It is one of the biggest and most popular beer festivals in the world: Oktoberfest. The celebration usually starts at the end of September and lasts around 16-18 days. In Spain, too, you can immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere of Oktoberfest.
The Oktoberfest is an iconic celebration of Bavarian culture. A welcoming of autumn. It has since grown into one of the largest and most popular beer festivals in the world. And the good news is, you no longer have to travel to the southern German city of Munich to enjoy it.
An overview of Oktoberfest in major Spanish cities:
Madrid: until 24 September (Thursday and Friday at 8.00 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 1.00 pm and 8.00 pm). Gran Teatro CaixaBank Príncipe Pío (Cuesta de San Vicente, 44).
Valencia: until 1 October at the Port of Valencia (next to Marina Real metro station). Monday to Thursday from 6.00 pm to midnight and Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1.00 pm to midnight.
Barcelona: from 4 to 15 October at Fira Barcelona Monjuïc. Daily from 5.00 pm to 11.00 pm.
Málaga: from 6 to 15 October at Pier 1 of the cruise terminal. Monday to Thursday from 6.00 pm to midnight and Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1.00 pm to midnight.
Seville: from 26 October to 12 November in the Vega de Triana space (Parque Vega de, Av. de Coria). Monday to Thursday from 6.00 pm to midnight and Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1.00 pm to midnight.
More about Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest originated in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen.The festival took place in the fields in front of the city gates and the entire population of Munich was invited to celebrate with them. The festival was so successful that they decided to repeat it the following year, which was the beginning of the Oktoberfest tradition.
Over time, the festival has grown into an international event that attracts visitors from all over the world. Today, Oktoberfest is known for its big beer tents, traditional Bavarian music, food and parades. Beer is the centrepiece of the festival and Munich’s leading breweries serve their special beers during the event.