Fiesta de la Virgen de la Antigua
We have enjoyed this August fiesta for Almunecar's patron saint a few times now. It is incredibly well organised in the usual chilled-out style and fashion of the region.
The week long fiesta is usually in the 2nd week of August, (book early if you want a hotel room) and work out where you're going to park. Paid underground parking on seafront is secure and worth it for a short staybut expensive for a long one. Note - when the Saint is coming through the town, you cannot retrieve your car, so if you are elaving early, you will need to park on the edge of town.
The hightlight of this fiesta which lasts all week, is the Día de la Asunción (Assumption), known locally as el Día de la Virgen. The (extremely heavy) Virgin is taken carried by local men in a procession from the church to the seafront taking some time and then put on a boat which leaves from San Cristóbal beach and then sails around the rocks the rocks to the main city beach accompanied by other little fairy lit boats, it really is a lovely vision as she comes into view.
When the Virgin's boat arrives at the beach, the fireworks spectacular begins. It's an excellent display with a 'volcano', the usual fireworks fired from beach and sea and pyrotechnic displays from the castle. You just don't know where to look as there is so much going on! I've seen a few firework displays in Spain over the years, but this has to be the best yet. It is extremely loud mind you, so good to warn smaller children just in case they are frightened.
Best viewing is from balconied apartments on the seafront, the promenade itself, or the beach. The event is relaxed, the cafes are busy but not nightmarish at all, so those with small people can use the loos and when it is over, there is a polite round of applause and the 130,000 + audience drift amicably off from whence they came. The next day, everything is miraculously cleared up and not a sign of the previous days spectacular event.
Afterwards, any people go on to the feria tents and fairground to party into the early hours - See you there this August :-)
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Fiesta de la virgen de Antigua & feria
August fiesta and feria in Almunecar is a week long party. There are a variety of events ending in an extremely spectacular firework display at the end of the week (15th Aug). The fireworks are really something else. We have seen many firework displays in Spain, but this has been the best yet.
It's all done in typically chilled-out style. You never really see anyone organising this event, and yet the display involves the beach, the rock (which turns into a volcano), the castle and the boats and fishermen.
On the night of the 15th, the Virgen is taken from the little church and paraded through the streets to the beach (see my other tip for more detail), where she is put on a boat and sailed around the rock. When she arrives at the other side, the explosions begin!
After the display, the whole town parties on at the feria ground on the edge of town until the early hours where there are fair ground rides, food stalls, live performances and casitas owned by local bars, retaurants and organisations. Many of the children and some ladies dress up in feria dresses. There is something for all ages. It's simple, very loud and fun!
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Great complimentary tapas with drinks
Like several other Andalucian towns, if you buy a drink in Almunecar bars, you will probably get a free snack. In fact, at all the bars I stopped in the free tapas were really very good indeed. Far better than any other I'd had on my holiday. Around the Plaza de la Constitucion I had a delicious bowl of chickpea stew. And then just around the corner another bar gave a really tasty bowl of tuna and avocado.
Though I might warn you, at the Plaza de la Constictucion, the popular 'El Meson' bar tried to charge us for a meal we never had!! But generally the people of the town were extremely friendly.
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