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Easter Week Begins in Mojácar Full of Tradition and Beauty

Mojácar began the religious acts of its Easter Week with the Procession of the Donkey and the Blessing of the Palms, which this year took place in the Plaza del Caño at the City Gate, an emblematic point of the old town and original entrance to the municipality through which Mojácar was accessed, going through the wall that centuries ago protected it.

At 11 in the morning the Parish Priest, accompanied by the children who will receive their first Communion this year, went to the City Gate, where he proceeded to bless the palms that numerous residents and visitors carried in commemoration of the entrance of Jesus to Nazareth.

Today Tuesday, 4th of April, the Way of the Cross will take place, going from the Santa María Parish Church, going around the village streets, carried by float bearers and accompanied by the prayers of residents and visitors who escort it throughout the route.

On Maundy Thursday at 6.30pm, the “in Coena Domini” Holy Mass will start following the papal bull proclaimed by Pope Urban V, to, at 10.30pm, start the procession of Our Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth and the Our Lady of Sorrows.


On Good Friday, 7th of April, at 12 midday, the Procession of the Meeting will start, one of the most beautiful that takes place in Mojácar, recovered from tradition.

The Virgin, with black mantle, and her son, the Nazarene, depart from the Santa María Parish Church and direct their steps along different routes through the old town, enveloped in a sepulchral silence, both accompanied by the light of the faithful’s candles.

The Plaza del Caño is the meeting point. The Virgin awaits him, and the bearers of the Nazarene, in front of his mother, make the “three falls” while everyone intones the Salve Mojaquera with great devotion and seclusion.

            After officiating, at 6.30pm in the Santa María Parish Church, the Holy Offices of the Passion, Death of the Lord and the Adoration of the Cross, at 10.30pm the procession of the Holy Burial will take place, which will go around the streets of the locality in silence.During these days, the streets of Mojácar are the scene of processions with platforms made especially in keeping with the streets of Mojácar: narrow, winding and especially beautiful, which throughout Easter Week are full of the scent of incense, candles and flowers. Nor could there be absent the faithful, Nazarenes and Manolas (women wearing black and mantillas), who walk in procession accompanied by the notes of the Municipal Music Band.


In Mojácar there exist two Brotherhoods: the Nazarene and the Our Lady of Sorrows, made up of residents who throughout the year are responsible for finding the means to maintain the images and the platforms, adapt them and carry them in procession.

This locality has always had a great tradition in Easter Week. Before the Spanish Civil War, with a parish that had a spectacular wooden altarpiece, choir and images of great artistic quality from the hands of Salcillo, the population expressed itself around the most significant acts in which the whole village took part.

At this time the Santa María Parish Church was burned, the only one in the area that was destroyed, including the images of its interior and the religious and civil documents.

The image of Our Lady of Sorrows was acquired in the 1940s. A carving of the Venetian school in the style of the 40s-50s, although the costumes she is dressed in at Easter Week were preserved from the time of greatest splendour and inherited from the Virgin of Salcillo.


The Nazarene also arrived, which travelled from its place of origin by train to Zurgena, where it was received and taken to Mojácar. Of great beauty, it is a painstakingly made carving which draws the admiration of all.

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Mojacar Council Will Invest Nearly One Million Euros in Infrastructure Improvements in the Municipality

The plans laid out by Mojácar Council to improve the municipality’s infrastructure and replace road surfaces, as well as upgrade sanitation and water supply networks, are crucial steps toward ensuring the sustainable development and efficient management of resources in the area.

With an allocated budget of 930,000 euros for these improvement works, Mojácar Council aims to address the essential need for reliable drinking water supply and to mitigate potential losses in the water distribution network. By checking and repairing damaged pipes, they are taking proactive measures to conserve this increasingly scarce resource and maintain the high quality of life enjoyed by residents.

Furthermore, the focus on road surfacing improvements in urban areas reflects the council’s commitment to enhancing mobility, accessibility, and safety for both residents and visitors. By incorporating elements for water management and preserving water quality alongside these road works, Mojácar Council demonstrates a holistic approach to infrastructure development that considers environmental sustainability and aesthetics.

Ultimately, these planned works not only aim to enhance services for citizens but also contribute to the overall tourist development of Mojácar by providing a sustainable and high-quality environment for visitors to enjoy.

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Barcelona Basket Wins Again, for the Second Consecutive Year, the National Basketball Tournament U13 “Ciudad De Vera”.

  • The Catalans won in the final with a resounding score of 77 – 64 to Real Madrid.

Vera, May 05, 2024. FC Barcelona Basket has been proclaimed, for the second consecutive year champion of the VI National Basketball Tournament U13 “Ciudad de Vera”, by defeating Real Madrid by 77 – 64 in the final, in a very close game until the last stretch of the game, where the blaugranas distanced themselves on the scoreboard with several consecutive three-pointers and knowing how to take advantage of the failures and nerves of the rival, especially in the last quarter.

The players coached by Eduard Perea, who are leaders of their league with two games left to finish the championship, have solved all the games of the tournament with convincing and bulky victories against their rivals, being fair winners of a tournament that every time has a higher competitive level and that has become on its own merits one of the most important and best organized nationally, in the field of grassroots basketball. For the Catalan team this has been the last tournament before facing the final stages of the Catalan Championship.

In the match for third and fourth place, the Next Hoops won 77 -60 against Unicaja de Málaga. The fifth place went to Club Joventut Badalona. UCAM Murcia was sixth and Real Betis settled for seventh place. The local team, UPLA, closed its participation in the Veratense tournament in eighth place.

All the games were broadcasted by Canal Basket Cantera, the largest basketball training platform in the world. The event, held at the Blas Infante Pavilion in Vera, brought together the best national basketball quarries throughout the weekend and had hundreds of spectators who packed the stands during all the games.

The MVP of the Tournament was for Kristians Martinsons, young promise of the Barcelona youth team that has caused a very pleasant impression among the fans who have attended the tournament. The ideal quintet of the tournament was composed by Kristians Martinsons (Barcelona), Ilian Montero (Next Hoops), Aitor Cugat (Unicaja),
Biel Mas (Barcelona Basket), Airam Alonso (Real Madrid).


The mayor of Vera, Alfonso Garcia, thanked the Diputación de Almería for its support to the sporting event as well as the collaboration of the City Council of Los Gallardos, which has also been sub-host of the tournament, and whose councilor, Andrea Ramos, attended the final of the tournament and participated in the trophy ceremony. The mayor veratense has highlighted the role of all sponsors and partners “because thanks to them and their contribution has been able to consolidate the tournament in Vera as a national benchmark, where all the big teams show their interest in coming.

Garcia has put in value “the great work of UPLA in organizing the tournament that year after year makes the town in the capital of basketball at the national level”. Garcia has highlighted “the great projection that this competition provides the municipality to promote throughout Spain”.

Diego Franco, president of UPLA, the organizing club of the Tournament, commented that “the level of play of these games has been excellent, we have lived great sporting moments, with a team that has stood out above the rest as has been Barcelona Basket”.
“We have had the opportunity to see the best youth basketball at national level in the Pabellón Infante de Vera,” concluded Franco.

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Vera Will Once Again Be the Epicenter of National Grassroots Basketball, With the Vi U13 Tournament!

The mayor of the City Council of Vera, Alfonso García Ramos, and the Councillor for Culture and Heritage, Sports, and Youth, Antonio Jesús Soler Castaño, accompanied Juan Francisco López Fernández from the board of CB Upla to present the VI U13 tournament. The mayor expressed that the tournament would bring the best basketball to Vera, with the participation of top youth teams from across the country.

From May 2 to 5, the Blas Infante Pavilion in Vera will host the tournament, featuring prominent teams like Real Madrid Basketball, Barcelona Basketball, Joventut Badalona, and Unicaja Basketball. The tournament is organized by the Basketball Club Union of Peoples of Levante Almeriense (CB UPLA), with support from the City of Vera, the Provincial Council of Almería, and the Unicaja Foundation and Basket Andalusia.

For CB Upla, hosting the VI tournament is an honor, as it has become a significant event in the national youth basketball scene. The City Council of Vera has collaborated closely with CB Upla to ensure that everything is in place for the tournament, welcoming basketball enthusiasts, athletes, and families to Vera.

Antonio Jesús Soler, the Councilman of Sports in Vera, emphasized that the tournament not only has a significant sports impact but also contributes to tourism, attracting families to Vera to enjoy its climate and sports facilities. He highlighted the tournament’s national recognition, which strengthens both the sports and tourism sectors of the community.


The tournament will kick off on May 2 with a game between CB Upla and Ucam Murcia, followed by matches on May 3, 4, and 5 featuring various national youth teams. The highlight of the tournament will be the match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona on May 3, with semifinals on May 4 and the grand final on May 5.

The VI U13 Tournament promises intense emotions and unforgettable moments for sports and basketball enthusiasts, providing a platform for young talents to showcase their skills and passion for the game. It will be an exciting experience for all involved and a unique opportunity to witness the future stars of basketball in action.

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