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Best time to go to Spain and Portugal 

Spain is a large landmass influenced by the Atlantic in the north and the Mediterranean in the south, with a vast central interior. Spain is best visited in the springtime, when the temperatures are generally warm and comfortable, the landscapes are in full bloom and the best of the fiestas take place. Autumn is equally comfortable, though less green and the landscapes are drier. July and August are very hot, particularly in central Spain where temperatures can soar. August is especially busy as international visitors line the beach resorts and the Spanish take their annual holidays. The winter climate varies from freezing in the central regions to pleasant on the southern coast and in the Balearic Islands.

Portugal’s climate is also influenced by the sea. Spring and autumn are the most pleasant times to visit. July and August can be very hot, especially in the sheltered bays of the Algarve in the south, though this region is especially pleasant and mild during the winter months when it is popular with Europeans taking second holidays and short breaks. Madeira and the Azores benefit from the warming influence of the Gulf Stream and so are pleasantly warm year round.

Events in Spain

 

La Tomatina

27th August 2014
Buñol
Dating back to 1945, La Tomatina in one of the world’s biggest food fights. Thousands of people gather in the small town of Buñol and throw over 100 metric tons of tomatoes at each other. No one is completely certain how the tradition began but it is more popular now than ever and a real sight to behold. "Palo Jabón" is the practise in which any daring competitors can attempt to the retrieve a ham that is situated at the top of a greasy pole. The retrieval of this ham marks the beginning of the fight.

Catalonia International Film Festival

3rd - 12th October 2014
Sitges
Dating back to 1945, La Tomatina in one of the world’s biggest food fights. Thousands of people gather in the small town of Buñol and throw over 100 metric tons of tomatoes at each other. No one is completely certain how the tradition began but it is more popular now than ever and a real sight to behold. "Palo Jabón" is the practise in which any daring competitors can attempt to the retrieve a ham that is situated at the top of a greasy pole. The retrieval of this ham marks the beginning of the fight.


Events in Portugal


Oceans Festival

23th July – 13th August 2014
Lisbon
Every August Lisbon’s riverside area is filled with a wonderful mix of events from water jumps, concerts and parades to street performances, fireworks and night-time museum openings all with a connection to and in celebration of the sea and the city’s relationship with it.

Rioja Grape Harvest Festival

21st September 2014
Logrono
Winelovers should come to the traditional Grape Festival in Logrono. At the Pisado de la Uva (Grape pressing), men in folk costumes squelch the grapes with their feet and offer the first Mosto (grape juice) to the Virgen de Valvanera.  Enjoy traditional food, local music and fireworks. 




 

Spain & Portugal