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May 2014 Events in Spain

What's on in Spain in May?


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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 2014.

See also:

Best Region to Visit in Spain in May:


Exact dates:

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)
    Event: Festimad
    Where? Madrid
    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
    Where? 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
    Where? Madrid.
    What? Major tennis tournament, part of the ATP Masters Series.
  • May 2-3, 2014 (TBC)
    EventSOS Festival 2014
    Where? Murcia.
    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)
    Event: Curtocircuito
    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)
    Event: Tapantoni
    Where? Barcelona.
    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
    Where? Madrid
    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
    Event: Spannabis
    Where? Malaga
    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
    Where? Barcelona
    What? Formula One (F1) motor race.
  • May 10, 2014 (TBC)
    Event: Noche en Blanca
    Where? Malaga
    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 (Temps de Flors)
    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
    Where? Madrid
    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
    Where? Seville.
    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
    Where? Barcelona.
    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.

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