Almunecar Christmas Events 2018

The official Christmas events agenda for this year is now out, with a great choice of festive flamenco, the ever popular Belens (or Nativity scenes)  as well as the Tres Reyes processions, ballet, musical evenings, street processions and more.  The agenda (below) runs to some 6 pages so may take a while to load, but can then be downloaded onto your phone / tablet to refer to off line if you wish.

Merry Christmas!!

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Fiesta de San Miguel Fiesta, Barrio del Castillo, 2018

The San Miguel fiesta for the ‘Barrio del Castillo’ area (the neighbourhood up around the castle in the “old town”) has it’s annual fiesta this year staring on Friday 28th and running until Sunday 30th Sep.

Probably main points for everyone over on riding holidays are the flamenco concert at 21:00 on Friday, and the procession at 20:00 on Saturday.

Running order for the all the events is as below:

PROGRAMA FIESTAS SAN MIGUEL 2018

BARRIO EL CASTILLO ALMUÑÉCAR

Viernes 28 septiembre.

9 Horas Alegre despertar con cohetes como inicio de las Fiestas 2018

12 horas Apertura de barras en la Feria de Día

17 horas Juegos infantiles populares en la calle de San Miguel, ofrecida pro Jorge “Spiderman”

19 horas. Zumba con Evi Martin

21 horas. Espectáculo flamenco de Ricardo de la Juana y su grupo

22,30 horas. DJ Marcos Cortes (en la caseta oficial)

23 horas. Elección de la Reina de las Fiestas 2018

Sábado, 29 setiembre

9 Alegre despertar con cohetes

12 horas Apertura de las barras de la Feria de Día

12 horas Carrera Infantil San Silvestre. Organizada por el Club Sexitano de Atletismo. Colabora el Patronato Municipal de Deportes.

13 horas. Charanga

15 horas. Actuación de Kaña Sur

17 horas Concurso de Tortilla, a cargo de la Peña Bética San Miguel. Premio a la mejor tortilla: una cena en el Restaurante “La Flor”, y para la tortilla ”Más Bética”, cena en el Restaurante “Calabré”. Presentar las tortillas a partir de las 17 horas en el Centro Cueva 7 Palacios.

18 horas. Grupo de Baile Flamenco “Alma Marinera”

18 horas. Solemne Misa en Honor a San Miguel Arcángel, en el Centro de Día.

20 horas. Tradicional Procesión de la Imagen de San Miguel, con salida desde el interior del Castillo.

21 horas. Verbena popular amenizada por la Orquesta “Quinteto Da Vinci”

Domingo, 30 septiembre

9 horas. Alegre despertar con cohetes

12 horas Apertura de las barras

12 horas. Zumba a cargo de Eva Cervilla

12,30 horas. Gran Fiesta de la Espuma

16 horas Juegos Populares de mayores

16,3 horas. Pachanga de Fútbol en el Polideportivo.

19 horas. Zumba con Paco Zumba

21 horas Hipptamos

22,30 horas. Castillo de Fuegos Artifíciales en las murallas del Castillo.

 

Almunecar Fiesta 2018

The itinerary for this year’s annual town fiesta in the honour of the Virgen de la Antigua has now been published and this years runs to a  full fun packed 32 page issue!

 

The whole running order of the main events, as well as the supporting music & bands and full events programme is contained within.  The link to it is here:  Almuñecar-Fiestas-2018 – and the easiest thing to do is to download to your phone to refer to as you wish during the fiesta.

The main cultural events agenda is also now out for August.  These run in parallel to the town fiesta and so this month there will be even more to see and do and do in your free time  – See below for a copy, which again is downloadable for easy use:

 

 

 

Virgen Del Carmen Fiesta 2018

The running order for this year’s Virgen del Carmen fiesta for the Los Marinos neighbourhood  (the old fisherman’s quarter) which will run from Fri 13th until Mon 16th July has been finalised:

FIESTAS VIRGEN DEL CARMEN BARRIO LOS MARINOS ALMUÑÉCAR

 Del 13 al 16 julio 2018  

Viernes 13 de Julio

17:00 h. Excursión Educativa ofrecida por Concejalía de Medio Ambiente.

19:00 h. Apertura de las Fiestas del Barrio 2018.

20:00 h. Concurso Gastronómico, se premiará al mejor plato o postre tradicional.

22:00 h. Grupo de Baile “Andalucía Baila”.

23:00 h. Fiesta Joven con Dj.

 

Sábado 14 de Julio

09:00 h. Alegre despertar con cohetes.

11:00-17:30 h. Colchón Hinchable gratuito para niños.

14:00 h. Comidas tradicionales en la Barra de Fiestas.

17:00 h. Juegos para niños (cucañas, juegos del saco, pintacaras, etc.)

18:00 h. Merienda para los niños del Barrio.

22:00 h. Actuación del Grupo Flamenco “Alma Marinera” en la Carpa de Fiestas.

23:00 h. Elección de la Reina de las Fiestas de los Marinos 2018.

23:30 h. Fiesta de los años 80 y 90 con Dj Marcos Cortés.

Domingo 15 de Julio

09:00 h. Alegre despertar con cohetes.

14:00 h. Paella benéfica “Asociación ELA, todos somos Daniel”.

16:00 h. Trofeo de Paulo “Virgen del Carmen”.

18:00 h. Fiesta de la Espuma.

18:30 h. Último día de Novena en Honor a nuestra Patrona.

20:00 h. Devoto Besamanos a nuestra Imagen Titular en su Capilla.

22:00 h. Grupo de Baile “Almainova”.

23:00 h. Verbena Popular amenizada por Grupo Rociero “Aires de Marisma”.

Lunes 16 de Julio

09:00 h. Alegre despertar con cohetes anunciando el día grande de las Fiestas.

10:00 h. Jornadas de puertas abiertas en la Capilla para la Ofrenda Floral a nuestra Patrona la Virgen del Carmen. (Flores blancas).

14:00 h. Comidas tradicionales en la Barra de Fiestas.

17:30 h. Reunión de miembros de la Hermandad para la Salida.

18:15 h. Salida de la Procesión de nuestra Patrona desde su Capilla acompañada por la Banda Ntro. Padre Jesús Cautivo de Granada y grupo de Baile Alma Marinera.

21:00 h. Celebración de la Santa Misa en Honor a la Patrona de los Marineros en el Rincón de la China.

22:00 h. Verbena Popular amenizada por la Orquesta Tejedas.

22:00 h. Embarque y procesión marítima terrestre,  si el tiempo lo permite.

23:00 h. Gran Castillo de Fuegos Artificiales por Pirotecnia Hermanos Ortega S.L.U.

23:30 h. Velada Flamenca.

00:30 h. Llegada a su Templo de nuestra Patrona la Virgen del Carmen.

01:00 h. Gran Traca Fin de Fiestas.

European Open Underwater Video & Photography Contest

The European open underwater still and video championship starts today, 14th and runs until Sat 16th June, in the bay next to the marina.  Open to professional, semi-pro and amateur underwater photographers the participants are competing for a variety of prizes this year valued at over €16,000 – A cash prize of €2000 for the best still, followed by €1000 & €500 for 2nd and 3rd placed with further prizes of €300.

In the video categories the prizes up for grabs range from  €1000, €500 & €300 ijn cash for as well as two trips to the Red Sea for one person (courtesy of Blue Force), a trip to Anilao in The Philippines (courtesy of Diving Philippines), a cruise in the MSY Ondina or MSY Oceanic and 50% discount for the companion, a professional diving course sponsored by the Andalusian Institute of Professional Diving ( valued at 1600 euros), as well as diving and beach equipment prizes.

Each dive is limited to 75 mins max, using 18l air only with a max depth of 30m.

2018 Gastro Fair

It’s that time of year again!  The 20th annual Feria Gastronomia  starts today, in the usual venue Majuelo Park, off Av. Europa.

The fair will runs as usual for 3 days – Fri 8th, Sat 9th and Sun 10th June.  The layout is key restaurants and tapas bars from Almunecar & La Herradura, showcasing signature dishes and wines to accompany them.

Amongst others we are expecting to see Mesón El Corzo, Gastrobar De la Flor, Restaurante La China, Yo como menú, Asador Casa La Parra, Mesón Mari y Miguel, Salitre Playa, Internacional Kelibia, Mesón Gala, La Despensa de la Abuela, Taberna Ayer, La Choza, Pizzería Da Mario, Puchero de Helena, Bar Bikini, Heladería-Cafetería Daniel and Distribuciones Gomezcor .

This year there are featured exhibitions, such as a Gin & Tonic seminar at 17:00 on Friday, 20:00 a dance group “Alma Marinera”, 21:00  a cocktail promotion and a tapas dish competition sponsored by Cruzcampo’s new “Ladron de Manzanas” cider.

On Saturday, at 13:30 there will be the prize giving for the tapas contest, 16:00 a cocktail demo and at 20:00 the dance group “Sabor a Mar” will take to the stage.

Finishing up on Sunday at 13:00 “Andalucía Baila”  will be performing before the event closes circa 18:00, at which point we can reach for the Rennies and start looking forward to next year..

 

 

2018 – 31st Jazz En La Costa

31st Annual Jazz En La Costa

The dates are now confirmed for this years “Jazz en la Costa” series of gigs in and around Majuelo park – Tue 17th to Sun 22nd July.  As always, early booking of tickets is absolutely vital as the main events always sell out weeks in advance.

  • 17 July Cecile Mclorin Salvant
  • 18 July Mike Stern & Randy Brecker Band
  • 19 July Fred Hersch Trio
  • 20 July Robin McKelle
  • 21 July Kurt Elling Quintet
  • 22 July Paolo Fresu Devil Quartet & Chano Dominguez

There are usually a series of “fringe” concerts as well in and around the town during this week.

All the concerts are well worth attending, as the setting in the open air in the shadow of the Castillo de San Miguel, next door to the Roman ruins, is truly magical.  The concerts normally start at a civilised 22:30 in the evening, so there is time for a meal before taking your seats.
Full details of each act can be found on the official website, along with links to videos and recordings to help you choose who to see.  Tickets per gig are priced at €18 advance, or €19.50 on the door – or you can buy a “bono” for all the sessions at €91.50.

VII Romería de San Isidro

This Sunday, 20th May, sees the annual Romeria de San Isidro.  Now 7 years on, after being “restarted” this is now a permanent fixture and a great spectacle to see – or, of course by joining in on foot or horseback.

San Isidro (now the Catholic saint of farmers) was born in Madrid around 1070 and died 15 May 1130.  He was a humble farm worker and was well known for his good works and support of the local poor and animals.  Religous parades and pilgrimages (Romerias) are held in his honour and are especially prevalent in Andalucia, with those in Malaga province being particularly large and well supported.

San Isidro

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It all starts around 09:00 at Iglesia de el Salvador in P4 with a mass.  After the mass the procession will leave and head via Tetuán, Mariana Pineda, Rontoda de Andalucía, Avenida Rey Juan Carlos I, Carrera de la Concepción, Carretera Suspiro del Moro, Calle Molvízar, Camino de la Vega Primera, before dropping into Rio Verde and heading up to Torrecuevas for the serious partying.