Traditions and festivals

Marbella hosts many interesting traditions and fairs. Many of them have a strong religious origin but with an intense Andalusian flavour, full of joy and colour.

Many of these celebrations take place all throughout the year particularly in summer, when the city welcomes a large number of foreign visitors. People walks along the nicely decorated narrow streets, dressed in their elegant striking flamenco dresses enjoying singing, dancing and having "tapas"

Traditions and festivals

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Semana Santa

The celebration of Holy Week in Marbella is one of the most important events of Marbella's cultural activities, being a popular religious celebration of great importance among the population. 

Cruz de Juanar

According to the legend, sailors placed the cross on the Sierra Blanca many years ago after being saved from a dense fog in the sea. Every 3rd of May at dawn, Marbella people pilgrimage to the Cruz de Juanar, where a Mass is held. The Iron Cross of Juanar is located in an ideal place to enjoy a beautiful view of Marbella and its entire coast.

San Bernabé

The Marbella Fair, -Feria de San Bernabe-,  takes place every June in Marbella. This fair is in honor of the city's patron saint San Bernabé and is a must see while in Marbella.

Virgen del Carmen Festivity

The feast of Virgen del Carmen, the patron saint of fishermen, is celebrated on July 16. In Marbella this day is celebrated with special affection, as the Virgin is the patroness of the city. The procession takes place between the fishing port and Puerto Banus and then the statue is carried into the sea, to bless the waters.