and Ferias in Andalucia
1-2 La Toma celebration of the entry of the Reyes Catolicos
into the city - at Granada.
6 Romeria de la Virgen del Mar pilgrimage procession from
17 Romeria del Ermita del Santo. Similar event at Guadix.
1 San Cecilio fiesta in Granada's traditionally gypsy quarter
Week before Lent Carnival is an extravagent week-long event
in all the Andalucian cities. Cadiz, above all, celebrates,
with uproarious street parades, fancy dress and satirical music
Holy Week (Semana Santa) has its most elaborate and dramtic
celebrations in Andalucia. You'll find memorable processions
of floats and penitents at Sevilla, Malaga, Granada and Cordoba
and to a lesser extent in smaller towns such as Jerez, Arcos,
Baeza and Ubeda. All culminate with dramatic candlelight processions
at dawn on Good Friday, with Easter Day itself more of a family
Last week of April (approximately 2 weeks after Easter) Week-long
feria de Abril at Sevilla: the largest fair in Spain. A Small
April fair - featuring bull runing - is held in Vejer.
First week Cruces de Mayo in Cordoba celebrates
the Holy Cross and includes a "prettiest patio" competition
in a town full of prize examples.
Early May (usually the week after Sevilla's fair). Somewhat
aristocratic Horse Fair at Jerez de la Frontera.
3 Moros y Cristianos ("Moors and Christians") carnival at
17 San Isidro Romeria at Setenil (Cadiz).
Pentecost (7 weeks after Easter) Romeria del Rocio, when horse
drawn carriages and processions converge from all over the
south on El Rocio (Huelva)
Corpus Christi (variable - Thursday after Trinity) Bullfights
and festivities at Granada, Sevilla, Ronda, Vejer and Zahara
de la Sierra.
Last week Feria de la Manzanilla, Sanlucar de Barrameda. Prolonged
binge to celebrate the town's major product, with flamenco
and sporting events on the river beach.
Second week Feria de San Bernabe at Marbella, often spectacular
since this is the richest town in Andalucia.
13 San Antonio fiesta at Trevelez (Alpujarras) with mock battles
between Moors and Christians.
Third week The Algeviras fair and fiesta, another major event
of the south.
23-24 Candelas de San Juan - bonfires and effigies at Vejer
30 Conil Feria.
End of June/early July International Festival of Music and
Dance - major dance/flamenco groups and chamber orchestras
perform in Granada's Alhambra palace, Generalife and Carlos
Early July The International Guitar Festival
at Cordoba brings together top international acts from classical,
flamenco and Latin American music.
16 La Virgen del Carmen - At the end of day
on July 16th the towns and fishing villages of the coast parade
of her by the water, and set sail in gaily adorned boats, accompanied
by the blowing of horns and bursts of fireworks in the night
sky. A good place to see this fiesta is Estepona, where the
Virgen del Carmen is one of the town´s most beloved saints.
End of month Virgen de Mar - Almeria's major annual shindig,
with parades, horse riding events, concerts and lots of drinking.
5 Trevelez observes a midnight romeria to Mulhacen.
13-21 Feria de Malaga - one of Andalucia's most enjoyable
fiestas for visitors, who are heartily welcomed by the ebullient
15 Ascension of the Virgin Fair with casetas (dance tents)
at Vejer and elsewhere. Riotous Noche de Vino wine festival
at Competa (Malaga).
Third week The first cycle of horse races along Sanlucar de
Barrameda's beach, with heavy official and unofficial bettingl
the second tournament takes place a week later.
23-25 Guadalquivir festival at Sanlucar de Barrameda with
bullfights and an important flamenco competition.
First two weeks Ronda's annual feria with flamenco contests
and Corrida Goyesca - bullfights in eighteenth-century dress.
1-3 Celebration of the Virgen de la Luz in Tarifa: prcessions
and horeback riding.
First/second week Vendimia (celebration of the vintage) at
29-Oct 2 Feria in Orgiva (Alpujarras).
1 San Miguel fiesta in Granada's Albaicin quarter and elsewhere,
even at Torremolinos.
15-23 Feria de San Lucas- Jaen's Major fiesta, dating back
to the fifteenth century.
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