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Spanish towns and cities are famous for their festivals (fiestas), and Benalmadena is no exception. There are many fiestas throughout its calendar, some larger than others. Here we list some of the more popular fiestas to look out for:-
Easter week is celebrated in a bigger way in Andalucia than in the rest of the country. Neighbouring towns compete with one another in terms of the size and grandeur of events. Festivities in Benalmadena are well organised and well worth a look. They take the form of various processions in Benalmadena Pueblo (the old town) and the Arroyo de la Miel district. Events culminate on Good Friday with the procession of the effigy of El Paso (the passion of the Christ), followed by a silent procession of La Virgen de la Soledad. Tradition dictates that the supports of the throne that the Virgen (virgin) is carried in are auctioned off to the highest bidder.
The Dia de los Juegos (day of the games) takes place at the end of June. The venue for this celebration is the Arroyo de la Miel sports centre. Here many young people of the town come together to enjoy a day of organised sports activities.
On July 15th-16th local sailors honour their patroness La Virgen del Carmen. An effigy of the patroness is first paraded through the town streets and then down to Benalmadena's Puerto Marina where she is set aboard a flower laden boat and sent on a cruise; trailed by a flotilla of fishing boats. The evening culminates with much dancing and singing, as well as many fireworks.
Every town/village in Andalucia province has its own summer feria/fair; Benalmadena' summer fair lasts a week or so and takes place in mid August. Events take place in the old town (Benalmadena Pueblo) and take the form of much eating, drinking, singing and dancing in the town's central streets. The evenings move towards the Recinto Ferial (public fairground) area on the outskirts of the town where there is much singing, dancing and yet more eating and drinking; though organised entertainment is laid out here both for children and adults. On the 29th events finally come to a close with a procession of flowers during the daytime, and grandeus firework displays at night.
Precise dates cannot be given for many of the above festivities, due to ever changing dates. The best advice we can give for those planning their holiday at fiesta time is to contact the Benalmadena tourist office. Their contact details are as follows: -
Benalmadena Tourist Office
Tel +34 952 442494
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