The Day of Andalucia is celebrated annually on 28th February and commemorates the statute that made Andalucia an autonomous community of Spain in 1980.
Andalucia Day is a public holiday and many villages, towns and cities across the region will hang the Andalucian flag of green and white bars from balconies and flagpoles.
People from the region will spend the day quietly with family members or close friends and some will attend organised parties with traditional music, dancing and food.
Some municipalities hold communal meals with food, drink and live performances and one such place is El Burgo where the village also celebrates an iconic dish called seven stick soup – follow this link to read more about seven stick soup – where visitors and locals to the village will find bowls of this delicious dish served up in vast quantities in the main square for all to enjoy along with the entertainment.
Many businesses and organisations will be closed for the day although some bakeries and food stores may remain open and public transport generally runs a reduced service.
Andalucia Day also coincides with “Semana Blanca” or “White Week” (half term) and the children of the region will celebrate Andalucia Day the Friday before in school with a traditional breakfast of toast and olive oil, with a glass of orange juice, while learning about the history of the region.
Every village, town and city in Andalucia will be celebrating this day, so if you are out and about taking in a few of the white villages or larger towns while staying with us on the Costa del Sol, don’t be surprised if you turn a corner and find yourself in the middle of some form of celebration on 28 February.