Almuñécar Feria & Fiestas Virgen de la Antigua (August)


The second week of August means it’s time for the Almuñécar Feria and Fiestas Virgen de la Antigua.  Time for celebrations in honor of the town’s patron saint,  Virgen de la Antigua.  It’s nearly a week full of food, drinks, music, carnival rides, and a procession.  It all ends on August 15th with the biggest night in Almuñécar ‘s list of annual festivals and the most spectacular fireworks display around!

The second week of August means it's time for the Almuñécar Feria and Fiestas Virgen de la Antigua.  Time for celebrations in honor of the town's patron saint,  Virgen de la Antigua.  It's nearly a week full of food, drinks, music, carnival rides, and a procession.  It all ends on August 15th with the biggest night in Almuñécar 's list of annual festivals and the most spectacular fireworks display around! Read more on Almunecarinfo.com

This usually includes 5-6 days of activities and fun all around town, mainly at the fairgrounds and in P4.  Supporting activities and events take place in and around Majuelo Park, Casa de Cultura as well as the beach.  During the week, different recreational, cultural and leisure activities are carried out, both day and night for both children and adults.  You will even enjoy events like a beach volleyball competition, near the Los Bajos beach bars.  You are also in for a treat, as this is when the locals will show off traditional and colorful feria clothing.

Then on August 15th, it is Assumption Day and the Virgen de la Antigua, patron saint of Almuñécar will set sail.  The brotherhood will take the statue of Virgen de la Antigua and guide her through the streets in a procession from the church to the sea.  They will then send her off to the sea to bless her in the midst of a festive atmosphere.  She is then sailed around the rocks of the Peñon, escorted by a small armada, to arrive back on land at Playa Puerta del Mar around 23:00.  This is when you will experience the most spectacular firework display not only in the sky, but it will cascade from the castle to the beach and into the sea!  When this finishes everyone heads back to the feria to eat, drink & dance the night away.

Who is Virgen de la Antigua?

The Virgin of Antigua is an invocation of the Virgin Mary . The Virgin is usually represented with the Child Jesus and a white rose, commonly referred to as Virgen de la Antigua or Nuestra Señora de la Antigua.  These different invocations she receives are a product of the place and the message that she brings.

 

Día de la Virgen de la Antigua (15th August)

The feast day of the Assumption of Mary celebrates the Christian belief that God assumed the Virgin Mary into Heaven following her death.  It is celebrated on or around August 15 in many countries, particularly in parts of Europe and South America.  It’s also called the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Most Holy Mother of God (in the eastern countries), or the Feast of the Assumption.  The Virgen Mary is also known as Virgin of Antiquity or Virgen de la Antigua.  This day is celebrated all over Spain, but it is almost a week of celebrations in Almuñécar.

 

Nuestra Señora de la Antigua (Almuñécar)

The Virgen de la Antigua is also the Patron Saint of Almuñécar.  Sexitanos have held their Patron Saint festivities on August 15 since 1569.  This is when the Moorish leader from the Alpujarras “Aben Humeya”, surprised the Christian troops when trying to seize the Castle of San Miguel.

The invading troops were defeated by the army of Felipe II, commanded by Don Lope de Valenzuela, who was in command of the Castillo fortress.  The war action took place, precisely at dawn on August 15, 1569, and the inhabitants attributed the victory to the miraculous intervention of the Virgin of Antigua.

The second week of August means it's time for the Almuñécar Feria and Fiestas Virgen de la Antigua.  Time for celebrations in honor of the town's patron saint,  Virgen de la Antigua.  It's nearly a week full of food, drinks, music, carnival rides, and a procession.  It all ends on August 15th with the biggest night in Almuñécar 's list of annual festivals and the most spectacular fireworks display around! Read more on Almunecarinfo.com

 

Fiestas Almuñécar 2018
Feria Schedule 9-15 August

Located in the Almuñécar fairgrounds (you know where they have the Friday market!).

Feria de Noche:  Fiestas de Almuñécar Feria “The Night Fair”

The exhibition center is located at the entrance of Almuñécar next to the N340, at the fairgrounds.  While, you may know this parking lot as the Paseo Blas Infante, the Friday Market or Sunday Market area, it’s officially the fairgrounds.  Well, it is all officially the fairgrounds and this is where traditional booths for businesses, the Brotherhoods of Holy Week, and the public are located.  Near the Blas Infante Arch end you will find the carnival rides and fair attractions for the younger ones in the family.  At the other end of the fairgrounds you will find the booths and the main stage for music, live performances, and events.

 

Feria de Dia:  Fiestas de Almuñécar Day Fair 10-12 August 2018

Almunecar feria de dia

It’s time to eat, drink and be merry, all day long!  This event has been added to the Feria week to add a little variety to the festivities.  After all, it is summer, so why not get out and enjoy the day with friends.  Along the southern area of Calle ​​Pintor Manuel Rivera, you will see it has been transformed into an outdoor party.  It’s the place to be during the hot summer days, with the canopies helping to provide you with shade.  You will be joined by hundreds of people enjoying the tapas. rations and drinks offered by the food booths and bars.  Of course it wouldn’t be a party without music, so be prepared for a fun day and the Almuñécar summer!

In addition, you will find many catering establishments at the Day Fair with the best food in addition to many bars.  It is certainly something to experience.

Calle Pintor Manuel Rivera 3 intense days of parties! Fiestas Almuñecar 2018

Friday, 10 August:  13:00 – 19:00
Saturday, 11 August:  13:00 – 19:00
Sunday, 12 August:  13:00 – 19:00

 

Fiestas Virgen de la Antigua – August 15

Almunecar Feria Fireworks Aug 2013 -The second week of August means it's time for the Almuñécar Feria and Fiestas Virgen de la Antigua.  Time for celebrations in honor of the town's patron saint,  Virgen de la Antigua.  It's nearly a week full of food, drinks, music, carnival rides, and a procession.  It all ends on August 15th with the biggest night in Almuñécar 's list of annual festivals and the most spectacular fireworks display around!

The feast is celebrated on August 15 , the day of the Assumption of the Virgin. That day is the last of Almuñécar’s festivities, when a religious function takes place and a procession through the streets of the city and by sea, since it is embarked by the sailors while there is a fireworks display on the beach, Peñón del Santo and the Castle of San Miguel .

Video Fiestas de Almuñécar Feria Fireworks 2013

 

Timelapse Fiestas de Almuñécar Feria Fireworks 2018

Timelapse photos of the fireworks event from San Cristobal Beach looking east.  This is the back side of the main event, but it is where the Virgen de la Antigua embarks into the sea.  She is then sailed around the penones del Santo (the rocks).  Keep an eye out for the boat full of lights, where all of the other boats at sea escort her around, a tradition in Almuñécar sincc the 1500’s.   She is then celebrated with the fireworks.    Skip to minute 2:00 if you want to start with the fireworks!

Video Fiestas de Almuñécar Feria Fireworks 2018

The event runs approximately 20 minutes, but we just showed a few highlights in our video below.  The artistic “pirodiseño” of the show is the work of Diego Salado Martin, which he explains, consisted of 1900 launch orders and 8 tracks that were synchronized with various music.  It was almost 20 minutes in length.  There were more than 700 kilos pyrotechnic material used.  The launch areas were from the beach at Puerta del Mar, Castillo de San Miguel and Peñones del Santo.  There were also two rafts in the sea launching fireworks.

 

Where’t the best spot to view the fireworks?

Playa Puerta del Mar is the place to be for the amazing fireworks show.  You want to be on the east side of the beach facing the castle.  This is just one of the areas the fireworks will launch from. They will also launch from all around the castle, the penones santo rocks, and out at sea.

If you park in the underground garage at paseo del Altillo, no cars will be allowed in or out from 21:00 – 01:00. No worries, the party will be all night long!

 


Fiestas Almuñécar Feria Detailed Schedule 2018
Almuñécar Feria Schedule 2018 - Fiestas Virgen de la Antigua Almunecar Feria

Download the pdf schedule Fiestas Almuñécar 2018

August 9 – Thursday First day of the Feria de Almuñécar

11:00  Cheerful awakening with sound rockets

11:00 – 14:00  Children’s activities at Playa Puerta del Mar; inflatable water slide, multiball jump, gladiator, marine laboratory, foam party

19:30  Race of the vega inscripciones www.fedatletismoandaluz.net.

  • 19.00  Departure children
  • 19.30  Departure adults leaving from Almuñécar behind the neighborhood of la Paloma.

20:00  Inaugural parade of giants and big heads accompanied by the municipal band of Almuñécar.  Departure from Casa de la Cultura of Almuñécar touring the main pedestrian streets of the municipality, concluding in the fairgrounds.

20:00 – 22:00  Master class of salsa and bachata with tropical woman gym on the Paseo del Altillo

21:30  Inauguration of the fairgrounds with official lighting of the Feria lights.

21:30  Inauguration of the Mercado Marinero feria de artesanía popular Avenida Fenicia (next to fairground)

22:00  Almuñécar Feria opening of fairground night attractions and booths

22:00  Concert of Zarzuela. Andalusian lyrical theater. “The Barber of Seville”, at Parque el Majuelo

22:30  Official Feria main stage with the performance of Vintash Orchestra

 

August 10 – Friday

11:00  Cheerful awakening with sound rockets

11:00 – 13: 30  Children’s activities at Playa Puerta del Mar; water slide, water paintball, inflatables and alternative sports

12:00  Tour through the streets of the municipality of la charanga “los folloneros”

13:-00 – 19:00  Almuñécar Feria the opening of the Day fair!  Amenizada by the charanga “the folloneros”, on Calle Pintor Manuel Rivera
Juvenile Red Cross Youth Campaign

18:30  Football Almuñécar cup at the Stadium Francisco Bonet

20:00 – 22:00  Zumba Master class with tropical woman gym Paseo del Altillo

21:00  Stories for children. Tusitala, the art of good saying margarita Saldivia and Sonia llamas  at Aquarium of Almuñécar

21:30 –  23: 30  The town center musical tour in the plazas

  • Plaza Ayuntamiento – yin jazz group
  • Calle Real -Julio & Franky Torres
  • In Plaza de los Higuitos – Juanma Alaminos
  • At Plaza Kelibia – Luisico de la Juana and Anthony
  • Plaza de la Rosa – Carlos Martín

21:30  King of the jungle. Tribute to Rey León at Parque el Majuelo

22:30  Official Feria main stage with the performance of the Orchestra Tentación

23:00  Concert of the group “mitad doble” winners of the contest “lagarto rock 2018” on the Paseo del Altillo

 

August 11 – Saturday

11:00  Cheerful awakening with sound rockets

11:00 – 13:30  Children’s activities at Playa Puerta del Mar inflatable sliding water slide, inflatable climbing wall

12:00  Tour through the streets of the municipality of the charanga “los folloneros”

13:00 – 19:00  Day fair entertained by the charanga “los folloneros”, on Calle Pintor Manuel Rivera

18:00 – 22:00  Master class offered by P4 wellness gym

18:00  Crossfit

19:00  Body jump

20:00  Zumba

21:00  Indoor cycle

20:30 – 21:30  Zumba classes on the paseo San Cristóbal (zona de la cruz roja)

21:00  Opening of the attractions and booths in the fairgrounds

21:30  Presentation of the book “el mar viajero” by Antonio Huertas at casa juventud de Almuñécar

22:00  Concert tribute to U2 by Underskin at Parque el Majuelo Saturday August 11

23:00  Blues night on the Paseo del Altillo with Bill O’hare and Carlos Martin

23:00  Official Feria main stage, the performance of the Orchestra Tentación at 00:30

August 12 – Sunday

09:00  Yoga classes at Peñón del Santo. (bring a mat)

11:00  Cheerful awakening with sound rockets

11:30 – 13:00  Cultural day. Free entrance to the castle and museums of the city.

12:00 – 13:00  Tour through the streets of the municipality of la charanga “los folloneros”

13:00 – 19:00  Day fair entertained by the charanga “los folloneros”, on Calle Pintor Manuel Rivera

22:30  Flamenco concert, La caña flamenca 2018 Dorantes & Marina Heredia “essences” in Parque el Majuelo.

22:00  Official Feria main stage with the performance by the orchestra vintash Sunday of August 12

20.00-22.00  Zumba classes on the Paseo del Altillo

 

August 13 – Monday Día del niño

11:00  Cheerful awakening with sound rockets

10:00 – 14:00  Children’s activities at Playa Puerta del Mar with a pageant of sand castles.

Individual mode
• Baby: from 3 to 6 years
• Kid: from 7 to 11 years old
• Children: from 12 to 14 years old

Pairs mode
• A category: from 3 to 6 years
• B1 category: from 7 to 9 years old
• B2 category: from 10 to 11 years old
• C category: from 12 to 14 years old

Finally, the jury’s decision and the awards ceremony will be made after the end of the event and then a foam party at playa Puerta del Mar

19:00  – 21:00  Afternoon Games on the Paseo del Altillo

  • Clipper workshop
  • Salon bracelets workshop
  • Children’s makeup workshop
  • Mark-pages workshop
  • Karaoke
  • Giant games

20:00 – 22:00  Master class of strong zumba (bring a mat) Paseo del Altillo

21:00  Traditional contest of flamenco dresses and solidary night to benefit the association of the ela in the booth of San Juan

21:30  Music in Parque el Majuelo. Concert “a night of classic rock & blues” with with Red Dawg from Scotland and opening act: Marjun

23:00  Concert official Feria main stage with the David de Maria. “20 years” tour

 

August 14 – Tuesday

11:00  Cheerful awakening with sound rockets

11:00 – 13:30  Children’s activities on the beach at Playa Puerta del Mar, an inflatable water slide, American track (wipe out)

20:00  Floral offering to our Patron, the Virgen de la Antigua. Parish Church of the Incarnation (Iglesia encarnación)

20.00 – 22.00  Zumba classes with dance school on the Paseo del Altillo

21:00  Stories for children. Tusitala “the art of good saying” at the Palace of the Najarra.

21:30  Visit Tiburones motoclub association at the fairgrounds

22:30  Flamenco concert by Juan Pinilla ” te lo digo cantando ” parque el hafra

23:00  Official Feria main stage with a concert by La Guardia ” por la cara ” and followed by a party with dj Moisés Franco

00:00  Solemn congratulations and kisses to nuestra Virgen de la Antigua at the Church of the Incarnation (Iglesia encarnación)

 

August 15 – Wednesday Last day of the Feria

11:00  Cheerful awakening with sound rockets

11:00  Solemn mass in honor to nuestra Patron the Virgen de la Antigua at the Church of the incarnation (Iglesia encarnación)

20:00 Land and sea procession of nuestra Patron the Virgen de la Antigua

22.30 Embarking of the Virgen de la Antigua in playa de San Cristóbal

23:15 (approx.) Gran castillo fireworks-musical given by Pirotecnia Martín.

00:00  Official Feria main stage with the celebration party concert  and a tribute to “el último de la fila” y “héroes del silencio”.

00.30 Disembark of the Virgen de la Antigua in Playa Puerta del Mar and procession to the church of the incarnation (Iglesia encarnación) the council of parties reserves the right to modify any activity, time or place reflected in this program

 


Almuñécar Feria Map & Parking

Parking during the Almuñécar Feria

There are several options for Parking during the Almuñécar feria.  Take notice, as some of the options have a time limit, while others are more worry free.  You must be aware of the different seasons, dates and hours for the “On street pay parking“, as it can be a bit confusing.  In addition, there are also many underground garages to choose from.  During the Almuñécar Feria and the 2 weeks prior, you will not be able to park in the fairgrounds across from McDonald’s and Lidl.  They will be preparing for the feria or the actual event will be taking place.  Click here to see a map and understand your Almuñécar parking options during the feria.  If you happen to get a ticket, you can check here for how to pay a parking fine.

 

Markets during the Almuñécar Feria

There are 2 weekly markets which normally take place on the Almuñécar fairgrounds, the Friday Market and the Sunday Market.  Therefore, both of these markets usually do not take place during the 2nd week of August or right before the Feria.

 

More Almuñécar holidays, ferias, fiestas and festivals

Festivals of Almuñécar & La Herradura, plus annual calendar. A calendar with the dates for La Herradura and Almuñécar holidays (local & national), ferias, fiestas and additional public school days off. Read more on AlmunecarInfo.com

 

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