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San Isidro celebrations

The San Isidro Romería in Nerja.
The San Isidro Romería in Nerja. / SUR
  • Numerous towns and villages are celebrating this weekend in honour of the patron saint of farmers

Towns throughout Malaga province will be celebrating their patron, San Isidro Labrador, this weekend. As the patron saint of farmers, he is recognised in many of Malaga province’s agricultural towns and villages including Periana, Nerja, Alhaurín el Grande, Trapiche, Ardales, Villanueva del Trabuco and Estepona.

San Isidro is celebrated on 15 May and as such many places will be making the most of the weekend for their festivities, including ‘romerías’ (pilgrimages).

In Periana a 12-hour procession will take place on Monday during which, 40 tonnes of wheat will be thrown, in homage to the patron. Over the weekend there will be music, dancing and a chance to try the local gastronomy.

Alhaurín el Grande celebrates San Isidro with the Cachorreña festival on 14 May handing out bowls of the traditional soup made with oranges, cod, stale bread, olive oil and salt. They are also holding an exhibition of bobbin lace.

Trapiche and Estepona’s annual festivals are both named after San Isidro and events will take place on 13 and 14 May in Trapiche, while in Estepona the five days of festivities started last Wednesday and will culminate in a procession at 6pm on Monday. A full programme can be found on the Estepona Turismo Facebook page.

In Nerja, events will start with a party at the caves at around 8pm on Sunday 14 May and on the following day, after Mass at the church, the romería will take place. A statue of the saint will be put on a cart decorated with flowers and pulled by oxen to the Caves.

In Ardales the romería will end at the Guadalhorce reservoir where on 15 May a party with typical food and drink will be available with music by the municipal band.