Walking the Camino de Santiago in October? There are still many festivals and interesting events happening along the many Camino routes. We have compiled a selection of some of the most famous ones to help you make the most of your trip:
San Froilán in Lugo (Original Way) – 4th-12th October
After its impressive UNESCO-listed Roman wall, the San Froilán festival is the second most important attraction in Lugo city, on the Original Way to Santiago de Compostela. San Froilán is also one of the most high-profile and popular festivities in Galicia.
The festival honours the city’s patron saint, Saint Froilán, and it is an agricultural fair in origin, dating back to 1754. That year the city received a special permit to celebrate an annual fair on these Autumn dates. The fair became a very prominent one, attracting traders not just from Galicia but coming from all over the Peninsula: looking to make business but also have a bit of fun.
Today, San Froilán means entertainment for all ages with the city hosting concerts by important artists, street markets, shows, street performance and of course gastronomy is an essential part of the festival. If you visit Lugo during San Froilán, you must head to Rosalía park to taste Galicia’s most famous and traditional dish: ‘octopus fair-style’ at the octopus tents located at the park for the duration of the festival. It is one of the most traditional things to do at San Froilán.
The Sunday after 5th October (San Froilán Day) is known as ‘Domingo das Mozas’ (Ladies Sunday), dedicated to traditional Galician music and folklore. It was on this day that, according to tradition, families from the rural areas would give their children permission to visit Lugo and its famous fair.
-San Froilán in León (French Way) – 4th – 12th October
October is also a fantastic time to visit the city of León, on the French Way to Santiago. León also celebrates San Froilán with plenty of activities with a historic feel for all to enjoy. For this occasion, the city goes back in time and celebrations take a Medieval style: hosting Medieval-inspired markets showcasing traditional trades and crafts, theatre plays, exhibitions, street music and regional food tastings.
The Fiestas del Pilar are the most important festivities in the city of Zaragoza, on the Catalan Way route of the Camino de Santiago. The festival honours the city’s patron: the Virgin of Pilar (12th October) and incorporates concerts, flower offerings, activities for children, bullfighting events and even, in recent years, Zaragoza’s own version of ‘Oktoberfest’.
-Apple fest in Redondela (Portuguese Way) – 3rd October
The town of Redondela on the Portuguese Way hosts its annual gastronomic festival dedicated to the apple in early October. Visitors can taste a wide variety of dishes with one ingredient in common: apples!
–Guitar Festival in Seville (Via de la Plata) – From 23rd October
Seville hosts this year the 5th edition of its Guitar Festival, where you will be able to see guitar virtuosos from all over the world both performing and in the many conferences, courses, lectures and other related-activities.
Festivities honouring St Narcis take place at the end of month in this Catalan city, on the Catalan Way to Santiago (also called Jaume Way). For the Fires de Sant Narcís you will find music, street food and arts, fun fairs, fireworks… and also a chance to see live the famous Catalan human castles.
*Many wine regions along the Camino celebrate their traditional grape harvest in September and October. You might also want to read our blog post: 9 Camino Wine Routes.
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