Festivals in Torremolinos

Traditional Festivals in Torremolinos

Like all the towns in Andalucia Torremolinos celebrates numerous traditional festivals. Here are some of the more important.

See our festival page for more background information on these festivals.

  • Carnivals (February)
  • Holy Week (March)
  • Dia de Los Verdiales (mid April)
  • Crosses of May, (early May)
  • Corpus Christi (June)
  • Saint John's Eve (23 June)
  • Virgen del Carmen (16 July) Celebrated in La Carihuela
  • Romaneria (end September)
  • Summer Feria centers around Saint Michaels day (September 29) the towns patron saint.

Contemporary Festivals

The Day of the Tourist (end Sept) is a more moderate but equally important concept. The town hall will organise free events such as entertainment and the cooking of a huge Paella.

An important annual event in Torremolinos is the Spanish Ballroom Dancing Championships which takes place in October in the Congress Palace. Mr and Mrs Banderas (Antonio's parents) took a great interest, they won one year.

Rockin’ Race Jamboree is a festival which has been running more than 30 years features about 40 rockabilly, blues, surf, and boogie-woogie bands from Europe, and USA. Takes place in several venues in Torremolinos including the Principe de Asturias auditorium in early February. More info>

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Traditional Festivals in Andalucia

Music and Dance Festivals in Andalucia

Dia de Los Verdiales Torremolinos

The Dia de los Verdiales festival in Torremolinos is held next to the Hermitage of San Miguel in El Pinar de Los Manantiales on the second weekend of April. The event, which starts around 13.00 hrs and continues until 18.00 hrs, has been running for over 25 years and is dedicated to the traditional music and dance of the Malaga region. 

As is customary, the festival is a competitive event that focuses on the performances of the pandas de verdiales (verdiales groups), and the dancers, who perform with small cymbals on their fingers and coloured ribbons attached to their hats and clothes. The groups consist of an ensemble of guitars, lutes, violins and percussive instruments. One of the most striking elements of the festival is the Bailar la Bandera, when the dancer incorporates the national flag into the performance.  

This festival incorporates three clearly differentiated styles: Comares, Almogía, and Los Montes, which is considered a hybrid of the Comares and Almogía.  These groups alternate their interpretations with the performances of local dance schools, like the Folkloric Cultural Association of Juan Navarro and the dance academy of José Lucena. 

Aficionados from all over the province attend this nostalgic gathering to enjoy one of the oldest manifestations of Andalusian folklore and traditional local cuisine. 


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