The Virgen del Carmen festival gets underway this weekend, starting with a special mass being held in the church on the Balcon on Saturday evening at 7pm – the “El Sarao” choir will also be taking part.

On Sunday night (the 15th) there will be music and dancing and a bonfire in the Plaza de Cangrejos by Torrecilla Beach.  There will be entertainment for children and a bar.

On Monday the 16th at 6pm a procession begins at the El Salvador church near the Balcon de Europa, 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 by the Balcon.  The festivities are concluded with a firework display, which lights up the by now darkened sea.

The Virgen del Carmen is the patron saint of fishermen and sailors and this festival takes place every year in Nerja in July.

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