Spanish towns and cities are famous for their festivals (fiestas), and Torremolinos 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 Torremolinos are well organised and well worth a look. They take the form of various processions starting at one of two of the towns churches (depending on the day); some carrying magnificent effigies, all dressed up in elaborate costume. The fiesta culminates on Easter Sunday with a colourful and vibrant “procession of the resurrected”.
If anyone were to doubt the welcoming nature of Torremolinos’ native residents, they need only attend the official Dia del Tourista/Tourist Day held on the first Thursday in September. The fiesta opens with flower displays carried by youngsters in traditional dress, and official speeches and distinctions are given at the town hall. Once this is over many of the towns central squares are re-opened with paella, fish, sangria, wines and other refreshments on offer, all free of charge. Displays are also put on by various schools and academies of dance and music. At night time events culminate in a spectacular equestrian show.
On July 16th and on the following Sunday local sailors honour their patroness La Virgen del Carmen. An effigy of the patroness is first paraded through the town streets and then out at sea aboard a flower laden boat, 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; Torremolinos’ summer fair last a week or so, culminating on the 29th of September. The weeks leading up to the fair see a variety of sporting events take place, many in the form of mini-championships. Football (of course) attracts the most interest. Once the festivities are officially underway the town’s central streets and squares are transformed, and a variety of music, dancing, eating and drinking goes on. The evenings move towards the Recinto Ferial area 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.