Día de la Cruz in Granada: Celebrations and Traditions

girls dancin on dia de la cruz in granada in carmen square
The Día de la Cruz (Day of the Cross) or Cruces de Mayo (festival of the May crosses) is celebrated in Granada on May 3rd and is one of the most popular festivals in Andalusia.

squares during dia de la cruz of granada
Use this opportunity to experience Spanish culture, enjoy a genuine performance by renowned flamenco artists.

Flamenco Tablao Jardines de Zoraya: let yourself be seduced by flamenco and the exquisite gastronomy, enjoy music and dance while discovering the taste of Granada.

Flamenco Show at La Soleá: enjoy a unique atmosphere, experience and feel the tradition and passions of flamenco.

Every year, thousands of visitors come from all over Spain to experience this fiesta in Granada.

The origins of this tradition

flamenco dancing on feast day de la cruz in granada The festival was first celebrated in Granada in the XVII century, when an alabaster cross was erected in 1625 in the district of San Lázaro, and all the locals celebrated by singing and dancing around it.

The tradition continued in the most popular districts of Granada, like Albaicin and Realejo.

Children began to build small altars with a cross and decorate them with pottery and copper objects.

scissors on cross day in granada Many of these traditions live on to this day. One of them is the placing somewhere in the decorations of the Cross of an apple with a pair of scissors inserted into it.

This is done so as to try to avoid any criticism that might be made of the decoration of the Cross.

Festival official competition

On this joyous day it is common to find all over Granada women and children wearing the typical andalusian dress. Also beautiful andalusian horses will parade in the streets.

piano and decorations of patio on dia de la cruz Every year the City Council runs a competition to promote this tradition, in which there are four categories: patios (courtyards), streets and squares, shop windows and schools.

Thousands of carnations will decorate the dozens of crosses that compete for the prize every year.

The aroma of so many flowers perfumes Granada and invites people to enjoy such a special day.

red cross in one of the patios of granada on dia cruz The atmosphere is unmatched. The Granadines, adults and children alike, walk around the city visiting various crosses, dancing and celebrating this way such an important day in Granada.

You should visit the Albaicín, where crosses every year get the best prizes: Plaza Larga, Casa de los Pisas o calle Zafra.

The cross at the Corrala de Santiago, in Realejo, is also a winner for the "patios" section of the competition.

Enjoy the atmosphere at the historic centre: plaza del Carmen or plaza Bib-Rambla and sorroundings, where different stages are erected near the cross for the flamenco performances that take place during the afternoon and evening on the 3rd of May, día de la Cruz in Granada.

programa de actividades cruces granada 2022

Location of the May Crosses in Granada

map of the locacion of crosses in granada

list of the crosses in patios
list of the crosses in shops
list of the crosses in the collages

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Page Updated: May 02, 2022


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Opinions about Dia de la Cruz in Granada
A lovely atmosphere throughout Granada
We thouroghly enjoyed watching the flamenco danced by all different age groups. We were made welcome and a Spanish lady tried to explain how the dancers moved their hands so elegantly. It was my birthday and it all made it a very special one to remember (Addy).

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