Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cadiz
The beach at Sanlúcar de Barrameda, in Cadiz hosts one of the oldest horse races in Europe. It is held every August in two series of three days and coincide with the city's local feast days. The races take place in the afternoon at low tide and with the sunset as a backdrop. Horses run along the shore and people enjoy this free spectacle from the beach. In addition, bets can be placed at the finishing line to make for a more exciting competition. Local Sanlúcar children add a comic touch to the proceedings: they organise their own bets from original, colourful stands they set up all along the beach. Popular tradition has it that the origins of the race go back to the informal competitions that took place between fishmongers, to see who could get to market first. It has been held since 1845.