Festival of Moors and Christians Alfarnate



Alfarnate organises the fiestas Ntra Sra de Monsalud, (Festival of the Moors and Christians) every year in September.


Here is the essential information about the Festival of the Moors and Christians in Alfarnate:

  • A few words about Alfarnate
  • The dates of the festival
  • The programme of the festival
  • Where is Alfarnate?
  • What to do in Alfarnate?
  • Booking accommodation
  • some useful links


A few words about Alfarnate

Alfarnate is a beautiful white village in Axarquia, in the province of Malaga.

Ruelle dans Alfarnate

To find out more about the village, you can find all the information on the link visit Alfarnate.

This festival is called in different ways: “Fiesta de los moros y cristianos” (Moors and Christians festival), Fiesta de la Embajada, Fiesta de Ntra Sra de Monsalud, Fiestas patronales de Alfarnate.


Dates of the Embajada Festival in Alfarnate

The festival will take place from 7 to 12 September 2023.


This festival relates a historical fact of the village found in a book. It tells of the theft of the Virgin of Monsalud by the Moors.

After the failure of negotiations to recover it, the Christians asked the Virgin for protection before confronting the Moors and winning the battle to recover it.

abanderado cristiano

A magnificent scene…


The festival lasts for four days. Sunday is exceptional with the Embajada show followed by the incredible procession of Ntra Sra Virgen de Monsalud.


Personally, this is one of my favourite festivals.


Below is a short video of the beginning of the procession just after the show:

Here is another video of the procession in the village of Alfarnate. I had never seen such a procession with so many colours!

The 2023 programme of the Moors and Christians Festival




Where is Alfarnate?

What to do in Alfarnate?

In the surroundings of the village, it is possible to find very nice activities:

Use the following link to access all the activities to do. during your holidays. This link provides you with all the details of each activity.

Booking accommodation

Below, you will find direct access to the available rentals or accommodation in Alfarnate and the surrounding area.


Some useful links (car hire, ideas for visits)

Easy and economical bookings

And finally, here are some other experiences to do around Alfarnate

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