Special Days: In Spain it is traditional that each town celebrates the feasts of its patron saint. We are a country with deep-rooted customs linked to religion.
Within Madrid’s area of influence, the best known festivals are those of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Alcalá de Henares (Holy Week and Cervantina Week) or Aranjuez (early September). The living Nativity scene in Buitrago de Lozoya, the May festival in Colmenar Viejo. The living passion of Chinchón, or Villarejo de Salvanés during Easter Week.. and so on..
We also have festivals in nearby towns and with a lot of culture such as Segovia, Toledo, Ávila or Salamanca.
Each celebration surprises to differentiate itself from the others: Thus in Alcalá de Henares, as it is the city of Cervantes and the University, its celebrations are closely linked to culture. Other towns such as Chinchón or Aranjuez, due to their historical past, are more closely linked to the surroundings of the castle or the palace. They hold medieval activities, events and courtly entertainment to remember the golden days.
We can find the oldes bullring in Chinchón, bullfights have been held since 1502 in its main square. It is the largest in the city of Madrid, not only in the region, but also in the whole country. The Monumental de Las Ventas, in the capital, is also considered the most important bullring in the world of bullfighting.
Good weather is the starting gun for the celebrations.
May 2 is the day of the Community of Madrid. It is when the uprising against the Napoleonic troops is celebrated.
Later on, we hold the book fair… and so. Little by little, specific celebrations are extended such as the Museum Night, celebrated worldwide, or popular races and marathons.