It's a nightmare finding somewhere to park in Almuñécar during fiesta week, not because there are too many people, but because the fairs occupy too much space.
Almuñécar main, surface parking area, Plaza Blas Infante where the Friday and Sunday markets are normally held in the off season, is completely occupied by the Feria during three weeks of August, which seems complete lunacy.
Then there is the provisional summer parking area next to the Medical Centre, which has been turned over to the Feria de Día, adding not only a further burden to scarce parking, but also crucifying local bars and restaurants.
Could not the area being used for the Fería de Día be used for the night-time feria? There wouldn’t be room for political-party temporary casetas and religious brotherhood ones? Well, isn’t that a pity!
Would the town’s hostelry trade lament the disappearance of the Fería de Día, that bleeds them of customers and which is financed through their taxes. I don’t really think so.
Then, why hold the fiestas patronales in August? To bring in tourism? It’s already swamped with tourists. Why not choose another time like San Juan at the very beginning of summer? Schools have broken up so families can come, the beach is ready for beachgoers and it would be a great boost for the town’s economy. Benavides suggested it once but the opposition parties accused him of wanting to make his saint’s day into the town’s day, for his own personal glory. Yeah, right!
Holding the Fiestas on the 15th of August, because once upon a time Almuñécar was a small fishing town, is counter productive to modern Almuñécar.
Those that want religious ceremonies have Semana Santa and for all that Christmas has become, it is still a moment of religious significance. And, by the way, whilst we are at it, let’s do away with the mystical migration of Semana Santa depending on the moon and 40 days of lent and fix it, as was Christmas in 336 AD to a specific date, such as the last full week of March, starting on a Thursday. This, obviously, is a national decision, not a municipal one.
So, summing up, without further digressions, Almuñécar will fill up in August even without the Fiestas Patronales on the 15th because it’s high summer and people from inland areas flock to the beaches. Spaces taken up by the ferias could be used for what they are most needed; parking areas. Change the Fiestas Patronales, which were chosen because Almuñécar was a fishing village, to San Juan, thus extending the tourism period.
(Opinion: Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)