Tamborrada the Spanish Drum Festival 19th & 20th January 2020

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Location : San Sebastian, Spain

Destination Type: Cultural

La Tamborrada festival is a traditional drum playing festival celebrated in San Sebastian, Spain .Thousands drummers of the Tamborrada festival in San Sebastian dress up as either military drummers from the Napoleonic period or cooks. Parades are conducted by bands for 24 hours.

History of  Tamborrada

  1. The festival is said to originate from the 1830s during Napoleon’s troupes invaded the city 
  2. The locals of San Sebastian mocking the invaded soldiers using buckets and hardware from the water pump by aping their daily procession
  3. In the early days, the procession also heralded the ox run event, held on the same day
  4. By 1886, barrels were added to the formations in attendance along with the acquired unused military outfits
  5.  From just only 3 in the 1920s, today there are over 125 clubs and organizations that have formations for the event.

Activities for tourists at Tamborrada Festival

  1. Join the crowd at 19th Midnight at city center
  2. Sing along and dance with crowd as they start to sing with the drummers marching by
  3. Each club participating will be forming different bands and playing all night , enjoy them
  4. Wait for the almost 5000 kids’ form Tamborrado and play drums
  5.  Get a brochure upon arrival, it will indicate the routes of each drum parade

How to reach there


San Sebastián Airport which is only 20 kilometers from the city centre, has connections to the major Spanish cities; Madrid and Barcelona. Bilbao Airport, with connections to all Europe, is 105km from the city, and Biarritz Airport, served by French and international low-cost companies, 47km

Nearby destinations for tour operators / travel agents

  1. Bilbao ( 101kms away)
  2. Vitoria gasteiz( 101kms away)
  3. Santender ( 190 kms away)
  4. Castro urdiales ( 128 kms away )

Some hotels in San Sebastian for tourists and tour operators with room tariff less than Rs.5000/- per night

Hostel San Sebastian https://www.aroominthecity.eu/

Hotel Palacio de Aiete https://hotelpalaciodeaiete.com/en/

Koba Hostel http://www.kobahostel.com/en/

Hotel Avenida https://www.hotelavenida.net/en/

Legazpi Doce Rooms & Suites http://legazpidoce.com/


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