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

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 del 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.

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.

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

Día de la Virgen del Carmen (16th July)

El Día de la Virgen 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



Almuñécar Fiestas Virgen del Carmen Schedule 2018

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.

Saturday, July 7, los Solemnes Cultos begin in honor of Virgen del Carmen, Patroness of the neighborhood of Los Marinos, which will continue until Monday, 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 –  Each evening enjoy the carnival and bar set up along the paseo on San Cristobal beach, just across from Chinasol.
  • July 15 –  Sunday is 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.

Procession of the Virgen del Carmen

  • July 16, 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.

Embarking of the Virgen del Carmen

Fiesta Virgen del Carmen 2018 Patrona de Los Marinos Almunecar

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

Be on the lookout for fireworks as well!

Detailed Schedule of events 2018

Friday July 13

17:00  Educational Excursion offered by the Department of the Environment.
19:00 Opening of the Fiestas del Barrio Los Marinos 2018.
20:00 Gastronomic Contest, will be awarded to the best traditional dish or dessert.
22:00 Dancing group “Andalucía Baila”.
23:00 Young Party with Dj.

Saturday July 14

09:00 Glad to wake up with shots of fireworks
11: 00-17: 30 Inflatable bouncy house free for children.
14:00  Traditional meals at the Fiesta Bar.
17:00 Games for children (cucañas, games of the coat, pintacaras, etc.)
18:00 Snack for the children of the neighborhood.
22:00 Performance of the Flamenco Group “Alma Marinera” in the Festival Tent.
23:00 Election of the Queen of the Fiestas de los Marinos 2018.
23:30 Party of the 80s and 90s with Dj Marcos Cortés.

Sunday, July 15

09:00 Glad to wake up with shots of fireworks
14:00 Paella charity “Association ELA, we are all Daniel”.
16:00 Trophy of Paulo “Virgen del Carmen”.
18:00 Foam party.
18:30 Last day of Novena in honor of our Patroness.
20:00 Devoted Besamanos to our Titular Image in its Chapel.
22:00 Dance group “Almainova”.
23:00  Verbena Popular enlivened by Grupo Rociero “Aires de Marisma”.

Monday, July 16

09:00 Glad to wake up with shots of fireworks  announcing the big day of the Fiestas.
10:00 Days of open doors in the Chapel for the Floral Offering to our Patron Saint Our Lady of Carmen. (White flowers).
14:00 Traditional meals at the Fiesta Bar.
17:30 Meeting of members of the Brotherhood for the departure of the Virgen
18:15 Departure of the Procession of our Patron from its Chapel accompanied by the Band Ntro.Padre Jesús Cautivo de Granada and dance group Alma Marinera.
21:00 Celebration of the Holy Mass in Honor of the Patron Saint of the Mariners in the Rincon de la China, along paseo.
22:00  Verbena Popular enlivened by the Orchestra Tejedas.
22:00 Embarking and maritime terrestrial procession, if time permits.
23:00 Great fireworks from the Castle  by Pirotecnia Hermanos Ortega SLU
23:30 Flamenco evening.
00:30 Return to the Temple of our Patroness the Virgin of Carmen.
01:00 Grand Trace End of Parties.


La Herradura Fiestas Virgen del Carmen Schedule 2018

Detailed Schedule of events 2018

Friday, July 13

20:30 Children’s party: mattresses and water activities. Lu gar: Plaza de la Independencia.
22:00 Party Foam. Place: Plaza de la Independencia

Saturday 14 July

22:00 Verbena-Concert with Alalba group. Plaza of Independence

Sunday, July 15

22.30 Concert Fernando Beiztegui & Los Culpables Blues Band. Plaza Independencia

Monday, July 16

20.30 Holy Mass in Honor Virgen del Carmen, in San José Parochial Church.
21:00. Terrestrial Maritime Procession 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 of the group ” Mediterranean Son “. Plaza of Independence



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