At the end of September we are always in for a treat with the Fiestas de San Miguel, in the barrio del Castillo Almuñécar! Up high on the hill in old town, near the castle, the streets come alive for 3 days and nights.
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Who is San Miguel?
San Miguel (Saint Michael) is one of the seven archangels and is among the three whose names appear in the Bible. The other two are Gabriel and Rafael. The Holy Church gives San Miguel the highest place among the archangels and calls him “Prince of the heavenly spirits”, “head or head of the heavenly militia”. From the Old Testament, he appears as the great defender of the people of God against the Devil and his powerful defense continues in the New Testament.
Very appropriately, he is represented in art as the warrior angel, the conqueror of Lucifer, putting his heel on the head of the infernal enemy, threatening him with his sword, piercing him with his spear, or ready to chain him forever in the abyss of hell. Christendom from the early Church reveres San Miguel as the angel who defeated Satan and his followers and cast them out of heaven with his sword of fire.
He is traditionally recognized as the guardian of the Christian armies against the enemies of the Church and as a protector of Christians against the diabolical powers, especially at the time of death.
Día de San Miguel (29 September)
San Miguel is the patron saint of the neighborhood “El Castillo” or the Castle. These are the streets and alleyways at the top of the hill, closest to the San Miguel Castle and some of the surrounding streets. This usually includes 3 days of activities, food, drinks, music, dancing and plenty of fun. Each night is full of people gathering at the makeshift bars on the neighborhood streets, as well as kids enjoying the events as well. The parties usually begin on the 28th and continue into the wee hours every night, typically ending the final night with fireworks.
Almuñécar Fiestas de San Miguel Schedule 2019
The detailed program is usually available in mid September, events are always around the 29th of September.
Friday, September 27, 2019 (National Tourism Day)
10:00 – Primary school (1st & 2nd grade) San Miguel visits the barrio of San Miguel its most important monuments.
10:00 – This is also National Tourism Day and these cultural activities are free to the public: Castillo San Miguel, The museum Cuevas Siete Palacios, museo claves, Loro Sexi bird park and the Aquarium.
12:00 – The charanga “Los folloneros” will kick off the opening of the festivities
17:00 – Popular infantile games in the streets of San Miguel
18:00 – Popular children & adult’s games in the streets of San Miguel
19:30 – Zumba with Evi Martin
21:00 – A Flamenco and fusions spectacular of “Mediterránea son” (We are Mediterranean)
22:00 – DJ Marcos Cortés (in the official booth)
23:00 – Election of the Queen of the Fiestas
Saturday, September 28, 2019
12:00 – The Charanga “Los Folloneros”, accompanied by Cabezudo, will start the day. The official fiesta day bars will open in the streets of barrio San Miguel.
17:00 – Children’s activities, bouncy house and games
18:00 – Twerking spectacular
20:30 – Performances of musical group SOGNAR-3, in the official tent, in front of Castillo San Miguel
22:30 – Performances of Orchestra Blanco y Negro, in the official tent, in front of Castillo San Miguel
Sunday, September 29, 2019 (Day of San Miguel)
12:00 – The opening of the fiesta day bars
13:00 – A big foam party!
14:00 – Great Paella Party – 1€ donations
15:00 – Flamenco show Teresa Barbero “La Polvorilla”
18:00 – Solemn mass in honor of San Miguel Arcángel
18:30 – Zumba exhibition
20:00 – A traditional procession of the statue of San Miguel, departing from inside the castle.
21:30 – A performance from Ana González, ““Se llama copla”
22:30 – DJ Marcos Cortés
23:00 – Fireworks from the castle!