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..



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.

32nd Andres Segovia International Classical Guitar Competition

Andres Segovia:
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The 32nd annual Andres Segovia classical guitar competition starts this week on Tuesday 17th January in the usual venue of the civic centre in La Herradura.  Over 20 contestants from 14 different countries will be competing in this most prestigious contest, with a first prize of  €10,000 and a hand made concert guitar made by Aarón García Ruiz (see website ) which is  valued at € 5,200 euros, as well as the opportunity to play in the the upcoming festival.

This annual competition pays tribute to the master guitarist Andrés Segovia – hailed as “.. as one of the greatest guitarists of all time and the grandfather of the classical guitar ” in WikiPedia,  who has become the “adopted son” of Almuñécar and La Herradura, with this year 2017 marking the 30th anniversary of his death.

Heats are being held at 18:00 on Tue & Wed, Semi finals at 19:00 on Thu & Fri.   The final is lated for 19:00 on Sat 21st.  Thos e making it this far wil be playing “Concertino for guitar and orchestra in La minor op.72 by Salvador Bacarisse (1898-1963) accompanied by the University Orchestra from Granada.  After this final the jury will announce the winner and other awards at approx 22:00.

More info on Andres Segovia  as well as the actual competition .


Best Tortilla Competition Winner

Chiringuito Bambu Wins!

Congratulations to Chiringuito Bambu for winning the La Herradura “Ruta de Tortilla” competition for the best tortilla.

It’s always a bit of a wonder how classic tortillas, using just potatoes, onions, eggs & olive oil , can vary so much.  The amount of sweetness is governed by the cooking and caramelisation of the onions, for example.  Often served lukewarm with Ali Oli, a thick home made garlic mayonnaise – or eaten as the filing for a bocadillo – they are always welcome on the table.

Bambu successfully beat off competition from 16 other local restaurants and scooped up awards from the deputy mayor, Juan Jose Ruiz Joya, for “Best tortilla”, “Best attention and service” and “Most original”.  The winning tortilla will feature as next Saturdays tapa when you buy a drink there.

San Jose Fiesta 2016

San Jose Fiesta 2016

A bit late off the mark, but the translation into English of the itinerary for this year’s Fiesta in honour of San Jose, the patron saint for La Herradura, is below.  The fiesta runs for four days from Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th March.

We will once again be supporting the Corrida de Cintas a Caballo held on Playa del Carbón on Saturday (which Google has translated as ” Tape Run Horse. Coal beach.”!).

San Jose

San Jose Ribbon Race

This is an annual favourite where local riders compete for, usually, a jamon by trying to spear spooled ribbons suspended on a wire over the beach. Sharp eyes will detect the cheats using their fingers instead of the small wooden sticks provided…

Other events well worth attending are the police dog & falconry displays as well as the firework show by local maestro Martin of Motril.  Many of the dances and processions will be accompanied by locals in full flamenco regalia, so this can usually be a opportunity traditional costumes.

The full itineraries are below – or you can download as a PDF from the local fiesta details page on the activity holidays web site.

Fiesta de San Jose 2016
San Jose 2016


10: 30h. Awards ceremony for the children’s literary contest “will come”. 10th Edition. Organize library Coral collaboration with Tenure Mayor of La Herradura. Theatre Civic Center.
13: 00h. Home Fair Day. Eucalyptus Street.
16:30. Bike ride, organized by the cycling club of La Herradura. Departure from La Plaza de la Independencia.
20: 00h. Aroma Performance Dance, professional school. Official Box Party.
20: 30h. Performance of the School of Dance “Alma Flamenca”. Official Box Party.
21: 30h. Inauguration of the Exhibition Centre and turning the lights of the holidays. Portico entrance to the exhibition. Burst of fireworks and thunder, announcing the start of the Festivities.
23: 00h. Verbena in the Municipal box. Entertainment by the group “Alalba” and Orchestra “Temptation”

FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2016
10: 00h Alegre wake up with Charanga “yes or”
12: 00h falconry display at the Sports Beach.
13: 00h Fair Day Eucalyptus Street..
13: 15h Retransmission of the festivity by the Bay FM Radio. (Fair Day).
15: 45h Departure from the Civic Center Cabezudos accompanied by Charanga “Yes or what.”
16: 00h Traditional Corrida Tape on Calle Real. Serrano ham First Prize donated by the Friends of La Herradura.
18: 00h Floral Offering. Departure from the Civic Center. Women’s Association organized S. XXI and collaboration of Coro Andaluz “Our Things”. We invite all attendees to participate wearing their flamenco dresses.
20: 00h Exhibition Aerobics and Pilates in the Official Hut, organized by the Association of Women Fusion Body and Mind, directed by Marian Serrano Ruiz.
22: 00h Grand Castle Fireworks Pyrotechnics by Martin. Pyro-Musical extravaganza. “A fusion of light and sound, where the fire dance to the music under the stage of heaven”
23: 00h Verbena in the Municipal booth. Enlivened by the “Alalba” group and the Orchestra “Temptation”

09: 00h peal of bells from the Church of San Jose, on the occasion of the day of our patron.
10: 00h Alegre wake up with the “Charanga Calipso”
10: 15h VI Rise tourist to Castillejos cycle. Cycling Club organizes La Herradura. Departure from the Official Caseta Party.
12: 00h Mass in honor of our patron San Jose. Musical accompaniment by the Choir “Horseshoe Bay”, Led by Maria Angeles Ruiz Román teacher.
12: 30h Concert in the Plaza of the Church of San Jose, offered by the Band of Historical Music Almuñécar.
13: 00h Fair day. Eucalyptus Street.
13: 30h Opening Dr. Angel Galdo Street. Barranquillo.
16: 00h Tape Run Horse. Coal beach.
17: 00h Games and cucañas in the Civic Center Plaza. Neighborhood Association organizes Rambla del Espinar. airbeds, Mechanical Bull and many more diversions.
20: 00h Solemn procession in honor of our Patron San José, accompanied by the Band of Historical Music Almuñécar. Itinerary: Temple; C / Canalejas; Calle Las Flores; C / Real; C / Acera del Pilar; Paseo Andres Segovia, Calle Eucalipto; C / Alhambra; C / Barranquillo; Confinement in his temple.
23:00 Verbena in the Municipal booth. Enlivened by the “Alalba” group and the Orchestra “Temptation”

SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 2016
08: 00h Fishing Contest in the Bay of La Herradura. (Registration at Sports Tempo until Friday March 18th.)
Cast posts at 8: 00h am at the entrance to the Municipal Market. Sports organizes Tempo.
09: 00h to 18: 00h Livestock Show next to Hostal Los Verdiales.
10: 00h Spinning Master Class in Sports Beach sports. Organizers: Feel Sport
10: 15h display model airplanes. FunFly RC Costa Tropical. Model airplane club organizes Costa Tropical. Coal beach.
11: 45h Fitness Combat Sports CKB in Playa. Organizers: Feel Sport
12: 30h Departure Fair of characters, stories and cartoons accompanied by Majorette La Herradura.
13: 00h Fair Day Eucalyptus Street..
13: 15h Award Ceremony 2016 San Jose Pepe Gamez Exhibition Hall. Civic Center.
14: 00h Choir Performance Rociero “Our Things”. Fair Day.
16: 30h Free Cinema. Civic Center, “Capture the Flag”.
17: 00h Exhibition Canina Local Police Almuñécar and Granada and other security forces. Drug detection dogs, rescue and intervention. Beach sports.
19: 30h Performance Dance School Solange Janssens.
20: 00h Performance by Dance School “Sabor Andaluz” – Official Caseta Party
Verbena 11:00 p.m. in the Municipal booth. Enlivened by the “Alalba” group.
24: 00h fireworks finale

More Info

For more info on fiestas in Almunecar please see our main web site – or for the riding activities and holidays please see the riding holidays in Spain site.


SCUBA Diving in Almunecar and La Herradura

A new initiative has started to promote the area for diving, with a meeting between local councillor, Rafael Caballero, and representatives of the diving industry.

Discover Scuba Diving trial dive with Totally Sorted Sports
Discover Scuba Diving trial dive with Totally Sorted Sports

The initial meeting was held with dive clubs in La Herradura in order to start work promoting this sector of nautical tourism, to raise it’s importance and to ensure it is represented in the promotional calendar for 2016.

A promotional video  is also being prepared in conjunction with local dive centres, with a view to screening it at travel and tourism trade shows and on the internet.  This can only help raise the profile of the local area, boasting as it does some of the best diving sites for a long way (every day we get the diving schools from as far afield as Marbella, Fuengirola  & Benalmadena travelling over 100km to dive here).

2016 Dive Shows

It is planned to kick start the promotions in Jan 2016 at the FITUR show, also promoting the news that La Herradura has again been chosen to host the European Underwater Photography Championship in October 2016.  Snr Caballero continued that the Tourist Board will also make one of the areas or rooms in that tourism fair available for the presentation of this international event.

It was also announced that in February 2016, there are plans to participate in the Dive Travel Show exhibition in Madrid with a stand.  It is intended to also showcase the local area and gastronomy, as well as the larger cultural aspects of the area.  The fair is for dive professionals and is held in the “Crystal Palace” in the capital city, Madrid.  In 2014 the fair featured some 110 exhibitors and attracted more than 12,000 visitors.

New local area SCUBA Diving guide

Finally, it was also announced that a dedicated guide book for local diving will be produced, detailing the local sites, access points, technical notes, expected durations etc.  The guide will also feature a section featuring the wealth of fauna and flora that can be expected to be seen at each site.  This is especially good news as some of our best sites are within the Cerro Gordo – Maro conservation area and boast superb soft corals, etc.

It is envisaged that this manual will also be able to be used as promotional material in other exhibitions and dive fairs.  Let’s hope that, for once, the guide is produced in languages such as English, German, Danish, etc so it is useful for our international visitors.


XXXI Andres Segovia Classical Guitar Competition

XXXI Andres Segovia Concert publicity poster Next week’s “big ticket” event running from Tuesday 24th to  Saturday 28th November is the 31st annual International Classical Guitar Competition “Andres Segovia” next door in La Herradura.  This year it is being held in conjunction with the Spanish Ministry of Culture, the Provincial Delegation in Granada of the Ministry of Culture of the Andalusian Government and the Culture of the Hon. Granada Provincial Council.

The competition is held annually in memory of Andres Segovia Torres (Linares, Jaén, 02/21/1893 – Madrid, 03/06/1987) and this year it pays tribute to the mastro Joaquin Rodrigo (Sagunto, Valencia, 22.11.1901 – Madrid, 06/07/1999), on the 75th anniversary of the premiere of his Concerto de Aranjuez.

The public draw for the running order will be held at the Civic Centre, LA Herradura at 13:00 on Tue 24th.  Admittance to the heats is usually free, with a charge being made for the finals (in previous years advance booking has been vital).

Heat 1

  • Free choice repertoire of various styles not exceeding 15 minutes.
  • Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999) Invocation and Dance (Ed. Joaquin Rodrigo)

Heat 2  – The contestants who pass the first heat will perform:

  • Free choice repertoire of various styles not exceeding 25 minutes.
  • Marco de Biasi (Vittorio Veneto 1977) Improvisation VI , Editorial EMEC. Award XXV Composition Competition “Andres Segovia”.


    Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999): Concierto de Aranjuez, Editions Joaquin Rodrigo.


  • First Prize “Andrés Segovia” endowed with 10,000 (ten thousand) euros. A special concert guitar model built with the finest woods, materials and varnish, with Canadian cedar top, rosewood body Madagascar shellac and varnish Made by combining the most modern construction techniques acoustic instruments with grenadine secular tradition, with its traditional hard case valued at € 5,200, the musicologist and luthier Aaron Garcia Ruiz ( ) and a recital at the Festival International Music and Dance of Granada in its 2016 edition.
  • Second Prize “Andrés Segovia” endowed with 4,000 (four thousand) euros and a recital at the International Festival of Music and Dance of Ubeda in its 2016 edition.
  • Third Prize “Andrés Segovia” endowed with 2,000 (two thousand) euros and a recital in Jaen in the Royal Economic Society of Friends of the Country.
  • Special prize ” Leo Brouwer ” endowed with 700 (seven hundred) euros for the best interpretation of the work Improvisation VI Marco Biasi winner XXV Composition Competition Andrés Segovia (2,013).
  • Almuñécar Young Musicians Award , as a stimulus to the younger guitarist or exceeding the first knockout stage endowed with 400 euros (four); a guitar recital in Almuñécar; bag for travel and accommodation, the youngest guitarist or exceeding the first knockout stage.
  • The rest of the participants in the Third Test, will receive a “Diploma of Finalist”

More Info

See official certamen de Andres Segovia website – there is small toggle for English / Spanish versions in the top right corner.