Santa Cruz Day (May)

May is a month of festivities, starting with the Crosses of May Festival (1st, 2nd and 3rd of May which is Santa Cruz day). The crosses identify distinct zones of the town and they all compete for the prize of the best florally decorated cross.

May Crosses, Nerja

The preparations take place in secret during the preceding months. The event is organized by brotherhoods and financed by voluntary contributions in the neighbourhood.

May Crosses, Nerja

With the preparations made, the crosses are dressed and the fiesta begins and can last several days. Representatives from each brotherhood act as judges to vote on the best dressed cross.

May Crosses, Nerja

In a way, the fiestas resemble a sort of street party and are great fun.

May Crosses, Nerja

Some of the crosses, although florally decorated, are not necessary made of flowers. One, for example, in calle Cristo was made using balls of wool.

You will find more May Crosses photos in the Photo Gallery under ‘Fiestas’