Monday is a public holiday on the south coast of Spain, for a very good reason. The annual Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen is on the agenda.
The Virgen del Carmen is the patron saint of fishermen.
On the evening of July 16, the fishing villages and towns up and down the southern coast of Spain, celebrate a special event, where the fishermen pay tribute to their saint, and also take her for a spin out to sea.
On a flower-adorned boat of her own, she is carried aboard the honored fishing boat of the season, and taken right out to sea, along with a flotilla of "jábegas" (fishing boats):
The annual Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen, July 16, in Fuengirola, Spain
When they arrive at the port, the Virgen is carefully carried off the boat, and on to a waiting flower-adorned platform to be carried through the streets by fishermen, dressed in very attractive sailor suits.