Ayamonte has a rich cultural history and throughout the year there are various exhibitions and concerts featuring local, national and international talent. There are various interesting old buildings and monuments dotted throughout the town.
The sports and leisure facilities are many and varied. The local fiestas have to be experienced to be believed. Here are some of the dates that should not be missed:
January – Procession of the three Kings.
The fifth of January is the night when the three Kings visit the children to bring their Christmas presents.
End of February – Carnival
Carnival in the south of Spain has a very musical theme and although carnival typically starts the week before Lent, the musical competitions that are associated with Carnival start their preliminary almost two weeks before that. In Ayamonte, “Ayamontinos” dress up in their carnival costumes and parade through the streets to the delight of the thousands of onlookers. Tractors, carts and other vehicles are drawn into the carnival to act as floats to transport the various groups of carnival participants as they make their way through the town. Meanwhile in the Cardenio Theatre (Ayamonte’s main Hall) musical groups that compete in Carnival musical competition, these groups are not your common street bands, but usually a group of friends or co-workers who compose a song that treats a common theme with irony and sarcasm. Politicians, the health service, the economic crisis are common topics that will undoubtedly come in for a severe pasting every year.
The festival on the street may not be like Rio de Janeiro, simply because it is winter here, but the parades (Gran Cabalgata de Carnaval) are well worth taking the time out to see. And for those of you who want to venture out to socialise during Carnival, some sort of a costume is expected. Carnival ends on Ash Wednesday with the Burial of the Sardine (Entierro de la Sardina), which is usually a giant cardboard sardine which is set on fire at the end of the parade.
March/April – Holy week (Semana Santa)
Holy week in Ayamonte goes back 500 years and is now considered to be an outstanding national fiesta. In Ayamonte, the children have started a new tradition of collecting the candle wax from the passing procession and it is not uncommon to see them with multi-coloured balls of wax the size of tennis balls by the end of Easter.
May – “Romeria”
The Spanish dress up in their traditional dress and celebrate. The “romerias” are a festival of colour and tradition with young and old alike attired in long Spanish dresses or suits. The “romerias” are a celebration of the local patrons and throughout the month of May in Ayamonte and surrounding districts you can join in with the locals and sing, dance, eat and drink the weekend away.
Beginning of September – “Las Angustias” fiesta
The majority of the partying goes on in Fairground located just behind the Congress Centre on the main road into the town centre.
13th. November – Saint Diego Fiesta