Seriously celebrating in the east of Málaga!

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Celebrating is a serious business on the Costa del Sol, and there are hundreds of celebrations throughout the eastern Málaga region every year, many of which are detailed in our handy ‘fiesta finder’ on the right.

It’s through their fiestas that each village attempts to shine. These joyful celebrations are an assertion of the villages’ cultural and religious past, and whilst the ferias are still predominantly visited by locals, don’t be shy, you’ll be greatly welcomed.

There are fairs to celebrate the mid-summer or the autumn harvest, whose origins date back hundreds of years. Many fiestas also have their origins in religion, honouring the local patron saint of the town, or paying tribute to the saint of farmers or fishermen with some of the most fantastic processions, including one on the sea, where more than a hundred garlanded fishing boats accompanying the Virgen on her short sea voyage!

Dressed to impress

The spectacle really starts when the locals get dressed up to make religious plays or reenactments of events.

Among the standout ferias has to be Cajiz’s ‘El Paso’, where in a huge outdoor setting the village’s residents get dressed up and reenact some of the events of Easter.

Similarly in Almayate, be prepared to travel back 2000 years in time for one of the most anticipated events during the Axarquían Christmas, when everyone from the village comes together to stage a live Nativity scene!

Not forgetting in Alfarnate, when during the Moors and Christians festival in September, the village transports itself back to Medieval times, in memory of the Moors that once lived there.

If you’re not sure where the villages mentioned on this page are, you’ll be able to find them on the map at the bottom of the page.

Festivals - the essence of the Axarquía

Nerja Feria

Whatever their origins, the ferias and fiestas are indeed spectacular – with street parties, live flamenco music and dancing to the early hours, along with plenty of food and drink, and of course fantastic firework displays!

In contrast, you can also witness a more spiritual event such as the sombre and serious Semana Santa (Easter) procession. Almost every village puts on a moving Semana Santa, but Frigiliana‘s is worthy of special note.

Yet, whether it is a fun fiesta or the spiritual Semana Santa, all of these traditions capture the very essence of Axarquían life and culture. Don’t miss them!

If you’re not sure where the villages mentioned on this page are, you’ll be able to find them on the map at the bottom of the page.

Latest festivals...

San Anton Archez 2019

San Anton 2019 in Archez

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February Candelarias 2019

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San Anton and San Sebastian fiestas

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Three Kings Nerja

Three Kings Parade

Three Kings Parades in the Axarquia 4-6 January 2019. The Three Kings parades celebrates the Dia de Reyes on the 6th of January. Spanish children traditionally get their presents from these Three Wise Men on the 6th January rather than from Santa. Parades are held on the 5th and 6th.

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New Year Axarquia 2018

New Year

New Year’s Eve (Nochevieja) celebrations in the Axarquia. There’s nothing like seeing in the new year on your local plaza in Spain. Live music, a cup of champagne and the fun of gulping down 12 grapes at midnight.  Most towns do organise something but here’s a list of those who have

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Find a Fiesta...

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Annual Fiesta
Alcaucin.
AUGUST FERIA
SAINT SEBASTIÁN
CHESTNUT FERIA
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SEMANA SANTA
SAN ISIDRO
Algarrobo.
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Saint Sebastian
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Summer feria
Oktoberfest
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Noche Flamenca
Almachar.
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San Isidro
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Santo Cristo
Ajoblanco fest
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Feria de Almáchar
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Feria de Ganada
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Living Nativity Scene
Almayate.
Virgen del Carmen
Romeria
San Pedro Feria
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Candelaria
Day of the Drover
Inmaculada Feria
Nerja.
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Nerja Feria
October Feria
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What's on in Nerja Virgen del Carmen Fiesta
Three Kings
Crosses of May
Virgen Carmen
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San Isidro
San Juan
Carnaval
Semana Santa
Frigiliana.
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Nerja Feria
Candelaria
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What's on in Nerja Virgen del Carmen Fiesta
Three Kings
San Antonio
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3 Culturas Fiesta
Dia de Caballo
Carnival
Semana Santa
San Sebastian
Miel de Caña Day
Maro.
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What's on in Nerja Virgen del Carmen Fiesta
San Antón
Maroween
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San Isidro
Nerja Caves Fesival
Virgen de Fatima
Maravillas Feria
Maro
Alcaucin
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Map of the Axarquía (Eastern Málaga)