Fiestas de las Cruces de Mayo Almuñécar & La Herradura – May 3-5, 2019


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.

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?

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.  They 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 May 3 each year and the fiesta is usually the closest weekend to that date.  For 2019 the crosses will on display from 12:00 Friday, May 3rd through 22:00 Sunday, May 5th.  The displays and bars may not stay open any later than 02:00 on Friday and Saturday night to respect the local neighbors.

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  & La Herradura
May 3rd – 5th, 2019

The 2020 program will be available in late April 2020, events are always around the first few days of May.

Cruces de Mayo Almunecar & La Herradura - 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 La Herradura Map 2019

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

You may download the full map to print or view in larger sizes here.

Cruces de Mayo en La Herradura

Cruz Asociación de Mujeres Siglo XXI (Plaza Las Morenas)
Cruz Barrio Alto (Calle Barrio Alto, 5)
Cruz El Lavadero (Calle Eucalipto. Bajo)
Cruz Camelot (Paseo Andrés Segovia)
Cruz del Club del Pensionista (Centro Cívico Bajo. Avda. Prieto Moreno)
Cruz Los Berengueles (Calle Eucalipto. Bajo)
Cruz de Cerro Gordo (Mirador de Cerro Gordo)

Cruces de Mayo Almuñécar Map 2019

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

You may download the full map to print or view in larger sizes here.

Cruces de Mayo en Almuñécar

Cruz Institucional (Plaza Constitución)
Cruz Oración en el Huerto (Plaza de la Rosa)
Cruz Cofradía San Juan (Plaza Noreta)
Cruz Cofradía de la Piedad (Calle Antigua. Taberna Antigua)
Cruz Currito (Calle Ángel Gámez)
Cruz Cofradías de los Dolores (Plaza de la Victoria)
Cruz La Alhambra (Calla Angustias Moderna, 5)
Cruz Arte Sur (Casa de la Cultura. Puerta de Granada)
Cruz La Cueva (Calle Eras del Castillo)
Cruz Las Infantas (Plaza de la Victoria, 3)
Cruz Cofradía del Nazareno (Calle Vélez)
Cruz Cofradía Resucitado y Triunfo (Plaza Kelibia. Bar Kelibia)
Cruz Vecinos del Zahonao (El Zahonao)
Cruz Cofradía Veracruz y Sepulcro (Plaza de la Victoria)

More information & references

Junta de Andalucía resources – including a list of each town which 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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Heidi is passionate about travel (50+ countries) and loves experiencing the world with hubby Alan and their 2 kids. In Aug 2012, they left the “perfect American life”, quit their jobs, sold their belongings and moved to Almuñécar. She likes to share all of her favorites things about the area, as well as practical information too. You may also view their family travel blog, Wagoners Abroad, at https://wagonersabroad.com

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