19th Annual Almuñécar Gastro Fair

This year’s Gastro Fair or Feria Gastronomique is confirmed for the long weekend 9th to 11th June.

Once again to be held in Majuelo Park this is a great opportunity to sample signature dishes of some key restaurants and tapas bars.

Opening times this year are: Friday, June 9, from 13:00 to 00:00 hours; Saturday, June 10 from 12 a.m. to Sunday and 11 a.m. from 12 a.m. to 6 p.m.

There will be a minimum price of 1 euros and a maximum of 6 euros per dish.

It’s a great setting, next to the 4th century BC Roman garum fermenting tanks, with the Castillo de San Miguel rising above the park. The town hall install shading with water vapour cooling jets, so even if it’s a hot afternoon it’s always comfortable eating out amongst the stands. Not to be missed!!

2017 Almunecar Cruces De Mayo

Once again its the annual Cruces de Mayo, or the May Crosses. This year they’re being exhibited from Sunday 30th April through to Wednesday 3rd May, with judging being started on 30th from 19:00 onwards.

Each cross will be awarded up to 5 points in each of the following categories: Decoration of the cross itself, variety & selection of flowers, lighting, surroundings, display of local / traditional gastronomy and overall originality, with a special children’s category as well.

As every year there are limits on the times for music, with hours being generally Sunday 12:00 – 18:00 and 20:00 – 02:00.  Monday & Tuesday 12:00 – 18:00 and 20:00 – 02:00 ad finally Wednesday from 12:00 – 22:00.

As much a demonstration of pagan tradition as it is of Christian faith the origins of Cruces De Mayo are rooted in a confusion of legend and folklore.  For full information on the meaning and history of the May Crosses please see our dedicated meaning of Cruces de Mayo post.

Cruz Cofradía de la Oración en el Huerto, en plaza de la Rosa.
Cruz de La Piedad, Plaza Kelibia
Cruz Internacional Kelibia, plaza Kelibia
Cruz Alhambra, Calle Angustias Moderna,5
Cruz Bar A´Kalbili, Calle Torre Quevedo, 8
Cruz Currito, Calle Ángel Gámez
Cruz San Juan, Plaza de Noreta
Cruz de la Victoria, Plaza de la Victoria
Cruz Vera Cruz y Sepulcro, Plaza de la Victoria,
Cruz Resucitado y Triunfo, Plaza de la Victoria
Cruz Infantil Las Infantas, Plaza de la Victoria.

La Herradura has seven entries:
Cruz Barrio Alto, Calle Barrio Alto 5
Cruz Asociación de Comerciantes, Calle Canalejas 16.
Cruz Vecinos de Las Maravillas, parque Las Maravillas.
Cruz Club del Pensionista, Club del Pensionista Centro Cívico
Cruz Matilde
Cruz Los Compadres, Calle Canalejas
Cruz El Duende, calle Alhambra Edif. Campin Bajo.

2017 3rd Annual Ruta De Tapas

Tomorrow sees the start of the annual #Almunecar Ruta De Tapas, running until Sun 23rd. Over 40 tapas bars and restaurants are in this year, and as before if you get 5 or more “stamps” on your passport you stand to win Spa tickets, discounts on promo beers and more. You also get to vote on the best tapas and the winning restaurant / bars stand to win free fees for the Gastro Fair.

Full list of participating bars and restaurants is below (click to enlarge / download to your phone or tablet or print):

2017 Semana Santa Processions

The timings and routes for the Semana Santa – Easter week -processions 2017 have now been released as a handy PDF which you can download to your phone or other device.
Simply “click” here on Easter Week 2017 Itineraries and the file should open for you.


Also please note that timings for pick up & collection for both the riding & activity holidays will change slightly, to accommodate everyone who wants to see the processions.  Don’t forget that these processions are very well attended, so arriving at least 10 mins before it passes is recommended – even earlier if you are going to view the departure.


You can also find out more about Semana Santa as well as see a series of images from just a couple of the 2016 Easter Processions.

April 2017 Cultural Agenda

This month’s cultural events itinerary is now out – Obviously the main events of the month will be the spectacular Semana Santa Easter processions  (as soon as we get their running times and routes we will put them on line).

As usual “double click” for a full size image / or to download to your phone / tablet / PC…

Almunecar April 2017 cultural agenda
April 2017 Cultural Events


March 2017 Cultural Agenda

The cultural events agenda for March 2017  has now been released by the Almunecar town hall.  As always “click” on the image for a full size version you can save to your phone / tablet or print out.

Mar2017This month we’ve everything from Blues music, to Tango, Flamenco to Rachmaninoff, Art exhibitions to Poetry recitals so something for everyone, once again!

March 2017 Cultural Agenda

Almunecar Carnaval 2017

carnavalalmu17-590The dates for the main events for Carnaval in Almunecar for 2017 have been announced by the town hall.

Carnaval in Europe revolves around the ancient fasting period for Lent, which commences on Ash Wednesdayand is celebrated in the period immediately before the fasting, in which traditionally the last of the winter preserves and stocks would be consumed before they spoiled.  Involving feasting, this period then evolved to embrace and license a certain amount of anarchy and is usually associated with a license for misbehaviour, wearing masks to mock to authority and drinking to excess.

Latest itinerary as far as we know at the time of writing is as below – but please NB all places, dates & times are subject to change so please double check to avoid disappointment.

Friday, 24
11:00 Childrens Entertainment – Plaza de Ayuntamiento
17:00 Children’s Carnaval & Fancy Dress – Bajos de Paeo del Atillo
Lugar: Auditorio Casa de la Cultura.

Saturday 25
17:00 Push bike fancy dress procession – Leaves Sports Stadium 17:00
Lugar: Auditorio Casa de la Cultura.
22.00 : Concurso de Comparsas, Chirigotas y Murgas.
23.00 : Concurso de Disfraces
Bajos del Paseo del Altillo

Sunday 26
12:00: PASACALLES CARNAVAL INFANTIL: Pasacalles Infantil. Salida Estadio de fútbol, Calle Larache, Carrera de la Concepción (vuelta por la fuente), Avda. Juan Carlos I, C/Hurtado de Mendoza ,Instituto Puerta del Mar p4… followed by Children’s party in Majuelo Park
Instituto Puerta del Mar (FIESTA)
Lugar: Auditorio Casa de la Cultura.

Monday 27
Lugar: Auditorio Casa de la Cultura.

Tuesday 28 (Dia de Andalucia)
12:00. Acto Homenaje a la Bandera Andaluza. Será en el nuevo edificio que albergará la Escuela Municipal de Música y Danza.
12:15 Acto inaugural de la nueva sede de la Escuela Municipal de Música y Danza de Almuñécar.
09:45 a 14:00. I Torneo de Ajedrez “Memorial Paco Prados”, en la Casa de la Cultura de Almuñécar.
19:00 GALA “DÍA DE ANDALUCÍA “ SINFONIA DE LA COPLA: “Homenaje a Rocío Jurado “
Lugar: Auditorio Casa de la Cultura.

Once again the  “Gran Fiesta” will showcase fancy dress acts and costumes and again this year will be held in the evening starting at 21:30, with the main fancy dress at 23:00,  on Sat 25th in Los Bajos del Paseo Atillo, rather than the town hall square, so a lively night is to be expected – A very lively night..  For a look at some of last years entries see our YouTube channel or for a rather grainy video please click on Almunecar Carnaval 2015.

2nd Feria del Comercio

This year the second commercial feria involving some 120 local businesses  will also rCARTEL-FERIA-DEL-COMERCIO-2017un from Sat 25th to Monday 27th, with a procession based on Star Wars taking place on Saturday between 11:00 and 14:00, and various flamenco displays happening on the streets on Mon 27th.  Tue 28th is Dia de Andalucia – again a fiesta day – so this year expect El Puente (“The Bridge”) to take effect and Monday to be a pretty “relaxed” day as well!!