San Cecilo Gypsy Festival Granada  |  December 2018

Saint Cecilio was killed by the Romans and his remains were placed in the Monastery of the Sacremonte in Granada. Every year there is a pilgrimage to pay homage to the martyr’s remains. As the pilgrims move through the streets and squares of Granada slowly climbing to the monastery above the towers of the Alhambra, this annual pilgrimage makes a striking spectacle that is there to be enjoyed by everyone.The pilgrims gather at the meeting point in Granada’s Plaza Nueva.

The walk only takes about an hour and by the time you get to the monastery you will be accompanied by a  swathing sea of pilgrims all paying their respects to San Cecilio’s remains. The views from this focal point overlooking the whole of Granada with the snow-capped Sierra Nevada as a backdrop are simply stunning.The pilgrimage is held on the first Sunday in February and despite taking place in the winter, the weather is often warm and sunny for the San Cecilio Fiesta. The long hike to a hilltop monastery is accompanied with food, drink and music, which goes on well into the early hours of the morning.Granada is a fantastic city especially when the San Cecilio Festival is taking place, when this vibrant, capital comes alive with vigour, zest and excitement

 

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