Almuñécar Feria & Fiestas Virgen de la Antigua (August) 2021 celebrations Altered

The full Feria is altered for August 2021 due to Covid 19, but there will be a some events and celebrations, but not all.

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

 

2021 Virgen de la Antigua Celebrations
August 6 – 15


2021 Fiestas Almuñécar Feria
Detailed Schedule

The hourly program for the Feria events 6th -15th of August.

Fiestas Almuñécar 2021  Download the full schedule

The Almunecar feria 2021 agenda and events, including fireworks on August 15th. Read more on AlmunecarInfo.com

Thursday, August 5th

Performance by the group Los Aliña-2
22:00  Paseo del Altillo
23:00  Paseo Puerta del Mar
Free entry

22:30  Dos es Más que Uno at El Majuelo Park
Tickets at Palacete de la Najarra (tourist office) and Viajes Ecuador

Friday, August 6th

19:00 – 21:00  Animation: parade through the streets by the charanga Los Folloneros

22:00  Cepeda Concert at El Majuelo Park
Tickets at www.giglon.com

22:00  Paola Almodóvar at La Plaza del Sexi – Aqueduct Park of the Santa Cruz.  Tickets at laplazadelsexi.es

Saturday, August 7th

19:00 – 21:00  Animation: parade through the streets by La Banda neustro Padre Jesús de la Sentencia

22:00  Manuel Lombo IV festival La Cana Flamenca at El Majuelo Park
Tickets at redentradas.com and lacanaflamenca.com

22:00  Timbalito Street at La Plaza del Sexi – Aqueduct Park of the Santa Cruz.  Tickets at laplazadelsexi.es

Sunday, August 8th

21:00  Las Aventuras de Bartolinos a children’s show at El Majuelo Park
free entry with invitation (*Collect invitations at Museo Claves de Almuñécar, which is located in the Casa de la Cultura)

Monday, August 9th

19:00 – 21:00  Animation: parade through the streets by La Banda neustro Padre Jesús de la Sentencia

22:00  Demarco Flamenco at El Majuelo Park
Tickets at www.giglon.com

Tuesday, August 10th  Día del niño

19:00 – 21:00  Animation: parade through the streets by the charanga Los Folloneros

21:00  Municipal Music Band Concert at la Plaza de Ayuntamiento
(Town Hall Square)  Free entry

22:00  A Piano and 200 candles at Plaza del Sexi – Aqueduct Park of the Santa Cruz.  Tickets at laplazadelsexi.es

22:00  Chema Rivas at El Majuelo Park
Free with invitation  (*Collect invitations at Museo Claves de Almuñécar, which is located in the Casa de la Cultura)

Wednesday, August 11th

19:00 – 21:00  Animation: parade through the streets by La Banda neustro Padre Jesús de la Sentencia

21:30  Concierto las Poderío at Plaza del Ayuntiamineto (town hall square)  Free entry

22:00  Tribute to Isabel Pantoja at El Majuelo Park
Free with invitation  (*Collect invitations at Museo Claves de Almuñécar, which is located in the Casa de la Cultura)

Cultureando tenta – 2
22:00 Puerto de la Cruz Street
23:00 Avenida Juan Carlos I
Free

Thursday, August 12th

19:00 – 21:00  Animation: parade through the streets by the charanga Los Folloneros

22:00  Blas Cantó at El Majuelo Park
tickets at www.giglon.com

22:00  Triana Jazz at La Plaza del Sexi – Aqueduct Park of the Santa Cruz.  Tickets at laplazadelsexi.es

Friday, August 13th

19:00 – 21:00  Animation: parade through the streets by the charanga Los Folloneros

22:00  Los Morancos at Parque El Majuelo
tickets at www.giglon.com

22:00  El Canijo de Jerez at La Plaza del Sexi – Aqueduct Park of the Santa Cruz.  Tickets at laplazadelsexi.es

Saturday, August 14th

19:00 – 21:00  Animation: parade through the streets by La Banda neustro Padre Jesús de la Sentencia

22:00  La Mala Rodríguez at the IV La Caña Flamenco Festival at Parque El Majuelo.  Tickets at redentradas.com/lacanafalmenca.com

22:00  Dúo Aural at La Plaza del Sexi – Aqueduct Park of the Santa Cruz.  Tickets at laplazadelsexi.es

virgen de la antigua schedule 14 aug

Sunday, August 15th 

19:00 – 21:00  Animation: parade through the streets by the charanga Los Folloneros

21:00  Solemn Eucharist in honor of our patron saint the Virgen de la Antigua at Rio Verde Primary school.

22:00  Orquestra la Tentacion at Parque El Majuelo
free with invitation tickets  (*Collect invitations at Museo Claves de Almuñécar, which is located in the Casa de la Cultura)

22:00  Judith Facio, & Carlos Martín at La Plaza del Sexi – Aqueduct Park of the Santa Cruz.  Tickets at laplazadelsexi.es

23:00  Symbolic Fireworks from Castillo San Miguel, best views from Playa Puerta del Mar

PLUS every day from August 7th – 15th 

Marching Parade and band with music and noisemakers through the streets of Almuñécar

Fair rides and attractions at Paseo Blas Infante (The Friday market parking lot)
with special activities for the day of the child on August 10th

Flamenco Sexitana 2021 Almuñécar business contest

*Collect invitations at Museo Claves de Almuñécar, which is located in the Casa de la Cultura

 


Fiestas Almuñécar Traditional 
Feria Events

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

Feria de Noche:  Fiestas de Almuñécar Feria “The Night Fair”  (August 7-15 with alterations due to covid measures)

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  (There will NOT be a day fair for August 2021)

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! No Day Fiestas in Almuñecar 2021

You can view a video from 2019

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 backside 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 since 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’s 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 del 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!


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 and the Sunday market will return in September.

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Heidi is passionate about travel (50+ countries) and loves experiencing the world with husband and their 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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