What we did in Spain during the evenings.
The evenings in Spain were always particularly special. The sky was a gorgeous pink/lilac colour and in the middle of the week there was a big full moon high up in the sky. I don’t know about you, but I’m fascinated by the sky at night – I think its so beautiful.
Anyway – in the evenings, we got all dressed up smartly for dinner. The restaurant was open between 6pm – 10pm and we always aimed for 7.30/ 8pm. I’m not going to write about the food because I’m dedicating a whole post on food and drink later.
Mum and Dad
Then after dinner we often sat around the poolside at the tables and chairs because they did a happy hour at the hotel’s bar, so you got a free drink which was quite good. Gary and I also went out in the evenings a few times to a bar that we liked called ‘Old Town.’ But don’t think that its full of old people from its name! It was actually really lively with good music and lots of young people.
Sometimes we would sit at the balcony in the evenings together.
Change of shoes into some flats for our evening walks along the promenade!
Then, on the Saturday there happened to be some religious festival happening at the resort.
At the time, we only knew that there was going to be some sort of parade going on through the street, but other than that we were a bit clueless. We watched as Fuengirola filled up with thousands of people! Obviously we had prime seats in the house on the balcony
We watched for a couple of hours in awe as more and more people gathered at the street below us, locals, tourists, dancers, balloon sellers and more. After a while the street was shut off so even the road was full of people instead of cars. We continued waiting and watching as even more bizarre things happened as loads of boats seemed to flood out of the harbour!
The picture didn’t come out very clear but there were lots of boats in the sea! And then to top it off, hundreds of people were gathering at the actual sea front! There was a long line of hundreds of people by the water. We were thinking, what on earth is going on here? At one point we wondered if there was going to be a boat parade or something
But then, finally, we heard some music approaching in the background and slowly we saw a huge figure being paraded through the street. I didn’t get a clear picture on my camera as it was too dark by this point but I took a picture of a poster so you could get an idea of what it looked like:
No kidding – about 100 men were carrying this huge figure through the street! It was incredible!
If that wasn’t enough, they then paraded the figure of ‘Carmen’ along the beach and into the sea! It was crazy! Then we realised why all of the people were at the water’s edge! As Carmen was taken out to sea hundreds of people ran into the water with the parade!
On arriving home I did a bit of research about the tradition and found out this:
“The female figures that excite the most adoration from the Spanish are the virgin icons of their faith. One such is the Virgen del Carmen. She has been adopted as their patron by sailors and fishermen in towns and villages all along the Andalucian coast, and on the 16th July each year her much revered statue is borne from the local church to be paraded through the streets and down to the sea. ” (Source.)
The parade concluded by a fantastic firework display! It was very impressive and lasted over 20 minutes. They were the best fireworks that I’ve ever seen in person.