Monday was almost ideal for the annual Romería de San Isidro, a bit of light cloud here and there making it nice and warm rather than oppressively hot as is sometimes the case. Crowds lined the streets, cafe terraces were filled and people came out on their balconies to watch the procession wend its way slowly from the centre of town to the Nerja caves in the village of Maro.
The Romería de San Isidro, one of the most popular and colourful celebrations on the festive calendar, takes place on May 14th and 15th. San Isidro (Saint Isidore) is the patron saint of farmers, and many villages celebrate with processions through the fields/streets and a grand fiesta.
Unfortunately I only managed to see one of the crosses in passing, the municipal cross on the Balcón de Europa. At least I had my phone with me to grab a couple of shots.
For the past couple of years, the Easter processions have started a day earlier, on the Saturday before Palm Sunday (Domingo de Ramos), with the younger members of the community participating. The thrones, ten of them this year, are of course very light.
The weather remained clement for the Carnival procession on Saturday and, as usual, it was a very colourful affair with obviously much effort put into making the costumes.
Feria wouldn’t be Feria without a drop of rain and sure enough, almost to the minute forecast, the skies opened up. As soon as it stopped, though, the streets began to fill up once more – until it began to rain again!
A few last minute adjustments.
The Virgen del Carmen celebrations in Nerja always include an evening of sardines and entertainment in Plaza Fabrica de los Cangrejos. The little fishes, skewered on bamboo sticks, are slowly cooked over a huge charcoal fire.
Weather-wise, two things can almost be guaranteed. The sun will come out for the Romeria de San Isidro, whatever it was like in the preceeding weeks (in this case rain and cold), and it will be cloudy and wet during the October Feria.
The smell of incense filled the air as the final parade of Easter Week slowly made its way through the streets of Nerja on Sunday.