TORREMOLINOS is warming itself up for next weekend’s Feria de San Miguel by celebrating the traditional romería in honour of the same saint.
Last Sunday saw thousands of people getting into the party mood by converging on the city centre in a celebration in honour of the town’s patron saint San Miguel.
The Spanish word romería can be roughly translated into English as ‘pilgrimage,’ and typically sees the occupants of a town or village travelling either on foot, horseback or by horse and cart, into the countryside to visit the shrine of the Virgin Mary.
The romería of Torremolinos is one of the country’s most popular romerías for the curiously ‘urban’ feel that it brings to the festivities.
More than 70 decorated wagons took part in last Sunday’s romería, which left from the Los Palacios urbanisation at around 10am and ended up in the Los Manantiales forest. The pilgrimage is intended to inaugurate the festivities centred around Torremolinos’ patron saint, which will start next Friday and finish on Monday September 29, the day of San Miguel.
Associations and organisations, as well as groups of friends and neighbours, took part in the procession watched by many interested tourists.
The route passed through the Plaza Costa del Sol; Avenida Palma de Mallorca; Calle Rafael Quintana; Avenida Joan Miró and up to the road to Benalmadena, accompanied all the way by horses and their riders, groups of flamenco-clad revellers and lots of singing and dancing.
The festivities are set to continue next Friday with the opening of Torremolinos’ Feria de San Miguel.