Summer holidays are already far behind us, so we might as well take advantage of the October Bank Holiday, also known as Puente del Pilar, taking place from October 9th to 12th, on the occasion of the National Day of Spain. Consider all the fantastic possibilities cities like Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Granada or Albacete have in store for us, and take a few days to relax, smile, and have some fun. If you would like to experience one of the biggest celebrations of the Puente del Pilar first-hand, make sure you stop by Madrid. The capital city of Spain gets ready to hold one of the most important ceremonies of the year with the arrival of October 12th, namely the military parade presided by the King of Spain.
Madrid dresses up for the occasion in order to welcome the nationwide celebration of the National Day of Spain. Prepare yourself for a colourful and bustling weekend on the streets of the Spanish capital city and escape from your routine. Discover its very essence by making the most of the traditional cuisine, the incredible offer of cultural tourism and shopping by staying in a hotel in the centre of Madrid. From October 2nd to 12th the neighbourhood of El Pilar becomes the epicentre of a street-level celebration. Make sure you stop by to enjoy the good times brought to you by the verbenas and live music, popular races, workshops and activities for kids.
If you enjoy a good combination of gastronomy and culture, you should definitely consider Albacete as a destination for your Puente del Pilar holiday. This beautiful city makes for the perfect settings to discover architectural riches like Saint John the Baptist Cathedral, Lodares passageway, or the popular Cutlery Museum building. In order to recharge your energies, allow yourself to sample the delicious culinary offer, trying out the typical dishes of the area, namely potajes, gachas, or the popular migas, all of which you will be able to accompany with a good local wine.
The arrival of the Puente del Pilar holiday weekend doesn’t necessarily have to be exclusively about culture and cuisine, for you can also enjoy practising sports and seeing gorgeous landscapes if you choose a destination like Granada. Here you will find yourself surrounded by the ideal settings to breathe some fresh air whilst going on a bicycle ride or a hiking adventure by the most beautiful retreats of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Additionally, you will be able to taste the best tapas and delight your eyes and historical curiosity with legendary monuments like the Alhambra Palace, all of which will be within your immediate reach if you stay in a hotel in Granada. However, if cultural activity and the big city rush are your preferred choice, then Barcelona is the perfect destination for you. Delight your senses in the incredible architectural heritage by taking a tour through the key places of the city, namely The Sagrada Familia Church, Güell Park, the famous Ramblas or the Gothic neighbourhood. Moreover, if you are a melomaniac, you will be able to see the internationally recognised Irish band, U2. To round off this list of marvellous destinations in Spain you can spend your Puente del Pilar holiday in, let’s talk about Valencia. Besides the National Day of Spain, this region is also celebrating a popular festivity taking place on October 9th, known as the Day of the Valencian Community. A four-day bank holiday weekend that won’t leave anyone indifferent with its colourful parades and traditional celebrations. If you want to make the most of this year’s Puente del Pilar holiday weekend, get your suitcase ready and come to the best Sidorme hotels located in the most attractive destinations.