Festival del Mar La Herradura – October 6-7, 2023

Celebrate the sea, learn about the environment, socialize, share experiences, enjoy activities, eat food, and have fun at the Festival del Mar (Festival of the sea) in La Herradura!

Festival del Mar (Festival of the sea) La Herradura! Celebrate the sea, learn about the environment, socialize, enjoy activities, eat food, and have fun. Read more on Almunecarinfo.com

Who are the Amigos Del Mar Association (Friends of the sea)

Amigos Del Mar Association is a non-profit marine conservation organization founded in the Costa Tropical. Their main objective is to promote marine awareness through edu-tainment and work with the authorities to achieve real protection of the protected coastline areas.  They also organize and run the Sea Festival in La Herradura.  This is an annual event to celebrate the sea and show our gratitude towards the marine environment. 

The festival is supported by local businesses, the Deputy Mayor, the Ayuntamiento, Medio Ambiente, and the local schools and volunteers .  Volunteers are appreciated, so please make contact if you would like to get involved.  Please view the Amigos del Mar Facebook page or the schedule below for more details.

Amigos Del Mar Association (Friends of the sea) La Herradura Spain


What is the Festival del Mar?

The festival will include fun educational activities about the sea, information on marine issues, nautical activities, activities for children, live music, paella, conferences and cinema, etc.  All the activities and conferences, are in Spanish only and they are free of charge!

When is the Festival of the Sea?

October 6-7, 2023

This La Herradura festival began in 2012 and grows each year!  It is typically held over a weekend, Friday – Sunday, either at the end of September or the beginning of October.  There are workshops, sea activities, land activities, paddle boarding, kayaking, music, food, and fun!

How to get there from Almuñecar

There are two different bus options, either the Blue City Line or the ALSA bus.
View detailed options and links to timetables here for the bus between Almuñecar and La Herradura


La Herradura – Festival del Mar Program 2023

Festival del Mar (Festival of the sea) La Herradura! Celebrate the sea, learn about the environment, socialize, enjoy activities, eat food, and have fun. Read more on AlmunecarInfo.com

Festival del Mar - Festival of the Sea 2023


The motto for the 8th annual Festival del Mar is “Un mar de esperanza” (A Sea of Hope).

This is because La Herradura is a seaside village, with a close link to the sea.  We have an important seabed in Spain, as well as all of the resources offered by the sea.  It is essential for us to live, and provide jobs, tourism, and food.  For these reasons, we not only have to raise awareness in the community but also fight and combat illegal spills and damage to the sea.  Let’s not forget that the sea does not need us, quite the opposite.  It would be much better without our presence, which negatively affects the marine environment.  Let’s try, to do our best to counteract this impact.

*All times are approximate and your understanding is appreciated

Friday, October 6
Adult Activities

17:00 Welcome Presentation

17:10 Conference and audiovisual “El Mar de Aloran como Punto de Esperanza” (The sea of Alboran as a point of hope)

18:00 Round table 0n the sustainability of the Alboran Coast at the La Herradura Civic Center

Saturday, October 7
Family Activities

All events on Sunday will be held on Playa La Herradura in front of the civil lifeguard station 

All activities are free and weather permitting.  Please sign up for the activities at the booth 10:00.

Workshops & Activities

10:00  Information and activity sign up
11:00 – 12:30  Gymkana
11:00 – 14:00  Sea Activities (kayak, paddle, catamaran and more)
11:00 – 14:00  Mini introduction to diving
11:00 – 15:00 Face painting
11:00 – 14:00  Workshops first aid to dolphin and turtle
11:30   Biodiversity workshop
12:30 Marine waste workshop
13:30 Bio diversity workshop II
11;00 – 14:00  Coral workshop
14:00  Giant Paellla!
15:00 mini conference “Un Mar de Esperanza)  A sea of hope
15:15 Announcing “Ann Jenkins award”
15:30 Raffle and Awards
15:45  Music!
15:45  Drinks and Treats
16:45 Closing Ceremony
17:00 Program End

Closing ceremonies Festival of the sea La Herradura

See More Almuñécar holidays, ferias, fiestas and festivals.

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

Places to Stay in Spain


Que ver en Almuñecar/ What to do in Almuñecar & La Herradura

Looking for things to do or what to see in town?  We have so many options for you, find out more!

Things to do in Almunecar Spain. From Almunecar Beaches, to castles there is so much to see and do. Including local activities, day trips, outdoors, Almunecar beaches and more. Read more on www.AlmunecarInfo.com

Heidi in Spain

View posts by Heidi in Spain
Heidi is passionate about travel (50+ countries) and has experienced the world with her family. 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 her travel blog, Wagoners Abroad, at https://wagonersabroad.com

Leave a comment