Each town and village in Andalusia hosts its unique feria, offering an opportunity to experience local traditions, music, dance, and cuisine. These fairs are a vibrant expression of Andalusian culture, with the entire region coming alive with festivities.

 

Fiesta de Moros y Cristianos: A Historical Reenactment

– Dates: Various throughout May

– Locations: Primarily in the provinces of Granada and Almeria

Celebrating the historical conflicts and coexistence between Moors and Christians, this festival features elaborate parades, battle reenactments, and colourful costumes, bringing history to life in towns across Andalusia.

 

Festival: Cruces de Mayo

– Dates: 29 April – 2 May

– Locations: Córdoba and surrounding towns

Córdoba and numerous towns across Andalusia celebrate the Cruces de Mayo by decorating crosses with flowers and competing for the title of the best-decorated cross. The festival is accompanied by music ranging from flamenco to rock bands.

 

Fiesta de San León, Fiesta de Moros y Cristianos

– Dates: 29 April – 3 May

– Location: Benamaurel, Granada

Benamaurel commemorates its patron saint with the handing out of blessed roscas (cakes) and a grand display of fireworks. The highlight is the Moors and Christians festival, featuring dramatic recreations of historical battles in honour of Nuestra Señora de La Cabeza.

 

XXIII Festival Internacional de Música “Ciudad de Úbeda”

– Dates: 29, 30 April; 5-8, 12, 19-21 May

– Location: Úbeda

The 23rd edition of Úbeda’s classical music festival showcases performances in various venues, including the Auditorium of Hospital de Santiago, offering a rich program that blends classical music with the city’s historic ambience.

 

Fiesta de Verdiales de las Tres Cruces

– Date: 1 May

– Location: Almogía, Málaga

Almogía celebrates this unique fiesta at the Ermita de la Tres Cruces, featuring men in traditional verdiales hats performing the Churrimpampa dance, a vibrant expression of local folklore.

 

Romeria San Jose Obrero

– Date: 1 May

– Location: Aguadulce, Sevilla

This recent tradition, established in 2004, sees a procession to Corito, marking a day of community gathering and celebration in honour of San Jose Obrero.

 

Fiesta de los Domingos de Mayo

– Dates: Every Sunday in May

– Location: Priego de Córdoba, Córdoba

Originating in the 17th century, this unique fiesta features processions of women in black dresses and traditional lace mantillas every Sunday, creating a solemn yet beautiful spectacle throughout May.

 

Romería de la Virgin de la Cabeza

– Dates: 1 May

– Locations: Ronda, Málaga; Velez-Málaga, Málaga

In Ronda and Vélez-Málaga, this Romania celebrates the Virgin de la Cabeza with processions through the towns, reflecting deep religious devotion and community spirit.

 

Dia de Naranja

– Date: 1 May

– Location: Istán, Málaga

Istán’s modern yet established local festival celebrates the orange harvest, bringing the community together for a day of festivity centred around this beloved fruit.

 

Gastronomic Festival

– Date: 1 May

– Location: Guaro, Málaga

Since 2009, Guaro has hosted this culinary festival where local bars and cafes offer special tapas at reduced prices, accompanied by handicrafts and local produce stalls, showcasing the village’s culinary delights.

 

Feria del Esparrago

– Date: 1 May

– Location: Sierra de Yeguas

This modern festival honours the asparagus harvest with a gastronomic celebration that includes a showcase of other local products, highlighting the agricultural richness of the region.

These events, from the traditional to the modern, paint a vibrant picture of Andalusian culture during the spring into early summer. They offer visitors and locals alike a glimpse into the diverse festivities that make this region of Spain so uniquely captivating.

 

Día del Níspero

– Date: 1 May

– Location: Sayalonga, Málaga

The Día del Níspero, held in Sayalonga, celebrates the loquat fruit, a staple in local agriculture. This festival not only marks the beginning of the loquat harvest but also serves as a showcase for the town’s culinary traditions, with stalls offering loquat-based products and other local delicacies.

 

Romería de Almayate

– Date: 1 May

– Location: Almayate, Málaga

Almayate hosts its annual romería in the scenic area of Finca Taramillas. This event is characterized by traditional Andalusian romería festivities, including horseback processions, folk music, and communal meals, bringing together the community in celebration of local patron saints.

 

Feria de Primavera

– Dates: 2-5 May

– Location: Rota, Cádiz

The Feria de Primavera in Rota mirrors the classic Andalusian feria spirit with its vibrant mix of casetas (tent pavilions), fairground rides, and flamenco dancing. This fair, while celebrating spring, also highlights local livestock and beauty competitions, maintaining its roots in agricultural tradition.

 

Crujía de los Gamones

– Date: 3 May

– Location: Ubrique, Cádiz

Ubrique’s unique celebration involves heating reeds and striking them against stones to produce loud, explosive sounds. Accompanied by traditional songs and dances, this event is a distinctive expression of local culture, culminating in the decoration of the town with flower-adorned crosses and communal gatherings.

 

Patios de Córdoba

– Dates: 4-15 May

– Location: Córdoba

The Patios Festival is a cornerstone of Córdoba’s May festivities, inviting visitors into private courtyards beautifully decorated with an array of flowers and plants. This competition celebrates the city’s architectural and horticultural heritage, with many patios also hosting musical performances and cultural events.

 

Festividad de Nuestra Señora de Loreto

– Dates: 4-5 May

– Location: Dos Torres, Córdoba

In honour of Nuestra Señora de Loreto, Dos Torres organizes festivities that blend religious devotion with community spirit. The celebration includes processions, musical performances, and traditional festivities, reflecting the town’s deep-rooted Marian devotion.

 

Verbena de San Eufrasio

– Dates: 5-15 May

– Location: Andújar, Jaén

Dedicated to San Eufrasio, the patron saint of Andújar, this fiesta includes a series of religious and social events. Set against the backdrop of the natural beauty of the surrounding national park, the celebration features processions, local gastronomy, and cultural performances.

 

Jerez Horse Fair

– Traditionally Dates: 30 April – 7 May (varies)

– Location: Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz

The Jerez Horse Fair is an iconic event celebrating Andalusia’s equestrian tradition. Visitors can enjoy horse shows, sherry tasting, and flamenco dancing in an open and welcoming atmosphere, with casetas open to the public, reflecting the fair’s inclusive spirit.

 

Romería de San Gregorio

– Date: 9 May

– Locations: Conquista and Pozoblanco, Córdoba

Celebrating their patron saint, these towns engage in a pilgrimage characterized by traditional Andalusian romería elements. The event is marked by community gatherings, religious observances, and a festive atmosphere.

 

Feria de Mayo

– Dates: 1-15 May

– Location: La Carolina, Jaén

Retaining its origins as a significant livestock fair, La Carolina’s Feria de Mayo now incorporates a broader range of festivities, including cultural performances, agricultural showcases, and traditional Andalusian feria activities.

These events, spanning the breadth of Andalusia from the coastlines of Málaga and Cádiz to the historical heartlands of Córdoba and Jaén, offer a glimpse into the rich cultural fabric of the region. They provide an opportunity for visitors and locals alike to engage with the traditions, flavours, and sounds that define Andalusian identity, making the transition from spring to summer a period of vibrant celebration and communal joy.

 

Fiesta (Religious and Gastronomic): La Gran Huevada and San Isidro

– Date: 14 May

– Locations: Villafranca de Córdoba, Córdoba; Estepona, Málaga

This unique celebration honours San Isidro, the patron saint of farmers, with a blend of religious and gastronomic traditions. In Villafranca de Córdoba, the event features the frying and distribution of over 10,000 eggs, served alongside bread and wine, following a procession of San Isidro “Chiquito”. Estepona celebrates with a fair atmosphere, including rides, music, and food stalls, culminating in a romeria to the Parque Pedrigales.

 

Romería de La Bella

– Dates: 14-16 May

– Location: Lepe, Huelva

This romería is celebrated on the second weekend of May in honour of Nuestra Señora de la Bella. The festivities begin with floral tributes and processions, followed by communal celebrations that include singing, dancing, and a firework display, embodying the town’s devotion and community spirit.

 

Fiestas de Cristo del Llano y de la Virgen de la Encina

– Dates: 14-16 May

– Location: Baños de la Encina, Jaén

Baños de la Encina celebrates its faith with processions and offerings dedicated to Jesus del Llano and the Virgen de la Encina. The event, rooted in centuries-old traditions, includes the symbolic offering of flowers and the participation of the entire community in a series of religious and festive activities.

 

Fiesta de San Isidro

– Date: 15 May

– Locations: Various towns across Andalucía

San Isidro, the farmer’s patron saint, is celebrated throughout Andalusia with processions, agricultural trade shows, and fiestas. This day emphasizes the region’s agricultural heritage, with Montefrio in Granada and Estepona in Málaga being notable places to witness traditional celebrations and honour the contributions of the farming community.

 

Feria de Nuestra Señora de la Salud

– Dates: 20-28 May

– Location: Córdoba

The Feria de Nuestra Señora de la Salud is Córdoba’s spring fair, embodying the quintessential Andalusian feria spirit. Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Guadalquivir River, this fair features a week of dance, music, and traditional casetas, inviting both locals and visitors to partake in the joyous celebrations.

 

Romería de San Isidro Labrador

– Dates: 21-22 May

– Location: Prado del Rey, Cádiz

In Prado del Rey, the weekend following San Isidro’s Day is dedicated to honouring the saint with a pilgrimage and a fair that includes music, dance, and traditional carts. This celebration reflects the town’s agricultural roots and communal ties, drawing families together in a festive atmosphere.

 

Ofrenda de Flores/Romería

– Dates: 28-29 May

– Location: Algodonales, Cádiz

Algodonales marks the end of May with a floral offering to the “Virgencita de la Sierra”, accompanied by traditional Andalusian attire and equestrian processions. The following day’s romería to the Puente la Nava is a highlight, showcasing local customs and the vibrant community spirit.

 

Día San Fernando

– Date: 30 May

– Location: Sevilla

Sevilla commemorates the day of San Fernando, the king who played a pivotal role in the city’s history, with a series of celebrations that include religious ceremonies and cultural events. The festivities reflect Sevilla’s rich historical legacy and its enduring cultural vibrancy.

 

El Rocío

– Dates: 25-28 May

– Location: El Rocío, Huelva

El Rocío, one of Andalusia’s most famous and largest pilgrimages, gathers hundreds of thousands from across Spain. Celebrants travel in beautifully adorned wagons to the small town of El Rocío to honour the Virgin. The event is famed for its passionate displays of faith, traditional flamenco dress, and communal spirit.

These diverse events throughout May in Andalucía offer a deep dive into the region’s cultural richness, from historical reenactments and religious processions to lively fairs and musical festivals. Visitors staying in Marbella have a unique opportunity to explore these celebrations, making their stay an unforgettable experience of Andalusian heritage and joy.