holiday calendar of events


The 2017 Holiday Calendar | What’s on where?


A favourite part of visiting a new country is to emerge yourself into the culture and experience some of the local traditions and folklore. Each one of our destinations have some great events organised for the locals and holiday guests. We have chosen a selection of the most exciting and interesting events happening throughout 2017, all of these events are annual and can be enjoyed year after year, so if you spot one that has already passed, jot it down for next year’s plans.



Celebrate King’s Day on 6th January, when traditionally Christmas gifts are exchanged in Spain. The day before is the Procession of Three Wise Men, where you’ll see the “Kings” parade on camel back, handing out sweets.



Move over Rio de Janeiro, the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife comes to town in February. There are 15 days of flamboyance, festivities, costumes and capers, not to mention the nights.



Florida Sunshine State

With more comfortable temperatures than the height of summer, March is a wonderful time to visit the Sunshine State, whether you’re after thrills and spills in Orlando or the beautiful beaches of the Gulf Coast.



Watch the sky light up with a spectacular display at the Malta International Fireworks Festival in April.


Celebrate Easter on another level with the Spanish who mark Holy Week a week before Easter in Seville and parts of Andalucia, where streets are flooded with processions.



Springtime in Menorca blankets the landscape in colourful wild flowers. The beautiful yet flatter terrain and gentle spring sun make hiking or horse riding a pleasure.


May is a wonderful time for whale and dolphin spotting in the Atlantic waters of Madeira, or if you like deep sea fishing then you’re in season to reel in a tuna or a blue marlin.



Provence lavendar landscape

See the breath-taking landscape of Provence under a carpet of lavender. The purple hue inspired many an Impressionist artist, but even they couldn’t capture the aroma!


From Pisa’s Gioco del Ponte (Battle of the Bridge), to Giostra del Saracino (Joust of the Saracen) in Arezzo, there are festivals galore in Tuscany during June. Look out too for the region’s local sagres – celebrations of a prized (and delicious) local delicacy.



Experience vivacious ‘Bajan’ culture at the Crop Over Festival, with colourful celebrations marking the end of the sugar cane harvest. Join in the extravaganza in the streets of Bridgetown, to the sound of Calypso and Soca music.


Named the European Capital of Culture 2017, the popular Cyprus resort of Paphos has lots to offer at any time of the year. The glorious weather in July draws holidaymakers to its historical highlights, with special cultural events running throughout 2016-2017.



Tenerife under the stars

Summer days in Tenerife need no introduction from us, but have you considered the nights? The island is famous for its star gazing, with stunning viewing platforms, an observatory to tour by night and – in August – the magical possibility of the annual Perseids meteor shower.


Visit Rhodes in August and seek the ‘Valley of the Butterflies’, also known as Petaloudes, for a hypnotic sight of these beautiful creatures fluttering around in their thousands.


The Adriatic Sea is scattered with unspoilt islands and coves – some difficult to access by land. The warm and gentle waters in August make traversing by kayak a pleasure, so you can find your own piece of paradise.



white truffle season

In Istria in September you could come across the Buzet’s Subotina Festival, celebrating the start of the white truffle season. The star attraction is a giant omelette made with 2000 eggs and 10kg of truffles!



During the second weekend of October, Andalucia’s ‘Feria de Nerja’ brings the town’s streets alive in honour of the local patron saints. Soak up the atmosphere of the street procession, set to incredible illuminations and live music.


With a long sunny season, October is still a wonderful time of year to visit the Algarve, with its amazing array of leisure activities. Golfers and surfers are particularly well-catered for, with some world-renowned courses and great swells.



From the iconic Piton Mountains, untouched rainforests, stunning beaches and intriguing culture, St. Lucia has something to show all of us. November is a great time to visit for good weather, and if you’re feeling energetic, you can take part in ‘Tri St. Lucia’ where you’ll swim at beautiful Rodney Bay, take on the hills on a bike ride, then finally run along Pigeon Island.




If you want to swap a cold UK Christmas for a barbecue on the beach, our pick is Gran Canaria. Watch the sunrise on Las Canteras beach on Christmas morning – the centre stage for an incredible nativity scene in the sand.

If you would like to capture one of these fantastic events whilst on holiday, come and choose a villa with a private pool to stay in and make the most of the country you are visiting.

2017 Holiday Calendar



Alex is a Marketing Communications Manager at James Villa Holidays.

Known as the 'unique' one in the team, I have been with James Villas since November 2013...

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