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 2019
Feria Schedule 9-15 August

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”

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 9-11 August 2019

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 2019

Friday, 09 August:  13:00 – 19:00
Saturday, 10 August:  13:00 – 19:00
Sunday, 11 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 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!

 


Fiestas Almuñécar Feria Detailed Schedule

The 2019 hourly program will be available in early August 2019, events are always around the 9-15th of August.

Fiestas Almuñécar Feria Schedule 2019 - Fiestas Virgen de la Antigua Almunecar Feria

Fiestas Almuñécar 2019  Download the full schedule in pdf

August 9 – Friday First day of the Feria de Almuñécar

11:30  Music performed in the streets of the city center

12:00  Fiestas opening with the release of balloons at the Plaza del Ayuntamiento (Town Hall Plaza)

12:30 – 13:30  Children’s activities at Plaza del Ayuntamiento (Town Hall Plaza)

13:-00 – 19:00  Almuñécar Feria the opening of the Day fair!  on Calle Pintor Manuel Rivera

18:00  Football Almuñécar cup at the Stadium Francisco Bonet

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 town, concluding in the fairgrounds.

20:00 – 22:00  Zumba Master class on the Paseo del Altillo

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

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

22:00  Flamenco Show The Zambra of Sacromonte, Curro Albaicin, in Parque El Majuelo

23:00  Official Fair main stage with Flamenco performance

01:00  Official Fair main stage with the performance of the Orchestra Tentación

Fiestas Almuñécar Feria Schedule 2019 - Fiestas Virgen de la Antigua Almunecar Feria

August 10 – Saturday

10:00  Basketball tournament at the municipal pavilion (near San Cristobal Mercadona)

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

13:00 – 19:00  Day fair on Calle Pintor Manuel Rivera

18:00  – 21:00  Master class offered with P4 gym Paseo del Altillo

  • 18:00 Crossfit
  • 19:00 Body Jump
  • 19:30 Salsa & Bachata
  • 20:00 Zumba

19:00 1st Zumbathon of Almuñécar on the official Fair main stage – to benefit of the Association AFAVIDA

22:00  Flamenco Show La Caña Flamenca, in Parque El Majuelo

01:00  Official Fair main stage with the performance of the Orchestra TentaciónAlmunecar feria Aug 10

August 11 – Sunday

13:00 – 19:00  Day fair on Calle Pintor Manuel Rivera

20:00 – 22:00  Zumba classes on the Paseo del Altillo

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

21:00  Presentation of the disco “Das Almas” by Maria Gomez at the official fair main stage

22:00  Flamenco show “Mariposas y Alfileres” La Caña Flamenca at Parque El Majuelo

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

Almunecar feria Aug 11

August 12 – Monday

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

19:00  Run of the Vega
Registration until August 11 at www.global-tempo.com and “Francisco Bonet” Stadium
19:00 Departure Children
7:45 p.m. Departure Adults
Departure from Vega de Almuñécar behind the Barrio de la Paloma.

20:00 – 22:00  Cultural day. Free entrance to the castle and museums of the city with ambient music.
San Miguel Castle, Pottery Center, Cave of  7 Palaces, Cave of  7 Palaces

20:00 – 22:00  Zumba classes on the Paseo del Altillo

20:30  Concert, Antonio Cortes at the official fair main stage

21:00  Performance of the municipal band of Almuñécar at the Plaza del Ayuntamiento (Town Hall Plaza)

21:00  Contest of traditional flamenco dresses and costumes at the caseta (Feria booth) of San Juan – a night of solidarity for the benefit of the associations of AFAVIDA y ALJHA

22:30  Andalusian Lyric Theater at Parque el Majuelo – Las Bodas de Luis Alonso (Zarzuela)

22:30  Official Fair main stage with the performance by the orchestra Melodias

23:00  Flamenco group performance

Almunecar feria Aug 12

August 13 – Tuesday Día del niño

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

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
• B category: from 7 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  Music performed in the streets of the city center

19:00  – 21:00  Opening of the fair attractions – A day without noise

This time period will be without music or noise.  It is intended to allow those who have a sensitivity to noises and sounds to enjoy the feria as well.

19:00  – 21:00  Afternoon Games and workshops for the kids on the Paseo del Altillo

19:00  Master class of Fandango Cortijero on the Paseo del Altillo

20:30 – 22:00  Master class of Salsa and Bachata with Juanfran on the Paseo del Altillo

21:30  Concert official Feria main stage with the Orquestra Da Vinci

22:00  Music in Parque el Majuelo. Concert a tribute to heroes of Silencio and Mecanicos

22:30  Outdoor Piano Concert “1 Piano & 200 candles” at the Roman Aqueduct Santa Cruz

23:00  Flamenco in feria booths

23:00  Concert official Fair main stage with the Celtas Cortos

Almunecar feria dia del nino Aug 13

August 14 – Wednesday

11:30 – 13:30  Children’s activities on the beach at Playa Puerta del Mar, an inflatable water slide, American show (Wipe Out)

19:00  Music performed in the streets of the city center

19:00  – 00:00  Late night shopping in Almuñécar

19:00  Hip Hop Reggae Party in Parque el Majuelo

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

21:30  The Tiburones Moto Club association visit the fairgrounds

23:00  Official Feria main stage with a concert by La Union “Vuelven the 80’s”,  followed by a party with DJ Marcos Cortes an 80’s party.

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

Almunecar feria Aug 14

August 15 – Thursday Last day of the Feria

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

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

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

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

00:30  Official Feria main stage with the celebration party concert and a tribute to Queen

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 city council reserves the right to modify any activity, time or place reflected in this program

 de la Antigua Almunecar Fireworks

 


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.

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