Arts and Culture Entertainment Music Festivals
Spain has a lot to offer for any adventurer. But for those of you who want to see it all AND leave with a unique experience, you should check out these amazing music festivals! Not only will they bring you to some of the country’s must-see sites and cities, but they’ll rock your socks off. Spaniards know how to fiesta, and the festivities at these summer festivals will be unforgettable. You can explore some of Spain’s national treasures by day, drink sangria and eat tapas in the afternoon, and then go wild at night. Honestly, sounds like a dream. And if you can’t make it to all of these festivals, that just means you’ll have to go back and give sunny Spain another visit! So take a look at some of the hottest fests the country has to offer and start planning your summer trip.
Picture Credits: FIB (Festival Internacional de Benicassim)
The first festival on our list is the FIB festival, which has been on the scene for decades now. They really have their act together. This event takes place in the summer on the Mediterranean coast (Beniccassim is located between Valencia and Barcelona, so it’s super easy to get to). They have a reputation for being one of the best fests and feature some amazing headliners not only from within Spain, but also from the UK. If you’re a fan of pop, rock, and electronic music, then you’ll definitely have to check FIB out. And you can enjoy some of Spain’s gorgeous beaches on the side.
Picture Credits: Granada Festival
The Granada Festival is an 18-day festival that turns the entire city into its stage. If you’re visiting Spain, Granada’s Alhambra is a MUST, so why not go when you can walk its halls while they’re filled with the sounds of symphonies and opera? How romantic would it be to be strolling through the Nasrid palaces and renaissance gardens to these sweet sounds? And you’ll be amazed to see how classical ballet and Spanish Flamenco come together. Between the music, dance, and the ambiance, there’s honestly no better time to visit this medieval city!
Picture Credits: Mad Cool Festival
You can’t go to Spain without visiting its colorful capital, Madrid. And checking out the MAD COOL FESTIVAL during the summer will really make your visit memorable! This fest is three jam-packed days of music spanning all types of genres. Rock, indie, electronic. MAD COOL has featured artists like Iggy Pop, Smashing Pumpkins, Rosalía, and more. The super cool thing about this event is that the music starts later in the day, so you can spend the morning exploring all that Madrid has to offer. You will probably make some friends at the festival to sightsee with (or at least chill in Retiro Park with before you head to the stages) too!
Picture Credits: VIDA Festival
The final festival you need to see is the VIDA Festival. Located just south of Barcelona, this festival lets you listen to some of the best artists rock and pop have to offer. Spanning across over five different stages, it’ll be hard NOT to find something that strikes a chord with you. Some of the stage themes include The Forest stage for a more intimate setting right out of a fairytale, and the Wild Side stage (for VIPs only) featuring amazing views of the Vida Mainstage and free drinks. Definitely seek out The Music Box when you’re here. It’s a cool little space for private and secret performances for those who can find it hidden among the trees. There are also picnics, a market, and other celebrations of art to check out. Honestly, it’s a magical 3 days in Spain. And afterward, you can head in to Barcelona and check out what the city has to offer!