The Spanish love their festivals, fiesta's and carnivals. The biggest and best (we think) is the Fiesta Del Carmen spread over a 2 week period it is undoubtedly the best time to visit Mogán. This year the festival starts on 21st July and finishes on 3rd August. What you can expect during this time is a fusion of music and dance, Latino, Spanish, Electronic etc etc. The festival is one in which the whole family can enjoy with illusionists, acrobats, amusements, fireworks, beauty pageants (who will be crowned festival queen 2014?) and much more. Our favorite by far is the foam party which usually takes place on the first Saturday of the festival. Clothes are optional, swimwear essential - Be prepared to get wet and have lots of fun!
Locals and people from all over Gran Canaria get together for a celebration during Fiesta del Carmen. The most spectacular event is the boat procession between the two harbours. During the procession the icon of the Virgen del Carmen, believed to protect fishermen at sea and the Patron saint of the Spanish navy, is carried from the church to the harbour in Arguineguín. She is carefully loaded onto a traditional fishing boat and travels by sea to Mogán to meet up with her sister icon. The tradition dates back over 50 years to before either town had a marina. It was originally a way of making sure the two towns kept in touch. Nowadays, with roads and ferry links, the procession is much bigger but still has its solemn moments. Flower wreaths are laid on the sea at El Pajar bay along the route to remember sailors lost at sea.
To take part in 2015's festival head down to the harbour in Mogán in July and simply book a place on the boats with one of the local ferry companies. The ferries that travel the south coast are often your best bet. This year the icon makes her way back from Mogán to Arguineguín on 3rd August. The Mayor leads the profession of boats, the carnival atmosphere is contagious so grab a ticket, jump on board and join the carnival amongst the locals, families and holidaymakers, combined they make this festival one of the best fiestas the Canary Islands has to offer.
Book a one bed, two bed or three bed luxurious apartments in Mogan TODAY to secure your place at Fiesta del Carmen 2015 [email protected] limited availability at this time, places fill up fast so book now to be part of this iconic, fun fiesta with a carnival atmosphere. The whole family can participate and create memories to cherish and last a lifetime.