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JANUARY:

  • Dragging tins:  5th of January in Algeciras, in the Three kings Night (Twelfth Night) parade the local children drag cans along the ground so that the kings can find their homes to leave them some presents.
  • Fiestas de San Antony. The festivity of Saint Antony is in the month of January in Jerez de la Frontera. The town is transformed into a great animal festival with animal parades. The animals are then blessed in a family and animal loving atmosphere.

FEBRUARY:

  • Carnival. The most important event in the province. Traditionally it takes place in the month of February and the choirs and costumes are world famous. It has been declared of National Touristic Interest.

 

  • Flamenco Festival. The festival takes place in Jerez, at the end of February and offers an ample and qualified sample of the essence of the town's flamenco traditions.

MARCH:

  • Semana Santa.  The religious celebration of Easter is one of the strongest traditions in the south of Spain. This prestigious event is especially important in Jerez where there are many brotherhoods.  It takes place on the first full moon of spring.  In Semana Santa, processions carry scenes of the Passion of Christ through the streets of the towns from Palm Sunday till Resurrection Sunday.
  • Fiesta del Toro Embolao: In Vejer de la Frontera on Passover    two bulls are let loose in the town, one at 12:00 am and a second one at 16:00 pm.

MAY:

  • Feria del Caballo de Jerez (Jerez Horse Fair):  Declared of National Touristic Interest it takes place in the first fortnight of May. The fair has more than 200 tents and a beautiful horse parade, where male riders and  lady “Amazons” dressed in traditional costumes (corto and faralaes) parade down the “Paseos del Real”.

JUNE:

* Corpus Christi. The whole province sees a frenzy of preparations to make the streets as beautiful as possible when this important occasion arrives. The main streets are covered and carpeted with flowers so that the elegant processions can march through the towns and villages of the province.  

  • El Rocío: takes place on Pentecost, at the beginning of June. The most important town that celebrates “El Rocío” is Sanlúcar de Barrameda because most of the wagons full of merry pilgrims from all over the country take the ferries across the Guadalquivir river and on to the Coto de Doñana from Bajo de Guía.

* Feria Real de Algeciras (Algeciras fair): This fair takes place in June and it has been declared National Tourists Interest.  The fair starts with the Coronation of the Queen of the fair and bands are given to her handmaidens. The next day, the Procession of the Royal Fair takes place graced by intensely colourful horsemen, decorated floats, melodious marching bands, enormous giants, etc.
* Feria de San Antonio: The fair is held in the town of Chiclana de la Frontera in the middle of June. This is a very popular traditional celebration and also one of the most visited in the province of Cadiz. During the day horses are ridden through the “Real” fairground and people dance Sevillanas,(flamenco) in the fair tents, a meeting place for most of the population of Chiclana during the Fair.

  • Fiestas de “Juan y Juana”.  On the night of June 23rd in Cadiz and San Fernando from 12pm, on the saint’s day of St. John the Baptist, dolls made with cloth , straw and other materials called "juanillos" that are made to look like famous characters, are burnt on the shortest night of the year in Casería Ossio. Many bonfires are lit, offering a fabulous fire display.

JULY:

  • Festival de Blues: Since 1997, a blues festival is held in July in San Fernando. Thanks to the First International Blues Festival "City of San Fernando", this town has become the "Island of Blues”.
  • 16 de julio. Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen. Patron saint of sailors. This event is a great tradition amongst the people of the Bay. A multitude of boats go out to sea to sail with their Virgin.

 

AUGUST:

  • Carreras de caballos de Sanlúcar is a horse race held annually on the beach in Sanlucar de Barrameda in August. The Sanlúcar races have been declared of National Touristic Interest.
  • Fiesta de Exaltación del Río Guadalquivir: The event is held in Sanlúcar de Barrameda during the month of August and it has been declared of National Touristic Interest. The celebration started in 1955, as a former floral game, to extol the beauty of the river Guadalquivir. The festival consists of a series of celebrations like the “Fiesta del Mantón de Manila” (Feast of the Manila shawl) and the Fiesta Rociera. The Queen of the Guadalquivir is elected as well as her ladies in waiting and they all go to visit Seville and then take a cruise down the river to return to Sanlúcar. The next day the coronation takes place together with the opening speech. The following day, the Queen and her ladies visit Rota and Sanlucar. The event ends with a parade.

SEPTEMBER:

  • Fiesta de la Vendimia en Jerez de de la Frontera. This event takes place in September. It begins with the grapes being pressed, in honour of the land where sherry is made. This show, in which the grapes are squashed to the beat of the plungers, arouses great expectations because of its beauty and harmony. Jerez smartens up, offering all types of activities during the 15 days of the celebration. A highlight is the vintage market, where you can taste typical products; you can enjoy wine tastings for free at the Jerez Winery and Vineyard Open. Visitors can tour the wineries, take part in activities in the vineyards, where we can see the grapes in a vineyard and enjoy wine tasting and snacks. The Bulería Festival, is a must for flamenco fans.

* Fiesta de las Cortes del 24 de septiembre. This is the official holiday of the town of San Fernando. The festivity is held every 24th of September, commemorating the anniversary of the oath taken by the signers of the Spanish Constitution of 1812 (when the city was the capital of Spain because of the French invasion). This historical event took place at 9.30am on 24th September, 1810, in the Church of San Pedro and San Pablo. The festival has a historical value at a local and national level, making it a major tourist attraction for the city. Several cultural events are held such as gastronomic events and military parades (which are usually attended by some members of the Spanish Royal Family), re-enactments of ancient battles...
OCTOBER:

  • Nuestra Señora del Rosario: The Festivity of the Virgin del Rosario (patroness of the city of Cadiz), is held in Cadiz on the 7th of October. It is one of the longest established holidays in Cadiz. It begins in the morning with a flower offering to the Virgin, made by the people of Cadiz dressed in traditional costumes. This offering can be made for a week until the very day of the festival.  Several Masses are celebrated prior to the procession in the afternoon.
  • Romería del Cerro de los Mártires. This popular celebration takes place in San Fernando on the 23rd of October in the Chapel of the Hills of the Martyrs on the feast of San Servando, co-patron Saint with San German. According to tradition the saints were beheaded there. The pilgrimage consists of taking the Saints in procession from the church to the chapel. At the foot of the Hermitage, tents and bars enliven various performances and food tastings. Autumn products are the stars of the event: chestnuts, walnuts, pine nuts and almonds.

NOVEMBER:

  • Fiesta de “Tosantos”. On the eve of 1st of November, the feast of All Saints, a curious celebration takes place in Markets throughout the province of Cadiz. The booths are decorated with carefully crafted mock heads, trotters and hooves of pigs, bulls, goats etc, as well as scenes and characters from the daily life of current national affairs.

 

DECEMBER:

    • * Feria de la Tapa de Sanlúcar de Barrameda. This fair brings together a wide range of catering establishments from the town that provide a varied sample of their best “tapas” (hot snacks), to their guests in a unique setting: the centre of Sanlucar de Barrameda. Tapas in Sanlúcar are synonymous with a cultural heritage of coexistence and unity. It usually takes place in October and December

 

       

  
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