- Celebrate St Blas day in Bilbao

February 05, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News can reveal that in the UK, saints days often pass by relatively unnoticed, apart from St Patricks Day when many people take the opportunity to visit their local pub and enjoy a few pints of Guinness.

However, in Spain these special dates are often far more memorable, as holidaymakers staying at hotels in Bilbao may discover during their trip.

Every year on February 3rd the city's residents mark St Blas' day in typical Spanish style with a series of festivities that continue for nine days.

The event is a religious occasion centred around the Church of San Nicolas and commemorates the work of the saint, who was famous for curing throat infections.

As well as in the holy establishment, the celebrations spill out into the city's old town and this is a one-of-a-kind occasion that could give Brits staying in Bilbao the chance to get a real feel for the city's lifestyle and culture.

St Blas, who is also referred to as St Blaise, was a physician and before he was martyred by being beaten with iron carding combs, is said to have performed many miracles.

He was also adopted as the patron saint of wool as the instruments that killed him are similar to the devices used in the wool combing trade.

To make the most of St Blas Day, you should consider booking your hoteles en Bilbao to avoid disappointment.