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Most towns celebrate their patron saint and / or fair. Pilgrimages are also very popular

 

JANUARY:

 

  • Firewater Bull. In Puerto Serrano on January 1st the "Firewater Bull" is held, which consists of releasing bulls that run along the streets of the town so that young people, both from Puerto Serrano and outsiders, can demonstrate their skill and courage by running and prancing in front of the bulls. This unique celebration originated in the nineteenth century and regained strength in the last third of the last century.

          

                                            

 

FEBRUARY:

  • Carnival in true Cadiz style with jokes and songs is a fashionable and increasingly popular celebration in the province. A week before the parade the "tortilla" takes place: free tortilla for everyone. With group and costume contests, it ends with The Comedy Cavalcade.

 

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APRIL:

  • Easter. An intimate and solemn celebration in the unique setting the streets of the White Towns provides.

 

                                                     

 

  • Fireball Bull: is celebrated on Easter Sunday in Vejer de la Frontera. The celebration consists of releasing two bulls, which roam the white streets of this typical White town.

 

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Spring Fair is celebrated throughout the province but the Vejer de la Frontera Fair stands out. It consists of a cattle and a horse contest, which this year celebrate their XXth and XVIth anniversaries respectively. There is a horse show in the fairground and a flamenco ambience in the stands. There are also bullfights, fairground rides, parades, etc. In short: 4 days and 4nights without rest with a very youthful atmosphere and good music.

 

 

                                   

 

MAY

 

  • The “Gamones” crackers. Held on May 3rd in Ubrique it has been declared a Festival of National Tourist Interest in Andalucia. On the day of the Cross, the neighbourhoods are decorated by the residents who have fun around campfires. In each neighbourhood there is a decorated cross, usually adorned with flowers. A fire is lit at the foot of each cross where "Gamones", which are a kind of reed, explode once heated in the fire and produce loud bangs. This activity is accompanied by neighbourhood festivals where visitors are offered typical delicacies and you can hear local musical compositions called "Las Coplas de Columpio".

 

                            

 

 

  • The San Isidro Pilgrimage in Grazalema. Held on May 24th, this pilgrimage is a prelude to the arrival of summer and brings virtually the whole town together to have lunch in a valley near the village 4 km down the Montecorto-Grazalema road.

 

                                   

 

  • XXVth Automotive uphill test to Vejer. This normally takes place in the month of May and is now a traditional event as it has been celebrated in the area for 25 years. It is the major qualifying event of the Andalucian Mountain Championship.

 

                               

 

 

JUNE

* The Gastoreña Bagpipe Concert. Traditionally, the bagpipe was played in November with the youngest making their pipes around the fires to brighten the nights of the last months of the year. After the Christmas holidays, the bagpipes were not heard again until they were remade the following year. Currently, the bagpipe is played at the Corpus Christi festival and at Christmas. During the feast of Corpus Christi a Gastoreña bagpipe concert is held, attended by both locals and outsiders. 

 

  • Corpus Christi in El Gastor. Celebrated in June, it has been declared a festival of national tourist interest. The feast of Corpus Christi has been celebrated since 1747 and is greatly admired by all those who visit it. At dawn one finds the whole town practically covered with branches and sedges and a town that is usually white rises to one that is totally green, both the ground and the walls, and the balconies in the streets where the procession of the Holy Sacrament passes are covered with beautiful quilts. In the afternoon many events take place, amongst which the "Annual Gastoreña Bagpipe Concert" stands out. The Gastoreña Bagpipe is a hand made wind instrument derived from the Arabic Chirimia.  There are also acts by Folk groups as well as other cultural events.

 

                         

 

  • The St. John’s Bonfire is celebrated throughout the province on June 23rd, the one in Vejer de la Frontera being the most popular. It consists of burning local made straw dolls, (Juanillos and Juanillas), with prizes for the best ones. The party goes on into the wee hours.

 

JULY

* An International Ethnic Music Festival is held in early July in Jimena de la Frontera every year. Each year is dedicated to a different style; Flamenco, Brazilian music and Fados have all ready been at the festival and there are still many others to come.

 

                                           

 

 

AUGUST

 

  • XXIIIth celebration of Flamenco Night. Held in late August, it coincides with the festivals of Vejer de la Frontera. It has been declared of National Tourist Interest in Andalucia.

 

                                

 

Grazalema Festival. In the second half of August, Grazalema wears garlands, accompanied by music, dancing and numerous outdoor activities for both old and young. Every morning there is fun and laughter with games and activities in the main square. You can play musical chairs, climbing up a pole, belt racing, bag racing, tug of war... and many other games that make fair mornings totally enjoyable. The evening continues with the release of heifers around the square and with orchestras in the various fair tents.

 

                                

 

  • The National Highland Song Contest is held on August 29th in Prado del Rey. This unique event is celebrated with the participation of renowned figures from the Flamenco world and has to its credit a long tradition and a large popular following.

 

The Festival of Moors and Christians in Benamahoma. In the early days of August, Benamahoma remembers its Moorish past and dresses up to celebrate the festival of Moors and Christians. Mixing with uproar of the people in the street, amidst shouts and booming guns and blunderbusses, you find yourself back in times when this area was a frontier of the Nazari kingdom of Granada and when the skirmishes between the two sides were continuous. When the struggles are over, the party continues with music and performances in the municipal Marque and in the village shops and bars.

                 

 

SEPTEMBER

 

Our Lady of the Angels. September 8th is the feast day of the Patron Saint of the town and is characterized by a procession in honour of the virgin which follows its traditional route through the streets of the town to her chapel located two kilometres out of town. The Virgin’s procession is accompanied by a procession of torches that are the only light in the darkness of the night, adding a touch of profound mystery.

 

                             

 

  • The Cattle Fairs in Prado del Rey and Vejer are held in the first fortnight of September and consist of small cattle markets. During the various sessions, enlivened by dancing and musical performances, different events take place: the coronation of the Queen of the Festival, exhibitions of horse taming and various competitions such as a donkey race.


 

                                   

 

OCTOBER

 

  • Historical Re-enactment in Grazalema. On the 23rd, 24th and 25th of October, visitors to Grazalema enjoy a journey back in time and can immerse themselves in the typical atmosphere of the town in the nineteenth century. The Plaza of Los Asomaderos becomes the main stage of the re-enactment of old Grazalema, showing the most common places and jobs of the time: blanket, cheese and sausage factories, bars, rural farmhouses, stables, animal pens and of course, the traditional rustic houses of the town. In addition, visitors may also visit standard institutions like the church, town hall, jail and a bandit camp, where the main theatre performances take place, as well as the different performances of Flamenco singers who sing songs from those times. In several places visitors are offered free tastings of traditional tapas. To set the scene more than 60 local actors are joined by many of the people of Grazalema wearing period costumes.

 

              

 

 

DECEMBER

  • A Nativity play and Zambomba. The birth of Jesus is celebrated in the typical streets of the beautiful mountain town of El Gastor with a fantastic Nativity re-enactment and typical seasonal carols sung around barrel fires in parties called Zambombas that enliven the streets.

 

                                

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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