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Conil Romería 2015


Sunday, January 25th 2015

The whole event depending on the weather, one Sunday towards the end of January, virtually the entire population of Conil de la Frontera sets out on an annual pilgrimage from the pueblo to the neighbouring pueblo of El Colorado.

A joyous celebration in honour of of the town’s patron saint, San Sebastian, the slow procession is fuelled by wine, roadside picnics, music and dancing, as gaily decorated wagons trundle through the countryside, skies permitting, of course.

Each wagon is followed by its own band of faithful followers. Those not taking an active part in the five mile walk, gather along the wayside, eating and drinking from picnic baskets and barbecues to lend encouragement to the increasingly tipsy pilgrims, as they make their way through the pine forests. The event terminates with a prize being awarded to the wagon judged to be the most decorative. But few contestants remain sober enough to care by then. As in most years, your intrepid reporter was there to record the event today.

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And to read more about romerías in Conil, click here

5 comments on “Conil Romería 2015

  1. rangewriter
    January 29, 2015

    Looks like a ton of fun. Great photo journalism.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Bryan Hemming
      January 29, 2015

      Thanks for that. I was working with a camera I hate, because it’s so difficult to set. Added to that, it doesn’t have a viewfinder, and I could see nothing on the screen for much of the time. Believe it or not, quite a few of the pictures were composed using guesswork, as the low winter sun was so bright, as you can see.


      • rangewriter
        January 29, 2015

        Ha! I can relate to shooting blind. I have no idea how some people get such great images from an iPhone. Most of the time, I can’t see a thing when I try to frame an image with mine. I can’t tell if it is properly exposed or even if it is focused. It’s always a point and pray proposition. And my eyes have gotten so crummy that even with my nice Nikon, I’m often not sure if what I just snapped is in focus or properly exposed till I get the image up on the computer screen for a good look.

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  2. eremophila
    January 27, 2015

    Wonderful images Bryan, really bringing the atmosphere to the pages. Wish I could have been there!

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