April in Marbella and across Andalusia is a time of profound cultural and religious significance, marked by a series of events that showcase the region’s rich heritage. Below is a factual guide to the key happenings during this vibrant month, assuming these events follow their traditional annual schedules. Consider choosing Paloma Blanca Bouqitue Hotel as your base, if you plan to visit any of the following events.

 

Lent Preparations

Locations: Córdoba, Jaén, Sevilla, Granada

Highlights

  – Puente Genil, Baena, Priego, Iznájar (Córdoba)

  – Herrera (Sevilla Province)

  – Alcaudete, Alcalá La Real (Jaén)

  – Loja (Granada)

Throughout April, these towns engage in Lent preparations, with hermandades (brotherhoods) organizing special meals and events reflecting the area’s historical significance as a frontier between the Moorish and Christian kingdoms.

 

Romería de Bajada de Ntra. Sra. de Araceli

– Date: Penultimate Sunday of April

– Location: Lucena, Córdoba

This pilgrimage begins at dawn, with villagers ascending Sierra de Aras to retrieve the figure of Nuestra Señora de Araceli, culminating in a ceremonial procession through Lucena and a welcoming reception at Puerta de la Mina in the evening.

 

Romería de Santo Domingo

– Date: Penultimate Sunday of April

– Location: Córdoba

Starting in Córdoba’s city centre, this romería proceeds to the Santuario de Santo Domingo de Scala Coeli, celebrating the miracle of San Álvaro de Córdoba with a floral tribute by the Real Hermandad del Santísimo Cristo y San Álvaro de Córdoba.

 

Romería Virgen de la Cabeza

– Date: Penultimate Sunday of April

– Location: El Carpio, Córdoba

The main procession features the image of the virgin being carried around El Carpio, followed by communal meals and festivities, culminating in fireworks to mark the event’s conclusion.

 

Romería Santa Maria de Piedras Albas

– Date: 23 April

– Locations: El Almendro, Huelva; Villanueva de las Castillejos, Huelva

This festival sees participants from two villages coming together for a mass in El Almendro and a procession celebrating the resurrection, accompanied by traditional drums and horse processions.

 

Fiesta de San Jorge

– Date: 23 April

– Location: Palos de la Frontera, Huelva

Commemorating Columbus’ voyage from Palos, this fiesta includes cultural plays, sports competitions, and bullfights, celebrating local history and heritage.

 

Fiestas de Moros y Cristianos en Honor de la Virgen de la Cabeza

– Date: 24 April

– Location: Villa de Zujar, Granada

A historical reenactment in the form of a romería and themed play, celebrating the capture and rescue of the Virgin, rooted in 16th-century traditions.

 

Fiesta and Romería de San Marcos

– Date: 25 April

– Locations: Almería & Granada (specific towns include Adra, Ohanues, Castro del Rio, Loja)

Celebrating San Marcos with processions, the distribution of roscas (cakes), and various communal activities, these events highlight the communal and agricultural significance of San Marcos in local culture.

 

Romería Virgen de la Cabeza

– Date: Last Sunday of April

– Locations: Cazorla, Jaén; Andújar, Jaén; Alora, Málaga

These towns host celebrations in honour of the Virgen de la Cabeza, featuring processions, local food, and cultural performances, drawing thousands annually in a tradition dating back to the 14th century.

 

Fiesta de San Leon, Fiesta de Moros y Cristianos

– Date: 27-30 April

– Location: Benamaurel, Granada

A vibrant display of Moors and Christians’ fiestas, this event honours Nuestra Señora de La Cabeza with dramatic reenactments, showcasing spectacular costumes and recounting historical battles. It’s a testament to Andalusia’s rich history and cultural diversity.