Virgen del Carmen - Malaga

Fireworks during the Virgen del Carmen celebrations. © Michelle Chaplow

Virgen del Carmen Festival in Malaga

Like many large cities, Málaga has absorbed what once were nearby villages. Therefore, some of Málaga’s seaside neighbourhoods continue to carry on the customs handed down to them by the fishermen and their families who established them.

This is the case of Pedregalejo (literally translates to “rocky beach far away), El Palo and La Cala. Every summer people in these Málaga neighbourhood are joined from residents of the rest of the city who want to get in on the festivities when the fishermen pay tribute to their patron saint the Virgen del Carmen.



The Virgen del Carmen celebrations take place on the beach and out into the water as they do in other towns and villages up and down the Coast. In Málaga it is also customary for people to buy flowers and toss them into the sea in remembrance of deceased friends and relatives. How this massive influx of cut flowers affects the local coast is a question we will leave to the marine scientists at Málaga’s Aula del Mar teaching and marine rescue centre.

Contact the Málaga tourist office for a current schedule of Virgen del Carmen events in the area.


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