Virgen del Carmen Festival 2023 in Nerja


The Festival of the Virgen del Carmen in Nerja in July


Here is the essential information about the Festival of the Virgen del Carmen in Nerja :

  • A few words about Nerja
  • The dates of the Fiesta
  • The Fiesta programme
  • Where is Nerja?
  • What to do in Nerja
  • Booking accommodation
  • Some useful links

A few words about Nerja and the Virgen del Carmen


Nerja, the jewel of the Costa del Sol, is located in Axarquia in the province of Malaga.


Nerja balcon de l'Europe

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


In July, Nerja celebrates one of its most important traditions, during the Fiesta Virgen del Carmen. She is the patron saint of the sea, who protects sailors and fishermen.


The dates of the Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen


The dates are the same every year, from 15 to 17 July. In 2022, there is a change: the dates are 15, 16 and 23 July.


The Fiesta del Carmen programme


15th July

This day is reserved for believers, visitors and members of the brotherhood to make floral offerings. It takes place in the parish church El Salvador. It is the church on the right at the beginning of the balcony of Europe.


16th July


This is the big day of the Virgen del Carmen procession.


At 19:00 the procession begins with a route through the streets of Nerja.

The Virgen del Carmen is then taken to the beach of La Torrecilla. She will then be taken on a boat for the maritime procession (see video below).



The maritime procession ends on the beach of Calahonda. The fishermen then continue the procession to reach the Balcón de Europa. This procession ends in front of the Church of the Saviour.


Then, in the evening, on the beach of Calahonda, a fireworks display is held. The best place to enjoy it is from the balcony of Europe.


nerja Playa de Calahonda 5
View of Calahonda from the Balcony of Europe

23rd July 2022


On this day, a big popular moraga is organised. On Burriana beach, a fire is lit to cook sardine brochettes, espetos, which are then offered to everyone!


nerja plage de burriana
Burriana beach

There are also drinks stands. The money collected is used to finance the fishermen’s brotherhood.


A very convivial moment awaits you!


Where is Nerja?



What to do in Nerja?


All around you can find a lot of nice activities:

  • horse riding, on the beach or in the mountains
  • diving in Nerja and Torrox
  • guided tours (villages of Axarquia, Cordoba, Alhambra,…)
  • via ferrata (Caminito del Rey,…)
  • hiking (El Saltillo with the hanging bridge,…)
  • canyoning (in the rio Verde,…)
  • astrotourism
  • snorkeling
  • visit of caves

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 accommodation available in Nerja.


Booking.com

Some useful links


Here is the platform that lists all the main car rental agencies in Andalusia or more specifically at Malaga airport : book a rental car.


Find out all about the most spectacular fair of the year in the province of Málaga: Malaga Fair


And finally, here are some other experiences to do around Nerja :



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