Spain is famous for its incredible food, iconic buildings, vibrant cities, picture-perfect islands, sparkling beaches and a jam-packed festival calendar. If you’re lucky enough to visit the country during the summer months of June-August, you’ll have the chance to attend some of the best music festivals on the beach in Spain. Here are 11 great music festivals that you shouldn’t miss this summer.
July 31-August 5, 2018, Burriana (Comunidad Valenciana)
The Arenal Sound is ideal for festivalgoers who love to dance, go crazy and party till the break of dawn. It takes place on the Costa del Azahar, which is literally translated as Orange Blossom Coast. The location allows music lovers to bask in the glorious sun, take a dip in the Mediterranean, or party at the on-site pool when they’re not watching the performances.
This year’s lineup includes indie pop darlings such as The Tings Tings, La Roux, and Mika, along with EDM party favourites such as Nero, Nervo, and Zedd.
August 16-22, 2018, Benicassim (Comunidad Valenciana)
Rototom Sunsplash is one of the biggest reggae music festivals in Europe. This week-long celebration of music and culture will host a lineup of pioneer and emerging artists including Alborosie, Shengen Clan, Jimmy Cliff, Ben Harper, The Innocent Criminals and Fat Freddy’s Drop.
Benicassim Festival (FIB)
July 19-22, 2018, Benicassim (Comunidad Valenciana)
Festival Internacional de Benicàssim, commonly known as FIB, focuses mainly on rock, pop, and electronic music. In addition to music performances, the festival will also showcase fashion shows, short films, and art. It will host some of the biggest names in the music industry including Travis Scott, Bastille, The Killers, The Magic Gang, just to name a few.
The location of the festival (Costa del Azahar) means festivalgoers can swim, surf or bask in the warm Mediterranean sun before dancing the night away.
August 8–13, 2018, Cullera (Comunidad Valenciana)
This music festival is a relative newcomer to the Spanish music scene. Now in its fifth year, Medusa Sunbeach has grown to become one of the biggest electronic music festivals in Spain. During this six-day event, music lovers will be treated to performances from some of the country’s local artists as well as superstars from the worlds of EDM, techno, hardstyle, house, and techno.
Weekend Beach Festival
July 4–7, 2018, Torre del Mar (Andalucía)
The fifth edition of the Weekend Beach festival will take place along the shores of Torre del Mar Beach. The festival will bring a diverse mix of singers, bands, rappers, and DJs to the famous seaside town. These include reggae legends Alborosie and Jimmy Cliff, world-renowned DJs Adam Beyer and Loco Dice, and Spanish rock icon Bunbury.
It’s worth mentioning that children under 18 years of age can attend the event if they have a signed authorization or are accompanied by an adult.
Cabo de Gata Festival
July 5–7, 2018, Barbate (Andalucía)
The third edition of the Cabo de Plata festival will host a variety of musical performances and short films. It will feature more than 60 artists including festival favourites and breakthrough artists.
July 20–22, 2018, Pontevedra (Galicia)
This is another popular summer music festival that hosts many international artists. The headliners for this year’s festival include The Vaccines, Bifannah, Ivan Ferreiro, La Plata and Presumido. In addition to music performances, the festival will feature a variety of children activities and nautical activities.
This three-day festival will take place in Illa de Arousa, a beautiful island in the province of Pontevedra.
August 8–12, 2018, Villaricos (Andalucía)
The sixth edition of Dreambeach festival will take place at the Almerian coastal resort. It will host a lineup of music superstars from the world of EDM, techno, house, bass music, trap and more.
August 11–12, 2018, Puerto de la Cruz (Islas Canarias)
This Tenerife summer festival gives music lovers the opportunity to dance to the beats of electronic, indie, electro, and urban music. It aims to not only entertain festivalgoers but also inspire them through culture, food, film, and art.
This year’s PHE Festival lineup includes El Columpio Asesino, Perro, Texxcoco, Carlos Sadness and Pumuky.
July 13-August 22, 2018, Calella de Palafrugell (Cataluña)
Cap Roig festival has been Calella de Palafrugell’s summer musical sensation since 2001. It takes place at the botanical garden of Cap Riog and will host some of the world’s most famous musicians including Luis Miguel, Texas, Damien Rice, Morat and Andrea Bocelli.
Pirata Rock Festival
July 19–21, 2018, Gandia (Comunidad Valenciana)
The Pirata Rock festival will once again be held in the city of Gandia following the success of its first edition. It will treat festivalgoers to lively musical performances, amazing workshops, and short films among others.