In Spain there are local, regional and national holidays and festivities of all kinds, Fiestas, Ferias, Festivals, Cultural activities, Competitions, and many other different events. In the municipality of Almuñécar, so much is happening. Keep an eye on the calendar so you don’t miss anything. There is always something, from first January to last December – every year.
This annual overview shows a selection of everything that happens and that can of course be changed.
1/1 Holiday. Día de Año Nuevo. Then we see the Vienna Concert on big TV.
2/1 New Year’s concert in Casa de la Cultura
3/1 Ballet in Casa de la Cultura
4/1 New Year’s concert at Centro Civico in La Herradura
5/1 Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos de Oriente. DISNEYPARAD with the three kings Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar who go on the streets together with the plot, Disney figures and dancers and throw out about 2 tons of sweets and gifts for all children. Then it is the children’s Christmas Eve that is celebrated just about everywhere in Spain.
6/1 Holiday. Dia de los Reyes. Thirteen day (if it falls on a Sunday, then it is a free day on Monday)
- The international music competition “Andrés Segovia” for classical guitar in La Herradura.
- Dance gala at Casa de la Cultura
- Waffle Day in Chinasol with Flamenco Sexitanos
- Carnival week 8. Carnival with masked children, young people and adults in many places. Celebrated for several days
- Carnival a BICI with dressed bikers
14/2 Dia de los Enamorados, Valentine’s Day. San Valentin.
28/2 Dia de Andalucia. Andalucia’s holiday celebrated for the 1980 referendum that decided Andalucia would be an autonomous / self-governing region. Then there are flag-hoisting, music and the Andalusian anthem sung by Maria Gómez La Canastera and Niño Carmelo on guitar. Listen here:
19/3 Fiesta patronizes an honor de San José in La Herradura. Father’s Day, (Joseph, father of Jesus), is celebrated for several days with family entertainment, horse shows, festivities at Paseon with fun, procession with the saint, and much more, which concludes with a gigantic fireworks display. See more:
238/5000- Summer time is introduced
EASTER WEEK – SEMANA SANTA – MARCH / APRIL This is Spain’s absolute biggest festivity. It’s Processions every day. Often late at night and it is a holiday on Thursday and Friday. Click and see some of the processions.
El Paso en la Plaza de la Constitución durante el viernes en Semana Santa. Esto debe ser experimentado.
Romeria de Nuestra Señora de Fatima and Sagrado Corazon de Jesus in La Herradura
International Poetry Festival at Casa de la Cultura
Ruta de la Tapa. Walk around for a few days and eat tapas and feel good. Vote for the best.
– The first Sunday in May is Dia de la Madre, Mother’s Day
– La Romeria “El Cerval” de la Virgen de Fatima in La Herradura
– Feria de los Asociaciónes. All municipal associations show their operations in Parque el Majuelo
– Exhibition of Twinkle and Lace Embroidery in Parque el Majuelo
– Fiestas del barrio de San Sebastian, which is the martyr of Almuñécar and celebrated for several days and which is celebrated in conjunction with Cruces de Mayo and then there will be a party with entertainment, food and drink.
1/5 Holiday. Dia del Trabajo, which is the international day since 1886 for the workers and for 8 hours working time.
1-3 / 5 Fiesta Cruces de Mayo is celebrated with ornate crosses in many places in the center both in Almuñécar and in La Herradura. Information with the map of the places can be obtained from the tourist information. This is a tradition since the beginning of the 20th century and began in Albaicín, Granada, and also called La Tierra de Chavíco, with the children building small simple crosses / cruz to get some small coins / chavíco. The premises and squares are very lavish with a number of symbols such as silk shawls, the apple with scissors (corto, where you cut off all problems), copper pots, fruits and flowers and much more. Food and drink served in most places.
3/5 Dia de la Cruz. The day when a jury points out the many ornate crosses found in the municipality.
You spend a lot of time and resources on getting your crosses as nice as possible. When weekends are close to one another, you can take a longer continuous holiday called Puente de Dia and which can be celebrated with Cruces de Mayo for 3 days.
9/5 Dia the Europe celebrated to keep the peace.
15/5 Dia de San Isidro Labradorfiras Sunday closest, with a Romeria / pilgrimage with the procession of a large number of fanciful carriages decorated with flowers and leaves, going from the church of El Salvador, up through the dry river Rio Verde to Torrecuevas, where it will be big party. Then everyone is gentle and gives out food and drink. The farmer San Isidro Labrador lived in the 13th century and was a decent man who was generous to people and animals. Organized by la Hermanad Virgen Madre y San Isidro de Torrecuevas if anyone wants to participate. You can take bus 5 back.
– Corpus Cristi: Always falls 60 days after the resurrection Sunday Semana Santa, or the Sunday closest after. At 10.00 am collection in Iglesia de la Encarnación and then pasacalles in the streets. May June.
- Norwegian school orchestras give concerts and parades in the streets.
- Luz de Luna in La Herradura, a market where the old town is lit with thousands of candles.
- Feria de Gastronomica in Parque El Majuelo
- The Tiburones motorcycle club gathers in Parque El Pozuelo and shows off their motorcycles.
- International dance competition in Parque El Majuelo
- Sports competitions of all kinds
- Fiesta de la Primavera with music in the square
- MC meeting in La Herradura
- Dia de la Ascensión, Ascension of Christ, celebrates 40 days after Easter Sunday
- Feria de Gastronómica in Parque el Majuelo
- The first weekend in June is the Fiestas del barrio de Tamaray in Velilla with entertainment and activities.
23/6 Noche de San Juan / Midsummer Eve. Then all families should spend 2 days on the beaches and sleep in tents at night (the only time they are allowed to camp on the beaches), with plenty of food, campfires, music and nice socializing. You have to wash your face in the sea to keep your beauty. Then it’s a family party and no one is drunk. Lighting lanterns light up slowly in the sky. The fires have the advantage that you can write on a paper what you have done for stupidity during the year, and throw in the fire, then everything is forgotten. You should also buy a Bollo de San Juan. Bring a bath towel, food and drink and feel the community.
24/6 Dia de San Juan. A quiet day on the beach ending with a mountain of garbage. The cleaning staff is quick and good so the next day everything is clean and tidy again.
- Festival with JAZZVECKAN: Jazz en la Costa
- Festival of Greek-Latin theater
- Festival of Flamenco
- Fiesta de Espuma – Bath in foam
- Fresquito a mi Barrio in San Miguel
- Music at night: 1 piano and 200 candles.
- Volleyball on the playan
- Exhibition of fossils and minerals at Paseo San Cristóbal
16/7 Fiesta an honor a Virgen del Carmen, who is the fishermen’s saint, and lasts for several days in the barrio de los Marinos block, at Chinasol and Playa San Cristóbal and the Carmen Chapel, with serving, carousels, radio cars, competitions and entertainment by all those kinds. Procession of the saint with a boat trip out to sea and ending with a large fireworks display. Also celebrated in La Herradura with Fiesta de Espuma, foam bath.
On the evening of July 16, the patron saint of fishermen and sailors Virgen del Carmen is celebrated in most coastal cities and fishing villages in Spain and South America. Most popular is the celebration in Andalucia, where fishing villages and towns along the entire coast have colorful processions with the flower-adorned virgin. She is always carried down to the beach, in some cities she is launched in a boat and in others she is simply carried out into the water. The entire population goes out of houses and everything usually ends with a large fireworks display.
The party itself varies from city to city, some cities have festivities both before and even the days after. The festival is particularly important where there are fisherman populations such as Estepona, Fuengirola, Torremolinos, Vélez-Málaga, Rincon de la Victoria, Almuñécar and La Herradura.
Virgen del Carmen is one of many names of the Virgin Mary and has its roots from the Old Testament when the aging prophet Elias became a hermit on Mount Carmel “Monte Carmelo”. According to tradition, the Virgin Mary handed the brown scapular (a kind of apron) to the English Carmelite monk Simon Stock on Sunday, July 16, 1251. Hundreds of years later when pilgrims followed in the footsteps of the Prophet, they asked for protection during the journey from “Our Lady of Mount Carmel”, the later led to Virgen del Carmen. / Jonny Erixon
- Festival de Titeres, dock theater, in La Herradura
- Festival de Teatre Clasico de Almagro
- Blues festival in La Herradura
9-13 / 8 Feria de Dia in conjunction with Fiesta de la Antigua as the entire pedestrian street Pintor Manuel Ribera is transformed into a large bar street long with flamenco dance and full speed.
15/8 Holiday. Celebrate a female a Nuestra Señora la Virgen de la Antigua who is Almuñécar’s Patrona / Patron Saint. The Blas Infante marketplace is transformed into a large Tivoli Gardens and a lot of restaurants. At the helicopter plate there is entertainment from a large stage with dancing and serving. Festivities for several days which conclude with a procession with the saint down, and out on the sea and at the same time it is the municipality’s largest fireworks. The saint has been around since 1569 when the Moors who remained in La Alpujarra tried to retake the fortress of El Castillo, but was stopped by King Felipe II. Ironically, it was the same date that Abderraman I arrived in Almuñécar 814 years earlier.
- Short Film Festival
- Municipal swimming in La Herradura
– Natación municipal en La Herradura
Festival de Teatro Grecolatino at the aqueduct at Plaza Mayor
7/9 Fiesta de la Candelaria. Torrecueva, Noche de las Lumbras
8-9 / 9 Fiesta de la Virgen de Las Maravillas. La Herradura.
22/9 Inicio de otoño / Autumn Day Equation.
26/9 European Language Day. https://www.coe.int/t/dg4/linguistic/JEL_en.asp
27/9 World Tourism Day. https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/un/world-tourism-day
29/9 Fiesta de San Miguel. Celebrated for several days with entertainment in the barrio de Castillo and who is the saint the archangel Mikael. The Archangel San Miguel is celebrated for several days in the area of Barrio de Castillo at the San Miguel fortress, with entertainment, plenty of food, flamenco, a procession with the Archangel through the streets of the old town and much more, and in conclusion a large fireworks display. Download a program on the tourist information before it happens lots.
- Travel throughout the winter:
12/10 Holiday. National Day of Spain, Dia de España. Fiesta National de España or Día de la Hispanidad.
19/10 Memorial Day of the Spanish Armada’s sinking off La Herradura will be celebrated as there will be a number of boats heading to the place of the sinking. At 10.00 a group of boats from Motril will start passing Almuñécar to get to La Herradura. 5000 people drowned on October 19, 1562, when the 25 ships from the Spanish armada were crushed by the storm that hit the ships against the rocks. It was the biggest sea disaster ever for Spain.
24/10 UN Day. Dia de Organización de las Naciones Unidas
– The clock is set to Wintertime. 03:00 becomes 02:00
The international music competition “Andrés Segovia” for classical guitar during a week in La Herradura. Has been arranged for many years.
1/11 Holiday. Dia de Todos los Santos, all Saints’ Day, when everyone goes to the cemeteries and adorns the graves with flowers .. There is extra bus from Carrera to Sementerio.
- First weekend in December: Medieval market Mercado Medieval on Paseo del Altillo.
6/12 Dia de la Constitucion. The Constitution was passed
8/12 Dia de la Inmaculada Concepción de Maria (the Immaculate Conception) and Fiestas del barrio de la Carrera de la Concepción with entertainment, serving and flamenco
- TIENES UNA CITA. Football club Almuñécar 77 shows a cavalcade of fashion and entertainment in Casa de la Cultura
13/12 Lucia is not celebrated here.
- Zambombá. Folk music in the squares of Almuñécar and La Herradura
- Christmas market in the center.
December 21 Inicio de invierno / Winter solstice
24/12 La Nochebuena. Christmas Eve, Household garbage should leave 15-18. Not later. Cold Ankas Christmas:
25/12 Holiday. Dia de Navidad. Natividad del Señor
28/12 Dia de los Santos Inocentes
28/12 Día de la Zorra and La Herradura
- Carrera San Silvestre Solidario. City race with dressed-up runners.
29/12 Beach Party below Chinasol.
31/12 La Nochevieja, New Year’s Eve with fireworks and the compulsory 12 wine grapes at the 12-stroke.
Household garbage should be left 15-18. J later
- Dinner for One:
1 year goes by fast.
Every town and village in Spain has its own Fiesta. The whole year is full of Fiestas with everything from saints, wine, fruits, vegetables, fireworks, bullfights and everything else. There are fiestas for almost everything, if not, then you will find something new. The most famous fiestas are the bull rush in Pamplona, Moros y Cristianos in Alicante, the fireworks Las Fallas in Valencia, the carnival in Cadiz and La Tomatina outside Valencia. If you are interested in festivities then you have come to the right country.
Click on www.costatropical.se to see the other Fiestas on the Granada coast.
19/6 Corpus Cristi is celebrated for several days in Granada with, among other things, bullfighting
The dates for current celebrations can be found at www.almunecar.se