festival in San Vicente de la Barquera. Early May. Camino del Norte – Northern Way.
– 17th May Galician Literature Day. Holiday and celebrations across Galicia, dedicated to a different Galician language writer each year.
– Festas da Ascensión in Santiago de Compostela. Late May.
– Sao Joao in Porto. Midsummer celebrations on the 23rd June take locals and visitors to the streets of Porto, to eat sardines, dance and welcome the Summer. Camino Portugues and Portuguese Coastal Way.
– Justas Medievales Medieval Festival in Hospital the Orbigo – First weekend in June – Camino Frances – French Way.
– Fiestas de San Bernabé in Logroño. 11th June. Camino Frances – French Way.
– Festas de Lisboa or Santo Antonio, celebrating St Anthony on 12th June. Camino Portugues – Portuguese Way.
– Medieval Fair at Andrade Castle in Pontedeume. First week in July. Camino Ingles – English Way.
– Fiestas de la Virgen Peregrina (the Pilgrim Virgin) in Sahagún. 2nd July. Camino Francés – French Way.
– Fiestas de la Virgen de la Guía in Ribadesella. First week in July. Camino del Norte – Northern Way.
– Bread festival in Cea. Early July. Via de la Plata.
–Bilbao Music Festival in early July. Camino del Norte.
– Lobster festival in A Guarda. Early July. Portuguese Coastal Way.
– San Cristobo Festival in honour of Palas de Rei. Week of 10th July. Camino Frances – French Way.
– San Fermin – The famous running of the bulls in Pamplona – Camino Frances – French Way. The festival starts at midnight on 6th July and lasts for a week.
– Ribadeo Indiano, mid-July, in Ribadeo. A period-inspired festival, taking Ribadeo back to the late 18th century. Expect locals to be dressed as ‘Indianos’ (those who emigrated to the Americas). Camino del Norte – Northern Way.
– St James Day, 25th July, Festas do Apostolo in Santiago de Compostela. The city’s biggest festival takes place the last two weeks in July.
– San Sebastian Jazz Festival. End of July. Camino del Norte – Northern Way.
– Beach Party in Fisterra. Last weekend in July. Finisterre Way.
– Fêtes de Genève – Geneva’s month-long festival. Geneva Way.
– San Mateo in Oviedo. End of September. Camino Primitivo – Original Way.
– Traditional dance festival – Festival Folclórico Internacional in Pontedeume. 1st-2nd August. Camino Ingles – English Way.
– San Fiz Festival – Patron saint festivities in Nigran. 1st August. Portuguese Coastal Way.
– Estella Festival in Estella – Lizarra. First 10 days in August. Camino Frances – French Way.
– Semana Grande de Gijón (Gijón Big Week festival). Second week in August. Camino del Norte – Northern Way.
–Semana Grande de Bilbao (Bilbao Big Week festival). Third week in August. Camino del Norte.
– Padrón Pepper gastronomic festival in Padrón, home of the famous green peppers. Camino Portugues – Portuguese Way.
– San Roque festivals (15th August) take place in many towns across Galicia, including Melide on the Camino Frances – French Way.
– Fin do Camiño (end of the Camino) folk festival in Fisterra. Third weekend in August. Finisterre Way.
– Festas da Peregrina in Pontevedra. Second week in August. Camino Portugues – Portuguese Way.
– Fiesta del Veraneante in Sahagún. 15th August. Camino Frances – French Way.
– Romaria da Nossa Senhora da Agonia in Viana do Castelo. End of August (20th-23rd). Portuguese Coastal Way.
– Fiestas de San Zoilo in Carrión de los Condes. 22nd August. Camino Frances – French Way.
– Santa Marta Festival in Astorga. Week of 25th August. Camino Frances – French Way.
– Batalla de las Flores – Battle of the Flowers in Laredo. 30th-31st August. Camino del Norte – Northern Way.
–Festas de Maria Pita – Festivities in honour of A Coruña’s most famous heroine take place in August – Celtic Camino / Camino Ingles.
– Santa Maria de la Vega festival in Salamanca. Early September. Via de la Plata.
– Marine festival in honour of the people of the sea in Fisterra. 8th-10th September. Finisterre Way.
– Muxía, also on the Finisterre Way, hosts its biggest festival dedicated to Nosa Señora da Barca in mid September.
– Feira Franca period-inspired festival in Pontevedra. First weekend in September. Camino Portugues – Portuguese Way.
– La Rioja wine harvest festival – Fiesta de la Vendimia Riojana in Logroño. Late September. Camino Frances – French Way.
– Romaria Virxe do Cebreiro dedicated to the patron saint of O Cebreiro. Early September. Camino Frances – French Way.
– Roi de l’Oiseau medieval festival in Le Puy en Velay. End of September. Le Puy Way.
– Fiestas de la Encina in Ponferrada. Camino Frances – French Way.
– Fete de St Foy in Conques, on the Le Puy Camino, in France. Around 10th and 11th October.
– San Lucas horse and country fair in Mondoñedo with origins dating back to the 12th century. Mid-October. Camino del Norte – Northern Way.
– Apple Fest takes place in Redondela, on the Portuguese Way, in early October.
– O Magosto, the sweet chestnut festival, in Ourense. 11th November, Saint Martin’s Day. Also celebrated across Galicia. Via de la Plata.
– Santiago é Tapas, tapas restaurant competition across Santiago de Compostela.
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