Every year, on the first weekend in September, Manilva celebrates its annual ‘Vendimia’ or grape harvest. This festival was founded in the early ’60s and has become an important part of the local calendar, drawing in visitors from across the region.
The weekend kicks off on Friday the 31st of August with the 39th Vendimia Flamenco Festival from 10 pm at the Pablo Picasso primary school.
On Saturday the 1st and Sunday the 2nd of September most of the events and activities take place in and around Manilva’s main street Calle Mar, The Wine Centre, and the Plaza de la Vendimia square, with a competition for the biggest bunch of grapes, live music, horse parade, and the ceremonial first treading of the grapes.
Friday 31st August
The weekend kicks off with the XXXIX Vendimia Flamenco Festival from 10 pm at the Pablo Picasso primary school.
Saturday, 1st September
In the afternoon from 7 pm there will be a Mass in honour of Nuestra Señora de los Dolores and a performance by the church choir in the Iglesia Santa Ana. Afterwards the Virgen will be borne from the church to the stage in Calle Mar where she will be presented with an offering of grapes, after which the competition for the best bunch of grapes takes place.
10.00 pm Music and dancing into the early hours in Manilva’s Calle Mar with the bands “Deley” y “Latidos”.
Sunday, 2nd September
1 pm – Inauguration of the Day Feria with music, dancing and plenty of food and drink throughout the afternoon and evening. Later in the afternoon at around 5 pm there is a procession of riders through the streets, followed at around 7 pm by the ceremonial first treading of the grapes and a chance to sample the first ‘mosto’ grape juice of the season.
9 pm – Concert by the band “Planeta 80” who will perform some of the greatest hits from the Golden Age of Spanish Pop.