Expect to see covered wagons, floats, horses, traditional costumes and a large turnout for the Almuñécar La Romería de San Isidro. Though Dia de San Isidro is May 15th, the Pilgrimage of San Isidro will be Sunday, May 19th, 2019. The event is organized by the Hermandad Virgen Madre y San Isidro de Torrecuevas and the support of the Ayuntamiento of Almuñécar.
The festivities of San Isidro are held every year in Almuñécar around Dia de San Isidro (May 15th). This is the feast day of San Isidro and also the day of his death. This event grows, so be prepared for good fun. The streets are temporarily blocked off to make way for the Romeria de San Isidro (Pilgrimage of San Isidro). Many groups and associations participate by creating floats, wagons, carts and festive dress and then walk in the pilgrimage to Torrecuevas.
Who is San Isidro
San Isidro is the Catholic patron saint of the peasants & laborers and is also the patron saint of Madrid. In Spain, he is called San Isidro Labrador (Isidore the Farm Laborer) and lived from 1070 – May 15, 1130. His real name was Isidro de Merlo y Quintana, and he was a Spanish farmworker known for his devotion toward the poor and animals.
You may read more about San Isidro here.
The legacy of San Isidro is to remember ordinary life can lead to holiness and have the dignity of work. There are many legends about mysterious helpers on his farm, including angels and animals. The lesson from his life; if you have your spiritual self in order, your earthly commitments will fall into order also. The number of miracles attributed to him has been counted as 438, you can read more details about the miracles of San Isidro here.
Dia de San Isidro
Dia de San Isidro is May 15th. The feast, festivities, and pilgrimage of San Isidro in Almuñécar are either on the 15th or the nearest weekend to that date.
Agenda for the Pilgrimage of San Isidro
Sunday, May 19, 2019
The 2020 program will be available in early May 2020, events are always around the middle of May.
The Pilgrimage of San Isidro will start on Sunday, the 19th after the 09:00 Mass at the Church of El Salvador. All participants will depart from the church in P4 and travel to the Rambla de Torrecuevas, through the Vega and the Rio Verde riverbed.
- 09:00 Mass at the Templo de El Salvador
- Following Mass – the departure of Pilgrimage
The route will be as follows: departure from the Church of El Salvador, Barrio P-4; from Puerto de la Cruz street, take Tetuán street towards Mariana Pineda. Upon reaching the Andalusian rotonda, the cortege will go up Rey Juan Carlos I Avenue towards Carrera de la Concepción and Carretera Suspiro del Moro, deviating through Calle Molvízar, towards Camino de la Vega Primera, until reaching the access to the river bed Green and exit in Torrecuevas by Caicillos. See the map below for walking directions in brown.
If you plan to take part in the pilgrimage, be sure to wear comfortable shoes. They may be dirty, wet or muddy, so be prepared.
If you plan to drive, you will need to take a different route. You will leave town via Carretera Suspiro del Moro and continue towards Torrecuevas.
Fiestas de San Isidro
We don’t currently have detailed information about the fiestas de San Isidro, but you can expect food, music, and fun across from the Roman aqueduct. The festivities, floats, and pilgrims will end at the esplanade of the Rambla de Torrecuevas. See the map below for driving directions in blue.
Map of the walking route. You may expand the map in the top right corner.
During the tour the Pilgrimage there will be presence and collaboration of the Local Police, Civil Guard and Firefighters of Almuñécar. Also, the Traffic Headquarters will assist with the passage through the section of the old highway in Torrecuevas.