TRADITION AND CULTURE
Tradition and culture have their own space in the calendar of Islantilla, Lepe and Isla Cristina. From the riot of color of the Carnival of Isla Cristina and the Romería de la Bella in Lepe, to the recollection of Holy Week in both towns, each season of the year has its charm, and those who visit Islantilla can immerse themselves in their customs thanks to the hospitality of its people.
Isla Cristina lives this celebration with special intensity with an excessive presence in the street, and with a theater program that has the most renowned groups in the province and throughout Spain. This festival dates back to the 18th century, and it is a cultural and social event that demonstrates the charm of the inhabitants of this area. Light and color take over every corner of the town, which during almost the entire month of February gives in to the party without rest.
This religious commemoration has its main hallmarks in fervor and recollection. Both Lepe and Isla Cristina celebrate the Great Week of the Passion of Christ with great devotion with processions in the purest Andalusian style, and with penance stations that fill their streets with silence and prayer. The most beautiful images are carried in steps along centuries-old urban routes.
PILGRIMAGE OF THE BEAUTIFUL
Maximum exponent of lepero folklore that takes place every second weekend of May.
The festivities begin with the transfer of the simpecado from the hermitage, located next to the port of Terrón. Later, an impressive offering of flowers to the Virgin takes place. On Saturday afternoon, the party continues with the transfer of the virgin to the hermitage of the lump in a silver chariot drawn by oxen. On Monday evening, the Virgin starts her way back to Lepe.
FESTIVALS OF CARMEN
The Patron Saint of sailors is highly revered in this corner of the Andalusian coast, as is evident in the celebrations that are repeated throughout the summer season in both La Antilla and Isla Cristina. The Virgin is carried in a procession through the streets of these towns, and carried on her shoulders along the beach and by boat, in clear allusion to the protection she provides to the fishermen of the area.
PATRON SAINT FESTIVITIES OF LA BELLA AND SAN ROQUE
From August 14 to 16, the patron saint festivities are celebrated in Lepe in honor of the Virgen Bella and San Roque, summer commemorations in which all the protagonism is given to the night with dances to the sound of orchestras, performances by renowned groups for young people, processions on the 15th with the Virgen de la Bella through the streets of the center, accompanied by thousands of leperos and visitors, and on the 16th procession of San Roque.
PARTIES IN HONOR OF NTRA. MS. ROSARY
They are the patron saint festivities of Isla Cristina, and they take place on October 7 of each year, with a succession of religious and cultural acts of great tradition in the town. The image object of this cult is a carving of anonymous work dating from the s. XVIII.
• Parade of Kings in La Antilla, Lepe and Isla Cristina
• Pilgrimage of Mary Help of Christians (Well of the Way)
• Departure from the Brotherhood of El Rocío from Isla Cristina to the Aldea del Rocío
• May Crosses (Isla Cristina)
• Patron Saint Festivities in honor of María Auxiliadora (Pozo del Camino. Isla Cristina)
• Bonfires of San Juan (Islantilla, La Antilla, Lepe and Isla Cristina)
• Pilgrimage of the Virgin of Hope (La Redondela. Isla Cristina)
• Festival of the Virgin of the Sea in Isla Cristina (Punta del Caymán neighborhood, Isla Cristina)
• Festivities of San Francisco de Asís (Barriada de San Francisco. Isla Cristina)