Sanfermines: San Fermín (7 July) deserves special mention: during this week Pamplona goes from 190,000 to over 1 million inhabitants.
Above all a lot of time at the beach: although holiday destinations are very diverse, the beach is the absolute winner. If we focus on the Costa del Sol, there are more than 7 million tourists there. From the third week of August the return home begins and the cities start to fill up again.
Local festivals that have a lot of influence
Each place has its own particular festival, but in all they are usually experienced in the same way: taking advantage of the fact that there is a public holiday to get away. Although it cannot be compared to the great summer absences, some patron saints have the power to empty their cities:
- The May long weekend in Madrid: added to Workers' Day (1 May) is 2 May as the feast day of the autonomous community.
- San Isidro in Madrid: on 15 May, electricity consumption shows a great tradition of people going to spend the day outdoors.
- Second Easter in Barcelona: at the beginning of June the people of Barcelona do the same as the people of Madrid a month earlier and relax in countryside areas close to the city.
- Big Week of Bilbao: around 19 August many residents of Bilbao leave their holiday destination to return to their city and enjoy the festivities. Some will stay in Bilbao to start off the new academic year; others will take it as a brief break before returning to the beach/mountains.
- Day of Santiago in Galicia: 25 July is a date that brings the people of Galicia together in their towns. If it falls on a Sunday, a Holy Year is declared and the number of pilgrims multiplies.
- Diada and Mercé in Barcelona: between 11 and 24 September, Barcelona enjoys festivities to make the return to the routine more enjoyable.
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