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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.
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.
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.
Velez Malaga - Thursday & Sunday (car boot)
Torrox - Monday & Saturday
Competa - Saturday
Algarrobo - Wednesday
Rincon - Wednesday
Nerja - Tuesday
Torre del Mar - Thursday