Feria del Caballo; April/May: See horses show off their fancy footwork at dressage competitions, watch polo players in action and observe daily equestrian parades during this seven-day horse-centric fair in Jerez.
La Tomatina; August: This tomato-throwing Valencian festival, essentially a giant food fight, is one you are probably familiar with. Thanks to its photogenic nature, pictures of the event in Buñol are plastered across global media every summer.
Festival of San Fermín; September: The small Pyrenees town of Pamplona packs in the revellers for this nine-day festival. The high point for many is the daily running of the bulls, during which six horned beasts are let loose on the streets.
La Mercè; September: The feast day for the Virgin Mary is the last big hurrah of the summer and Barcelona’s biggest bash. It’s a public holiday, which means all city residents have time to get in on the celebrations, which most famously include castells (human pyramids) and the correfoc (literally ‘fire run’), during which people dressed as devils let off fireworks and bangers on the streets.