Benalmadena is preparing itself for its annual celebrations in honour of the ‘Virgen del Carmen’. Also known as Stella Maris, she is the patron saint of fishermen (Please click on this link for more information on the Virgen del Carmen).
The town hall has prepared various events throughout the weekend which will end on Monday 16th July (public holiday) with a procession through the streets of Benalmádena Costa in which the fishermen will carry their ‘Stella Maris’ to the Marina; here she’ll be lifted aboard a fishing boat and paraded along the Benalmadena coastline. If you’ve got some good binoculars, a great place to watch this is from the terrace in our Panorama Bar here at Sunset Beach Club 😉
Some of the activities and events organised for this bank holiday weekend are the following:
- Fun fair rides for children will be set up in the eastern side of the Marina
- On Saturday 14th July at 9:30 pm town hall officials will ‘switch on’ the lighting for the Virgen del Carmen celebrations.
- Manuel Carrasco concert in the Western parking area of the Marina (11pm)
- Monday 16thJuly is the day everyone has been waiting for: the official procession of the Virgen del Carmen. At 7pm she will leave the ‘El Carmen’ Church and be carried through the streets of Benalmadena Costa and down to the port authority in the Marina. She should arrive at the Marina at approximately 9:30pm when she’ll be lifted on board a fishing boat to commence a 2 hour journey along the Benalmadena coastline. (If you haven’t seen this, we highly recommend you take a trip down to the Marina to watch…don’t forget your camera!)The icing on the cake for these celebrations will be the amazing firework display on the Malapesquera Beach at 11:30pm!