In the days before Pentecost, the town lives its main festival, “Villamanrique, Passing of the Confraternities”, declared an Andalusian Event of Tourist Interest. The town becomes the kilometre zero and official route to the Shrine of the “Blanca Paloma” in the village of El Rocío. This religious event and colourful tourist attraction have two centuries of history.
The Dukes of Montepensier commissioned the reconstruction of this Mudejar style building in 1859 according to the design of the architect Balbino Marrón. It consists of a single nave with an 18th-century baroque high altar and a painting Saint Ferdinand in front of the Virgin Mary by Luis de Oñate.
Declared a Festival of Tourist Interest in 2008.
The solemn feast of the Assumption of Mary takes place on 15 August. This is the most important celebration of the Confraternity.
The Confraternity’s Main Solemn Event takes place at 11 am. The procession with the image of Our Lady of the Assumption takes place at 9 pm at the Nuestra Señora de la Asunción Parish Church.
The Santiago Festival, which is celebrated on 25 July, the feast day of Spain’s patron saint, has been declared an Andalusian Festival of Tourist Interest. It consists of street parties, the “fire bull”, the opening speech, a party in the town square on the eve of the festival, and the procession of the Apostle Santiago on his white horse and Our Lady of Despair dressed up for the occasion.
The most important festivity in Gines is, undoubtedly, the day the wagons set off for the Pilgrimage to El Rocío. This event draws a huge crowd each year, both locals and visitors from the province of Seville and the rest of Andalusia. This is particularly noteworthy as the event takes place on a non-holiday Wednesday.
“Una Pará en Gines” has been declared an Andalusian Event of Tourist Interest in 2018. This major tourism event focuses on nature and the town’s long-standing traditions related to the El Rocío Pilgrimage. It is organised in September or October by the Town Council’s Festivals Department.
The Via Crucis of Italica dates back to the first Saturday of Lent in 1990, when the Hermandad del Rosario (Brotherhood of the Rosary) followed this Way of the Cross alone for the first time and decided to share this unique experience with other nearby brotherhoods.