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Fiestas del Carmen

Fiestas del Carmen Arguineguin are celebrated every year in July. There are plenty of activities to join in with such as the huge water fight parade through the streets known as Bajada de la Rama or the free outdoor concerts, boat procession and markets.

The Fiesta del Carmen 2024 dates are based yearly around July 16th which is a very special day, the day of Virgin del Carmen. After this, the celebration is passed on to Playa de Mogán, so if you miss it first time round you will get chance to see it again.

Fiestas del Carmen Arguineguin Gran Canaria
Fiestas del Carmen Arguineguin

Traditional Canarian Street Party

The whole event is something to check out, but make sure you don’t miss the Romería of Arguineguin, in which locals old and young, dress up in traditional Canarian clothing. You will feel like you have been transported back in time, as carts are brought through the streets with fruits, potatoes and offerings for Virgen del Carmen much like a harvest festival or thanksgiving.

Village Water Fight

Imagine a water fight then multiply it by 1000 and add music. Bajada de la Rama is one of the most anticipated events of the Summer in Arguineguin, with what seems like the whole of the village dressed in their beach wear parading through the streets with water guns and dancing to the music of Banda Gran Canaria.

Bajada de la Rama Arguineguin

The origins of this come from Guanche times when Canarians would take branches down to the ocean and hit them into the water to pray to the Gods for rain.

You really won’t believe how many people participate in this event which starts at Plaza de Pino Seco and heads down the main street of Francisco Navarro and through the village to the beach. (check 2024 program for any changes due to roadworks)

Head to the square for outdoor entertainment usually on a large stage and dine al fresco at the Chiringuitos where you can enjoy some delicious Canarian foods, grills and drinks.

Prepare to get wet even if you are just watching! Later on in the evening, when all the water guns are put away, get yourself to the Plaza Negra market square and nearby for a party.

Maritime Procession

The 16th of July is the main day to celebrate Carmen the patron saint and protector of the sea. Not only is Arguineguin a holiday resort but it’s also a fishing village, so locals really take this day to embrace tradition with a land and maritime procession.

The maritime procession falls on the Sunday as the statue of Virgin del Carmen is lifted up onto a fishing boat and leads the way to Puerto de Mogan. You can see this from most of Mogán coastline from Arguineguin, Puerto Rico and through to Puerto de Mogan. There will be a lot of traffic out at sea this day.

Many people watch this procession every year, as Carmen sails along the Mogan coastline, bringing protection to the fishermen and villages along the way.

You can choose to pay and go on one of the boats, many of them offering a party atmosphere as they follow the main boat containing the statue. This is always great to watch from the harbour, high up from a balcony in your accommodation or from the promenade by Restaurante Pizzeria Ciao. You should get a great view from Hotel Bull Dorado Beach, Sunwing Arguineguin and Radisson Blu Resort Gran Canaria.

⭐️ Tip: Don’t worry if you miss it the first time, Fiestas del Carmen Puerto de Mogán is celebrated in the following week

If you are here on holiday in Arguineguin or surrounding areas during this fiesta, then we urge you to go and take a look and experience some Canarian culture. If you enjoy boats and just people watching, you can head down to the small restaurants and bars by the beach and harbour.

Let us know in the comments if you have any questions about the Fiestas del Carmen. 👇 We’ll get back to you asap.

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