On 16th July Nerja celebrates the day of the Virgen Del Carmen, the patron saint of fishermen and sailors.  The festival begins with a floral offering on Saturday the 15th at 7.30pm on the Balcon de Europa.

On the 16th a procession begins at the El Salvador church near the Balcon de Europa at 7pm, with the municipal band leading the way followed by the statue of the Virgen del Carmen.  The procession makes its way to Torrecilla Beach where much of the town is waiting to see the statue loaded onto a boat.  From there the statue is paraded along the coastline, attended by all manner of boats, until it is brought back to land on Calahonda Beach.  The festivities are concluded with a firework display, which lights up the by now darkened sea.

The final day of the celebration is held on the 17th starting at 10pm at Plaza de los Cangrejos, near to Torrecilla beach with music, dancing and long queues for the free sardines grilled over an open fire on the boules courts.

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