An integral part of living in Spain is the many fiestas. In many villages, towns and cities it is the custom for every single barrio (neighbourhood) to throw a party at least once a year. It is also customary to mark most national holidays with some sort of a fiesta. Each village, town and city has its own Saint’s day, which is then also celebrated with a fair and musical events where people stay out and dance into the early morning hours. Barbecued tapas and drinks are served in the streets and from empty shops and or garages.
Also very common in Spain is that in the event a national holiday falls on a Thursday or Tuesday, people will also take the Friday or Monday off. They call this a Puente (bridge). Many take a mini-break to celebrate a Puente. La Herradura and Almuñécar are still very Spanish holiday destinations with, especially in summer, mainly Spanish tourists. Many of the apartments and houses have Spanish owners who travel from cities such as Madrid and Granada and who come to spend their holidays to enjoy the wide range of sea sports and the excellent entertainment in the bars and restaurants. They love strolling around on summer nights meeting and greeting old friends. But festivals are taking place throughout the year.