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Foam, fiestas and Filomena – what’s on in Órgiva [UPDATED]

If you’re visiting Órgiva over the next week or so (until mid-August), here’s a heads-up on what’s going on. Keep an eye out for posters around town promoting events in venues, and around, Órgiva – and other places in Las Alpujarras. Be warned, some posters have men in tight underpants trying to look…something. And, as ever, please let us know what we’ve missed.

2 August, Saturday 9.30pm – Flamenco festival, Colegio San José de Calasanz, Órgiva

Five euros gets you a feast of flamenco. Best directions we can give: head to Bar Cañadas (near Día supermarket), go up the road to its side and walk for three minutes.


4-10 August, Monday to Friday – Festival of the Witch, Soportújar

This small village is a short drive from Órgiva on the way to the white villages. This spellbinding week-long festival is in its sixth year. Here’s an earlier post where it’s mentioned.

Soportujar witches festival

5-7 August, Tuesday to Thursday – Medieval Fair, Soportújar

As above, Soportújar also manages to celebrate a medieval-themed fair with a market, music, workshops, a children’s play area and of course, people dressed up and possibly growling beneath their beards, women included. (Click image to enlarge.)

Soportujar medieval fair

7 August, Thursday 9.30pm – Música por Los Rincones, Placeta del Barrio Luque, Órgiva

When José wasn’t filming irrigation piping he captured this from 2011. Who knows, maybe it’s the same group. Let’s hope so (check out their lovely arrangement of Moon River at 04:15 – it’s enough to make you blub). Just down from Café Willendorf.


8 August, Friday 7.45pm – a bonkers foam party for children, Plaza Alpujarra, Órgiva

A bonkers foam party… parents can enjoy a fizzy water at nearby Café Bar Sástago.


9-12 August evening – Festividad de Santa Filomena, Órgiva

A small effigy, for most of the year behind glass in the Barrio Bajo, is carried around town. Filomena means ‘daughter of light’, hence filament. The itinerary (click to enlarge) is below and includes music, food and, the highlight, parading Filomena around this part of town.

If you have kids, finding where Filomena ‘lives’ is great fun. No clues from us (but here she is with an anchor).

Filomena statue

Filomena events

12 August, Tuesday 10pm – ‘The Hobbit’ film

Having not been around in the 1950s to enjoy drive-in movies, we’re unsure how this works. Turn up on foot in the square in Tablones with some popcorn and enjoy the film in Spanish, we presume.

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Fiestas and ferias: Órgiva and Lanjarón

Guide to Órgiva

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3 thoughts on “Foam, fiestas and Filomena – what’s on in Órgiva [UPDATED]

  1. You had me at men in underpants 🙂

    Posted by Expat Eye | August 4, 2014, 9:33 pm
  2. Looks like a FUN (and foam) filled week ahead! 🙂

    Posted by Marianne | August 2, 2014, 9:35 am
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