Every July, Arguineguin celebrates the Fiestas del Carmen. There are plenty of activities to join in with such as the huge water fight parade through the streets known as Bajada de la Rama or the free outdoor concerts, boat procession and markets.
Fiestas del Carmen 2019 dates for Arguineguin are 5th – 21st July. After that the celebration is passed on to Playa de Mogán. Below are just some highlights of the program that you should not miss.
Saturday 6th July 2019 – 19:00h (Avenida del Muelle to Plaza Peréz Galdós)
The whole event is something to check out, but make sure you don’t miss the Romería of Arguineguin, in which locals dress up in traditional Canarian clothing, old and young.
You will feel like you have been transported back in time, as carts are brought through the streets with fruits, potatoes and offerings for Virgen del Carmen much like a harvest festival or thanksgiving.
You can purchase traditional Canarian clothing at d’Kasa gift shop by the water fountain roundabout in Arguineguin center.
Bajada de la Rama
Friday 12th July 2019 – 18:30h (Starts at Pino Seco)
Imagine a water fight then multiply it by 1000 and add music. Bajada de la Rama is one of the most anticipated events of the Summer in Arguineguin, with what seems like the whole of the village dressed in their beach wear parading through the streets with water guns and dancing to the music of Banda Gran Canaria.
The origins of this come from Guanche times when Canarians would take branches down to the ocean and hit them into the water to pray to the Gods for rain.
You really won’t believe how many people participate in this event which starts at Plaza de Pino Seco and heads down the main street of Francisco Navarro and through the village to the beach.
Head to the square for outdoor entertainment usually on a large stage and dine ‘al fresco’ at the ‘Chiringuitos’ where you can enjoy some delicious Canarian foods, grills and drinks.
Prepare to get wet even if you are just watching! Later on in the evening, when all the water guns are put away, get yourself to the market square and nearby for a party.
Festival el Carmen
Friday 12th July 2019 – 22:30h (Plaza del Mercadillo)
The main party night of the fiesta carries on until the early hours at the Plaza del Mercadillo with Marc Antony tribute ‘ Viviendo’, Cuban Singer Yet Garbey, DJ Tony Bob and DJ Humberto.
Plaza de Las Marañuelas and Calle José Manuel Santana will have music and chiringos with DJ Nichel and DJ Cholo.
Saturday 13th July 2019 – 22:00h
At 22:00h head to Plaza de Las Marañuelas where there will be live music on stage with EVELYN live in concert. At 23:00 in the market square there will be more live shows from Tamarindos, Leyenda Joven and DJ Aitor Cruz and a fairground.
Noche de Visperas
Monday 15th July 2019
22:00h Traditional Dance with Nueva Imagen y su Bandurria (Plaza de las Marañuelas)
22:30h As the fiestas come to a close, enjoy a concert from group Plan B (Avenida de las Marañuelas)
00:00h Fireworks display
Día de Nuestra Señora del Carmen
Tuesday 16th July 2019
The 16th of July is a very special day as Arguineguin celebrates the day of Carmen.
At 19:00h there will be a religious procession through the streets of Arguineguin from the church to Las Marañuelas beach.
Sunday 21st July 2019 – 09:00h
Head to the harbour for the maritime procession as the statue of Virgen del Carmen is lifted up onto a fishing boat and leads the way to Puerto de Mogan. You can see this from most of Mogán coastline from Arguineguin to Puerto de Mogan. There will be a lot of traffic out at sea this day.
You can choose to pay and go on one of the boats, many of them offering a party atmosphere as they follow the main boat containing the statue. This is always great to watch from the harbour, high up from a balcony in your accommodation or from the promenade by Restaurante Pizzeria Ciao.
Many people watch this procession every year, as Carmen sails along the Mogan coastline, bringing protection to the fishermen and villages along the way.
Tip: Don’t worry if you miss it the first time, there is a procession on Sunday 28th July 2019, when the boats sail back from Puerto de Mogán to Arguineguin.
If you are on holiday in Arguineguin or surrounding areas during this fiesta, then I urge you to go and take a look and experience some Canarian culture. If you enjoy boats and just people watching, you can head down to the small restaurants and bars by the beach and harbour.
What are you most looking forward to in the Fiestas del Carmen?