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Brrr but it is a chilly spring that we are experiencing.  Day after day of clouds and cold weather, the good news though, is that the skies have finally opened up and it is raining, that means clear blue skies are on the way.

Shops are closed tomorrow, May Day so shop til ya drop today if you need to.

One of last years entrants

One of last years entrants

The Cruces de Mayo competition is about to start as well.  There are 12 crosses competing this year for a total of 590 euros in prize money.  There are two categories, Crosses in open spaces, and Crosses in closed spaces.  Prize for best outdoor space is 290.00 euros and 240.00 euros for the best indoor cross.  I will attempt to see all of them over the next few days and take photos.

For those eager to see them all, you can can obtain a cruces passport and if you manage to see 10 of the 12 your name will go into a draw for 1 of 4 prizes.  Those prizes are.  Passports may be obtained at any of the cross locations, as well as the Tourist Office and the Casa de Cultura.

1st prize Dinner for Two at Restaurant La Traviesa

2nd prize  Lunch for Two at the Escuela de Hosteleria

3rd prize 1 bucket of beer plus a rosca sandwich from Tasca de Galera

4th prize 1 bottle of Rum Pálido plus mix from Sunem Playa.

A list of locations to see the crosses is shown directly below.

Click to access cruces_inscritas_2013.pdf

Now for some shots of our very cloudy skies.

I'm talking cloudy

I’m talking cloudy



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Due to technical difficulties, I have deleted the earlier post and redone it.

Cross location maps are available at the tourism office in Plaza Goya.

First Place went to The Cruz Asociación Pataure, showing at the Casa de Cultura in Lobres.

Second Place went to The Cruz La Fuente del Deseo by the Mujeres de Salobreña, showing at the Mujeres de Salobreña clubhouse.

Third Place went to Cruz Pub Psilicon, showing at Pub Psilicon.

There were 13 or 14 crosses in all, I managed to photograph all but two or three. Perhaps tomorrow.

I Googled the history of the Cruces de Mayo Festival, and Wikipedia came up with a nice short concise explanation.  You can read all about it at this link.      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiesta_de_las_Cruces.   As well as crosses and themed backdrops, at each site there was a tapas bar with seating.  You have to love a country that charges more for a coke then it does for a beer.

Enjoy the photos.

First Place,

Second Place winners, La Fuente del Deseo

The cross was a functioning fountain.

Third Place winner Pub Psilicon. Design is made with colored sands

Pub Bora Bora’s entry. Fruits are the Níspero which are in season at the moment.

Cafeteria Salobreña’s entry

Mujeres Tropical entry located in the Seniors Center up in the old town.

The Ghula Bar entry. Pronounce Hula Bar. Cross decorated with bottle caps

Restaurant Agua Verde entry. Agua Verde always have a great display. It’s huge and clearly one of the towns favorites.

La Caleta, La Guardia entry in La Caleta,

Cruz de Humillación

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This is just a reminder that the Cruces de Mayo will be taking place on the 3rd of May in Salobrena, look for all the brightly decorated Crosses all over  town..Last year was just fantastic, you can get a full list of all the competitors and their locations at the tourist office or at the individual competitor sites.  The larger sites will set up a bar and all sites will accept small donations to help keep the tradition alive, but there is absolutely no pressure to donate.   The sites with bars, will party on into the night, some all night!  Unfortunately I cannot be there this year so to get an idea of what to expect, you can take a look at May 2008 to see some of the photos from last year.  Don’t miss this opportunity to mix with the locals and enjoy one of our annual fiesta days.

Please also note, that May the 1st is a bank holiday, and most of the shops will be closed.  It is May Day after all..

This is one of last years beautiful entries into the Cruces de Mayo Festival Competition.

Humildad Flamenca

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This is probably my favorite cross because of the surroundings. Three ladies do a cross on this little side street every year, and every year it is bigger and better than the last. The plants you see on this street are here year round, not just for the Cruces de Mayo. It is a lovely little street and the 3 ladies involved with the making of the cross look after all these plants themselves. Here goes.

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Humildad Flamenca

Every year on the 3rd of May we here in Spain celebrate the Cruces de Mayo. It is in fact actually a 4 day celebration with music, make shift bars, dancing and most importantly, the decorated crosses. The pictures really don’t do them justice in my opinion, an incredible amount of work goes into the making of the crosses and their settings as you will see. This year, there are 4 outside displays and 6 indoor. Many of them have bars and entertainment, others are just large shrines. Since yesterday was May Day, the 1st of May and everyone was on holiday, most also took today off to make it a 4 day weekend, we do that a lot here. One or two of these small bars, will go on well into the very wee hours of the morning. I remember last year going to work the following morning, and there were still people hanging on for dear life at one of the outdoor bars. The first cross shown is actually a fountain, and the cross itself is made from fresh flowers. I will be posting photos of a different cross each day until all have been shown.

Located next to Restaurant Agua Verde

Humildad Flamenca

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