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Fiestas & Traditions in Costa del Sol


Costa del Sol has lively and colorful “Fiesta” or exciting “Feria”. Most of the fiestas in Costa del Sol are religion oriented and include processions.

Holy Week is the major grand festival in Costa del Sol and with its traditional display of the passion of Christ by the townsfolk, it holds a special significance especially in Málaga, Riogordo and Ronda. Brotherhoods, religious images, bearers of stages in the Passion of Christ in the company of religious songs.

The blessing of Christ during the early morning of Good Friday holds a special significance in Arcos de la Frontera.

The Cruces de Mayo that is a springtime celebration that is hold in the towns of Casabermeja, Coín and Torrox. Adorning the squares and corners of the towns with flowers are worth to see.

An Andalusian tradition of Romerías that is the pilgrimages or visits to nearby shrines is another significant one in Estepona and Nerja in the middle of May.

The fiestas of San Bernabé in Marbella and Day of the Fish Fry in Torremolinos in June, the Fiestas Mayores in Estepona and the Virgen del Carmen on the entire coast in July are the maritime festivals of Costa del Sol.

Benalmadena also celebrates Corpus Christi in mid June which is an important Spanish fiesta..

Fiesta de la Recolección and Fiesta del Ajoblanco of Antequera - Almachar and  La Asunción in Cómpeta in August are the festivals associated with the rites of the harvest.

The celebrations of San Miguel is hold in Vélez Málaga and Torremolinos in September.

The Festival of the Raisin is hold in Alcaucín and El Borge in September and is one ofe the most significant one in the lands of La Axarquía.

Music festivals in summer is also fascinating in Costa del Sol. The Summer Festival of Music and Dance in Nerja in August and the Day of the Tourist in Torremolinos in the early September are the most intense.

The Festival of Moors and Christians in Benalauría in the early August is also worth mentioning.

The Rosario Festival in Fuengirola in the early October, Fiesta de la Virgen de los Rondeles in Casarabonela in December, Fiesta de las Migas y los Vinos in Torrox and Festival of Verdiales in Málaga which are held on Innocents’ Day in the late December are the other lively festivals of autumn and winter in Costa del Sol.

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