Festa San Sebastian Vinaros 20th January-Feast of Saint Sebastian Vinaros

Festa San Sebastian Vinaros 20th January-Feast of Saint Sebastian Vinaros

Each year on the 20th January, the people of Vinaros celebrate the feast of their patron saint – Sebastian. 2014 will be the third year that the festivities start the day before, on the 19th and then on the morning of the Saint’s feast day, the pilgrimage commences at 7.30am in the morning.

By Jackie De Burca

Feast of Saint Sebastian Vinaros – 19th January

There will be free attractions laid on for the younger people of the town, plus live music for all. In 2014 the line up includes the Bandits, DJ Carlos Martorell and the Vinaros Tropical group. The third Llonganissa Festival (type of sausage) takes place also in 2014, which is supported by the Caixa Foundation of Vinaros and the Pub Association. For €2 you can buy a ticket which will get you a llonganissa sandwich and a glass of Muscatel

Feast of Saint Sebastian Vinaros – 20th January

At 7.30am the pilgrims gather at the Iglesia Arciprestal (Archiprestal Church) for the pilgrimage to the Ermita de Nuestra Señora de la Miscordia y San Sebastian, which is around 6km from the town on a hill starts. This is a beautiful spot, with stunning views back down over the coast. Mass is held there at 12 noon, and this is followed by a traditional sharing of a rice dish which has been prepared by the Hospitality Association of Vinaros.

If you want to enjoy a second serving, as many people do you can buy a ticket for €1 from the Ayuntamiento (City Hall) in the mornings, or on Saturday at the Casal Jove (Youth House). The proceeds of this money go to the Red Cross and Caritas Vinaros. There is also a bus service laid on, which costs €1.50 and the buses run between 9am and 5pm.

Saint Sebastian

The Vinarocenses (people from Vinaros) are not the only population to have Saint Sebastian as their patron saint. He is not only venerated in the Catholic Church, but also in the Orthodox Churches and in Greece his saint day is on 18th December.

The early Christian martyr and saint is also the patron saint of Qormi in Malta, Melilli in Sicily, Petilia Policastro and Caserta in Italy, Palma de Mallorca and Rio de Janeiro. Saint Sebastian was a bubonic plague protector and the patron saint of sports. As an Irish person living in the area, I have to say that the people of Vinaros are more physically active than other places in Spain that I have lived. There are many sports events held throughout the year and additionally the town is extremely cycling friendly.

If you would like to know more about Vinaros (photos above) and the surrounding areas click on the links below:

Vinaros Travel Guide – A seaside town, with an historical port, which has a great carnival, plenty of good food and friendly people. The coast has a few cute coves – one you can see in the photo above.

Just a few of the towns and villages that we like within 30 minutes to under 2 hours drive or so from Vinaros:


Alcanar – Iberian settlement, gorgeous views from the hermitage, lovely seaside part called Les Cases d’Alcanar – 20 minutes drive from Vinaros approx.

Sant Carles de la Rapita – A lovely seaside town at the mouth of the Delta de l’Ebre Natural Park, well known for great food – 25 minutes drive from Vinaros.

Tortosa – A city dripping in culture and history, that is capital of the Baix Ebre area – amongst its events, Tortosa features a great medieval festival in July – 40 minutes drive from Vinaros.

Fancy a big city?  Check out Tarragona – which is an hour south of Barcelona and is still relatively undiscovered. It is around 1 hour drive from Vinaros.

Valencia (Comunidad Valenciana – Valencian Community)

Peniscola – This is rated as one of Spain’s prettiest towns – go there to find out why! It’s about 20 minutes from Vinaros.

Benicassim – Famous for the summer music festival, this town has more to it that makes it rock …excuse the cheesy comment! The journey time is 45 minutes from Vinaros.

Morella – Another one of Spain’s prettiest towns, venture inland to wander this place that is pulsating with history, culture and cute shops. This trip from Vinaros to Morella is almost one hour – be prepared for lovely scenery and rising roads!

Don’t miss the city of Valencia itself …read our introduction to Valencia City. Driving from Vinaros to Valencia city is a trip of 1 hour and 30 minutes.

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