Everyone is welcome to a Spanish Fiesta and most are free!! If you are in Spain and there is one near you, you should attend as it’s part of the culture and important to the local community.
Hondon Valley Fiestas
Considering these are small rural villages they do manage to excel in the Fiesta department. Both Hondon de los Frailes and Nieves have a summer of festivals for locals and guests to enjoy.
Fiestas range from all-out full-on days with midnight fireworks to smaller religious affairs, dancing or pageant parades. They are all family friendly and a major community event. The Spanish love them and take great pride in participating. The local councils publish their event calendar.
Party Time! There are too many to mention here – here are a few of note:
- Medieval Market and CorreFocs (Fireworks) : This is perhaps the most popular held in Nieves, during July or August. In the main it consists of the streets and village plaza being decorated, a stage erected and two days of a themed market, street acts, music and food. the local bars get involved with special menus and the whole village seem to be there. the finale is an hour of thumping excitement and “running fireworks” around the streets finishing on the main stage with a massive firework finale. It’s a late one but well worth the wait.
- Water Fight: The Mayor of Frailes kick starts a day of water fights, foam and general mayhem in the main street through the village. bring your own buckets, water guns, and old clothes so you can soak anyone within reach or be prepared to get very wet – good job it’s in August – a great way to cool down from the hot summers.
- Tapas Routes: The local villages team up to celebrate the gastronomy of the region by putting on a week of special menus, tapas and drinks. Each bar / restaurant try to out-do each other.- buy a drink / try a Tapas, such an easy way to try some local food and traditional Spanish dishes such as paella, chorizo, serrano y asparagus, boqerones and albondigas – DELICIOUS!
- Mass Procession, Frailes Village Parade: A celebration for it’s patron “The Virgin of Health”. This includes the floral offering, mass procession in honour of the Virgin, street lights and music, bands and local food plus last year the Grand Parade of Chariots (a spoof and quite funny)
- Procession of Despedida, Summer: As Nieves and nearby Aspe share their patron saint “The Virgin of the Snows” they pay homage to her by parading her through the villages from Hondón to Aspe. It’s a long march but of religious significance to the locals and 100’s of people make the journey.
- Feliz Navidad: In December, La Canalosa puts on the Nativity each year. This small village excels in the production and narration that includes the whole village taking part. The whole main street is remodelled to look like Bethlehem, there are real oxen, horses and other farm animals. Food is served and the three wise men arrive on horse back to greet Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. This is quite special.