Events Nerja, we will show you through this guide all the events in the locality. Whatever time of year you come, there will always be something going on that you will be able to enjoy, maybe even one of its traditional fiestas.
Nerja?s event calendar starts at the beginning of the year with San Anton, which is celebrated between the 16th and 17th of January in town of Maro.
This fiesta dates back to the 17th century and begins on the 16th with the typical bonfires that are lit in the streets, in front of the houses and that the neighbours and visitors gather around to taste the local produce. The fires start around 7pm, about an hour later the biggest fire is lit, in the town square, and the party prizes are handed out. Afterwards there is live music until late in to the night.
On San Anton?s day, the 17th of January, the festivities begin early. At 12pm they hold a mass in honour of the patron saint of Maro. At 8pm, there is a procession with the saint and fireworks light the way. From 10pm they hold a great open-air party.
Carrying on with the fiestas we come to the month of February and with it the carnival, 3 days of partying, laughter and colour, which all who wish to can watch. The election of ?Rey Momo? (carnival king) and the ?Ninfas del carnival? (carnival nymphs), both in the infant category as the junior and the pensioners, brings entertainment every year, no true resident of Nerja will miss this event. Once elected they will parade in the traditional passacaglia on Saturday, dancing to the music with spectacular cavalcades. The residents of Nerja love this fiesta and one and all get involved.
The burial of Chanquete: The last day of the carnival when the people all dress in mourning crying at the death of the ?chanqute? instead of the traditional burial of the sardine.
Carrying on with the calendar of events in Nerja, we come to Easter, which takes place in March or April. During this holiday there are processions every day from Holy Wednesday until Easter Sunday, in the processions they carry images and thrones like El Cautivo (the captive), the Virgin de los Desamparados (destitute) the Virgen de la Soledad (loneliness) or the Nazareno (Nazarene).
After Easter comes the Cruces de Mayo (May crosses) that are celebrated in Nerja, Frigiliana and Maro. On this day the town puts on floral monument displays, decorated with frilly shawls and arrangements to embellish the altars. The crosses are put up to the accompaniment of music and the typical folk dancing of the locality.
Each altar offers the visitors typical cuisine that you can only find on this day, the main delicacy is ?miel de caña? (cane honey). Any food that is drizzled with this rich honey is turned into a true delicacy, nísperos (medlar fruit), sweet potatoes, cod cakes with parsley and the king dish of the day ?arropía? ( a sweet made with the honey).
In the same month we celebrate the Romería (Pilgrimage) de San Isidro. It is one of the most lively, popular fiestas that the locals take very seriously. It takes place on the 15th of May. This pilgrimage starts from the Balcón de Europa (Balcony of Europe) from where San Isidro is taken in a carriage to the Cave of Nerja, followed by other carriages, carts and groups made up of the village people, who sing and dance along the way until they reach the caves. Once there the partying goes on late into the night, there are plenty of bars where you can have a drink or something to eat as well as a large stage that provides live music so you can dance until you collapse.
Another even that is now becoming more popular in Nerja is the Night of San Juan, that takes place on the 23rd and 24th of June, celebrating the arrival of the summer. In every beach in Nerja, like the Torrecilla, Calahonda, El Playazo, families and groups of friends meet up and camp on the beach, gathering round campfires. And on the Burriana beach a cookout is held for all the tourists and visitors. At 12am they burn the popular ?juas? and all in attendance jump over the embers and then go swimming, while asking for three wishes. BBQ and a day on the beach, with the traditional sardine skewers and the speciality ?san Juan Cakes?.
Nerja Cave Festival (July-August). On the 12th of June 1960, the Nerja cave was prepared so the public could visit it. As an official inauguration there was a Music and Dance festival, in which the Tour de Paris Ballet performed along with the symphony orchestra of Malaga. From then on, every year in the second fortnight of July, the International Nerja Cave Festival of Music and Dance is held inside the cave, a natural setting of incomparable beauty and exceptional acoustics. The festival fills the cave with magic, performances of the highest level in singing, flamenco, dancing and classical music. If you want tickets for this event, you must book well in advance as there is very limited seating.
And to finish off the event calendar and the list of Nerja?s fiestas, what better way to do it than with the Feria (Fair). It takes place from the 8th till 12th of October. It is full of fun that is radiated by the locals who love this fair, as well as for the visitors who enjoy all the bars that are set up, the live music, the rides and the shows that are on day and night.
If you want to visit Nerja during these dates it?s a good idea to book well in advance as it tends to be a time when it is very busy with tourists and visitors, so if you book in advance you will be able to enjoy our many offers on hotels, hostels and rental apartments.
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