Europe’s Top 5 Spring Festivals12th March 2012
The first day of spring is just around the corner and as Europe awakens from the cold and dreary days of winter, so does the sense of celebration. If Europeans know how to do one thing, it’s throw a good party and any excuse is a valid one! So as the sun starts to coax itself out of the clouds and the days start getting longer, here is a run-down of the top 5 festivals across Europe this spring!
If you fancy a trip to Dublin, visit in spring because you want to miss out on St Patrick’s Festival. It will have to be a fairly last minute trip though, as the festivities kick off this coming weekend; 16th – 19th March. Truly celebrate the Patron Saint of Ireland in style; the festival sees music, street theatre, family carnivals and around 4,000 performers on hand to impress. The theme for this years’ parade is ‘How? What? Why?’ and will be a celebration of the curiosities of science. Plenty more events take place across the country too, with SpringFest in Limerick, and other parades in festivals in Belfast and Galway too.
Hosted in the capital city of Bucharest, Europafest is probably Romania’s best known festival. Lasting for two weeks from 4th – 19th May, the city will be overrun with over 300 musicians from around the globe for a true celebration of music. With jazz, blues, pop and classical music all prominently featured in the performances, any fan of music will be sure to thoroughly enjoy themselves. There are competitions and even workshops through the fortnight and it’s rounded off nicely on the last night with the Europafest Gala which showcases the best artists and allows the public to find out the competition winners.
When it’s come to Spring festivals in Italy, May is the ideal time to visit. With everything from food and wine festivals to religious festivals galore, you will be hard pressed not to enjoy the celebratory atmosphere. For the top pick though head to Infiorata di Noto in Sicily and celebrate the prettiest of all spring associations; flowers. On the 15th and 16th May, the picturesque town of Noto is adorned in colour and scent as the streets are covered with flower petals which are formed into stunning mosaic patterns.
Spring is vastly celebrated on the waterfront in Croatia, particularly in the city of Split and most of the festivals strongly incorporate the country’s rich boating culture. The April Boat Show is one of the best examples, and is literally huge. Whilst as a visitor to the city it is unlikely that you will be looking to buy a yacht or a boat, any water lovers will thoroughly enjoy themselves. With hundreds of boats and yachts back-dropped by the beautiful Diocletian’s Palace, this popular event is still a great way to enjoy the cities maritime charm and will compliment your Croatian holiday perfectly.
Head to Seville for sun and fun in spring and time your visit to coincide with the Seville April Fair. Taking place 2 weeks after Easter and is held between 24th and 29th April this year. The celebrations kick off with Pescaíto night, when thousands of lamps are lit. The remainder of the festival sees the local dressed in traditional Spanish clothes are the streets are filled with tents within which can eat and drink to their hearts content. A lot of them are privately owned, but there are several which are open to the public too. A fantastic time to visit the city, you can really get an insight into the Seville culture plus enjoy the drinks, dancing, fireworks & parades!
What European festivals are you planning to visit this spring? Let us know in the comments below!