The summer is finally here, and along with it a whole slew of concerts and festivals that will certainly make it unforgettable. Although there are plenty of opportunities to see shows throughout the year, it is primarily during the summer months when many Spanish and international acts are performing all around the Peninsula. If you’re residing in a bigger city such as Madrid or Seville, you’ll certainly have the chance to catch a show in the evening, whether it be part of Veranos de la Villa or the Bienal de Flamenco, respectively. If you have some free time, however, why not go to a full-on festival? There are certainly plenty of options, such as Monegros Desert Festival in Aragon, the Festival de Ortigueira in Galicia, or one of the many on the Mediterranean coast. One of the most popular festivals, however, and certainly worth the visit is the Festival Internacional de Benicàssim.
Having held its first edition in 1995, the Festival Internacional de Benicàssim, or FIB, takes place every July in the coastal town of Benicàssim. Located in the Province of Castellón, Comunidad Valenciana, this small municipality of around 19.000 year-round inhabitants welcomes droves of holiday-makers and festival-goers every summer, reaching numbers upwards of about 60.000 people within the city limits July through September. Benicàssim is one of the best examples in Spain of the advent of tourism in the 1960s which resulted in extensive urban growth. The town now has the infrastructure necessary to host several times its population in tourists, boasting numerous hotels, hostels, pensions, and campgrounds. The standing main attraction of the town is bar far its Mediterranean beaches, which are known as Almadraba, Els Terrers, Heliópolis, Torreón, and Voramar. Other attractions include the Desierto de las Palmas and the Castillo de Montornés. In addition to FIB, Benicàssim also hosts Europe’s most important reggae festival, Rototom Sunsplash in the month of August.
The 2014 FIB Festival
This years edition of FIB begins on Thursday, July 17th and lasts for four days up through Sunday, July 20th. Over the years, the line-up has included acts such as Franz Ferdinand, Oasis, the Killers, Arctic Monkeys, Muse, the Prodigy, Leonard Cohen, the Cure, Bob Dylan, and a whole host of others. The 2014 line-up features groups and soloists such as Kasabian, the Libertines, Lily Allen, M.I.A., and many, many more, which are spread over three stages: Maravillas, Trident, and FIBClub.
In addition to the music, all tickets (excluding day passes) give you access to the campground adjacent to the festival, with the possibility of upgrading to another campground located near the town center which has more amenities. The campgrounds open several days before the festival on Monday, July 14th at 9:00am, and close the morning after the festival on Monday, July 21st at 12:00am. In this way, you have the opportunity to enjoy the beach for several days without missing any of the performances. Although many choose to camp out for the week, you can of course opt for other types of lodging. Staying in Benicàssim is of course an option, or you could potentially stay in a neighboring town or nearby city, provided that you can get between there and the festival easily. Getting to the festival is not difficult, of course, as it is fairly near a number of airports and can also be reached by bus, train, or car.
Still no set plans for later this month? Why not experience the perfect blend of “Sea, Sun, and Sound” and head to the Festival Internacional de Benicàssim for a week later this month. It will undoubtedly be a memorable experience.