Fiestas & Festivals

If there’s one thing Spain does better than football, it’s pageantry and partying. It sometimes feels as though there’s a fiesta for every day! You’ll see posters in town for the street party’s, but here is a list of the main festivals that get celebrated every year.

January

  • 20th.  Orgiva  Fiestas de San Sebastián
    • The patron saint of Órgiva. There is a service at the Hermitage and a procession of the statue around the town followed by a fireworks display

February

  • 28th.  Andalucía  Día de Andalucía
    • Public Holiday

March

  • 19th.  La Herradura  Fiestas de San Jose
    • Horse races on the beach, Fireworks and Procession in honour of San Jose
  • Thursday, two weeks before Easter. Orgiva  Semana Santa
    • The statue of Cristo de la Expiración at the altar of Órgiva’s church (La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Expectación), is removed and carried around town. There are fireworks and much celebration

April

  • 25th.  Tablones  Fiesta de San Marcos

May

  • 3rd.  Lanjeron  Día de la cruz 
    • Dressed in traditional clothes, a procession heads up to the Ermita del tajo de la cruz with each person holding a pastry with an egg in the middle. Why? I have no idea.
  • 15th.  Lanjeron  Día de San Isidro 
    • San Isidro is the patron saint of farm workers. In the afternoon a procession including children dressed in colourful costumes, heads for the Ermita on the edge of town.
  • 24th.  Orgiva, Las Barreras  Fiesta de la Virgen de la Fe 
    • on the outskirts of Orgiva, over the bridge by the garage on the road to Lanjeron

June

  • 23rd/24th.  Lanjeron   San Juan: fiestas del agua y el jamón 
    • Spectacular festival kicking off at midnight and involving large amounts of water – dress for the beach!

July

  • 16th.  Orgiva & Lanjeron  Fiesta de Virgen del Carmen
    • Located in the Barrio Alto at the top of Órgiva. The Lanjeron version features Donuts!
  • 25th.  Lanjeron  Flamenco Festival
  • 29th.  Orgiva  Fiesta de Santa Marta 
    • A local festival of significance to the generation that worked in the tin mines of the Sierra Lujar. The evening before (28th) features churros, music and dancing

August

  • 14th.  Orgiva  – Fiesta Pipirrana
    • Tablones has its own Fiesta of the Cucumber and Tomato Salad!

September

  •  29th.  Orgiva– Fiesta de San Miguel

October

  • Orgiva – Feria de Órgiva
    • A big date in the holiday calendar celebrating the end of summer – dozens of events over four days including music, food, exhibitions and parties. Watch this space for dates and details
  • 3rd.  Lanjeron  – Virgen del Rosario 
    • A night procession through the town
  • Orgiva  Eid al-Adha – The Feast of Sacrifice
  • 12th.  Orgiva  – Romería de la Virgen del Pilar
    • A procession to a chapel on the road between Lanjarón and Órgiva.

November

  • 1st.  Lanjeron  – La Castañada
    • Food festival in the town hall featuring roasted chestnuts and anisette accompanied by a sweet dessert, gachas de los santos (porridge of the saints). It can take place on the 31st of October.
  • 22nd.  Lanjeron  – Fiesta de Santa Cecilia
    • An evening concert in the Salón de usos múltiples

December

  • 5th.  Lanjeron  – Fiesta de Tango
  • 6th.  Spain  – Día de la Constitución.
    • Holiday marking the anniversary of a referendum held in Spain on December 6, 1978 when a new constitution was approved . This was a critical step in Spain’s transition to becoming a constitutional monarchy and democracy and more importantly is usually marked by a four day tapas fest in Orgiva!