Great Tuna Competition comes to Nerja

For the second year in a row, the Great Tuna Competition comes to Nerja courtesy of the University of Malaga in collaboration with the city of Nerja.

While for the uninformed this may sound like a fishing competition, it is, in fact, a Spanish tradition dating back to the 13th century when poor students would sing together in the streets for money to pay for their tuition fees.

Over the years it has evolved into a singing competition where students dress in traditional costumes and sing serenades to modern day maidens.

The competition kicks off on Friday, March 9, at 9 o’clock at night with a Ronda (a short vocal composition in which two or more voices sing the same melody in the same tone) that will start from Calle Cristo and will go through Calle Pintada, and Calle Gloria to end at the Balcón de Europa, where all the different tunas will sing and play their songs.

On Saturday, March 10, at 7 pm, the tunas invited to this year’s competition will perform at the Villa de Nerja Cultural Centre. A nominal entrance fee of 5 euros will be charged at the door which will be given to the Nerja Friendship Workshop.


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