Crazy Spanish festivals to get drunk at this year
It’s 2018, and I think we can all agree that Pamploma’s Running of the Bull’s Festival in Spain is an absolute bag of shit, and none of us are going to go to it ever, ok? Ok.
The good news is, if you’re in the market for a Spanish festival to get utterly annihilated at this Summer, we’ve found some of the strangest, funniest and most exciting ones to visit – and absolutely no animals were harmed in the partying at a single one!
Near Death Experience Festival – Las Nieves, Galicia
Remember that time you drank so much sambuca you vomited over your cat and lay in the bathroom for 16 hours thinking you were going to die? Well, that near-death experience has earned you a spot at this festival. People who believe they’ve had a near-death experience are placed in a coffin and paraded through the streets of Las Nieves, as part of a festival called La Fiesta de Santa Marta de Ribarteme. Sounds to die for!
This definitely isn’t one to visit solo though. If you don’t turn up with a team to carry you, you’ll be expected to carry your own coffin. Heavy. In more ways than one!
Baby Jumping Festival – Castrillo de Murcia, Burgos
Just had a baby? Trying to plan a christening? Swerve it, we’ve found something better. Every year, new mums head to the little village of Castrillo de Murcia in Spain to take part in a festival called El Colacho. The concept is simple: you put your baby on a mattress, and a grown adult male jumps over them. Oh, and he’s dressed as the devil. Because of course he is.
Turnip Pelting Festival, Piornal
Carrying on with the devil theme; Piornal’s annual ‘Jarramplas Festival’ basically gives hundreds of local people the chance to attack a man wearing a devil mask with a load of turnips. 14,000 turnips to be exact, which are shipped in especially for the occasion.
As with many absolutely fucking ridiculous traditions, nobody actually knows how this came about. But it’s generally thought to symbolise ‘driving out the devil’ and bringing good fortune to everyone in the village. Everyone except the fella who’s just been pelted to fuck by turnips.
La Tomatina – Buñol, Valencia
La Tomatina started as a protest back in the 1940s and has now become one of Spain’s most popular, and messy, events. The fezzy begins just the same as any decent party does; with someone attempting to climb a greased pole to capture a cooked ham. Once the ham has been ‘rescued’, water canons are fired at the participants and over 100 tons of tomatoes are dumped into the streets for throwing.