Manilva’s annual Romeria will be celebrated this year on the weekend of 7th and 8th of June. A Romería is a traditional catholic pilgimage celebrated in every Spanish town, whereby the statue of the virgin is carried from the village church to another chapel and blessed. Then, in keeping with Spanish tradition…there is a huge party afterwards!!
The Manilva pilgrimage leaves from Manilva church and travels, by tractor I might ad, to the tiny San Adolfo Chapel on the road to the Roman Baths.
This is a beautiful little chapel, hidden away in the Manilva countryside. If you go up the road where the Sunday market is (past Lidls) and just keep going, you will eventually come to the chapel. Traditionally, the parishioners follow the procession on foot – easily an hours walk…
The procession is set to leave Manilva church at 7.30pm on Saturday 7th June with the holy mass taking place on Sunday at 1pm.
The party, in the grounds of the chapel will go on through Saturday night and continue after the mass on Sunday with a huge BBQ, bar, live music and plenty of singing and dancing. As I’ve said before, the Spanish know how to party, and many people camp overnight in the grounds, ready to start again the next day!!