Events  Events 2013



Christmas Day: Chronicles by Nick Butcher

Puente de la Constitucion: 6 & 8 December: Chronicles by Nick Butcher


All Saints Day : 1st November

Death is a gloomy fact of life, and sooner or later anyone who settles in Spain for any length of time will have to face up to the loss of someone here that they care about....

All Saints Day: Chronicles by Nick Butcher


Halloween in Nerja and Maroween- 31st October 2013


Nerja Feria, 9 -13 October 2013

Feria Nerja 2013 poster

HIGHLIGHTS - Calle Carabeo/Los Huertos car park

Wednesday October 9th
20:30 – Concert by the Banda Municipal de Música de Nerja.
21:00 ­- Son Del Arte and the singer Antonio Cortes
21:30 – Lights switched on and firework display: opening of attractions
23:30 – Caseta Municipal: Grand Gala and election of the Queen and Knight of the Feria 2013
               Dance from the Academia de Baile de Elena
12:00 to 20:30 – Dayly daytime Feria in Tutti Frutti, C/ Antonio Millón, , Cristo, Gloria and Pintada.

Thursday October 10th
12:00 – Caseta Municipal: La Carpa + entries for the competition of junior Queen and Knight of the Feria
13:00 – Election of the Junior Queen and Knight of the Feria.1.30pm
13:30 – Caseta Municipal “El Cortijo” – “Pacoyo” on stage
16:00 – C/ Antonio Millón: dance by Academia de Baile de Elena, Coro Flamenco El Sarao and Son del Arte
20:00 – Iglesia de El Salvador: Mass for the patron saints with the Peña Nerjeña choir.
               Procession with the statues to the chapel in Plaza de la Ermita. Fireworks display.
22:00 – Caseta “El Cortijo”: Los Hados Negros - 23:00 – Caseta Municipal: Alalba
24:00 – Caseta Municipal: Homage to Marifé de Triana, with Antonio Cortés, Joana Jiménez,and Erika Leiva.

Friday October 11th
14:00 – Caseta Municipal: Coronation of the Queen and Knight of the Third Age and election of the Grandparents + Music by Alalba.
15:00.– Plaza Tutti Frutti: Tortillas de Patatas competition with €200 first prize. Music by Son del Arte.
18:00 – C/ Antonio Millón: Los hados Negros
22:00 – Caseta “El Cortijo”: Duo Compás + 23:00 – Nerja singer Monica Marquez
24:00 – Andalucian group No me Pises que llevo Chanclas

Saturday October 12th
12:00 – Iglesia de El Salvador: Mass for the the Virgen del Pilar
13:00 – Parque Verano Azul: Grand Parade of floats: procession along the streets of Nerja.
13:30 – Caseta “El Cortijo”: Duo Compás
18:00 – Calle Antonio Millón: rock group JUKEBOX.
18:30 – Caseta Municipal: Children’s show with las Aventuras de Peneque el Valiente
22:00 – Caseta “El Cortijo”: Alalba + 24:00 – Chambao

Sunday October 13th– Children’s Day: Half price rides for the kids at the Feria ground.
14:00 – Caseta “El Cortijo”: Tribute to the Senior associations Marocueva and Nerjamar. Music by El Duo Compás.
15:00 – Plaza Tutti Frutti: Filiu and CIA
18:00 – C/Antonio Millón: 80' Fiesta with the Money Makers


Maro Feria de las Maravillas, 6-8 September 2013.

statueFriday September 6th:
12:00 – Floral tribute with entertainment by the Charanga los Tropicales.
13:00 – Daytime Feria in the Plaza de la Iglesia with free helpings of callos (tripe), ‘live’ music and performance by the Christian David Callejón Dance Group.
17:00 – Monologue by Javier Muñoz.
18:00 – Homage to the seniors in the community with music by Plácido. This takes place in the Social Centre.
18:00 – Urban Street Race
21:00 – Projection of photos of Maro during the 1970′s taken by Francisco Guerrero and Ricardo Pérez
22:00 – Opening speech (Pregón) by Enrique López Cuenca.
22:30 – Gala with the election of the Feria Queen etc.
23:00 – Performance by the group Al Alba

Saturday September 7th:
09:00 – Floral tribute with entertainment by the Banda de Cornetas y Tambores San Miguel Arcangel de Nerja
13:00 – Paella courtesy of ‘Ayo’, performance by the group Son del Arte, choirs and dancers of Maro and a performance by the Dance Academy Elena.
16:00 – Procession
19:00 – Floral tribute to the patron saint by the parish priest Andrés Pérez and accompanied by the choir Peña Mareña.
20:00 – Performances by Orquesta Tejeda and the group Al Alalba.
24:00 – Performance by Bordon 4

Sunday September 8th:
11:00 – Floral tribute
12:00 – Mass
13:00 – Tapas Run through Maro with local delicacies on offer
17:00 – Performance by Son del Arte
17:00 – Games and other activities for the younger children
19:00 – Performances by Al Alba and Orquesta Tejeda
21:00 – Procession of the statue of Ntra. Sra. de las Maravillas through the streets of the town. At the end of the procession, another performance by Al Alalba and Orquesta Tejeda.
01:00 – End of festivities

Nerja Cultural Outing to Lorca y Granada Festival


On Friday 9 August and Saturday 31 August, residents of Nerja and its surrounding area will be able to enjoy the twelfth edition of "Lorca yGranada en los Jardines del Generalife", a unique Granada cultural event.

Duende- Lorca, Falla and Morente,
an essential triangle, which is this year's all new production headlined by an extraordinary artistic team, including Lola Greco, Javier Latorre, Fuensanta La Moneta and Manuel Liñán.
The show brings to life through flamenco song and dance. Lorca's lecture on the structure of Cante Jondo.

The production is supported by the music of Manuel de Falla and Enrique Morente. Duende gives life to this new addition to the Lorca y Granada Festival.

This year there will be two coach trips - Friday 9 August and Saturday 31 August.
The trip ticket includes the Lorca y Granada event ticket and return coach transportation from Nerja.

The coach leaves the Verano Azul Parking at 18.00.
Tickets are 30€ and are available at Clinica Santa Cecilia, Calle Los Huertos, 46.

The "Lorca y Granada en los Jardines del Generalife" coach trip is part of an ongoing collaboration between
the Nerja Cultural Centre and RSA 87.8fm



Events in July- August - Cultural Centre in Nerja.

Festival Cueva de Nerja 2013 - 24-27 July


  Nerja Caves Website and tickets    |    Festival Programme Blog

Noche de San Juan, 23-24 June

Read Nick Butcher's chronicles on San Juan

San Isidro - Tuesday 14 May

Park Ground of the Cueva de Nerja.
The annual pilgrimage of “Romeria”, a festival of horses and Spanish costumes. Romeria is celebrated by some 10,000 people and more than 20 "casetas", around the area of Nerja Caves.

May 14th. 17 h. Performances until midnight.
May 15th. 11 h. Rosary Mass at Iglesia de El Salvador, sung by Peña Nerjeña Coral Group.
12 h. Performance by the Peña Nerjeña and the Nerja Folkloric Group. Iglesia de El Salvador -
Romería to la Ermita de San Isidro at the Cueva de Nerja.
14 h. Arrival of San Isidro to la Ermita. Performance by the Maro Folkloric Group at la Ermita of San Isidro.
14.30 h. Official Reception.
15.15 h. Performance by dance schools and other local artists until midnight. Prizes are awarded in the afternoon.

Timetable is subject to change.

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res day

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The Nerja Town Hall Foreigners Department celebrates Residents Day on Sunday, April 14th 2013.
It is dedicated to all foreigners, locals and tourists so they may come and have a nice time visiting the stands and enjoying the musical performances.

 It takes place at the square Plaza de España (behind the Town Hall) from 12:00h to 19:00h.
Stands will be open until 17:00h. Thereare 38 participating stands with different foreign associations and clubs of Nerja and several Spanish groups very related to the foreign community.
8 bars serve typical food and drinks from their region or country.

There is a stage with live music from 12h to 19h. Dancing, singing, musicians, exhibitions will be offered by the different clubs.

12:00h                   Nerja Municipal Band
12:30h                   Opening by the Mayor, José Alberto Armijo
13:00h                   Dancing School Elena
13:30h                   Shanty Chor Andalucia
14:00h                   Dancing School Silvia
14:30h                   Paul Lockley Music of the 50s and 60s
15:00h                   American Club. Homage and Donation
15:05h                   Talk on Pet Safety with Jens Klausen
15:15h                   Peter Winskill Piano Keyboard Music
15:45h                   Tom Lehrer Sing Along with Peter Winskill and Paula
16:00h                   Dancing School Juani
16:30h                   Shanty Chor Andalucia
17:00h                   Choir El Sarao from Nerja
17:30h                   Paul Lockey Music of the 50s and 60s
18:00h                   Spanish Guitar with Mike Jingle
18:30h                   Flamenco Choir Virgen del Carmen from Torre del Mar                            

Masters of Ceremony: Mogie-English,  Christina & Gerda-German,    Katarina-Spanish.


March 24:Semana Santa

Semana Santa is on the way, starting Palm Sunday- 24th March 2013.

The Way of the Cross takes place in the local church to give time for reflection and prayer.

Chemin de croix

Nick Butcher's Chronicles on Semana Santa in Spain. | Full text on RSA website |
Video Slideshow with Nick Butcher's commentary.


February 28th:'El día de Andalucía'

The end of the month brings us a regional holiday. The 28th February is 'El día de Andalucía' and commemorates a referendum held on this date in 1980. The new constitution of 1978 allowed for regions to become 'autonomous communities' if their voters so wished. Andalusian voters were duly asked to approve the idea, which they did, and were rewarded for their pains with an annual day's holiday on that date.

February 14th:Valentine's Day


February 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th:c arnaval Nerja Carnaval

Thu 7h: 21h: official opening with the Pregon  - Song contest at Cultural Centre

Fri 8th: 18h30: Children’s events: fancy costume competion+election of nymph and momo
21h: election of adult momo and nympha

Sat 9th: 17h. Carnaval parade though the streets of Nerja

Sunday 10th: 11h30: pets competion + election of children’s widow and widower

16h30: the Funeral of the Chanquete procession – ending up in Playa Calhonda. (plenty of previous years photos here)


February 5th: "The Many Ways of Love" concert by Grupo Musical Cantilena

love300At the Nerja Cultural Centre, 21h.
Through music and poetry, this concert traces the role of Spain in the development of the love song in Europe.
"The Many Ways of Love" features examples of Spiritual, Courtly, Odes, Family and Romantic love using violins, piano and voice. Noted American soprano, Laura Abbott, will be the evening's highlighted artist.
Enjoy this specially themed concert for the month of San Valentin.

Love reaches across many traditions and cultures. This performance celebrates love in its many forms including spiritual, courtly and romantic: the evening is a virtual journey across the centuries and musical genres.

On the itinerary: 14th century Catalunya, 17th century England, the Great American Songbook... and some other surprise stops.
Noted American soprano, Laura Abbott, joins Cantilena for this performance.
Piano: David Roberts; Violins: Leo Payne and Sally Fenton; Music Coordinator: Dr. P. Anthony. 


16-17th January : Fiesta of San Anton, Maro

maroThe village of Maro holds a festival in honour of their Patron Saint Anton

Saint Antonio Abate is the Patron Saint and protector of domestic animals, and is celebrated throughout much of the Costa del Sol. In Maro celebrations take place over two days. 

Day 1: The first is the 'Noche del Fuego' (night of the fire) and centre around the lighting of bonfires throughout the streets during the night, plus a procession of artists using firecrackers. 

Day 2: A procession with the Saint from the local church, accompanied by the local band, and the blessing of pets and other animals. 

Plus fireworks, music and the preparation of Maro's local dish of goat kid  'Choto a la Marena'


January 6th: The Three Kings


Thousands of people have followed the Three Kings in the streets of Nerja, in a procession which ended in the Balcony of Europe, where they made offerings to the baby Jesus in the living Nativity Scene installed opposite the church of El Salvador.

Gaspar, Melchior and Balthasar visited the streets of the town accompanied by characters from the most popular children as usual. Local bands, such as he Municipal Band, the Band of Bugles and Drums and charanga Los Tropicales also took part in the noisy parade.

Last but not least, nearly 1.000 kilos of sweets were distibuted to eager children along the entire route, most of them donated by banks and by Nerja Cultural Centre.