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The best and most quirky reason to send flowers to Bilbao is the region’s annual ‘Battle of the Flowers’. The Battle of the Flowers in Bilbao is essentially a competitive flower contest on a huge scale, and takes place each year in the nearby coastal village of Laredo. As part of the same cultural tradition as the tomato fights that form part of the festival calendar in other Spanish towns, the Battle of the Flowers is a more sedate way to enjoy a fiesta with deep historic roots.

The Battle of the Flowers began its life in the early twentieth-century as a simple flower parade wishing good luck to the fishing community of Bilbao and the surrounding towns. Since then the festival – held during the last week of August, has grown enormously in size. It now attracts teams of attendants from all over Spain, as well as increasing numbers of international visitors. Festival time is a busy period for Bilbao flower delivery orders – many of which end up in the huge flower floats paraded about the centre of town. The ‘Battle’ is taken very seriously by competitors and is very competitive, being adjudicated by an independent panel of judges. For people wanting to capture something of the spirit of the feast – perhaps for birthday flowers in Bilbao; the traditional flowers used are roses, hortensias and chrysanthemums.

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