The Rosario Pilgrimage, a Tourist Attraction
The Tourist Department of Salobreña is pushing hard for the pilgrimage, the Romería del Sur, to be declared a festival of Tourist Interest in Andalusia. This may happen very soon, as the most important festival tradition in Salobreña is outstanding, and of great interest to tourists, thanks to its beauty, uniqueness and light. An official declaration is what the pilgrimage deserves and would award the Romería additional promotion for a festival which already attracts thousands of visitors from both Spain and abroad.
The fiestas in honour of the patron saint of Salobreña, the Virgin of the Rosary, take place during the first week in October. Amongst the programmed activities we would highlight the popular street party, flamenco concerts, food tasting and the night procession through the Old Town on October 7th.
The Romería del Sur Pilgrimage.
The outstanding event of these fiestas is the pilgrimage, the Romería del Sur de Granada, which takes place on the first Sunday in October. The pilgrimage, offered up to the Virgin of the Rosary, leaves from the Plaza Juan Carlos I (next to the Town Hall) and wends its way down to the rock on the beach, the Playa del Peñón, in Salobreña. The statue of the Virgin is accompanied by dozens of floats beautifully decorated in the Andalusian style, accompanied by choirs singing popular songs and hundreds of locals in flamenco dresses, walking or on horseback.
Down by the beach a Mass is celebrated, accompanied by local singers with guitars and castanets. There are also many different activities and concerts, with the dressage exhibition, craft fair, competition for best dressed float and the firework castle taking pride of place.
All those who live in Salobreña and its surrounding villages, as well as thousands of visitors, enjoy this annual open air event.
Villa de Salobreña Spanish Language Film Noir Festival
Salobreña is broadening its horizons beyond being just a sun and beach destination to become, for one week at least, the setting for detective films.
This initiative, presented at the International Tourism Fair FITUR 2012, has made Salobreña the second Spanish town to have a Festival of Film Noir. An ambitious project which has been very well received by both audiences and critics in its first edition, which took place from the 6th to the 10th March 2012.
Under the direction of the author and scriptwriter Juan Madrid, the first edition was attended by directors such as Enrique Urbizu, who triumphed at the Spanish Cinema Goya presentations in 2012, and Alex de la Iglesia, one of Spain’s most well known directors who has an impressive track record.
The Festival includes screenings of detective films, talks by their directors, round table discussions on cinema, musical and theatrical performances and the One Minute Competition, a competition for mobile phone one minute films, aimed at encouraging creativity amongst young “film makers”.
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