With the arrival of the month of September, and after the summer break, comes the 'back to school', and to make it more bearable, this week we encourage you to visit three localities in the region and discover their patron saint festivities, which are also declared of tourist interest. Hoyo de Manzanares, Fuentidueña de Tajo and San Lorenzo de El Escorial are waiting for you. Don't miss them!
Fiesta de la Caldereta
If you like gastronomy, you cannot miss this festival declared of Regional Tourist Interest, which every year takes place within the patron saint festivities of the 'Virgen de la Encina' that are celebrated around 8th September in Hoyo de Manzanares. This is a centenary event linked to the festival of the 'bull', whose meat is the main ingredient of the stew of the Caldereta that is tasted in the Plaza Mayor on Sunday from 10am, after five hours on fire from the chefs of the Association of the Caldereta, who were those who recovered this initiative, whose tradition is believed to date from the thirteenth century.
Embarcación de la Virgen de Alarilla
We now go to the region of Las Vegas, specifically to Fuentidueña de Tajo, as the second weekend of September takes place the festivities in honour of the 'Virgen de Alarilla', whose intense programming includes an endless number of cultural and sporting activities as well as traditional games, bullfighting festivities, and verbenas. In this context, is also celebrated the traditional 'Embarcación de la Virgen' (Boat of the Virgin) consisting of the descent of the Virgen de Alarilla declared of Tourist Interest by the Region of Madrid. Following the course of the Tagus River, the residents of this locality take their Virgin in a fluvial procession on board of a boat illuminated with coloured bulbs, in which, at sunset, the light of the torches is paraded commemorating the apparition of the Lady to a shepherd of the municipality.
Romería de Nuestra Señora de la Virgen de Gracia
Finally, on the second Sunday of September in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, this pilgrimage takes place, declared a Festival of National Tourist Interest, which honours the patron saint of the town. The celebration begins with the Floral Offering, celebrated the previous Friday at the door of the sanctuary, although Sunday is the high point of the festival, the day on which you can attend the different acts of celebration such as the traditional Dawn Rosary or the 'Cortejo Romero', in which you can enjoy a procession of decorated wagons. Throughout the day, attendees will enjoy the typical food of the region, singing 'jotas' (Spanish dance) and dancing the 'Rondón'.
More info: Festivities and tradictions in the Region of Madrid
Image credits: Embarcación de la Virgen de Alarilla · Web Ayuntamiento Fuentidueña de Tajo