What to Do in May in Spain:
On this page you'll find a list of the most interesting festivals to take place place in March 2013.
- Where to Go in May in Spain Which cities have the best things going on in May?
- May Weather in Spain
- May Events in Portugal
- May Weather in Portugal
Best Region to Visit in Spain in May:
Throughout the month.
For a start, the weather is (usually) perfect, with glorious warm weather – but not too hot, for most of the month.
May also sees Madrid’s biggest festival, the Festival of San Isidro, Madrid’s patron saint. Plaza Mayor is center stage, quite literally, for a series of concerts, after which people head out to the city’s parks for a night of heavy drinking!
May 2014 Events in Spain
April 18 - May 3 2014 (dates TBC)
What? festival of 'musical biodiversity'
See also: May Weather in Madrid
April 27-May 1, 2014 (dates TBC)
Event: Cruces de Mayo
Where? Cordoba, Andalusia.
What? Cordoba has the first of its two festivals this month. This festival features a competition for the best-decorated patio. Also popular in Alicante and Granada.
April 30 - May 11, 2014
Event: Documenta Madrid
What? Documentary film festival. Mainly in Spanish.
Late April or Early May 2014 (dates TBC)
Event: Fiesta de Olivo
Where? Mora, near Toledo.
What? A celebration of the humble olive. Includes a beauty pageant, because of course.
May 1-5, 2014 (TBC)
Event: Fiestas del Cristo
Where? Colmenar de Oreja, near Madrid.
What? Five days of bull runs and music. Online info about this is sparse, but click on the link to see the poster for the 2013 event.
May 2, 2014
Event: Dos de Mayo festival
Where? Around the Plaza Dos de Mayo square in Madrid.
What? Event in Madrid's trendy Malasaña district to commemorate the 1808 uprising against the French.
May 2-11, 2014
Event: Madrid Open
What? Major tennis tournament, part of the ATP Masters Series.
May 2-3, 2014 (TBC)
Event: SOS Festival 2014
What? Alternative music festival with a focus on Spanish acts, though this year Phoenix, Damon Albarn and The Prodigy will also perform.
May 3-11, 2014 (TBC)
Where? Santiago de Compostela, Galicia
What? Sounds like it should be a tribute to the underrated 1986 film, Short Circuit, but it's actually a short film festival.
May 4, 2014
Event: Bullfighting in Madrid
Where? Las Ventas bullring, Madrid.
What? Regular Sunday bullfights in the capital. Book tickets for bullfights in Madrid or see the full Bullfighting Schedule for Madrid 2014.
May 5-30, 2014 (TBC)
What? Tapas route. Get a drink and tapas for 2 euros in bars in the Sant Antoni area of Barcelona. See a map of participating bars.
See also: Barcelona Weather in May
May 6 to May 11, 2014.
Event: Feria de Sevilla
Where? Seville, in Andalusia.
What? Food, drink, music and lots of dancing. Note: bullfighting for the event in 2012 was canceled due to lack of funds; this may occur again.
May 8-11, 2014 (TBC)
Event: WOMAD Festival
Where? Caceres, Extremadura.
What? The world famous festival of international music comes each year to the city of Caceres.
May 9 - June 9, 2014 (exact start and end TBC)
Event: San Isidro Bullfighting Season
What? Daily bullfighting in Madrid for the San Isidro festival. Book tickets for bullfights in Madrid or see the full Bullfighting Schedule for Madrid 2014
May 9 - 11, 2014
What? Cannabis trade fair! Promotes the legal use of cannabis in Spain. See also: Is Cannabis Legal in Spain?
May 9-11, 2014
Event: Spanish Grand Prix
What? Formula One (F1) motor race.
May 10, 2014 (TBC)
Event: Noche en Blanca
What? A night of cultural activities. Museums stay open later (and usually have free entry) and other festivities for night owls.
May 10-18, 2014 (TBC)
Event: Girona Flower Festival
Where? Girona, near Barcelona
What? See the best displays of flowers, gardens and patios in Girona.
May 14-31, 2014 (TBC)
Event: IPA Beer Festival
What? The second IPA beer festival celebrates the emerging international craft beer scene. Their Facebook page confirmed the event for 2014 but didn't tell me the precise dates.
May 15-18, 2014 - Open de Espana Golf tournament at the Real Club de Golf de Sevilla in Seville.
May 17, 2014
Event: Iron Man Contest
Where? Lanzarote, Canary Islands
What? Feats of strength in this annual strong man competition. A pre-race camp takes place for the week before the event.
May 18-25, 2014 (TBC)
Event: Jerez Horse Fair
Where? Jerez in Andalusia.
What? A celebration of the famous horses of Jerez.
May 22-25, 2014
Event: Ciutat Flamenco
What?: Flamenco festival.
May 23-24, 2014
Event: Territorios Sevilla
What? World music festival
May 23-25, 2014 (TBC)
Event: Snail Festival
Where?: Lleida, Catalonia
What? It's not just the French that eat snails - they're also a delicacy in Catalonia too. This festival celebrates the culinary delights of the little molluscs. Mmm, tasty!
May 24-31, 2014
Event: Cordoba Festival
Where? Cordoba, Andalusia.
What? General city festivities. There is also a bullfighting festival to coincide.
May 25-27, 2014
Event: Vinoble Wine Exhibition
Where? Jerez in Andalusia.
What? A celebration of sweet and dessert wines in Jerez, the home of sherry.
May 27 - June 1, 2014
Event: Feria de la Manzanilla
Where? Sanlucar de Barrameda, Andalusia.
What? If you like your sherry, this should be up your street, as the locals drink vast quantities of their celebrated local alcoholic beverage!
May 29-31, 2014
Event: Primavera Sound 2014
What? Alternative music festival. Pixies are headlining in 2014.
Late May or early June, 2014 (Weekend before Pentecost Monday - dates TBC)
Event: Pilgrimage of the Virgen del Rocio
Where? El Rocio, Andalusia.
What? There are a number of religious pilgrimages in Spain, but this is one of the biggest.