Out and about

A month by month guide of all the key festivals, parties & events all over mainland Spain and the Spanish Islands. All providing an insight as to what Spain has to offer.

 

WALKING FESTIVAL

Walking festival/Senderismo Cómpeta. 4 days of walking/ 4 días de senderismo: 3/4/5/6 October 2013 in
Cómpeta, 40 miles east of Málaga is a walkers paradise! Come and enjoy.

Each day you will have the choice between an easy walk of 2,5 – 4 hours or a moderate walk of 4,5 – 7 hours, guided or self-guided.
The walks on day 1, 3 and 4 start and end at Hotel Balcón de Cómpeta, the walk on day 2 starts and ends at the tourist office/oficina de turismo in Cómpeta.

The guided walks start at 10 a.m. You may start your self-guided walks each of these days between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and you will receive an extensive walking description and map at the starting point.

Total costs of participation in this programme for 4 days (guided or self-guided) is: € 10,- p.p. (excl. bus transfer from the coast on day 2, ± € 3,00).

MULTICULTURAL NIGHT

As part of its Cultural week, the Ayuntamiento of Canillas de Albaida proudly presents a Night of Multi-cultural Music and Dance to be held in the Plaza (main square), Canillas de Albaida on Sunday 6th October. Admission to the event is free but there will be opportunities to donate to local charities.

The event will be hosted by Inez Leniere and Roger Sparks in Spanish and English and they will open the concert at 6.45pm, an early start but there is lot to fit in.
The first artists to perform will be the Grupo de Zambombas, this is a group of local ladies singing their traditional songs and playing their very distinctive percussive instruments. Local band MPG, (Martin Cart, Phil Simmonds and Geoff Murrell) will then play a mix of American and British songs followed by Drums of Africa, a great hit at the last concert 2 years ago.

Fantastic Belgian Flamenco guitarist, Pedro Sauviller, who learned his trade amongst the gypsies of Seville, will be performing next followed by another local duo, Acoustic Roots, Roger Sparks and Mitch France, Pedro may well help out on a couple of songs of theirs as well.

ANYONE FOR TEA?

Anyone for tea? ----- and I don't just mean a cup of tea but a wonderful English Afternoon Tea offering a selection of sandwiches, scones jam and cream, delicious home-made cakes together with tea, coffee and a glass of cava. All this for only 8 euros in aid of two worthwhile charities;- MacMillan Cancer Support and Cudeca Cancer Care. The date is Friday, 27th September, 2013 at 3pm at a friend's villa in the Cruz de Zarja area of Competa.

Twenty two years ago, MacMillan Cancer Support UK held their first World's Biggest Coffee Morning to assist with their much needed fund raising activities. Their first year attracted 2,600 registered coffee mornings and in 2012, 115,000 separate events took place, raising £15 million. Macmillan actively encourage corporate companies, clubs, groups, schools and societies to hold a coffee morning and last year, I held one here in Competa. I am still using the same worldwide date this year but doing something different an “Afternoon Tea.”

Due to using a private villa this year, numbers are limited and I therefore ask that you purchase your tickets in advance from Sugar & Spice or TodoPapel, Competa. Sorry, but there are no ticket purchases at the event on the day. Tickets are still available so hurry and purchase so you can come along and join a fun afternoon on 27th September. All funds raised will be split 50/50 between MacMillan Cancer Support UK and Cudeca Cancer Care.

If you have any questions, please contact me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 665156467.
Thank you
Cindy Jones

OUT AND ABOUT SEPTEMBER

August 24 - September 15, 2013
Event Vuelta a Espana
Where? Events take place largely in the north of Spain (Galicia, Navarra, Basque Country and Catalonia) and around Madrid.
What? Spain's version of the Tour de France.

September 1-8, 2013
Event Fiestas de la Vendimia
Where? Valdepeñas (Ciudad Real)
What? Grape-stomping festival, with the 8th being the most important date of the event

September 6, 2013
Event Cascamorras
Where? in Baza and Guadix, Granada
What? A bizarre festival involving throwing paint and water at each other.

September 8, 2013 (First Sunday after September 8)
Event Romería de Nuestra Señora de la Barca
Where? Muxía (La Coruña)
What? Religious pilgrimage.


September 10, 2013 (Tuesday of the second week of September)..
Event Toro de la Vega
Where? Tordesillas (Valladolid)
What? A particularly nasty festival in which a bull is sacrificed in the streets of Tordesillas. The festival predates bullfighting as we know it today by a number of years.

September 11, 2013
Event Diada de Catalunya Throughout Catalonia
Where? Barcelona and throughout Catalonia
What? Catalonia's national day comemorates their defeat to Castillian forces in the 18th century. Expect partying and nationalist propaganda in equal measure.

September 12, 2013
Event Fashion's Night Out
Where? Madrid
What? The chic shops of the Barrio de Salamanca and calle Fuencarral open their doors for longer and offer discounts.
Second Sunday of September, 2013
September 14-23, 2013
Event Festa de Santa Tecla
Where? Tarragona, Catalonia
What? Castellets (human castle building) and other local festivities. The 22nd and 23rd are the biggest days.

September 15, 2013
Event Fiesta de la Vendimia
Where? Ainzón, Zaragoza
What? The Campo de Borja wine region has its grape harvest festival, with plenty of grape stomping, starting around midday.

September 19, 2013
Event Día de América
Where? Asturias, Oviedo (Asturias)
What? Celebration of the emmigrants who left Oviedo for the New World.

September 19-22, 2013
Event DecorAccion
Where? Madrid
What? The shops of the Barrio de las Letras (also known as Huertas) district spill out onto the streets with open-air stalls and art installations.

September 19-23, 2013 (TBC)
Event Real Feria y Fiesta de la Vendimia
Where? La Palma del Condado, Huelva, Andalusia.
What? One of the oldest grape harvest festivals in Spain.

September 20-24, 2013
Event Festa de la Mercè
Where? Barcelona
What? Local festival, one of the biggest fiestas of the year in Barcelona.

September 29, 2013 (Last Sunday of September)
Event Día de Campóo
Where? Reinosa (Cantabria)
What? Local festivities, known as the Fiestas de San Mateo.
September 2014 Events

The CASCAMORRAS FESTIVAL

This festival, held during the first week of September in Baza, in the north of Granada, is one of the more bizarre festivals celebrated in Spain each year. Its history lies in the discovery of a statue over 500 years ago.

Legend has it that after the reconquest of Granada, whilst a labourer from Guadix was demolishing the Merced Convent in Baza, a statue of the Virgin was discovered in the rubble. Due to the location of where the statue was found it was swiftly adopted by the people of Baza, much to the annoyance of the residents of Guadix. They felt that it should be moved there since it was discovered by one of their own people.
It was agreed that if an Accitano, as the residents of Guadix were known, was able to enter Baza and reach the Merced without staining his clothes, he could recover the Virgin for Guadix. Despite the passage of time the tradition is still very much alive.

Now, every year on the 6 September a villager from Guadix dresses as an oddball character called 'Cascamorras' and travels the 3km to Baza, accompanied by a team of representatives, to stage an attempt to recapture the statue. The people of Baza dirty their faces and wait with coloured water and eggs with which to pelt the intruders, thus staining the clothes of Cascamorras and ensuring his failure.

Throughout the onslaught, Cascamorras and his team are given the chance to clean off in the fountains and recommence. However he never succeeds in his mission. On reaching Baza he becomes guest of honour for the town's next two days of partying, not returning to Guadix until 9 September, whereby, having failed to recapture the statue, he receives a further barrage of good natured missiles from the Accitanos.

This fiesta, with its ever increasing popularity, is a superb excuse for everyone from both Baza and Guadix to get thoroughly filthy and party for 3 days.

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