Celebrate Douglas Days in Teba

Pipers parade through the town of Teba Credit: Douglas Days Facebook

If you have been intrigued by Burns Night and find yourself aligning with Scotland, but are here in Spain, here’s a surprise.

The  mountainous town of Teba in Malaga Province turns Scottish every August and you can mix with local people and visitors dressed as Moors, Crusaders or Scots as they celebrate an important event in Medieval History.

Death of Robert the Bruce

The story goes back to 1329, when Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland was dying and on his deathbed gave his loyal knight Sir James Douglas a quest to take his embalmed heart to the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

Douglas set off with the heart placed in a silver container which he wore around his neck but in 1330 he docked in Sevilla where he was greeted by Spanish King Alfonso XI of Castile who was trying to throw the Moors out of Granada.

Rather than continue on their quest, Douglas and his men agreed to join the King and rode to take part in the siege of the Castle of Teba where he and his men were lured into a trap and all were killed.

Lead on Braveheart

Tradition says that he threw the urn containing the heart at the Moors and then attacked them shouting  “Lead on Braveheart, I’ll follow thee.”

Soon after, the King’s knights captured the castle and the Moors as a gesture of goodwill surrendered the body of Sir James Douglas along with Robert the Bruce’s heart, both of which were returned to Scotland

The heart was buried in Melrose Abbey whilst Sir James’ body was interred in St Bride’s Cemetery in his hometown of Douglas.

Remembering the late Sir James Douglas
Credit: Douglas Days Facebook

Visit the Douglas Days Festival

The Town of Teba which is twinned with Melrose commemorates this this event every year with its famous Douglas Days Festival in August.

For three days the town is full of people
Credit: Douglas Days Facebook

So if you fancy discovering the world of proud Scottish tradition mixed with exotic Moorish and Crusader history consider a visit to Teba in August to enjoy markets, parades, the swirl of bagpipes and historical re-enactments.

Spain can proudly boast whole towns which like Teba devote themselves to fascinating themes in order to honour past history which in turn generates tourist activity, helping the community to thrive.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. Do remember to come back and check The Euro Weekly News website for all your up-to-date local and international news stories and remember, you can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Written by

John Smith

Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica. Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene. Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development. Share your story with us by emailing newsdesk@euroweeklynews.com, by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page www.facebook.com/EuroWeeklyNews


    • Iain Dowell

      27 January 2024 • 17:36

      Hello John, enjoyed the article on James Douglas, I was wondering if you had any dates for the Douglas festival this year2024 as a group of us are heading over to celebrate him. Many thanks Iain ….

      • John Smith

        28 January 2024 • 11:07

        Hi Iain – the dates haven’t been announced as yet but in 2023 it was August 25 to 27 and similar dates in 2022 so it’s more than likely that it’ll be either August 23 to 25 or August 30 to September 1

        • Iain DOWELL

          31 January 2024 • 16:55

          Thankyou very much John..

    • Martin Hearne

      28 January 2024 • 19:25

      Teba in August ! Temps in the 40c+ range, you’ll need a stout heart indeed

    Comments are closed.