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Virgen del Carmen


Virgen del Carmen is the patron saint of mariners and fishermen. It was believed that the Virgen cleared up the water with her presence. She is commemorated every year on 16 July.

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The Virgen del Carmen is the patron saint of fishermen. Every year, her statue is carried through the streets of Marbella from the chapel in the old town to the Puerto de la Bajadilla (Marbella’s fishing port) accompanied by a band and a number of local dignitaries. Crowds of people gather, cheer and throw white carnations at the procession.

When the Virgen arrives at the fishing port, the fishing boats are blessed. The throne is then transferred to one of the boats and it sets out for Puerto Banús accompanied by local fishermen, pleasure boats and jet skis.

During the return journey, the flotilla stops and flowers are thrown into the sea in memory of the fishermen who have lost their lives at sea followed by a blessing. The flotilla then returns to the Puerto Deportivo in Marbella.

The throne is then taken off the boat and the procession continues on foot from the marina to the old town where the Virgen is returned to her chapel.

This procession always draws large crowds.

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