Only a year ago it was relatively difficult to go to a green market, as this meant having to travel within the province, while the larger municipalities along the Costa del Sol lacked this offer. Well, we are pleased to inform you that this has changed, in no time, thanks to the excellent reception of this very healthy proposal and not necessarily more expensive as we tend to believe!
Next we leave you the detailed list of ecological markets in the province of Malaga, so that you know when you can buy organic and fresh fruit and vegetables in your neighborhood.
Ecological markets in the Guadalhorce Valley and Axarquía.
It started relatively recently in the villages of Valle del Guadalhorce. Also known as the “Huerta de Malaga”, demonstrating excellent health, which has caused them to spread throughout the province.
From 10 am to 2 pm we can enjoy the purchase of organic products; products such as fruits, seasonal vegetables, honey, oil, citrus, eggs, bread or sweet wines, which come mostly from the Guadalhorce Valley, also known as the orchard of Malaga.
The following green markets are sorted according to the order in which they are available during the month:
First weekend of the month
Saturday: Green market in Marbella
When: First Saturday of the month.
Hours: From 10 to 2 pm.
Location: España Avenue, Pinar de Elviria. (Map)
Sunday: Ecological market in Cártama
When: First Sunday of the month
Hours: From 10 am to 2 pm.
Location: Urbanización Los Naranjos Park, opposite the petrol station. (Map)
Sunday: Organic market in Rincón de la Victoria
When: First Sunday of the month
Hours: From 10 am to 2 pm.
Location: Constitution Square (Map)
Second weekend of the month
Saturday: Ecological market in Málaga
When: Second Saturday of the month
Hours: From 10 am to 2 pm.
Location: Paseo de Reding, La Malagueta (Map)
Sunday: Ecological market in Mijas
When: Second Sunday of the month
Hours: From 10 am to 2 pm.
Location: Parque de Andalucía, Las Lagunas (Map)
Third weekend of the month
Saturday: Green market in Marbella
When: Third Saturday of the month
Hours: From 10 am to 2 pm.
Location: Calle Sírio, Ribera del Rio Guadaiza, Nueva Andalucia. (Map)
Sunday: Ecological market in Benalmádena
When: Third Sunday of the month
Hours: From 10 am to 2 pm.
Location: La Paloma Fairgrounds, Arroyo de la Miel (Map)
Fourth weekend of the month
Saturday: Ecological market in Malaga
The park Huelin is located a few meters from the seafront Antonio Machado, thus can be combined perfectly a visit to the organic market and a walk by the sea and perhaps some fried fish tapas to rebuild strength.
When: Fourth Saturday of the month
Hours: From 10 am to 2 pm.
Location: Hueling Park, next to the lake (Map)
Ecological markets on the last Sunday of the month
Ecological market in Cala de Mijas
When: Last Sunday of the month
Hours: From 10 am to 2 pm.
Location: Boulevard de la Cala, next to Town Hall (Map)
If you want an updated list of places and dates where these and other markets are organized, visit our guide to markets in Malaga.
Other ecological markets in Málaga
The following list is not yet confirmed for 2018, although other years have been active:
Alhaurín el Grande: Second Saturday of the month, from 10 am to 2 pm, in Calle Real (Pedestrian Street in the centre of the village). In this street market there are usually children’s entertainment activities. In addition, agreements are frequently made with restaurants in the area participating in the event, collaborating with ecological tapas, tastings, etc.
Coin: Third Saturday of the month from 10 to 14 h, in the Plaza de La Villa. It is in this market where the greatest offer of organic food is found and there is usually some kind of animation or workshop.
Pizarra: Last Sunday of the month, in the Plaza de la Cultura from 10-14 h.
Fuengirola: 19 March 2017 from 11:00 to 15:00 hours and is held on the first and third Sunday of each month in the Plaza del Puerto Deportivo (Marina square).
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The origin of the celebration of Twelfth Night (Three Kings night) from 5 to January 6 goes back to the ancient times for being an important day in which increases the brightness after the winter solstice of December 25, thereafter the days begin to get longer each time. Continue reading to know all about available parades in Malaga, facts and even if it’s going to rain that night.
Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar are the names of the Three Kings.
Night of the Three Kings on January the 5th
In the past the Three Kings distributed roles regarding giving out gifts, unfortunately for Balthazar he was in charge of giving coal (the real one, not sweet) stones or wood to children who had not done well. Gaspar gave candy or nuts and Melchior brought clothes and shoes; the gifts of those times were adapted to the needs of the moment.
The Three Kings, as such, are not very widespread and are celebrated only in some Spanish-speaking countries, mainly because of Father Christmas or Santa Claus has prevailed, although both have the same origin.
There is variety in representing the Three Kings in Europe, in countries such as Italy its ‘La Befana’, a witch who seeks redemption and is responsible for bringing the good children presents and scare the bad ones.
In other countries like Germany is just a special day for Catholics, unlike in Spain where everyone celebrates. In Germany on that day there are no gifts or family meals; it is a day of charitable action.
Tradition says that the one who decides whether to give coal to the children is the Carbonilla, a page of the Three Kings.
Will they bring lots of charcoal? At Malagaweb.com we expect that you have behaved well and if they bring you charcoal, that is the sweet one you can eat.
The parade in 2018 (Cabalgata de Reyes)
The Three Kings parade in 2018 (Cabalgata de Reyes in Spanish) bring up to 12 tons of sweets which they throw everywhere from the cars. This year the parade is organized in three main blocks: Fantasy, Christmas and Royal Courtship.
Opening cars called Fantasy parade comes with characters of Star Wars and Alice in Wonderland among many others.
The Christmas cars parade comes with the royal pages, a ballet, angels decorated cars and shepherds next to a moving nativity scene.
Finally the Royal Courtship formation with acrobats and the decorated cars of Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar kings.
Traffic roads will be closed in Malaga centre due to the cavalcade from 12 at night on January 4 to the ending of the parade on January 5th.
Parade of the Three Kings – January activities
The procession of the Three Kings (Cabalgata de Reyes) is a mainly Spanish tradition. The first parade which is recorded took place in 1876 in Alicante and thanks to its success it was expanding rapidly to other cities. In 1917 was the first Parade in Andalusia and today is a typical established tradition throughout the province.
In the beginning it was a day set for charity and the Parades were responsible for collecting toys for disadvantaged children; after many years this healthy habit was disappearing giving way to the typical candy being thrown from the coaches just before Twelfth Night when children wait for their gifts.
Will it rain the 5th of January?
There is a 15% probability of rainfall by January 5 this year, this probability will increase throughout the afternoon reaching 50% by 9 pm and more than 90% after midnight.
If you see some clouds before you go to the cavalcade of kings, don’t forget to take your umbrella with you.
Three kings parade in Malaga: Itineraries in January
Remember in Spanish you can ask about the ‘Cabalgata de Reyes in Malaga’ if you need orientation.
There are private chairs available for those who want to see the 3 Kings Parade from a comfortable place. Price for chairs rised in 2018 and are as follows:
10€ first row sit
8€ second row sit
6€ third row sit at Paseo del Parque only.
4€ fourth row sit. (new in 2018)
If you want to buy a chair for the Three Kings Parade you can do online (only in Spanish at http://www.mientrada.net/) or by phone 902 646 289 (902 are high paid number calls, beware).
Beginning of the parade is at 5:00pm from Malaga Town Hall in January the 5th.
Itinerary of the parade
5:00pm Parade will officially begin at Malaga Town Hall.
6:00 pm General Torrijos Square to Paseo del Parque
Paseo del Parque
Plaza de la Marina
Puerta del Mar
Plaza de Arriola
Pasillo de Santa Isabel
Plaza de la Merced
Parade itinerary map in 2018 and parking places
*We don’t know what parking places will be closed due traffic interruptions from 12 at night on January 4 to the ending of the parade on January 5th.
Cavalcades and schedules in other places of Málaga
In addition, the different districts of Malaga will have a cavalcade:
Eastern District: 4th January at 5.30 pm from the Virgen Milagrosa Square.
Bailén- Miraflores: 4th January at 5.30 pm from Ibrahim Street.
Cruz de Humilladero: January 4 from Conde de Guadalhorce Street from 5:00pm to 9:00 pm.
Carretera de Cádiz: 4th January at 10.30 am from calle Júcar
Churriana: 5th January at 5:30 pm from the Municipal Market and ends at 7:30 pm.
Campanillas: 5th January at 17:30 from Matisse Street.
Teatinos: January 6th at 6:00 pm from Max Estrella Street.
Parade itinerary in Torremolinos
The start of the parade will take place on January 5th in Torremolinos. There will be 10 carriages and 3 royal thrones.
Five tons of sweets will be distributed and the parade will end at 8:00 pm at the Torremolinos Town Hall.
5pm – Parade officially begins in Blas Infante Square.
Avda. Rafael Quintana
Avda. Isabel Manoja
Avda. Los Manantiales
Plaza Costa del Sol
Avda. Joan Miró
Calle doctor Jiménez Encina
C/García de la Serna
Avda. Rafael Quintana
Ayuntamiento de Torremolinos
Parade itinerary in Benalmádena
At 4:30pm begins the parade in Benalmadena Pueblo
Recinto Ferial los Nadales
Calle San Miguel
Avenida del Chorrillo
Avenida Juan Luís Peralta
Calle Jerónimo Garriga
Plaza de España
Avenida Juan Luís Peralta
Parade itinerary in Fuengirola
The arrival of the Three Kings will be by helicopter, they will arrive shortly before the cavalcade.
There will be a total of 25 carriages in this year’s parade in Fuengirola that will take place on Thursday, January 4 and will travel the main streets and avenues. 30 tons of gluten-free jelly beans will be distributed.
The Medieval Festival will also take place in the city centre on Wednesday 3 January.
Avenida de Mijas
Avenida Juan Gómez “Juanito”
Calle Camilo José Cela
Calle Molino de viento
Avenida Condes de San Isidro
Avda. Matías Sáenz de Tejada
Avenida Ramón y Cajal
Avda. de Los Boliches
Three Kings Parade in Mijas
The Three Kings will arrive by helicopter to the soccer field of Lagunas from where they will begin the cavalcade.
Las Lagunas: From 5:00 pm the parade will leave from the Parque de María Zambrano (lateral calle Velázquez), Miguel Hernández Avenue, Antonio Machado Street, Margarita Avenue, Camino Viejo de Coín, San Cristóbal Street, San Javier Street, La Unión Street, Mijas Avenue, Camino del Albero, Denmark Avenue, Geranio Street and arrival to Andalusia Park.
Mijas Pueblo: At 5:00 pm from the Virgen de la Peña square, Virgen de la Peña avenue, Avenida de la Peña, Avenida de Méjico, Plaza de la Paz, Málaga street, Plaza de la Libertad, Málaga street, Constitución square, Avenida del Compas and finish in Virgen de la Peña square.
La Cala de Mijas: At 5:00 pm from the Cultural Centre of Mijas, Marbella Street, Torreón Street, Torremolinos Street, Bulevar, Marbella Street, Cártama Street and will finish in the Butibamba Park.
Parade itinerary in Marbella
The kings arrive to Marbella on Thursday 4 January on board a boat and from there they will head to El Castillo de Marbella where they will spend the night.
5:00 pm: Disembarkation of the 3 Kings in the marina of Marbella
5:00/6:00 p. m.: Parade through the streets of downtown in vintage cars.
Parade through the streets of Marbella, San Pedro de Alcántara and Nueva Andalucía.
Routes and schedules from past year, they might change.
Marbella: 6 pm start in Guadalete Street (Building La Zambomba), Avenida Severo Ochoa, Avenida Ramon y Cajal, Avenida Ricardo Soriano and ending in Avenida Ricardo Soriano, corner Gregorio Marañon Street.
Nueva Andalucía: 3.30 pm start at Virgen Madre church, Avenida Gustavo Adolfo Becquer, calle Alvaro de la Iglesia, calle Lope de Vega, calle Garcilaso de la Vega, Avenida Miguel de Cervantes, calle Jorge Manrique and ending in Avenida Gustavo Adolfo Becquer.
San Pedro Alcantara: 6 pm start at fair grounds, Avenida Jorge Guillen, Avenida Pablo Picasso, calle Lagasca, calle Jerez, Avenida Marques del Duero, calle Hernan Cortes, calle 19 de octubre, Avenida Oriental and Plaza de la Iglesia.
Parade itinerary in Nerja
The Three Kings will arrive at the town hall of Nerja on 5 January at 4:00 pm and the cavalcade begins at 5:00 pm.
Parque Verano Azul
Calle San Miguel
Puerta del Mar
Finaliza en Balcón de Europa.
Parade itinerary in Ronda
On Friday January 5th the 3 kings arrive to Ronda by helicopter, they will land in Ciudad Deportiva.
Rotonda Abogado de Oficio
Calle Virgen de la Paz
Plaza de la Merced
Roscon de Reyes: History and curiosities
The origin of eating a ‘Roscon de Reyes’ for Twelfth Night dates back to Roman times; the Romans dedicated festivals to the god Saturn to celebrate the increase in brightness after the winter solstice. During the celebration they baked round cakes of figs, dates and honey which all social classes including slaves used to enjoy.
From the third century was introduced the dry bean into the sweet. Who got it was considered king of kings for a short period of time; this tradition continued in use and there are records of its use during the Middle Ages with small variations.
At present there is usually a treasure and a bean inside each cake being the one who the gets the bean responsible for paying it and the one who gets the treasure is the king of the house for a day.
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This year the Christmas lights are switched on the 24th in November, will you miss it? Don’t worry, you will find a video of the lighting and all the information you may need about Christmas in Malaga if you continue reading.
The lighting decoration and switching date change every year, however in 2016 was the same as in 2015. In past events they used up to 600.000 led lights in Larios street, the most centric street in Malaga, nevertheless this city is one of the best places to enjoy the Christmas lighting in the world.
On the right you can see the new lights for 2017, ready to be turned on the Friday, November 24th. Remember there will be light and sound shows at 6:30 pm and 9:30 pm every day.
New lighting for Christmas in Malaga 2017
This year there is a new design and lighting and also new streets in the centre of Malaga, the new design is inspired by the Cathedral of Malaga.
On the opening day there will also be a children’s party in Plaza de Las Flores where free balloons will be distributed among the youngest.
The company responsible for Christmas lighting in Malaga (Iluminaciones Ximénez) which is also responsible for providing lighting to different companies and cities around the world. You can find its LED lighting in New York on Fifth Avenue, Las Vegas, Dubai or even in Hong Kong among other locations.
Many visitors come from Europe not only to see the Christmas lighting in Malaga, but also to enjoy a festive atmosphere unique in the city.
This year, the Christmas lighting will also be used for light and sound shows at 6:30 pm and 9:30 pm. There will be typical Christmas songs and each pass will last from 2 to 3 minutes.
There will be new streets in addition to Calle Larios where you can enjoy the illumination: Calle Marqués, Sagasta, Souvirón, Plaza de Camas, Calle Herrera del Rey, Puerta del Mar, Calle Moreno Carbonero, Calle Álamos and Calle Granada.
The Christmas lighting will be turned off on January 6th, with the arrival of the Night of Kings, so you better visit it before it is too late.
This central square in Malaga is decorated for Christmas with a beautiful illumination offering a show that you should not miss.
Christmas trees in Malaga
During Christmas in Malaga six giant Christmas trees (6 to 18 meters high) will be placed. One of them in Huelin Park, two almond trees of 8 meters, one in the square of the Cervantes Theatre and another in Alcazabilla street. A giant Christmas tree with a metallic structure in the Plaza de la Marina, also another one of 18 meters in the Plaza de la Constitución, illuminated following the lighting style of Larios Street, a Christmas tree in the Plaza Enrique García Square and finally one in Molina Lario Street. All of them illuminated with leds and decorated for the occasion.
Switching on Christmas lights in Malaga in video – 2017
Torremolinos chrismas lighting switched on the Friday 2nd of November in 2016 at Plaza de la Nogalera. If they repeat this year, they should turn on the lights the Friday 3rd.
Christmas Markets in Malaga – 2017
Many locals enjoy the Christmas in Malaga by visiting any of the many Christmas markets in the province.
There are usually every year markets at Soho district and Alameda park. I will update the list as new information is coming.
The Christmas markets below are from 2016, we can expect that they will continue opening at similar dates in 2017.
Christmas Market in Torremolinos (near train station) from the Friday 2nd of November.
Chrismas Market in Fuengirola is already available at Plaza de la Constitución.
Christmas charity bazaar in Malaga
Located at the English Shop ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’ at Paseo de Sancha, 48.
This charity market will open in January on Monday 2nd, Tuesday 3rd, Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th.
For donating the opening time is from 10am to 2pm and from 5pm to 8:30pm.
Invisible handcrafters market
At Calle Andres Perez, 8. Opening time is from 5pm to 10pm.
Visiting Traditional Nativity Scenes
Every year they organize traditional nativity scenes, some of the most popular are the one inside Malaga Cathedral and at the Town Hall in Malaga.
Cathedral opening time: 10am to 2am and from 5pm to 8pm
Town Hall opening time: 10am to 2am and from 5pm to 9pm
New Year’s Eve in Malaga
You can find a wide variety of hotels for the New Year’s Eve party with dinner included . If you prefer, you can celebrate in one of the main squares of the cities of Malaga, there typically meet a large number of people to celebrate the arrival of the New Year.
In adition if you want to celebrate New Year’s Eve with more people you can visit one of the following locations:
On October 31 arrives the terrifying night of Halloween in Malaga. Do you have any plan? Malaga is ready and features events in which you can already register.
If you have not yet decided what to do, we offer interesting activities for both adults and children so prepare to survive the terror on Halloween in Malaga. Still without costume? Check the top costumes for Halloween and get ready!
The scariest night of the year approaches in Halloween, we hope you survive as we wouldn´t want to run out of readers.
Halloween at the Historical Botanical Garden La Concepción
If you want to visit the Botanical Garden, perhaps would be a good time the night of October 31; full of frightening beings from the beyond waiting to give you a good scare among the darkest shadows of the garden.
If you go in disguise you can take part in a costume contest in three categories available: children, adults and groups.
Price for the guided visit is 18 Euros for adults and 15 Euros for children under 16 and members.
Guided visits start at 8pm and the duration is for 1 and a half hours.
For reservations or information you just have to call +34 951 92 61 80
Scary night at the English Graveyard
This mysterious place is open for anyone who wants to venture at night and discover some of the characters brought from the darkest corners of the ultra-world and spread throughout the English Graveyard in Malaga. Are you brave enough?
This year 2017 brings us the “Great Halloween Game” with activities to make the history of the cemetery known to both children and adults. It is necessary to register for teams of 4 to 6 people.
Price: 25€ per team
Friday 27 and Tuesday 31 October: 7:30,9:00 and 10:30 pm.
Halloween in Malaga with children
Kids love Halloween in Malaga, dressing up is an activity with which they are comfortable all year round without the need for a special day.
When this day comes they are willing to go out disguised and enjoy activities or visit the houses in search of sweets with the typical trick or treat.
Activities for celebrating Halloween in Malaga with family:
Theme Parks like Selwo Marina in Benalmadena and Selwo Adventure in Estepona told us in past events the habits of animals as terrifying as tarantulas, snakes, piranhas, poisonous frogs or bats among others. In addition decoration is adapted to this event and children between 3 and 10 wearing costumes don’t have to pay entrance.
Benalmadena cablecar will have a special decoration in both stations of the trip. Children between 3 and 10 wearing costumes don’t have to pay for the ticket.
Sea-Life offer free entry for those children under 10 years wearing costumes, there will be handcrafts and workshops from 11am to 5:30pm.
Tivoli World will also organize a special event for this night and there is free entry for children wearing costumes. From 1st October to 1st November children and adults wearing costumes have free entrance.
Rosaleda shopping centre will organize a workshop for creating tenebrous baskets between 6pm and 9pm.
The mall Malaga Plaza will also organize an event for any age the next 30th in October from 5pm. Entry will be free and a makeup artist will make-up the children for converting them into terrifying creatures, as memory you will get a polaroid photo of the event. The best photo will have a 150€ prize.
Not confirmed: There will be a special event in Automobile Museum on 29th from 12:30 hours with chilling surprises, tickets cost € 7.5 per person.
Larios street in Malaga centre will be a meeting point for people with amazing costumes, a good place for walking with the family.
Halloween at Pier 1 in the Port of Malaga
On October the dead, witches and ghosts will invade the Port of Malaga from 5 pm.
There will be a costume contest with different category prizes and photos.
Tuesday, from 5 pm to 9 pm at Artsenal, free entry.
Halloween in Torremolinos, Marbella and other municipalities
Terror in Torremolinos
First of all the Nogalera square area in Torremolinos will organize a terror attraction the next 31st. Do you dare?
Several events and a costume contest from 5pm in advance. Especially relevant a terrifying event called ‘Terror Mansion’ will await for those who dare. The minimum recommended age is 8 years.
In addition terror will be present the next Saturday at Molino de Inca. This botanical garden will be one of the most terrifying places in Torremolinos. There will be magic and face-paint workshops from 6pm to 8pm. There will be also an event called ‘searching for the mystery’ from 5pm to 6pm.
Scary night at Rincon de la Victoria
Not confirmed but there are special events every year for halloween:
At Rincon de la Victoria they are getting ready for the Terror Tales the 28th and 31st at the Public Library. There will be also a scary street at ‘El Cantal de La Cala del Moral’ from 8pm to 2am.
Furthermore the main mall at this municipality will have a scary area for children at the second floor the next Friday, Saturday and Monday. There is free entry for groups of 6 people (you must inscribe in advance)
Halloween in Estepona
There will be several scary events this year in this municipality:
Halloween in Club de Tenis
There will be food and drinks, music, dancing and enjoyment. You have to pay for what you consume.
There will be a costume contest with a prize for the most terrifying one.
For confirming your assistance email email@example.com or phone 952 80 15 79
This children place celebrates during this scary night several activities: Tunnel of terror, facial makeup, costume contest, hot dogs and drinks.
31st October from 5 pm.
15€ for children between 4 and 12 years.
10€ for children between 1 and 3 years.
Free entrance for adults.
Passage of terror in Velez-Malaga
There are many activities planned for Halloween from 5:30 pm. There will be photo sessions, make-up workshops and Halloween pumpkin making workshops.
The building of the House of Associations will handle a passage of terror with different levels of intensity, so it is a scary activity for all audiences from 8 pm.
Also in Velez- Malaga, the so-called Terror Train is available from 7:30 pm to 12 pm.
Terror activities in other municipalities
In Maro they organize Maroween, a gastronomy event.
Pedrizas district in Churriana is decorated in a special way during this night, as a result it will be a scary place to stroll around.
Soho district will celebrate Halloween with workshops and activities for everyone. Come and join the face-painting workshop or any of the handcraft. If interested a free inscription is required at Tomas Heredia, 7 street.
Halloween in Benalmadena is celebrated in Plaza de la Mezquita with a ‘terror passage’ from 9 pm to 1:30 am. Price for the ticket is 1.5€
Do you know more events I forgot? Feel free to comment if you want to recommend it.
More ideas for celebrating Halloween
If you want to invite your zombie friends home, nothing better than a good brain cake. Browsing Internet I have found a tasty recipe, wanna try?
It is just an idea, there are many more ideas you can use. Feel free to suggest yours in our comments area.
The next June 23, thousands of people of all ages will celebrate along the coast of Malaga the shortest night of the year at the summer solstice known as the ‘Night of San Juan’ in Spain, also called St. John’s bonfires or Midsummer’s Eve.
As you can see in the picture, the coastal beaches are floodlit at night with hundreds of bonfires and campfires to spend an evening with friends and family celebrating, eating, drinking, singing and dancing until past the midnight.
It almost doesn´t matter in which coastal town you are staying during this night; you just have to approach the sea shore and you’re in the middle of the party.
Many people prepare for that night the “complete kit” for the summer solstice: A bathing suit under your clothes (important if you want to get a bath at midnight), paper and pencil for the rituals, food, drink, barbecues*. There are people who decide going to the beach for the day and don’t go back to home until late.
(*) Barbecues are an excellent choice where they are allowed. In most municipalities of Malaga they are not on the beach. If interested you have to ask for permission. I guess it is because of the trash from past barbecues.
History and origin
It was known as Summer Solstice festivity. The dances around the bonfire were used to try make the day longer as from then, the days will start to be shorter until the 25th of December, Winter’s Solstice.
Some of the ancient rituals are still preserved, I have included some of them if you want to try your luck. The tradition says that this is the perfect night to keep away the bad spirits, will this be true?
Actually St. John’s festivity is very popular and this is something you will be able to see by yourself once you get to the promenade just before the midnight the 23th of June. Want to join?
Want to know more about the origin? Visit Wikipedia
Where to celebrate the Night of San Juan (bonfires of St. John’s) in Malaga?
They organize events and concerts at the most popular beaches of the Costa del Sol, which are also listed below (The events below are from past years, but they use to make similar organised events every year on the same places):
Malaga city: The epicentre of fun is the beach La Malagueta, in past events there were two concerts of live music starting at 11 pm, it is common they organized live concerts every year.
Torremolinos: The party takes place on the beach of La Carihuela. The bonfires are exactly in front of El Remo square.
Benalmadena: The most popular beaches to celebrate are the central beaches of Santa Ana and Bil-Bil.
Fuengirola: The event began at 2 pm with Paella, grilled sardines and lasted until dawn, with cocktails, DJs and salsa music.
Marbella: In past events it was set up a stage for a concert and DJs at Pinillo Beach, starting at 8 pm.
San Pedro de Alcantara: They use to place a stage on the beach of La Salida, also with a concert and DJs. This beach featured a children’s area with inflatable attractions and entertainment for children.
Estepona gather many people on the playa del Cristo.
And in Torre del Mar on the eastern Costa del Sol, on the beach of El Copo, there were grilled sardines after 9 pm, entertainment and DJs.
These are the most popular and busy beaches; in fact everywhere there are fires all along the coast; if you have not experienced yet, you should join in, it is very impressive.
Other options for Midsummer’s Eve
Those who prefer to celebrate the Night of San Juan a little more distinguished by the sea, have a vast range of exclusive beach clubs (Nikki Beach or Puro Beach in Marbella) and top-class hotels offering midsummer dinners and parties.
Want to know more from this magical night? Then continue reading.
Superstitions and rituals during Midsummer’s Eve
Fire and water are two essential elements this night. Those who dare will jump the embers of the bonfire while many will take a bath in the sea at midnight for good health or better luck during the rest of the year.
According to fire rituals you have to write the name of the person you love and throw it to the bonfire at midnight. It is supposed than there will be more chances for this person to notice of you.
Some people write from one to three wishes instead a name. You can try different rituals every year to see which one becomes real sooner.
Jumping the embers after the bonfire is extinct or before the flame is too high will bring you good luck. I guess that if you don’t get burnt it counts as a lucky day. This is something I don’t recommend, in fact I got burnt on one leg when I was 8 after trying it.
Getting into the water at midnight will help getting rid of bad energies and women can increase their fertility. If you can’t get to the sea you can try washing your face at home, better with sea water.
(*) The ritual above is supposed not to work if you watch yourself on a mirror before the following day.
Another ritual is similar to the fire one where you have to write your soul mate or wishes, but this time you have to throw the paper to the sea at midnight. Sea will take what you wrote and waves might bring your wishes.
Love rituals for making at home
If you are looking for true love, forget about horoscopes or looking for it at some chat. Here I bring you the real one!
Step by step, finding love in life is quite complicated. It is not going to be that easy with magic even while the Summer Solstice. Before midnight write the name of the person you love and yours in a paper. Bend it, names inside must be one in front of the other. If you don’t know of any name just write ‘Soul mate’.
The next step is boiling water and adding the following: 12 red rose petals, ginger and same parts of Lavender, Verbena and Yarrow. Once mixed let it cool and put the water inside a spry (one of those used for plants is good enough)
Just before midnight spry your bedroom with the water made. Place the paper with the names you wrote under the pillow and finally light two red candles. If you made everything correctly you will have a prophetic dream about your true love.
By the way, be careful with the candles, do not put it near objects than can fire. Special attention to open windows and air streams, it can be dangerous with a flame at night while sleeping.
Have you made any of those rituals and have they worked?
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Planning your holiday with kids and wondering what to do or where to go for them to have fun and enjoy? Continue reading to find the best playgrounds and parks for children in Malaga.
With or without kids on your charge, you can enjoy most of the parks from this list!
I’m going to recommend parks where taking your children, some of them have playgrounds while other are public parks or botanical gardens suitable for children. With or without kids in your care, you can enjoy most of the parks from this list!
You will find a link to the map to know the exact location and photos from each of them.
Paloma Park in Benalmadena
Paloma Park in Benalmadena is one of the most popular public parks. It is ideal for a family plan and for making a picnic.
You will find animals in freedom while walking this park. Roosters and hens, dwarf rabbits or even peacocks roam around the park. The artificial lake has a population of swans, ducks and turtles. Latter you will see them dipping and peeping its small head out of the water. While walking the gardens you will see some enclosures with animals like the mountain goat, ostriches and other birds.
Among the services of the park there are coffee shops, toilets, kiosk and a swing area.
The main entrance to the park is on the ascent road that goes from the roundabout called ‘Rotonda de los Molinillos’ in Benalmadena Costa.
There are many activities you can take part along the year in Parque de la Paloma. Check for activities in Benalmádena or follow this blog to find activities during all the year.
‘Parque de la Bateria’ (Battery Park) is in Montemar (Torremolinos), just on the other side of the bridge crossing the railroad. We can highlight the artificial lake with boats and the extensive playground area for children at the end of the park on the oriental side.
This natural space has many walking trails, benches where resting and bike lanes that run through the entire park.
The name of the park ‘The Battery’ comes because there was an Anti-aircraft battery during the Spanish Civil War. Actually the battery and the bunker are restored and it is a curious place you can visit.
The large playground has attractions for all ages. Among the recommended attractions there is a merry-go-round and the called Pacifier Tree, a perfect place where children can climb on and get rid of theirs.
There are boats which you can rent for a short time, the availability is subject to a schedule that you can consult below these lines.
In the park you will find exercise machines for adults and a tower-viewpoint overlooking the coast. You can get access to the tower by stairs or using the lift.
There are many activities along the year in this park, specially during the summer.
You can get there by car and use the public parking or the commuter train. Take in consideration that parking on weekends can be complicated and patience is required.
Opening time: From Monday to Sunday from 9 am. to 8 pm.
Merry-go-round and boats: Fridays from 4 pm. to 7 pm. Weekends and festivities from 12 am. to 2 pm. and from 4pm to 7 pm.
¿Are you visiting the Teatinos district with children? Want to enjoy a colourful walk? Then nothing better than heading to Cinema Park. A walk over a path simulating a film roll and a playground that children will enjoy.
The park offer activities for different ages, from a zip line to ping-pong tables and swings.
La Negrita Park in Antequera is awarded as the best playground park in Spain. If you are visiting Antequera with children you can’t miss a visit.
Among the highlights of this park are the big slides with up 11 meters height and 8 meters long, elastic mats, springs for jumping, swings for children with reduced mobility and even a zip line among other attractions.
If you are looking for a place in the middle of the nature, then the Nagueles park is the place. It is surrounded by a pine forest and it is the perfect place for a barbecue or a day of picnic day (barbecue requires reservation the day before at the park)
This natural park has a playground area with slides in form of pipes and a soft floor to prevent children of being injured after falling.
Although the following parks don’t have a playground area and are not focused exclusively on children they will enjoy the visit for sure.
Botanic Garden Molino de Inca in Torremolinos
Even without a playground area for children, this botanical garden in Torremolinos is interesting enough for you and for them to enjoy the visit. A windmill that survived the medieval age when it was built. Actually it is reformed and there is a museum inside.
The artificial creek furrows the interior of the botanical garden flowing into 3 ponds with different varieties of plants and fishes.
One of the elements that are an eye-catcher for children is the natural shrubbery labyrinth with 50 meters in diameter, don’t get lost.
This garden was built in 2003 surrounding the old Inca windmill.
It closes on Mondays during all the year.
From November to February: From 10:30 pm. to 2 pm. and from 4 pm. to 6 pm.
From May to September: From 11:30 pm. to 2 pm. and from 6 pm. to 9 pm.
October, March and April: From 10:30 pm. to 2 pm. and from 6 pm. to 7 pm.
Although this botanical garden is not focused exclusively on children, is a place they will enjoy without any doubt. A walk within a park with more than 250.000 subtropical species brought during 150 years.
It is worth to know the history of this botanical garden in Malaga before visiting it so you can understand better its origin. A history that begins by the half of the 19th century, years in which the park was a meeting point for high aristocracy and other famous personalities from Malaga.
Inside you will find a museum and a typical home-palace which represents, to a large extent, the typical home decoration from the beginning of the 20th century.
Numerous events take place in this park during all the year, especially relevant is the terrifying Halloween night event (recommended for children) but also others like street markets or theatre performances.
Parque del Oeste (West Park) in Malaga offers a great family attraction to go and spend the day.
In the artificial lake you will find ducks, carps and even the Japanese Kois. Over the years other animals such as mountain goats, reptiles or a small colony of Bennet’s ualabi, from the kangaroo family, have been brought from Australia.
Throughout the year different events are organized in this park.
Whoever’s mouth waters with this image, should approach the Seafood Fair that takes place in Puerto Marina in Benalmadena from 28th of April to 1st of May.
Visitors can sample from 12 a.m. on Friday rations of all kinds of fresh seafood at the 9th edition of this fair.
Seafood lovers can enjoy a variety of products without leaving the site.
During four days visitors can taste the best seafood. There are shrimps, scallops, grilled prawns, mussels, clams and many more from a total of 20 varieties of seafood offered by the restaurants participating in this event.
Seafood Fair prices:
Weather for this weekend in Benalmadena
This weekend we expect temperatures hovering around 17° C, clouds and possible rain until Saturday. It is not the typical sunny and clear day of late April and beginning of May but nothing to worry about.
Well I know a little of rain or clouds will not stop seafood lovers, so enjoy the fair.
Visiting Puerto Marina Seafood Fair
Puerto Marina in Benalmadena is one of the most original and beautiful marinas in the world. Awarded several times for its unusual architectural design with artificial islands and a mixture of Indian, Arab and Andalusian styles.
In addition to the seafood fair you can find a commercial area with shops, restaurants and coffee-shops.
Seafood Fair is open to public from 12:00 a.m.
Find below a video of a past edition:
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Is in March, when Ireland’s Day takes place, popularly known as Saint Patrick’s Day. Continue reading to know more about this special day, Ireland has been present in part of the recent history of Malaga, this is something not many of you know .
There were 3181 Irish established in Malaga during 2012, which is surely higher today. Mostly they are located in the towns of Mijas, Marbella, Estepona, Fuengirola and Torremolinos although they extend in the entire province.
The roots joining Malaga with Ireland are more ingrained than many people think.
Origin of Saint Patrick
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated around the world on 17 March, but some towns or cities can change the day to coincide with a weekend.
Saint Patrick the person was born in Scotland; he was the son of a Roman army officer. He was taken prisoner when he was 16 and sold as a slave. Saint Patrick spent 6 years in Ireland where he learned the Celtic language although his destiny would be France where he prepared for a life in the monastery. Saint Patrick ended his days as a priest in this country trying to evangelize the population. He died on March 17th in 461.
St. Patrick’s Day is characterized by the well-known 3-leaf clover. This clover is said to be like the one used by the priest to explain the mystery of the Holy Trinity.
Actually during Saint Patrick the clover and the green colour are very present in the celebration.
Ireland and Malaga: Ties in common
The roots that link Malaga with Ireland are more ingrained than many people think. During the industrial revolution an Irish leather tanner named Thomas Livermore Page came to live to the city and met his wife. The name Livermore would become popular in the city after the marriage of two of his daughters with personalities of the moment, Manuel Agustin Heredia and his brother Martin, both of great importance in the development and future of the city.
Another Irishman who found a prominent place in the history of the city was Robert Boyd. Together with General Torrijos landed on the coast of Malaga to fight against the absolutism established in the country and in favor of freedom. Unfortunately they were captured and executed without the possibility of defence. Every year a tribute is celebrated in front of the tomb of Boyd in the English cemetery of Malaga.
George Campbell is a renowned Irish painter who fell in love with Malaga. He used to live in the city 6 months every year. His work was largely influenced by his place of residence. The only year in which he would not return to southern Spain would be after his death in 1979.
Celebrating Saint Patrick in Malaga
San Patricio church in Malaga is used for a religious celebration in Huelin area.
There still no confirmation on dates nor activities but live Celtic music concerts and other activities are usual on this event.
Saint Patrick’s Day on March 18th in Torremolinos
For the first time the Irish celebration of St. Patrick’s Day is introduced in Torremolinos. In the Plaza de la Nogalera from 12pm to 6pm there will be typical Irish dances, food and of course the typical Irish beer.
The event has a contest that will reward the best dresses in men’s and women’s category.
Saint Patrick’s Day on March in Benalmadena
As every year although not yet officially announced San Patricio will start with a parade from Arroyo de la Miel to the Paloma Park at 12:00
In Paloma Park will take place a great Irish party with dances, music, food and drink.
The date has not been confirmed although it is presumed that it will be March 17 or 18.
Saint Patrick’s Day on March in Fuengirola
Every year, free activities for all the public are prepared in the Miramar Park of Fuengirola.
If you just want to find a typical Irish pub in Fuengirola you will not have it too complicated. In Fuengirola are two of the best known, the Pogs and O’Reilly’s.
Hopefully a day as special as St. Patrick’s green decor will not only be present in the pub, but in those who are going to celebrate the day there, something to keep in mind if you want to integrate.
Saint Patrick’s Day on March in Marbella
Marbella will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the 18th and 19th of March with green lighting, Irish folckore perfomances and typical Irish drinks and food. Are you going to miss it?
There are 463 Irish residents actually living in Marbella.
Location and time: Glorieta de la Fontanilla, from 1pm to 7pm.
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Benalmadena Cable car opens again in 2017 on Friday, February 17th. The opening time will be from 11am to 6pm and it will open every day of the week*.
Cable car ticket also gives you access to a birds show, some of the birds are griffon vulture, white head eagle or owls among others.
The journey time of the cabins is 15 minutes.
*The schedule is valid until April 1st. For details about the opening times in later months you can check the official page here.
Hiking in Monte Calamorro
From the summit of Calamorro Mountain you can walk a hiking path with a guide. The path crosses a part of this Malaga mountain at around 800 meters above the sea level.
The hiking route features a comfortable walk among pines and typical Mediterranean vegetation where enjoying a natural environment and pure air.
If you decide to walk this route without guide person, there are marked paths which will head you to different viewpoints. I recommend bringing a camera with you to immortalize the beautiful views of the Costa del Sol, Sierra Nevada and even the African coast on clear days.
This hiking route is 3 km. long and will take approximately 1 hour and a half.
Route difficulty is low so it is recommended for everyone.
For getting to this hiking route at Calamorro Mountain you can take the cable car for getting to the summit or use any of the trails from Benalmadena or Torremolinos, although this option is not for everyone because of the distance and the steepness of the terrain.
One of the most popular routes you can do from any direction is from Calamorro Mountain summit to Cañada del Lobo (Wolf’s Gorge), just 2.5 kilometers large.
Calamorro Mountain services
The cable car joining Arroyo de la Miel with Calamorro Mountain summit has leads to the appearance of services and activities aimed to everyone:
Guided walks with a monitor
Bird’s shows included in the cable car price.
Restaurant and fast food.
In summer there is also an astronomical observation area.
Cable car prices
Buying a ticket online is cheaper than if you buy in person however website does not sell single trip tickets, you must buy it in person.
Adult round trip
Price online 11,90€ – Price at desk: 14,50€
Adult single trip: 8,50€
Round trip for children between 3 and 10 years old
Price online 9,50€ – Price at desk: 11,00€
Children single trip: 6,50€
Disabled round trip
Price online: 8,90€ – Price at desk: 9,50€
Single trip for disabled: 5,50€
In some special events there are promotional discounts or free tickets for some family members. I recommend you to follow this blog to be updated!
Restaurants and where to eat
There are eating places at both the cable car area in Arroyo de la Miel and the summit at Monte Calamorro:
Cafetería at the entrance of cable car
In Arroyo de la Miel inside the cable car area there is a restaurant.
Cafetería at Calamorro Mountain summit
In the arrival area of the cable car there is a café with beautiful views of the coast.
Fast food at the summit
Small kiosk with hot dogs, pizzas, ice cream and drinks.
How to get to Calamorro Mountain and the Cable car in Benalmadena
There are two options, one of them is using the cable car in Benalmadena, another is using your own vehicle or walking directly to the summit.
If you are going to use the cable car there is a free parking area close to Tivoli World, from there you can go by foot.
Address: Explanada del Tivoli. 29630 Benalmadena (Malaga)
Do not own a vehicle? Then you can go by train to Arroyo de la Miel (use the commuter train), the cable car is at 5 minutes by foot heading to Tivoli World.
Aditionally if you prefer going to the Calamorro Mountain by foot the approximate distance is 6 kilometres from the train station. The terrain is quite steep so be advised. It is only recommended if you know what you are doing and you are in good shape.
January brings cold temperatures from the past Monday 8 until; this cold bring snow in Malaga to lower altitudes.
Snow in Malaga is an exceptional situation that you can take advantage of. How about a snow getaway this weekend?
Continue reading for an update at the bottom of this page…I will continue posting the latest information about cold and snow Malaga this week.
Snow in Malaga in 2018
Snow can be found above 900 meters. Excepcionally hail covered Fuengirola beach in the Monday morning.
There was an intense snow on Malaga mountains.
Antequera is under yellow alert. The snow in this municipality and Torcal caused a closure of some roads.
Low temperatures this week
The lowest temperatures expected in Malaga are between 4ºC and 6ºC while the maximum temperatures are between 14ºC and 16ºC.
In towns like Antequera or Ronda temperatures at night can reach – 1ºC and snow can even reach those or other areas like Malaga Mountains.
Temperatures are too low and it is not the normal weather in the south, in the incoming days temperatures are expected to be back to normal.
Snow in Malaga
The famous snow in Malaga the 3rd in February in 1954 is in the memory of many locals. One day when they woke up with snow covering the streets up to 1 meter deep.
This situation is very strange to happen and before 1954 the only notice about this happening again goes back to 1882. The temperature registered the famous snow day was between 0,5ºC and 5ºC.
Those who were young by that date have very funny memories of the day. A free school Wednesday by surprise when they could enjoy the day by throwing snow balls and a cinema afternoon without homework.
Snow reached other municipalities in Malaga like Marbella and Estepona.
Is it likely to snow in Malaga again?
It would be a very strange success that the snow weather from 1954 happens again. This week could it snow but from 300m above the sea level.
It does exist the possibility of snow over the Malaga Mountains during the next days.
In an exceptional situation there could be snowy roads connecting the interior villages with the coast. I recommend to pay attention to the weather forecast if you are driving this week.
It is going to snow in Malaga, although it is a very strange success to happen it did in the past. Logic makes us think that at some point the event will happen…but we don´t know when.
Snow in Malaga is an exceptional situation that you can take advantage of. How about a snow getaway this weekend?
Weekend getaway with snow in Malaga
This weekend could be perfect to enjoy the beautiful snow landscapes in the province.
Although this is not the great snowfall produced in 1954 on the city and the coastal zones, snow has been produced at low altitudes. If you go by car you will not have to drive long to enjoy a snowy day in Malaga.
If you are looking for snowy places in the province for this weekend you should head to Ronda and Sierra de las Nieves or Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama. As the weekend progresses the fallen snow will melt, although it will be conserved in areas close to 1000 meters of altitude.
Don’t be afraid if coming for holiday in January or February to Malaga
Don’t be afraid, news about the cold wave coming to Malaga and lower temperatures are more related to the night than to the day and this situation will last not long, only until the Sunday or Monday.