Today, 1st May, Loja celebrates the Romeria de Amistad, Pilgrimage of Friendship, in the fields of Venta de Rayo. This is a pretty spot backed by the Sierra de Loja and looking towards the olive hills by the Lake of Iznajar.
There are some good walking routes from here which we must try out later. When we arrived this morning many people, who had presumably arrived last night, had already set up camp and were enjoying picnics in the sunshine.
Soon most of the town seemed to turn up in a procession of brightly coloured floats blasting out traditional Spanish Sevillana music, or on horseback.
Although there were temporary bars set up on the site most of the public came well stocked with food and drink. Soon the umbtrellas and tables were erected by the parked floats and the crowd set about enjoying themselves. It has been a beautiful day and the occasion was full of colour. No doubt the festivities will continue late into the night when there will be live music to entertain the gathering.