Due to its sailor traditions, Malaga has always counted amongst its most anticipated rendez-vous with the celebrations of the Virgen del Carmen, all over the coast, specially on July 16th.
Malaga, DC and province, lives its most sailor days during July. On the 16th, the festivity of the Virgen del Carmen, patroness of fishermen sailors, the “Star of the Seas” comes across the streets and the waters to bless them, in a festive ambience.
All over the province, the images go on procession to the Mediterranean shores. When she get to the waters, the Virgin blesses it accompanied by a lot of little boats and hundreds of sailors, most of them barefoot. The ones who carry the image use to wear a typical suit composed by white shirt, black pants, red sash and espadrilles.
It’s a tradition that holds lots of emotions and feelings, because it tributes the ones who lost their lives in the waters. The biggest day of these festivities is July 16th, but in some cases, such as the popular neighbourhood of El Perchel, it’s also celebrated next Sunday. This day the crowned Virgen del Carmen walks around the bay of Malaga, being it one of the most iconic and beautiful images all over the province.
If you want to join this traditional celebration, there is more information on Málaga Turismo’s website.