Festivals - Fishing Villages

La Virgen del Mar

La Virgen del Mar (Virgin of the Sea) is the patron saint of Almería, and her statue is borne on a carriage decorated with flowers to the hermitage dedicated to her. The most stirring moment of the procession is when she is taken from the lighthouse to the dock by boat. La Virgin del Mar traditionally take place on the Saturday before the last Sunday in August.

La Virgen del Carmen

La Virgen del Carmen is the protectress of seamen, and at the end of day on July 16th the towns and fishing villages of the coast parade their statues of her by the water, and set sail in gaily adorned boats, accompanied by the blowing of horns and bursts of fireworks in the night sky. A good place to see this fiesta is Estepona, where the Virgen del Carmen is one of the town´s most beloved saints.
More about Virgen del Carmen

SAN JUAN (Saint John´s feast)

Held on the night of the 23th of June, (eve of San Juan) and is celebrated on Andalucia´s beaches with bonfires and fireworks. For good luck, the tradition is to dip their feet in the sea just after midnight. Tread carefully as the lively ones sometimes end up in the sea fully clothed.
Read more about the Noche de San Juan celebrations throughout Andalucia.

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