Festivals - July guide

The Virgen del Carmen was once known as 'Queen of the Seas'. © Michelle Chaplow
The Virgen del Carmen was once known as 'Queen of the Seas'.

Traditional Events - month by month - July

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Andalucia is filled with fascinating cultural events throughout the year.Whilst many of these festivals take place on the date indicated each year, others move slightly in relation to the day of the week or the religious calendar or occasionally weather.

Summer Ferias continue in July. Some are below, also check our list of Summer Fairs.

In order to confirm, the villages town hall website (www.villagename.es) or Facebook page may publish the date or a poster in the few week preceding the festival.

 

 

JULY

summer fairs

Various Dates - July,
Towns across Andalucía

Every town and village in Andalucia has its own feria or fair, and it would be possible, if one had superhuman powers of endurance, to spend the whole summer following them about the region. See our section on summer fairs for exact dates.

FIESTA DE MOROS Y CRISTIANOS

Various Dates - July,
Towns across Andalucía

This festival is more popular in the East of Spain, in Andalucia in the provinces of Granada and Almeria, It takes place on different many days through out the year depending on the locality. Check out our section on the Moors and Christians Festival to find out which towns celebrate it this month.

FIESTAS CALATRAVAS

Traditionally 8-10 July,
Alcaudete, Jaen

Medieval festival in and around Alcaudete’s Moorish castle, complete with processions, food, handicrafts market, falconry and archery.

Fiesta of San FermÍn

Traditionally 6-14 July,
Pamplona

Few events held in Spain hold international attention like the encierro or "The Running of the Bulls" during the Fiesta of San Fermín.  Although it occurs a good distance away from Andalucia, many Andalucians make the yearly pilgrimage to the festivities as do Spaniards from other communidades as well.

ROMERIA DE LA ERMITE DEL SANTO AND DANZANTES DE OBEJO

Traditionally 11-14 July,
Obejo, Córdoba

Sword dance, also called Baile de Bachimachia, which is performed by 32 on the route to the ermita.

FERIA DEL CARMEN Y DE LA SAL

Traditionally 12-17 July,
San Fernando, Cádiz

Virgen del Carmen

Traditionally 15-16 July,
Town in Andalucía

This fiesta is celebrated in towns along Andalucia’s coast, from Huelva to Almeria. The Virgen del Carmen is the patron saint of fishermen, and the statue is taken from her church in a procession through the streets of her town, and then goes around the harbour to bless the fishing boats. Places where you can see this fiesta include Benálmadena, Torremolinos, Estepona, Fuengirola, Manilva, Marbella, Nerja and Vélez-Málaga in Malaga province; Punta Umbria and Isla Cristina in Huelva province; San Fernando, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Chipiona, Sanlucar de Barrameda, Conil de la Frontera, Barbate (famous for its tuna), La Linea de la Concepción (next to Gibraltar) and Cadiz city itself in Cadiz province; Salobrena in Granada province; El Ejido, Bentarique, Los Gallardos and Zurgena in Almeria province.

FERIA DE LA LINEA

Traditionally 15-24 July,
La Linea de la Concepción,
Cádiz

Known locally as “La Salvaora” or “La Velada”, this feria takes place at night, except for the final Sunday, el Domingo Rociero, when the action happens during the summer heat of the day.

ROMERIA DE SANTA MARIA MAGDALENA

Traditionally 24 July,
Puerto Serrano,
Cádiz

This takes place on the Sunday nearest to 21 July.

FIESTAS EN HONOR A SANTIAGO APOSTOL

Traditionally 25 July,
Villanueva Mesia, Granada

FERIA DE SANTIAGO APOSTOL

Traditionally 25-31 July,
Casarabonela, Málaga

This feria takes place in the last week of July.

FERIA: NOCHE ANDALUSI DE LA ROSA

Traditionally 29-30 July,
Baños de la Encina, Jaen

This romantically-named medieval fair (Andalusian Night of the Rose) has a market, music, dancing, theatrical performances and a symbolic presentation of flowers by three horsemen to three ladies (who says the age of chivalry is dead?). The 13th-century Moorish hill town forms part of Jaen’s Ruta de los Castillos y las Batallas.

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