Holidays and fiestas in Andalucia and Lake Vinuela area 

Holidays and fiestas in Andalucia and lake vinuela area.
Holidays and Fiestas
Lake Vinuela
and surrounding areas
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Your on-line tourist information and general guide to The towns and villages of the Axarquia surrounding Lake Vinuela and the coastal resorts close by

January 1  New Year's Day 

January 6  The Three Kings Festival

February 28  Andalucia day 

March  24  Maundy Thursday 

March 19 San José

March 25  Good Friday 

May 1  May Day 

August 15  Assumption Day 

October 12  Hispanidad 

November 1  All Saints Day 

December 6  Constitution Day 

December 8  Day of the Imaculate Conception
December 25  Christmas Day 
Bank Holidays - Andalucians enjoy 14 banks holidays a year. 10 National, 2 regional and 2 local. we list here the national and regional ones. The local holidays will usually fall on the day of the patron saint of the town.


The Easter week processions compete with one another in luxury and splendour. The parades leave each of the town´s churches to wind slowly around the streets, with their lifelike statues of Christ on the Cross and his mother the Virgin Mary in mourning. The processions are organised by the religious brotherhoods, representing guilds of tradesmen or other groupes. They spend all year long preparing the elaborate costumes and decorations. This is a serious fiesta and fireworks are not permitted. Drinking and celebrating is still fround upon by many.

San Isidro

15th May. San Isidro is the patron saint of the farmers, and many villages celebrate his day with a procession through the fields and a fiesta, as well as agricultural trade shows. 

La Virgen del Carmen

La Virgen del Carmen is the protectress of seamen, and at the end of day on July 16th the towns and fishing villages of the coast parade their statues of her by the water, and set sail in elaborately adorned boats, accompanied by the blowing of horns and bursts of fireworks in the night sky.

The three Kings

The three Kings festival on January 6th / 7th is favourite with the children of our village. This is when Christmas gifts are given and opened - there are street processions with the three kings on floats throwing sweets for the children to catch.
Festival of San Juan

Saint John´s feast - San Juan - is held on the night of the 24th of June, and is celebrated on Andalucia´s beaches - along the entire coastline with bonfires and fireworks. There is an Andalucian tradition to dip your feet in the sea just after midnight. Why not join in.
Andalucia Day

The 28th of February is Andalucia day and throughout this Fiesta the village streets are decorated with bunting  and the village becomes a mass of green and white - the colurs of Andalucia. Children wear masks and the re is dancing and parties in the streets. The mood of fiesta runs throughout the whole month of February.

Patron Saints Days

This is an important wine producing area and the wineries of the area are famous for producing some of the finest Malaga wines. The main festivals are "San Sebastian" the Patron Saint of the village of Competa and this takes place each year from June 22nd to June 25th.

Others are the "Day of the Cross" on May 3rd - "Day of the Virgin" September 7th and 8th.

One celebration which stand out in Alcaucin area is San Sebastian on the 20th of January.

In San Isidro on the 15th of May is the pilgrimage to Alcázar.

On the first days of September, tradition calls farmers to the estates and farmhouses for the Candlemas, bonfires where they burn cereal stubble, wood, and old clothes which light up the nights while they eat and drink wine. In August, there is the annual fair and a flamenco festival, and in October they celebrate the Virgen del Rosario, patron saint of the village.

Market Days

Velez Malaga - Thursday & Sunday (car boot) 

Torrox            - Monday  & Saturday

Competa        - Saturday

Algarrobo       - Wednesday

Rincon          - Wednesday

Nerja            - Tuesday

Torre del Mar - Thursday