Top Festivals to Experience in Spain
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If it’s one thing the Spanish know how to do, it’s have a party. No surprise then that literally hundreds of festivals are celebrated around the country every year. If you’re living and teaching in Spain, then you should definitely take some time to celebrate with the locals. After all, the more, the merrier!
With so many festivals to choose from it can be difficult to know where to go and what to see, so we’ve compiled a list of our favourite Spanish festivals for you.
La Tomatina, or the Tomato Fight Festival, is probably the most famous of all the Spanish festivals – and arguably the world’s biggest food fight. On the last Wednesday in August in Bunõl, near Valencia, thousands of locals and tourists hit the streets to throw 120 tonnes of tomatoes at each other. The festival is limited to 20 000 people, but tickets sell out almost as soon as they become available.
Another famous (or infamous) festival is the Running of the Bulls. For the first week of July in Pamplona, people are invited to run a course in front of a herd of angry bulls to a bull ring, where a bullfight is held later in the day. While most certainly hair-raising, this festival has come under criticism for being unethical. We definitely wouldn’t recommend being foolhardy enough to run with the bulls, but it’s worth a visit to be a spectator!
A four-day music festival, Benicassim is not to be missed. Held on the beach between Valencia and Barcelona, Benicassim brings together both local and international musical acts. With the likes of Fatboy Slim, Lana del Ray and Kings of Leon headlining in 2019, it’s easy to see why this is such a popular festival.
The Holy Week festival takes place just before Easter. It is celebrated all over the country and usually involves parades of people carrying crosses, banners, statues of their church’s patron saint, and loads and loads of candles. It should be noted that this is a very religious festival and not as crazy as the others, but it is most certainly worth a look. Seville and Malaga are two cities especially well-known for their Holy Week festivities.
Feria de Abril
The Seville Fair happens two weeks after Holy Week. 1 000 tents are set up in an area of Seville and inside each tent there is a lot of food and drink and general merriment. There is also a circus and an amusement park. This festival is definitely fun for the whole family.
Las Fallas de Valencia
The Festival of Fire in Valencia is truly a sight to behold. During this festival, beautiful monuments, or fallas, are constructed by the locals and then burnt at night. These monuments are intricately carved, are usually caricatures of local politicians and can be up to five storeys high and cost millions of Euros. Yes, millions of Euros! This festival is so incredible that UNESCO has declared it an event of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The Wine Battle of Haro
Haro is a town in the La Rioja region, famous for its wine. In late July there is an all-night street party. As the sun rises after the party, festival-goers gather in the main square, dressed in white shirts and trousers and red handkerchiefs around their necks, and throw wine on each other. 40 000 litres of wine is thrown each year. A bit of a waste, if you ask us, but when in, uh, Haro…
Fiesta Mayor de Gracia
In Barcelona in August the neighbourhood of Gracia holds its own festival. Each street is decorated in the hopes of winning the prize for best decoration. As you can imagine, simply walking the streets at this time is amazing, but there are also street acrobats, fireworks and street markets to entertain you.
While of course you are in Spain to teach English, which involves a lot of hard work, there’s no reason why you can’t play hard too. Just remember to take a shower before going to class the next day!
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- You can tell us if you think the personal information we are processing about you is factually inaccurate. You can require us to restrict how we use your personal information until we can verify the accuracy of the information. We will ask you for an explanation about why you think the information is inaccurate, and may also ask that you provide some supporting evidence of the alleged inaccuracy.
- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.