Corpus Christi in Granada 2019 - Activities, Tarasca Procession and Fair Ground

Corpus Christi is, probably, the most important feast in Granada. During a week, there ara all kind of celebrations and activities all around the town: puppet shows and activities for children, bullfighting, processions, balcony decorations, competitions, exhibitions, etc...

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couple on a horse in corpus christi granada

There are, also, some flamenco and regional music performances in "casetas" (huge tents) in the fairground and in the city centre.

Two major processions take place in Granada during the feast. The first is the Tarasca (Tarasque), of pagan origin, which leads out on the Wednesday. In this procession, a figure of a woman on a dragon, accompanied by giants and other characters wearing big papier maché heads, walks through the streets of Granada.

flamenco dances during feria granada The other procession, which is named after the feast of Corpus Christi itself, is solemn and religious and leads out on the Thursday.

The celebrations last seven days. In 2019, Corpus Christi in Granada will be held from 15 to 22 June. 19 of June – The Tarasque; 20 of June – Corpus Christi.

During Corpus Christi in Granada, bullfights with horseback lancers are held. A week before this, Carocas (a traditional satirical competition) are placed around the Plaza Bib Rambla, near the Cathedral, for the people to read and comment on. They are also published in the local press.

Carocas are cartoons or caricatures which humorously highlight the major local and national events that have taken place during the year. They are accompanied by verses which are placed underneath in large panels.

big heads in prosessions of corpus This tradition dates back to the seventeenth century, and since the nineteenth century Carocas have been placed in the Plaza Bib Rambla. From hundreds of cartoons the top twenty are selected.

Corpus Christi in Granada is usually held in June, but feast days are variable and depend on the timing of Easter. You can find the exact date on which the Thursday of Corpus Christi falls by counting 60 days from Easter Monday.

Traditionally, the Thursday of Corpus Christi is a bank holiday in Granada and shops are not open. Friday is also a school holiday and students start their celebrations with the Tarasca on Wednesday.

The Corpus Christi Fair Ground

This Granada fair, though less well known than Seville's, has nevertheless a great deal of charm and appeal. The Corpus Christi fair in Granada begins each year on a Monday at 12:00.

hourse carriage in feria The fairground comprises three parts: the stands area, the swings and attractions, and the access paths to these two parts where you will find many bars and stalls with confectionery, baked potatoes, etc. Each of these paths is decorated with thousands of lamps and lanterns.

The cover of the main façade of the fair is different every year, generating great excitement among the people of Granada. The theme is usually some emblematic monument of the city.

The entrance to the casetas (tents) is usually free, (a very different affair from what happens in Seville), where you will taste typical Spanish food.

plano feria casetas

Granada's Fair in 2019, as in previous years, will be located at the fairgrounds in Almanjáyar, in the northern part of the city, near the Granada Bus Station.

Secure car parks are located near the fair site, between Aguirre and Joaquina Caseria Eguaras streets.

The Programme of Events During the Corpus Christi

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Corpus Fairground Buses

During Corpus Christi 2019, six bus routes will take you from Granada to the fairgrounds.

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Route F1: Cenes de la Vega - Fair (via Gran Vía). Every 10 to 15 minutes.
Route F2: Zaidin - Fair (via Emperador Carlos V and Gran Via). Every 20 minutes.
Route F3: Avda de Dilar - Fair (via Camino de Ronda). Every 60 minutes.
Route F4: Chana - Fair (via Motorway and Periodistas Neibourhood). Every 10 to 15 minutes.
Route F5: Haza Grande - Fair (via north of Granada). Every 60 minutes.
Route F6: Palacio Congresos - Fair (via Gran Via). Every 30 minutes.

timetable of buses to feria

Location of the Fairground in Granada

map of the location of the Fairground in granada

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