Fiestas de Torrecuevas (Fiesta de la Chirimoya) Almuñécar 2023 Cancelled

🛑THE FESTIVALS IN THE TORRECUEVAS NEIGHBORHOOD ARE SUSPENDED AFTER THE ACCIDENT OF YOUNG DANIEL
👉The decision, as reported on Juanjo.ALCALDE networks , have agreed upon between the residents of #Torrecuevas and the Brotherhood of the Virgin Mother
🗣️“Dani was born and raised here. The vast majority of his family lives here. We suspend the holidays as a sign of respect and mourning for this tragic loss.”

The barrio of  Torrecuevas Almuñécar hosts the Fiestas de la Chirimoya to celebrate the harvest of the chirimoya (a custard apple), in honor of the Virgen Madre.  The Chirimoya Festival of barrio Torrecuevas usually includes 4 days of celebration, activities, music, dancing, eating and drinking.  The Fiestas de la Chirimoya usually takes place around the 12th of October, which is also Día de la Hispanidad (Hispanic Heritage Day) and Fiestas de Pilar.

The barrio of  Torrecuevas Almuñécar hosts the Fiestas de la Chirimoya to celebrate the harvest of the chirimoya (a custard apple), in honor of the Virgin Madre.  The Chirimoya Festival of barrio Torrecuevas, usually includes 4 days of celebration, activities, music, dancing, eating and drinking.  The Fiestas de la Chirimoya usually takes place around the 12th of October, which is also Día de la Hispanidad (Hispanic Heritage Day) and Fiestas de Pilar. Read more on Almunecarinfo.com

 

What is a Chirimoya or Cherimoya?

Fiestas de la Chirimoya. Chirimoyas are grown on trees and are a green heart-shaped fruit, with bumps on the outside.  Once it is slightly soft to the touch, it is ripe and time to cut open.  Inside you will find a white, juicy flesh, with a soft custard-like texture and large black seeds.  Many people love them and they are full of health benefits too! 

Chirimoyas are a popular fruit in Spain, mainly grown in the southern province of Granada, in Costa Tropical.  Chirimoyas are also called “cherimoyas” or Custard Apples in English and are delicious tropical fruits.  They are native to South America (Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador), but Spain has them too!

Chirimoyas are grown on trees and are green heart-shaped fruit, with bumps on the outside.  Once it is slightly soft to the touch, it is ripe, and time to cut open.  Inside you will find a white, juicy flesh, with a soft custard-like texture and large black seeds.  Many people love them and they are full of health benefits too!  Find out all about the chirimoya calories, nutritional data, and health benefits here.

Chirimoya Arbol / Chirimoya Tree

Throughout Costa Tropical, you will see many chirimoya trees growing in our unique microclimate.  The fruit is available to purchase and eat from October through the winter in Spain. When you travel to Spain, make sure to taste these tasty treats and know they likely came from Costa Tropical.

Who is the Virgen Madre?

The Torrecuevas Chirimoya Festival of Almuñécar is a celebration in honor of the Virgen Madre (Virgin Mother), which has been celebrated since the 1960s.  The Virgen El Pilar is the name given to Mary for the time when the Apostle Saint James was praying on the banks of the river in Zaragoza Spain.  At this moment, the Virgin Mary is supposed to have appeared to him on a marble pillar and asked him to build a church on the land upon which he was standing.

Initially, a chapel was built around the pilar followed by ever grander churches over the centuries.  Today the magnificent Basilica del Pilar which was designed in 1681 stands on this spot.  Major alterations took place in the 18th century and the Basilica’s towers weren’t completed until the 20th century.  Read more about the Virgen el Pilar or Virgin Mary here.

 

Día de la Hispanidad (October 12)

There is some interesting information on this national holiday in Spain.  It is also known as Fiesta Nacional de España.  Read more about the history of this Spanish holiday and how it has changed meanings over the years and even become a combination of holidays.

Dates for the Fiestas de Torrecuevas y Fiesta de la Chirimoya en Almuñécar

October 11-15, 2023   (Wednesday to Sunday)

Fiestas de Torrecuevas (Chirimoya Festival) Location

Almunecar Roman Aqueduct Torrecuevas

The neighborhood of Torrecuevas is located in the valley leading up to Jete and Otivar from Almuñécar.  Right along the road, just above the river, you will see a portion of the Roman Aqueducts and a playground.  Check the city bus schedule to get there (bus line 5).

 

Program 2023
51st Fiestas de Torrecuevas y
Fiesta de la Chirimoya en Almuñécar 

The neighborhood of Torrecuevas celebrates the Chirimoya Festivities in Honor of the Virgin Mother from October 11-15, 2023 (Saturday through Wednesday).  It’s the Fiestas de Torrecuevas and it will be centered at Plaza de Luciano Rodríguez, the hub of the festival.  The weekend will be filled with fun activities, games, and a foam party for the kids. Opening day is Saturday, October 8, in Plaza de Luciano Rodríguez (Torrecuevas Aqueduct) at 13:00.

The barrio of  Torrecuevas Almuñécar hosts the Fiestas de la Chirimoya to celebrate the harvest of the chirimoya (a custard apple), in honor of the Virgin Madre.  The Chirimoya Festival of barrio Torrecuevas, usually includes 4 days of celebration, activities, music, dancing, eating and drinking.  The Fiestas de la Chirimoya usually takes place around the 12th of October, which is also Día de la Hispanidad (Hispanic Heritage Day) and Fiestas de Pilar. Read more on Almunecarinfo.com

 

Download the full schedule from the tourism site.

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

  • 20:00 Opening ceremony for the fiesta and official party booth at the Torrecuevas Aqueduct
  • 21:30 Flamenco Show
  • 23:30 DJ Marcos Cortes
  • Start the “ESSENCE OF TORRECUEVAS” photography contest. Capture using your mobile phone what the memories, smells, and the life of the neighborhood mean.  Send the photos to Tel: 616 81 02 76   There will be a First, second and third prize. The five best will be printed and distributed around the fair. Send before Saturday 14 M

 

Thursday, October 12, 2023

At night there will be a procession to honor the Virgin Mother and finish with fireworks.

  • 09:30  Color Run Registration!  5€ for the fundraiser and the cost of colored powders.
  • 10:00 XII Petanque contest at the Rambla (dry riverbed)
  • 10:30  Color Run!  Torrecuevas color race Don’t miss it!
  • 12:15  Foam Party for the kids!
  • 14:15 Free food – Puchero de Coles (Garbanzo & cabbage stew)
  • 17:30  Celebration of the Holy Mass in honor of the Virgen Madre
  • 18:30Solemn procession
  • 22:45  Fireworks
  • 24:00  Music & Entertainment Guateque by Moi Franco

 

Friday, October 13, 2023

  • 11:30 Traditional Games
  • 17:00 Bingo
  • 17:30 Pastries snack
  • 18:15 Dessert Competition
  • 18:30 Bouncy house free for 30 min
  • 19:00 – 00:00  Entertainment for the kids in the playground
  • 19:15 Night hike through the valley
  • 19:30 Foosball in the plaza
  • 20:00 Exhibition of tropical fruits, wine, oil, and honey from our land.
  • 21:30 Performance by “ALIÑAOS” (Sexitan cover music group)
  • 23:00 Performance of “ARRÍMATE AL QUERER” (Cortijo Flamenco)
  • 01:00 Performance by “Dj MIKE-RO” (Neighbor of Torrecuevas)

 

Saturday, October 14, 2023

  • 11:00 Paint your Aqueduct: Painting Contest
    (Canvases will be given to participants, the paintings must be brought by the artists)
    Children and adult categories Information and registration Tel: 616 81 02 76
  • 11:00 XIV Fútbol championship Sport Center
  • 11:00 Table Tennis
  • 12:00 Women’s Chichón Championship
  • 13:00 – 16:00 Entertainment by the master of ceremonies
  • 14:00 Free food – Migas (Crumbs is the translation, but it is a dish of fried flour and sometimes other items)
  • 17:00 Equestrian exhibition by the La Reatilla riding school Explanada de la Rambla
  • 17:30 Paulo Championship
  • 19:00  Free Food! waffles and crepes
  • 20:00 – 00:00  Entertainment for the kids in the playground
  • 21:30 Performance by “BOMBA FRUTA” (Musical group with Cuban airs)
  • 23:45 Performance by “Dj DOCTOR FLY”

 

Sunday, October 15, 2023

  • 12:00 Children’s Ginkana and treasure hunt. Prizes for participants
  • 13:15  ZUMBA. Organized by Pakillo Dance School
  • 14:00 Free food (Giant Paella)
  • 15:30  Chirimoya tasting
  • 16:00  Ribbon race on horseback Esplanade de la Rambla
  • 17:00 Solidarity snack to benefit the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC)
  • 17:00 Circus workshop
  • 17:30 Awards
  • 20:00 Performance by “LOS SEKOS” (Almuñécar musical group)
  • 21:00 Performance by “GREEN RIVER” (Almuñécar musical group)
  • 23:30  End of the fiestas!

 

More Fiestas!  Check out the annual Calendar

 

Festivals of Almuñécar & La Herradura, plus annual calendar. A calendar with the dates for La Herradura and Almuñécar holidays (local & national), ferias, fiestas and additional public school days off. Read more on AlmunecarInfo.com

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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

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