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Seasonal events in Costa Brava

Whether it's for romance, to reconnect with your family or to have the adventure of a lifetime with your best friends, Costa Brava is a part of Spain where the calendar is always rich with opportunities.

Throughout the year, this region of Spain, encompassing classic cities like Barcelona as much as idyllic seaside communities, offers fun in the sun of every description.

The Temps de Flors in May

As one of the prime cultural centres of Costa Brava, if you're visiting the city of Girona in May it'll coincide nicely with the Temps de Flors.

Translating as the Time of Flowers, it's a superbly colourful springtime celebration of petals and prettiness that has the entire city in bloom.

The flower arrangements are orchestrated by the local community and dotted throughout the major landmarks of the city. You can expect to see them garlanding churches, framing streets and adorning arches all over.

To find the highlights pick up a map of the various decorative installations available to festival visitors.

The National Day of Catalonia

Costa Brava forms a large part of the Spanish region of Catalonia, where a distinct cultural identity has always flourished, complete with its own language.

If you're around in September, expect to see local pride hit the high notes on the Catalonian National Day of 11th September.

While local flags fly high and families reminisce on their legacies, modern art and music takes to the streets, together with human towers and impressive torch processions. It's vibrant and fun, and shows the love of Catalonia that people across Costa Brava hold in their hearts.

Christmas markets aplenty

Whether you're in a quiet seafront town or the bustling streets of Barcelona, it's hard to miss the fun and allure of the Christmas markets that arise every December.

Nougat, nuts, sweets and figurines form many of the handicrafts to be found, and of course the wines and spirits on offer will make the festive season oh so very merry indeed.

Stick around after the big day and you'll discover the Parade of the Three Kings, which occurs in January. Towns and cities across Spain celebrate this tradition, and those of Costa Brava are no exception.

Children holding lanterns lead the processions of the Three Kings of the East, and are followed by the fully-costumed wise ones themselves. Expect music and merry-making aplenty here.

Saint John's Eve

While we all have our own ways to greet the dawn of summer after long cold months, in Spain they do it with style. What's more, Costa Brava seldom sees cold days to begin with, so you can expect its summer fun to really sizzle.

Saint John's Eve, also known as the Night of Fire, swells with sensation. Bonfires roar deep into the night, beginning on 23rd June and lasting until sunrise with fireworks, music, dance and stories around these blazes.

In Catalonia and Costa Brava, they make it their own by serving coca, which is a combination of candied fruits, custard and sweet-bread.

Locals are massively proud of their bonfires, as those of each community in Catalonia are lit by torches carried down from the flames at the summit of Mount Canigo. The tradition stretches back generations and speaks of the hardy spirit of the people.

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