2019 Fiesta – Virgen del Carmen, Barrio Los Marineros, Almunecar

At long last the itinerary for this year’s fiesta for the barrio de Los Marineros has been published. An automatic English translation is below the original…

Sábado, 13 de julio

09:00 h. Alegre despertar con cohetes.
10:00 – 18:00 h. Devoto Besamanos a nuestra Imagen Titular en su Capilla.
14:00 h. Comidas tradicionales.
16:00 h. Torneo de padel.
17:00 h. Taller de cup cake (previa inscripción).
19:00 h. Concurso gastronómico.
20:00 h. Pregón en honor a Nuestra Señora del Carmen.
21:00 h. Actuación de Alma Marinera.
22:00 h. Actuación The Royal Family.
22:30 h. Dj Spiry.

Domingo, 14 de julio

09:00 h. Alegre despertar con cohetes.
09:30 h. Trails bicicletas.
14:00 h. Comidas tradicionales (gran paella).
17:00 h. Juegos tradicionales.
18:00 h. Fiesta de la espuma.
18:30 h. Merienda infantil.
20:00 h. Ven a bailar con Evi Martín.
20:30 h. Último día de la exposición de barcos sexitanos ‘José Martín’.
22:30 h. Dj Spiry.

Lunes, 15 de julio

09:00 h. Alegre despertar con cohetes.
14:00 h. Comidas tradicionales.
17:30 h. Visita para los más pequeños al acuario.
21:00 h. Actuación de Paquillo Zumba.
22:00 h. Orquesta.
23:00 h. Elección de la Reina de las fiestas.

Martes, 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.
17:00 h. Reunión de miembros de la Hermandad para la Salida.
18:00 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. Embarque y procesión marítima terrestre, si el tiempo lo permite.
23:00 h. Gran Castillo de Fuegos Artificiales.
23:30 h. Dj Spiry.
00:30 h. Llegada a su Templo de nuestra Patrona la Virgen del Carmen.
01:00 h. Gran traca fin de fiestas.

English Version

Saturday, July 13″

09:00 h. Wake up with rockets.
10:00 – 18:00 h. Devotee of the Besamanos to our Titular Image in its Chapel.
2:00 p.m. Traditional foods.
4:00 p.m. Padel tournament.
5:00 p.m. Cupcake workshop (previous registration).
7:00 p.m. Gastronomic contest
8:00 p.m. Proclamation in honor of Our Lady of Carmen.
9:00 p.m. Performance of Alma Marinera.
22:00 h. Performance The Royal Family.
22:30 h. Dj Spiry.

Sunday, July 14

09:00 h. Wake up with rockets.
09:30 h. Bicycle trails.
2:00 p.m. Traditional foods (great paella).
5:00 p.m. Traditional games.
6:00 p.m. Foam party.
6:30 p.m. Children’s snack
8:00 p.m. Come dance with Evi Martín.
8:30 p.m. Last day of the exhibition of sexitano ships ‘José Martín’.
22:30 h. Dj Spiry.

Monday, July 15

09:00 h. Wake up with rockets.
2:00 p.m. Traditional foods.
5:30 p.m. Visit for the little ones to the aquarium.
9:00 p.m. Performance of Paquillo Zumba.
22:00 h. Orchestra.
23:00 h. Election of the Queen of the holidays.

Tuesday, July 16

09:00 h. Glad to wake up with rockets announcing the big day of the holidays.
10:00 h. Days of open doors in the Chapel for the Floral Offering to our Patron Virgin of Carmen. (White flowers)
2:00 p.m. Traditional meals at the Fiesta Bar.
5:00 p.m. Meeting of members of the Brotherhood for the Exit.
6:00 p.m. Departure of the Procession of our Patron from its Chapel accompanied by the Band Ntro. Padre Jesús Cautivo de Granada and dance group Alma Marinera.
9:00 p.m. Celebration of the Holy Mass in Honor of the Patron Saint of the Mariners in the Rincon de la China.
22:00 h. Embarking and maritime terrestrial procession, if time permits.
23:00 h. Great Castle of Fireworks (Firework Display).
23:30 h. Dj Spiry.
00:30 h. Arrival at the Temple of our Patroness the Virgin of Carmen.
01:00 h. Great end of parties.

July 2019 Cultural Itinerary

The July cultural events itinerary has just been released. Top event must be the annual Jazz en la Costa concerts – see our separate page for more information on these gigs.

Other events for this month include a Gala Red Cross fund raiser concert, Andalucia Flamenco troupe, Samba, Bosanova, the Los Marineros neighbourhood fiestas between the 13th and 16th (more info on the events for this fiesta will be on a separate post), “fringe” jazz concerts, a blues festival and the evergreen One for my Baby playing Majuelo Park .

July 2019 Jazz en la Costa

The big ticket event this month is undoubtedly the 32nd annual Jazz en la Costa jazz festival held in Majuelo Park as part of the Granada Jazz Festival, running Mon 15th to Mon 22nd July.

There is a rundown of the gigs on the festival web page where you can also listen to sound bites of the artists.

Advance ticket purchases highly recommended as this is usually a sell out series (advance tickets are €20 per gig, with discounts for multi night bookings). Ticket agencies locally are Halcón Viajes on the corner near Phone House in Plaza Madrid, 1 and also Viajes Ecuador who are just around the corner at Paseo del Altillo, 2.

Gigs start at 22:30 each evening and there is usually ample seating as well as a bar, etc.

The main events are supported this year on Mon 15th to Sat 20th by Costa Jazz Quartet who will be playing from 00:00 in the park, while over in La Herradura on Sun 14th The Jump Club will be playing at Plaza Nueva from 23:00.

As regards the normal cultural itinerary once again the town hall have failed to get it published by the end of the month so we will hopefully post that within the next few days!

2019 Gastro Fair

This year’s annual gastro fair is once again scheduled to be held in Majuelo Park. Dates for this year are Fri, Sat & Sun the 31st May, 1st & 2nd June. Around 20 odd local restaurants and tapas bars will again be competing for prizes, showcasing local dishes prepared freshly at their stands for you to enjoy.

Opening times are 12~:00 to 18:00 and 20:00 – 24:00 with dishes priced on average between 3 and 6 euros.

2019 Cruces De Mayo Locations

The entrants for this year’s Cruces de Mayo competitions have now been finalised, and are shown on the attached PDF. This covers both Almunecar & La Herradura.

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.

Times for the displays are still as before – Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May 2019 from12:00 on the Friday until 22:00 on the Sunday, but must be closed at 02:00 in the mornings.


Cruces De Mayo 2019

This year’s annual May Crosses fiesta is confirmed for Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May 2019. The crosses and tableaux must be on display from 12:00 on the Friday until 22:00 on the Sunday, but must be closed at 02:00 in the mornings to respect the neighbours.

As always, they will be judged on multiple criteria, with classes for children as well as communities. Prizes range from €700 for 1st place, to €500 and €300 for 2nd & 3rd places, plus €100 spot prizes.

As and when the entrants and the locations are known we will post the details…

2019 Almunecar Ruta de la Tapa

Around 30 restaurants and bars are now signed up for this year’s annual “Ruta de Tapas” running on Friday March 29 to Sunday March 31 and from Friday April 5 to Sunday 7th.

As always there will be ‘passports’ available at the participating venues, as well as at the tourism office for your use in navigating your way around all the entrants and voting for your favourites. 60% of the total score will be from your votes, with the remaining 40% being made up from a panel of 5 “secret shoppers” who will sample the delights on offer in total and absolute secrecy by means of wearing spectacles with false moustaches attached.

Each entrant will be submitting a fixed price tapa and drink for €3 during the competition period. More details of each venue, as well as their individual tapas can be seen on the official ruta de tapas web site

Please do vote for your favourites, as it means a lot to the winners and runners up. In order for your votes to count, you will need to have visited at least 5 establishments, and have had the corresponding box on the passport stamped. Completed passports can be filed at the Town Hall, or the tourism offices on Paseo Altillo or by the Aquarium. Each correctly completed passport will be entered into a raffle for some superb prizes as well!

San Jose 2019

The itinerary for the 2019 San Jose fiesta has now been released. Running from Fri 15th to Tue 19th March this is one the main local fiestas for La Herradura.  A huge variety of things to see and do, including the ever popular “ribbon race” for the horses on the beach, which this year appears to have a bit more publicity surrounding it







The program runs to some 56 pages (!) so may take a while to download:


March 2019 Cultural Agenda

As always, here is this month’s cultural agenda.  Flamenco, Blues & Soul. Rock, Choral and much more.  Also don’t forget to look out for local flyers for local bands, and for live flamenco in bars in the old town.  Just click on it for a larger version – It’s also “right clickable” so you can download it onto you phone for reference later…