Picture above is the entrance to La Mamola from the N340 LA MAMOLA - La Mamola is a small village in the real Spanish style. Village populations is about 900 people, there are 2 supermarkets, 2 Fishmongers, 4 bars and restaurants (8 over season time), Chemist, Post office, Bank, 2-3 small gift shops, bakery and a doctors surgery and a lot of very nice people in the Village. This is an agricultural area, with greenhouses and fields supplying vegetables and fruit for the supermarkets of Europe and sheep and goats grazing the hills. The best selling novels 'Driving over Lemons' and 'A Parrot in the Pepper Tree' by Chris Stewart are set only a few miles away. In addition to the drives through the local countryside and the other beaches of the Costa Tropical, the location is ideal for anyone looking for peace and quiet. Just an hour away you can enjoy skiing & snowboarding in the Sierra Nevada. You can also drive up through all the beautiful mountain villages of The Alpujuras.
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La Mamola, Polopos
The tower Cautor is part of the network of watchtowers built along the Granada coast in oldern times to monitor the possible arrival of ships, enemies or pirates. The Cautor tower of La Mamola, is one of the oldest in the coastal province as it was built in the mid-sixteenth century.
View From The Tower
Road to La Torre, La Mamola
Photograph of Stall holder at La Mamola Thursday Market
Photograph by Val Aldridge
La Mamola has Restaurants and bars including Beach Bars in the Summer. It also has 2 supermarkets, Bakers, Fish shop, paper shop, Tobaconnist, Chemist and various other shops. It has a Doctors surgery and post Office. The closest village South is Castillo de Baños and that has a large Fish Restaurant, Camping site with Restaurant, Patio Bar and Swimming pool and a well stocked small Coviran supermarket.
April 15th - Maundy Thursday - Jueves Santo
(Thursday celebrated in many regions
April 16th- Good Friday - Viernes Santo
Holy Week (Semana Santa) has its most elaborate and dramtic celebrations in Andalucia. You'll find memorable processions of floats and penitents at Sevilla, Malaga, Granada and Cordoba and to a lesser extent in smaller towns such as Jerez, Arcos, Baeza and Ubeda. All culminate with dramatic candlelight processions at dawn on Good Friday, with Easter Day itself more of a family occasion.
Religious Virgins are hugely popular in Andalucia; they are normally handcrafted from wood and porcelain and spend 99.9 per cent of the year in glass-covered alcoves at the local church. Most are dusted down and placed on flower-decked thrones at Easter-time when they are lovingly and solemnly borne through the streets.
Granada's Easter week celebrations have been given a national tourism award and last from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.
Last week of April (approximately 2 weeks after Easter) Week-long feria de Abril at Sevilla: the largest fair in Spain. A Small April fair - featuring bull runing - is held in Vejer.
THE VIRGIN OF JAEN. One of Andalusia’s most colourful pilgrimages is held in Andujar (Jaén) on the last weekend in April to honour the Virgen de la Cabeza, commemorating the appearance of the virgin to a local shepherd in the 13th century. Festivities last several days leading up to the pilgrimage on the last weekend in April.
May 1st Labour Day - Fiesta del Trabajo (Friday) Day of the Worker – Public Holiday Public holiday in all Spain
May 3rd is the Dia de la Cruz – Day of the Crosses
This day is celebrated in Granada & Cordoba.
Crosses are made out of flowers and hung in the streets, courtyards & gardens. The Local People in some areas set up and provide food and drink in the village streets.
May25th – Mariana Pineda Celebration in Granada
Festival to celebrate Mariana Pineda executed in 1831 for making a republican flag. It is a festival with civic rather than Catholic roots. The story of Mariana’s life are acted out during the festivities.
Between May and June Granada celebrate with the Corpus Cristi Fair. The biggest festival in the City. With Horse drawn carriages dancing and the wearing of traditional Andalucian dress and much Street Dancing. There are also Bullfights.
The Festivities run for 8 days. This is celebrated in other areas but Granada is one of the best. The fiesta begins with a feast day, followed by 3 major processions along streets strewn with sweet smelling Cyprus branches and Flowers.
June – The first Thursday in June – Dia del Pescaito – Fish For All
In La Carihuela, the fishermen’s quarters of Torremolinos (Malaga) visitors are treated to a sampling of fried fish.
June – First Weekend in June – Moors and The Christians – Mojacar (Almeria)
Mock battles are held between Moors and Christians.
Rambla del Agua Fiesta 19th June
Fiestas en Honor de San Juan, en Castillo de Baños y La Guapa (23 y 24 de junio)
June 23-24th San Juan Day – St John Day
Camping and fires & fireworks on the beaches are permitted on this night. This is the time to celebrate the Summer Solstice, its celebrated in different ways all over the World. Celebrating the longest day (daylight hours) of the year.
June 29th –Festival of The Albaicin
On this day Pilgrims arrive on horses & horse carriages, to the Hermitage of San Miquel.
At The End of June Granada celebrates with The International Festival of Music and Dance.
All around the Alhambra Palace and across the City will be filled with music and dancing. Major Dance/Flamenco groups, Chamber Orchestras perform at the Alhambra Palace, Generalife and Carlos V palace
Early July -
Is the time for the Famous running of the Bulls in Pamplona. The runs take place at 8am each morning beginning 7th July
Fiesta en Honor de Santa Ana, en la Haza del Trigo (25 y 26 de julio).
25th & 26th July
Haza del Trigo - Fiesta in honour of Santa Ana
Almuñecar - In July there is a free Jazz Festival on the Beach.
Nerja - End Of July
Ballet performances, Classical Concerts and recitals in the Caves of Nerja
Polopos - First Weekend Of August
Fiestas in honour of La Virgen del Rosario
Fiestas en Honor de la Virgen del Rosario, en Polopos (primer fin de semana de agosto).
Fiestas en Honor de la Virgen del Carmen, en La Mamola (14,15,16 de Agosto).
Malaga holds its anual Fair with dancing, music, promenades of horsemen and bullfights in the 2nd week of August.
August 5th - Trevelez
Virgin Of The Snow - Before Dawn on August 5th, Pilgrims set out from the village of Trevelez and make their way to the shrine on the Veleta peak of The Sierra Nevada.
La Mamola- 14th, 15th & 16th August
Between 12th & 16th August -La Mamola & All Along the Coast during July & August
La Virgen Del Carmen
At the end of the Day the Towns and Fishing Villages of the Coast parade their Statues of the Virgen del Carmen by the sea before placing her on a gaily adorned boat for a night sail. The boat is accompanied by other boats, accompanied by the blowing of horns . On her return she is paraded once more along the seafront whilst fireworks light the skies. The Virgen del Carmen is the Patroness of Andalucian Fishermen & Seamen. It was once believed that the Virgin cleared up the waters with her presence and that only after this would the sea be fit to swim in. the night before the Virgen del Carmen there is a floral offering.