HRS.com, Europe’s leading hotel portal, predicts that this summer will see an increasing trend in alternative festival breaks.
HRS has compiled the top European festivals for those looking for a summer break with a twist. These festivals include wife carrying championships and cultured literary events, with some hotel ideas for anyone wishing to take a break with a festival activity that doesn’t include baby wipes and mud.
Taking messy festivals to another level, La Tomatina in Bunol, Valencia is the top of the list as the festivalgoers paint the town red.
Held on the last Wednesday each August, more than one hundred metric tons of over-ripe tomatoes are thrown in the town with anywhere from 40,000 to 50,000 people taking part. Stay in Valencia for a city break and take a day trip to Bunol for the legendary food fight.
The ZT Valencia Park in Valencia is just £46.62 for a double room per night.
In one of the more unusual festivals, the Wife Carrying World Championships in Finland is the perfect location for a romantic break with a competitive edge. Join in or just go along to watch the activities – from individual races to team competitions, the festival is quirky enough to make your trip to Finland stand out! The festival runs from 5-6 July.
Stay in Kirkkopuistonkatu in the Hotel Artos for £76.88 for a double room per night.
The running of the bulls is held every year in Pamplona, part of the fiestas of San Fermin and it is running this year from the 6th to the 14th June. The running of the bulls is internationally known as a thrilling, high risk event where bulls are led through the streets of the old quarter of Pamplona as far as the bull ring by runners.
Stay in Pamplona in the NH Agustinos for just £42.51 for a double room per night.
Sziget festival in Hungary promises not only music but theatre, dance, classical music, cabaret, performances, films, fine art, crafts, literary presentations, programmes for kids, sports and other free time activities. Running from Wednesday 7th to Monday 12th August, festivalgoers wanting a dry bed and a clean shower can stay in Budapest at affordable prices.
Try the Hotel Panda, just £38.05 for a double room per night.
A cultured option, the Edinburgh Book Festival in Scotland sees over 800 writers meet in Edinburgh for the acclaimed literary festival. The event runs from 10-26 August, which means there’s plenty of time to enjoy all the festival has to offer, as well as spend time in the romantic Scottish capital. A luxury stay in the A Marriot Hotel & Country Club Dalmahoy is highly recommended. Originally a Balmorial manor, the golf resort offers luxurious style and facilities. Price £180 for a double room per night.