Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on the Costa del Sol

St. Patrick’s Day in Nerja on the Costa del Sol – Everyone is Welcome to join in on Saint Paddy’s Day

Saint Patrick's Day Costa del Sol Spain 2020

The Irish Harp Bar in Nerja is a great spot for music and drink in Nerja

March 17th 2020 on the Costa del Sol will be party time. No matter if you are in the Irish Harp Bar in Nerja, Pogs in Fuengirola or somewhere up in the hills, like El Cortijuelo, a wonderful traditional Spanish restaurant where not a single word of English (or Irish) is spoken. Somebody will be celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day.


Well, ‘why not?’ is the simple answer. There is something about Saint Patrick’s Day that inspires people to join in the celebrations. You don’t even have to be Irish. You are always made to feel welcome and part of the family.

The Costa del Sol has plenty of Irish Bars, some are more ‘Irish’ than others. But hey! who cares?

Who was St. Patrick?

Well, to start with, St. Patrick was not even Irish. So, why is he the patron saint of Ireland?

I found a brilliant website that gives out as much detail as is possible on ‘Saint Paddy’ called Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. I borrowed some of the text for you but please, visit that website as it has some interesting information on this most famous of saints.

Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. He was a Christian missionary given credited with converting Ireland to Christianity in the AD 400s. So many legends surround his life that the truth is not easily found.

St Patrick was not actually Irish. His exact birthplace and date are not known. However, it is believed he was born around 375AD in Scotland. His parents were Calpurnius and Conchessa, were Romans living in Britain in charge of the colonies.

His real name is believed to be Maewyn Succat and he took on the name Patrick upon becoming a priest.

As a teen, he was kidnapped by pirates and sold into slavery in Ireland to herd and tend sheep on Slemish Mountain, Co Antrim.

During his six-year captivity, he became fluent in the Irish language, he turned to God in prayer. He escaped after having a dream sent from God in which he was told to leave Ireland by going to the coast where he would find a ship waiting to sail to Britain.

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Saint Patrick’s Day Weekend?

Irish people are some respects, a lot like Spanish people. It doesn’t take much of an excuse for a party or fiesta. If St. Patrick’s Day falls between Monday and Thursday, then it is simply St. Patrick’s Day; period. After all, people do have to work the next day.

However; Friday to Sunday is ‘Paddies Day weekend’ and Monday is for suffering from a hangover. That’s just how it is.

If you are planning to get away for some winter sun and want to enjoy the festivities then rent one of our Nerja villas and apartments. There are a great number of villas and apartments close to where the celebrations will be taking place. Nerja Beach Holidays has a great selection of properties available for self-catering holidays in Nerja.

I can think of a better way to celebrate the saints day than a few pints and then hone to your own sunny terrace and swimming pool. Check out the main website for full details.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Tuesday, March 17th 2020.

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