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 30th of August with the 40th Vendimia Flamenco Festival from 10 pm at the Pablo Picasso primary school.
On Saturday the 31st of August and Sunday the 1st 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 30th August
The weekend kicks off with the 40th edition of the Harvest Flamenco Festival which will be held at the Pablo Picasso School in Manilva School from 10 pm.
Festival attendees will enjoy the stellar performance of Mayte Martín, accompanied by Alejandro Hurtado on guitar. There will also be artists such as Alfredo Tejada, Guillermo Cano and Laura Vital, along with Patrocinio Hijo, Juani Marín and Eduardo Rebollar.
Members of the Peña Cultural Flamenca de Manilva can attend the Festival for free. They must only present their card to enter the premises.
For the general public, tickets are 20 euros and are available from the Delegation of Culture (CIVIMA), Sabinillas Multipurpose Building, Tourist Office in Duquesa Port, Musisol in Estepona, Estanco Reyes in Casares and Salvi Supercién in Sabinillas. Also on the same day of the event you can purchase your ticket at the box office that will be open from nine pm.
Saturday, 31st August
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
The biggest day of the Harvest or also known as “Domingo Rociero”, where from noon there will be tasting of both the wine and the grapes from the vineyards of Manilva.
1 pm – Opening of the day fair on Calle Mar.
2 pm – Music and dancing in the Calle Mar, by the trio “Deley” and group “Latidos”.
In the afternoon at around 5 pm there will be a parade of horsemen on Calle Mar, with the collaboration of the Peña Caballista de Manilva.
7 pm – In the Plaza de la Vendimia, the traditional first treading of the grapes and a chance to taste the first grape juice.
9.30 pm – Concert by the group “Ruta 80”.