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San Marcos, Los Tablones

A moderate walk across the Rio Guadelfeo lies the village of Los Tablones and this coming weekend sees the fiesta of San Marcos. Unlike a traditional street party in the UK – 1977’s Royal Jubilee celebrations only lasted half a day for most people – Spain’s fiestas last days.

Kicking off at 8pm tomorrow (Friday), there’s a competition we can’t make head or tail of, followed by a performance by rock band ‘Kassia’, who sound a bit like early Iron Maiden.


11am heralds fun time for the kids with games and, by 1pm, the pans will be out for the migas (fried breadcrumbs, yum) competition. The top three prizes all seem to be the same thing, so people may slack off a bit.

At 4pm there’s a football match between Órgiva and Tablones and at 7pm snacks for the kids.

8pm there’s a ‘best dressed’ award (not sure what as, a crayfish?). At midnight, you’ve guessed it, there are fireworks.


At 11am the billing states ‘Diana Cohetada‘ and, again, we have no idea what this is – but it’ll be fun to find out.

Holy Mass is at 1pm (let’s not forget this party is in honour of a saint) followed by a gathering of, er, old cars and motorbikes including some Harley Davidsons.

Surely, though, the village’s population and visitors (us included) will turn out for a barbecue and beer – with music.

6pm the procession starts with San Marcos hooking up with with Our Lady of Sorrows.

More fun for kids follows – including a sack race – and then, at 8pm there’s a pie on offer. And so it continues until gone 1am.

Related posts:

Flamenco flair at Órgiva fair

Feria de Órgiva 2014

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