The procession of San Isidro

By 10 May, 2019 Spanish Culture

With the month of May comes good weather and one of the most waited festivities for all nerjeños: the procession of San Isidro in Nerja.

The processions are always celebrated on May 15th and is done in honour of the patron of the laborers, who is San Isidro, to give thanks for the good harvest of the year.

Born in Madrid in 1070 and a professional worker, Isidro was known for his compassion with the animals and the poor until his death at the age of 59. He was canonized in 1622 by Pope Gregory XV and is a figure celebrated in all Spain.

In this day the streets of Nerja are cheerfully adorned, there are floats and horses and people are dressed in typical flamenco clothes. During the processions the people sing, eat and dance.

How the procession is celebrated?

The procession takes approximately 4km and start from the Balcony of Europe.

A statue of the saint is put on a simple cart normally decorated by flowers and pulled by oxen to the Nerja Caves.
It’s accompanied by hundreds of people from the town including carriages, carts, horses, oxen and tractors with local farmers coming in from neighbouring villages. All are brightly decorated for the occasion which often enjoys perfect weather.

While making the way to the hermitage of San Isidro at each stop, the people eat, drink, dance and sing sevillanas, rumbas and another folk songs. Once left to the saint in his hermitage continues the feast until dawn.

It’s important to note that in recent years we live and enjoy the eve of San Isidro as a night of celebration, of great youthful atmosphere.

If you are in Nerja we recommend don’t miss this unique traditional experience and to enjoy a day where friendship, history, gastronomy and music meet to honour farmers and ranchers.

Make your experience full with a spanish course in Escuela de Idiomas Nerja!

Events Timetable

    • 11:00 Mass in the El Salvador Church on the Balcon de Europa.
    • 12:00 Performances outside the church followed by the procession or Romeria.
    • 14:00 Arrival at the caves.
    • 15:30 The “Verbena” (open air dance) begins at the Caves.
    • 17:00 Prizes awarded to procession participants.
    • 18:30 The Verbena continues.
    • 00:00 Midnight – End of the Verbena
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