Fiestas de las Cruces de Mayo Almuñécar & La Herradura 2024

Fiestas in the streets of Almuñécar & La Herradura during the Cruces de Mayo.  With elaborate displays of flowers, crosses, lights, decorations, fiestas, and pop-up bars, in the alleys of the old town in Almuñécar & La Herradura.  Be prepared for a few days and nights with displays, food, drink, and a great atmosphere.

Fiestas in the streets of Almuñécar & La Herradura during the Cruces de Mayo.  With elaborate displays of flowers, crosses, lights, decorations, fiestas, and pop-up bars, in the alleys of old town in Almuñécar & La Herradura.  Be prepared for a few days and nights with displays, food, drink and a great atmosphere. Read more on Almunecarinfo.com

What is Fiestas de las Cruces de Mayo?

Normally, the Fiesta de las Cruces de Mayo means Festival of the May Crosses.  It is a fiesta celebrated throughout Andalucía, but there is also a contest.  The Ayuntamiento chairs a competition with impressive displays of decorated crosses, with prizes awarded.  The prizes range from €700 for the winning Cross, €500 for second, and €300 for the third in each Almuñécar & La Herradura.

Each display will be judged on the natural decoration of the Cross, the floral display, lighting, the environment.  They will also be looking for traditional cuisine served as well as originality.  Usually groups of neighbors, friends, associations, Brotherhoods, and the like enter the contest.  

Fiestas in the streets of Almuñécar & La Herradura during the Cruces de Mayo.  With elaborate displays of flowers, crosses, lights, decorations, fiestas, and pop-up bars, in the alleys of old town in Almuñécar & La Herradura.  Be prepared for a few days and nights with displays, food, drink and a great atmosphere.

Who participates?

At a minimum, each Catholic brotherhood (cofradía) or neighborhood association has a pop-up bar next to its cross.  There may also be local groups or associations participating.  They will serve drinks and traditional tapas to raise funds to finance various local festivals including Holy Week (Semana Santa) and the local Fair (Feria).  Not only will you see their beautiful display of the decorated cross, usually in a room or building, there may also be additional entertainment offered.  Each neighborhood or brotherhood will have very different displays from modern to traditional Spanish.

The department of fiestas usually creates a list of those who have entered the competition and provide a map, so you may visit them all.  They are typically located in the town plazas and are fairly easy to find.

Fiestas in the streets of Almuñécar & La Herradura during the Cruces de Mayo.  With elaborate displays of flowers, crosses, lights, decorations, fiestas, and pop-up bars, in the alleys of old town in Almuñécar & La Herradura.  Be prepared for a few days and nights with displays, food, drink and a great atmosphere.

When is Cruces de Mayo?

Cruces de Mayo is celebrated on or around May 3rd each year and the fiesta is usually the closest weekend to that date.

History of Cruces de Mayo?

Religiously, the festival is rooted in the search by Byzantine Empress Saint Helena for the cross on which Jesus died, but the popular traditions connected to the festival certainly originate from pagan traditions brought to Spain by the Roman Empire.
Read more about the history and traditions.

Fiestas in the streets of Almuñécar & La Herradura during the Cruces de Mayo.  With elaborate displays of flowers, crosses, lights, decorations, fiestas, and pop-up bars, in the alleys of old town in Almuñécar & La Herradura.  Be prepared for a few days and nights with displays, food, drink and a great atmosphere.

 


Cruces de Mayo
Almuñécar  May 3 – 5, 2024

Fiestas de las Cruces de Mayo Almuñécar & La Herradura 2024

Friday, May 3 

The Festival of the Crosses is an event of popular culture rooted in the most intimate feelings and experiences of the Almuñequeros and Herradureños, which transcends the religious manifestation itself, due to its social, cultural, and festive impact, which together make it an event of great interest.

The Almuñécar City Council organizes the Cruces de Mayo “Crosses of May Contest”. A total of 18crosses have been registered in the May Crosses Contests: adults and children. The crosses registered in the contest may be mounted from 18:00 on Friday, May 3rd, until 22:00 on Sunday, May 5th.

May 3 is the actual holiday and the feast of the Holy Cross, allowing only visits to the Cross.

Opening hours of the bars:

  • Friday, May 3   18:00 – 02:00
  • Saturday, May 4   12:00 – 02:00
  • Sunday, May 5  12:00 – 22:00

Judging of the crosses

Entries may be submitted at the Ayuntamiento and will be accepted through April 19.  

Almuñécar and La Herradura Adult Crosses Contest

The jury will visit the crosses on May 3, starting at 19:00. The awards ceremony will take place on the same day, at the lucky crosses themselves.

 

Cruces de Mayo La Herradura 2019-006

 

Almuñécar locations (CRUCES DE MAYO ALMUÑÉCAR 2024)

Fiestas de las Cruces de Mayo Almuñécar & La Herradura 2024

You may pick up your paper map at the registered locations below.

Registered participants CRUCES DE MAYO ALMUÑECAR 2024:

1. COFRADÍA SANTO ENTIERRO
Plaza de la Victoria, 1
2. LAS INFANTAS
Plaza de la Victoria,3
3. COFRADÍA VIRGEN DE LOS DOLORES
Plaza de la Victoria, 6
4. EL CONVENTO
Plaza de la Victoria, 20
5. COFRADÍA SAN JUAN
Plaza Noreta
6. COFRADÍA HORACIÓN EN EL HUERTO
Plaza Marruecos
7. ARTE SUR
Casa de la Cultura
8. COFRADÍA CRISTO DE LOS GITANOS
Plaza de la Palma
9. COFRADÍA NAZARENO
Calle Vélez, 1
10. COFRADÍA LA PIEDAD
Calle Antigua 7 (Taberna Antigua)
11. LA CORRALA
Calle Antigua, 11
12. TABERNA CAFECIÑO
Plaza de los Higuitos
13. ASOCIACIÓN CRUZ ALHAMBRA
Calle Angustias Moderna, 5
14. LA CUEVA
Plaza Eras del Castillo
15. HERMANDAD VIRGEN DEL CARMEN
Parque el Majuelo
16. JAIME PELILLERA-PIPOTE PLAYA
Bajos del Fenicio
17. ARENA TROPICAL
Paseo del Altillo
18. COFRADÍA RESURRECCIÓN Y TRIUNFO
Plaza Kelibia

Itinerario Cruces de Mayo Almuñécar 2024


Cruces de Mayo
La Herradura  May 3 – 5, 2024

Cruces de Mayo La Herradura May 3 - 5, 2024

La Herradura locations (CRUCES DE MAYO LA HERRADURA 2024)

1. Cruz La Curra
Calle Canalejas.
2. Cruz Andorreros por el Mundo
Calle España.
3. Cruz Barrio Alto
Plaza del Barrio Alto.
4. Cruz Asociación Amigos de La Herradura
Calle Príncipe.
5. Cruz Asociación Cultural y Deportiva de Mujeres de La Herradura Siglo XXI
Calle Las Morenas.
6. Cruz del Sur
Calle Eucalipto (Lavadero).
7. Cruz del Balcón
Calle Alhambra esquina Calle Eucalipto (Balcón 1° Planta).
8. Cruz del pensionista
(Asociación Virgen del Carmen).

Remember that you can enjoy them from Friday, May 3 at 14:00 until Sunday, May 5 at 22:00.
Don’t miss the music and enjoy that these traditional crosses bring us!

 

Itinerario Cruces de Mayo La Herradura 2024

 

 


More information & references

Junta de Andalucía resources – including a list of each town that participates in Cruces de Mayo

This is Andalucía provides detailed information for each province within the Autonomous Community of Andalucía.  Just search for “Cruces de Mayo”.


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