Fiestas Virgen del Carmen Almuñécar & La Herradura (16th July) 2020 celebrations cancelled

Food, drinks, carnival rides, procession, boats and fireworks are what you will get when you celebrate the fiestas Virgen del Carmen Almuñécar!  This usually includes 3-4 days of activities and fun at the western end of San Cristobal Beach.  Each night is full of people gathering at the makeshift bar on the paseo, as well as kids enjoying the small carnival, plus you can’t go wrong with churros and waffles at Elvira’s open late!  Then on July 16, it’s the day of Virgen del Carmen, patron saint of fishermen and sailors.  The brotherhood will take her and set sail the streets in a procession and then to the waters to bless her in the midst of a festive atmosphere.

Fiesta Virgen del Carmen 2018 Patrona de Los Marinos Almunecar. On July 16, the day of the Virgen del Carmen is celebrated in Almuñécar. The Virgin is the patron saint of the neighborhood of Los Marinos who, proudly walk their patron saint through San Cristobal.   Where they dance and embark her to the Peñón del Santo where fireworks are displayed. Read more on


Who is Virgen de la Carmen?

Santa María del Monte Carmelo, commonly referred to as Virgen del Carmen or Nuestra Señora del Carmen, is one of the various invocations of the Virgin Mary.  These different invocations she receives are a product of the place and the message that she brings.

Historia de la Virgen del Carmen

The name comes from Mount Carmelo, in Israel, in the city of Haifa, a name that derives from the word Karmel or Al-Karem and that could be translated as ‘garden’.  The Old Testament prophet Elias became a hermit in a cave on Mount Carmelo, towards the end of his life.  The pilgrims trying to follow in the prophet’s footsteps, hundreds of years later, invoked the protection of the Virgin Mary of Mount Carmelo – Stella Maris, the Virgin of Carmen.  Now, the Virgin is the patroness and protector of all seamen, fishermen and even scuba divers.

Spain is one of the countries where the dedication to Virgen del Carmen is most deeply rooted.  The fishermen have named the Virgin of Carmelo their faithful protector.  In addition, the Spanish Navy has granted her the title of Patroness.  For this reason, the Virgen del Carmen is also known as “The Star of the Seas” (Stella Maris).  It was once believed that the Virgin cleared up the waters with her presence and that only after July 16 would the sea be fit for swimming in.  Read more about the history (historia de la virgen del carmen).

Let’s hope the medusas (jellyfish) stay away!

Día de la Virgen del Carmen (16th July)

El Día del Carmen is celebrated in select locations along the south coast of Spain usually amongst fishing communities.  As the patron saint of sailors, the Los Marinos barrio carries the statue of the Virgin of Carmen on a route within San Cristobal Beach and then sets sail on a local fishing boat.  Almuñécar is one of the best places to see this celebration, which concludes with a beautiful firework display over the sea.

Fiesta Virgen del Carmen 2018 Patrona de Los Marinos Almunecar

2020 Virgen del Carmen Celebrations cancelled
due to coronavirus pandemic

We aren’t sure if this celebration will be localized to the church in 2020, but when we find out we’ll let you know.  There is not likely to be a procession.  Someone local created this little mobile version for 2020.



#Almuñécar #LaHerradura  COVID 19 information

Almuñécar suspends the Patron Saint Festivities in August 2020 (Feria & fireworks) and all neighborhood festivals until 2021. Mayor Trinidad Herrera has stated that the entire budget for all festivities, about € 200,000, will be dedicated to fighting the coronavirus in the Municipality.

Read full announcement here.

Almuñécar Fiestas Virgen del Carmen Schedule 2019

We have a general schedule listed below.  When the detailed schedule is published, we will add it here (usually last-minute).  There are also events in La Herradura.

Sunday, July 7, los Solemnes Cultos begin in honor of Virgen del Carmen, Patroness of the neighborhood of Los Marinos, which will continue until Tuesday, July 16.

  • July 7 – 14 –  The Solemn Novena will take place in honor of the Queen and Mother of the sailors, in the chapel; with Eucharist at 7:00 p.m. and the recitation of the Holy Rosary at 7:30 p.m.
  • July 13-16 –  Fiesta del Carmen! Each evening enjoy the carnival and bar set up along the paseo on San Cristobal beach, just across from Chinasol.
  • July 15 –  The celebration of the last day of the Solemn Novena; the Rosary that will take place at 6:30 p.m., and after the Besamanos Devotee will be celebrated to the Blessed Virgin del Carmen.
  • July 16 –  Fiesta del Carmen – Procession, party, and fireworks!

If you have pets who are afraid of sounds and fireworks, please take note of the detailed schedules below.  Each morning there will be sound rockets as well as the final night of July 16th.  We have made the word sound rockets and fireworks in bold for you to easily spot.

Procession of the Virgen del Carmen

Día del Carmen July 16 – feliz dia del Carmen!

  • Monday is when the floral offerings to the Virgin will take place.  The doors of the chapel will open at 10:00 in the morning and remain open throughout the day, so that any person who wishes to leave flowers may do so.  In the afternoon, the procession will exit the church with the Virgen del Carmen at 18:15 p.m.  Following the procession, the Virgen del Carmen will embark upon the sea.

feliz dia del carmen

Embarking of the imagen Virgen del Carmen

Fiesta Virgen del Carmen 2018 Patrona de Los Marinos Almunecar - Fiesta del Carmen!

Once the skipper has embarked, the sailors walk her, accompanied by other boats with flares, offering a beautiful view from the shore of the beach.  There is no doubt this is a special event to watch from a boat, the beach or even at Hotel Helios rooftop Blue Bar for full panoramic views.

Fiesta Virgen del Carmen 2018 Patrona de Los Marinos Almunecar

Fiesta del Carmen

Be on the lookout for fireworks as well!

Almuñécar Detailed Schedule of events 2019

Almuñécar Fiestas Virgen del Carmen 2019 Patrona de Los Marinos


From the 7th the 9 days of fiestas del Carmen will begin in the Los Marinos neighborhood chapel.  An exhibition of boats and the fiesta del Carmen will start on July 13, providing activities for everyone!  Most of these will be the typical sports and games for kids during the day and a popular show and party by night.  García Gilabert stressed that “the poster of the event is a beautiful painting by Daniel Jiménez Díaz, which reflects what the neighborhood wants to transmit, his Virgin in the foreground and the look of the sailors who contemplate with love and devotion.

Dj’Spiri  will be in charge of the performances Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday.  On Monday it will be the Rome orchestra.  Of course this will be accompanied by a the bar  to raise funds for the expenses of the procession, which will take place on Tuesday July 16, after the seafaring Mass.  If weather permits, brotherhood will sail the Virgen del Carmen on the traditional path between China Gorda and the Penones del Santo and return back to the vicinity of San Cristóbal beach.  Following the sailing fireworks will be launched from the castle (Castillo San Miguel).

Most events take place near the festival area at the end of San Cristobal Beach, across from Chinasol.

Saturday, July 13

09:00  Wake up with sound rockets
10:00 – 18:00  Devotions to the imagen Virgen del Carmen in the chapel
14:00  Traditional foods available
16:00  Paddle tournament  (not sure about my translation on this one)
17:00  Cupcake workshop (advanced registration)
19:00  Gastronomic contest
20:00 Proclamation in honor of Virgen del Carmen
21:00  Performance by Alma Marinera
22:00  Performance by The Royal Family
22:30  Party with Dj Spiry

Sunday, July 14

09:00 Wake up with sound rockets
09:30 Mountain Bike Trail – departing near Chinasol (Mountain Bike + Trail Route Virgen del Carmen Almuñécar with 30 Kms of travel and 600 m of altitude. Registration: Berbikes (C / Sánchez Chav es, 4) and Costa Tropical Cycling (Avenida Costa del Sol, 34).
14:00 Traditional meals (great paella)
17:00 Traditional games
18:00 Foam party
18:30 Children’s snack
20:00 Come dance with Evi Martín
20:30 Last day of the exhibition of barcos sexitanos ‘José Martín’
22:30 Party with Dj Spiry

Monday, July 15

09:00  Wake up with sound rockets
14:00  Traditional meals
17:30  Visit for the little ones to the aquarium
21:00  Performance of Paquillo Zumba
22:00  Orchestra
23:00  Election of the Queen of the party

Tuesday, July 16

09:00  Wake up with sound rockets announcing the big Dia del Carmen
10:00  Open house in the Chapel for the Floral Offering to our Patron Saint Virgen del Carmen. (Only offer white flowers)
14:00  Traditional meals at the Fiesta Bar
17:00  Meeting of members of the Brotherhood for the Departure
18:00  Departure of the Procession of our Patron from the Chapel (behind Chinasol).  Accompanied by the Band Nuestro Padre Jesús Cautivo de Granada and Alma Marinera dance group
21:00  Celebration of the Holy Mass in Honor of the Patron Saint of the Mariners outside on the paseo, across from Chinasol
22:00  Embarkation maritime procession, if the weather permits
23:00  Amazing Fireworks on San Cristobal Beach / Castle
23:30  Party with Dj Spiry
00:30  Procession from the beach to return to the Temple with the Virgin of Carmen
01:00  Sound rockets closing the events and parties


La Herradura Fiestas Virgen del Carmen Schedule 2019

La Herradura Fiestas Virgen del Carmen 2019

La Herradura Virgen del Carmen 2019 detailed Schedule

12-14 July, 2019 – Luz de Luna night market in the old town of La Herradura

13-16 July, 2019 – Most events take place at Plaza de la independencia in the center of town, daily from 20:30 – 24:00

Saturday, July 13

20:30  Children’s party: bouncy houses and water activities.  Plaza de la Independencia
22:00 Foam Party! Plaza de la Independencia

Sunday,  July 14

23:00 Concert Jazz Festival with “The Jump Club”. Plaza de la Independencia
00:30 Party with DJ at Plaza de la Independencia

Monday, July 15

22.30 Concert Grupo Trébol. Plaza de la Independencia

Tuesday, July 16 Dia del Carmen

20.30 Holy Mass in Honor Virgen del Carmen, in San José Parochial Church.
21:00 Maritime Procession through the village, accompanied by the Rociero Choir “Cosas Nuestras”, the Municipal Music Band of Almuñécar and the collaboration of the seafarers of the Siglo XXI Association
22:00 Fireworks Castle, in La Herradura Beach
23:00 Musical Performance by “Antonio Parra”. Plaza de la Independencia

La Herradura Fiestas Virgen del Carmen 2019 schedule

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