The summer might be over before it started in the UK , but in Spain, the fiesta season is just hotting up. Suze Perks from Spanish party wine El Prado reveals Spain’s Autumn festival highlights.
Go mad in Madrid
Madrid’s Festival de Otoño takes place in October, offering a heady choice of dance, music and theatre from all over the world. The big events are held in the capital’s main theatres, which include Teatro de la Zarzuela, Teatro Madrid, the Círculo de Bellas Artes and Teatro Albéniz. www.madrid.org.
World music in Seville
Womex is dedicated to world, roots, folk, ethnic and traditional music and runs from October 29 to November 2 in Seville, Spain’s fourth biggest city and the gateway from Africa to Europe. www.womex.com
All that jazz in Barcelona
The Barcelona International Jazz Festival is one of Europe’s longest-running music events and offers big bands and bebop, gospel and Latin jazz stars from across the world from October 20 to December 1.www.spain.info
Roots in Murcia
Murcia’s Festival de Músic de Raíz (Roots Music Festival) is held in the Plaza de Romea every September and features musicians and groups from across the region as well as a traditional market with a variety of food, arts and crafts. www.murciaturistica.es.
Bull fighting festival in Ronda
The Feria Goyesca de Pedro Romero in Ronda takes place in the first week of September when locals and matadors at the weekend bullfight dress in traditional 18th century costumes to celebrate the life of legendary bullfighter Francisco Romero. Events include a Flamenco Singing Festival and International Music and Dancing Festival. www.tourspain.co.uk
Grape harvest celebrations in Rioja
Logroño, the centre of the Rioja wine region, marks the annual grape harvest with the Fiesta de San Mateo which includes food and wine events, fireworks, music and traditional dance performances. This year’s fiesta takes place on 21 September. www.tourspain.co.uk
Sourced from the Valencia region of Spain, El Prado wines are spirited and vibrant with a real fiesta vibe and include crisp Macabeo Chardonnay, full-bodied Tempranillo Cabernet and Tempranillo rosé, bursting with fruit. They are available from Waitrose, Co-Op and Somerfield from £4.29.