Popular fiestas from Motril

The different neighbourhoods which are part of the town of Motril celebrate throughout the year the so well-known fiestas in honour of their patron saints. The privacy and nearness characterize these fiestas since the neighbours are the protagonists. 

During the first two weeks of June, the neighbourhood of San Antonio, located in the north of the town, celebrates its fiestas in honour of San Antonio, who is buried in the hermitage. The neighbourhood association organizes sport activities such as boules championships, popular food and the religious procession of San Antonio. For some years, the tradition of celebrating a romeria (pilgrimage) has been recovered.

Before ending the month of August, the neighbourhood of Santa Adela, located near the Poniente Beach, celebrates its fiestas. The central square becomes the centre of activities for all ages, with rides, sports and, above all, the meeting of inhabitants and visitors. The main attraction of this festival is the wonderful display of fireworks which are set off from the sea.

During autumn, the neighbourhoods of Motril restart their festivals. In mid-October, the neighbourhood of Las Angustias celebrates its fiestas in honour of the Virgin with the same name. A whole weekend, the neighbours organize activities that finish on Sunday afternoon with the Virgin of Las Angustias popular procession which brings together hundreds of people from Motril.

A week later, the neighbourhood of Capuchinos celebrates the fiestas in honour of the Virgin of la Pastora, its patron saint. Garvayo Dinelli Square is full with fairground rides and a stand in which there is a bar where you will have the opportunity to have a drink and a popular food is made on Sunday. The main attraction of this festival is the horse parade that takes place on Sunday morning, a day that ends with the procession of the Virgin of la Pastora. The 'Petala' is one of the most interesting attractions since it is a moment when the Virgin is covered with flower petals thrown from a balcony.

In December the fiestas in honour of Saint Nicolas are celebrated in the Nacla, the neighbourhood where there is a small chapel with Saint Nicolas’ remains. These have been fallen into oblivion for a long time, but it has been recently when Motril has taken up these fiestas again.