Midsummer’s Eve: St. John’s bonfires night in Malaga

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.

Night of San Juan

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):

Beach at midnight

  • 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.

Fire Rituals

Midsummer's Eve bonfire

  • 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.

Water rituals

Midsummer's Eve in Malaga

  • 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

Love ritual during Midsummer's Eve

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?

Top playgrounds in Malaga for children and parks

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

Parque de la Paloma 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.

Opening time: Open daily from 9 am to 11 pm.

How to get there, location and reviews at: https://goo.gl/maps/RR69YnXczf12

Parque de la Bateria in Torremolinos

Boats on the artificial lake in Parque de la Bateria‘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.

Location map and reviews of the park at:  https://goo.gl/maps/8aifmFGC8K92

Playground Parque de Poniente in Fuengirola

Playground in Fuengirola

If you are in Fuengirola area near the Sohail Castle with children, you can’t miss a visit to the Playground Parque de Poniente.

Among the highlights of this park is the simulated pirate ship with slides, ropes and runways all over the structure. Parents can watch children from the coffee shop while having a break.

The park has bike lanes and is next to Fuengirola River Park and the promenade.

Opening time: This park is open 24 hours.

Location and reviews athttps://goo.gl/maps/oS2dX9cnj7s

Cinema Park in Teatinos, Malaga

Cinema park and playground in Teatinos

¿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.

Opening time: 9 am. to 9 pm.

Location and reviews:  https://goo.gl/maps/L2GC17AFVX22

Playground Parque Litoral in Malaga

Playground Parque Litoral in Malaga

Without any doubt the eye-catcher for children will be the hill and the large sliders.

There are three children areas inside this playground, each of them for different ages.

The park is close to the subway station next to Palacio de Deportes (Sports Palace) and the private Quiron Hospital.

Opening Time: 8 am. to 11 pm.

Location, how to get and reviews at: https://goo.gl/maps/vBBJuXZsJaK2

Playground Parque la Negrita en Antequera

Playground in Antequera was awarded as the best in Spain

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.

There is a green exercise area for adults.

Opening time: 24 hours

Location, how to get and reviews at: https://goo.gl/maps/216za2RZnSs

Oriental Garden Bienquerido in Alhaurin de la Torre

Oriental Garden Bienquerido in Alhaurin de la Torre

This park of around 12000 square meters has a Japanese style. There is an artificial lake, playground, children area with slides and exercise machines for adults.

The park is closed on Mondays.

Opening time:

Monday to Friday from 8 am. to 1:30 pm and from 5 pm. to 10 pm.

Weekends from 10:30 am. to 1:30 pm. and from 5 pm. to 10 pm.

Location, reviews and how to get:  https://goo.gl/maps/9QJpDx3wbo32

Nagueles park in Marbella

Nagueles park and playground in MarbellaIf 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.

Location, how to get and reviews at:  https://goo.gl/maps/1ZWdSaKzXm82

Other natural parks children will enjoy

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

Botanical Garden 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.

Opening time

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.

Location and how to get there:  https://goo.gl/maps/5WajSTPSf2v

Alameda Park in Malaga

Alameda Park in Malaga

Paseo de la Alameda in Malaga is a place with a marked historical character. A green space in the heart of the city with many subtropical and tropical species.

This park is located next to Malaga port, a place which is usually very interesting for children. Check my other entry about Pier 1 in Malaga port.

This park is on the land that by the end of the 19th Century was gained from the sea.

Location, how to get there and reviews:   https://goo.gl/maps/DVw7eezQAxA2

La Concepcion Botanical Garden in Malaga

Botanical Garden in Malaga

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.

Opening time:   9:30 am. to 7:30 pm.

Location, how to get and reviews at:  https://goo.gl/maps/EEYPNSJ8V7N2

Parque del Oeste in Malaga

West Park in Malaga

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.

Opening time: 8 am. to 11 pm.

Location, how to get and reviews at:  https://goo.gl/maps/wHNnTDKEf612

More information

If you want to read about other natural parks in Malaga and Andalusia you can read our guides.

Maybe you are more interested in malls in Malaga for spending the day?

Seafood Fair in Puerto Marina Benalmadena from 28th of April to 1st of May

9th-seafood-fairWhoever’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:

  • Drink: 1.50€
  • Shrimps: 6€
  • Mussels: 3€
  • Rice: 5€
  • Clams: 6€

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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:

St. Patrick’s day in March

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.

St. Patrick's day in Torremolinos

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.

The Benalmadena Cable Car offers a hiking trail 800 meters above sea level

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.

cable-car-benalmadena

*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.

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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.

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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
  • Rest areas
  • Viewpoints
  • Paragliding area
  • 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.

For visitors reviews and map location visit: https://goo.gl/maps/7DecSpLgoY62

For more information please visit the Cable Car Benalmadena web site at http://telefericobenalmadena.com/?lang=en

This is part of our family friendly hikes in Malaga.

Cold wave and snow in Malaga in January

January brings cold temperatures from the next Wednesday 18th until Sunday; 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.

Low temperatures this week

The lowest temperatures expected in Malaga are between 1ºC and 3ºC while the maximum temperatures are between 10ºC and 12ºC.

In towns like Antequera or Ronda temperatures at night can reach – 4ºC 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, from Monday in advance temperatures are expected to be back to normal.

winter-is-coming
After all low temperatures will happen during the night, the daytime temperatures are mild.

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.

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Locals enjoying the morning throwing snow balls.

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.

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Guadalmedina river in the morning was a picture more likely from Nordic countries than from southern Spain.

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.

snow covering mountains next to Malaga airport
Photo taken this morning, look at the mountains next to the airport

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?

Update

It has snow in Marbella, Mijas Pueblo, Ronda, Antequera, Nerja and Malaga Mountains. It will continue to snow until the Sunday on the Axarquia region above 600 or 800 meters.

Torremolinos and Benalmadena have received snow at 600 meters above the sea level in areas such as Monte Calamorro and la Cañada del Lobo.

The temperature feeling the 19th of January morning at Malaga airport has been -1ºC while the real lower temperature has been 4ºC.

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.

Weather forecast

The weather forecast show that snowfall will continue today from above 600 meters in some areas of the Axarquia region. Snow under that altitude will not last long as it is melting already.

This weekend will continue to snow but above 800 meters high.

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.

You can check the actual weather and temperature in Malaga from our website.

If you are looking for snow activities you can go to Sierra Nevada, very close to Malaga by car.

Night of the Three Kings: Parade, history and curiosities

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.

Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar are the names of the Three Kings.

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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.

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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 2017

The Three Kings parade in 2017 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

Melchor kingThe procession of the Three Kings 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 took place 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; with the passage of time 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.

Three kings parade in Malaga: Itineraries in January

The three kings parade in Malaga has an itinerary different from other years because of the subway works.

There are paid chairs available for those who want to see the 3 Kings Parade from a comfortable chair. Price for chairs are as follows:

  • 9€ first row sit
  • 8€ second row sit
  • 4€ third row sit at Paseo del Parque only.

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 (high paid call).

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.

  • Paseo del Parque
  • Plaza de la Marina
  • Rotonda del Marqués de Larios
  • Alameda Principal
  • Mercado de Atarazanas

Detailed itinerary in Malaga: Avenida de Cervantes, Plaza del General Torrijos, Paseo del Parque, Plaza de La Marina, Alameda Principal, Puerta del Mar, Atarazanas, Plaza de Arriola, Pasillo de Santa Isabel, Carretería, Álamos y Plaza de la Merced.

Parade itinerary in Torremolinos

4pm – Parade officially begins in Blas Infante Square.

  • Avda. Rafael Quintana
  • C/ Europa
  • 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
  • Calle Lomillas
  • Plaza de España
  • Calle Real
  • Avenida Juan Luís Peralta

Parade itinerary in Fuengirola

4pm: In Fuengirola the Three Kings arrive by helicopter.

  • Calle Mallorca
  • 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

Parade itinerary in Marbella

11am – Arrival to Quiron Hospital of the Three Kings.

12am: Arrival by boat to Marbella marina and parade by old cars.

6pm: Official parade with the itinerary below:

  • Avda. Severo Ochoa
  • Avda. Ramón y Cajal
  • Avda. Ricardo Soriano
  • Plaza Monseñor Rodrigo Bocanegra

Parade itinerary in Nerja

4pm: Arrival of the three kings to the town hall.

5pm: Official parade.

  • Parque Verano Azul
  • C/ Jaén
  • C/ Diputación
  • Calle Granada
  • Calle San Miguel
  • Plaza Cantarero
  • Pintada
  • Puerta del Mar
  • Finaliza en Balcón de Europa.

Roscon de Reyes: History and curiosities

Roscón de ReyesThe 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 were baked round cakes of figs, dates and honey which were enjoying all social classes including slaves.

From the third century was introduced the dry bean into the sweet and 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 are 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.

Christmas in Malaga: Experience the lights, markets and New Year’s Eve.

This year the Christmas lights was switched on the 24th in November, did 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.

The company in charge of Christmas lights in Malaga also make them for different companies and cities worldwide. Many visitors from Europe come to enjoy not only the Christmas lights in Malaga, but the unique festive environment present in the city.

Lighting is switched off on January the 6th.

malaga christmas lighting 2016/2017

The centric area of Malaga is decorated for Christmas with a beautiful lights offering a spectacle you should not miss.

Lighting and Christmas tree at Marina Square
Constitucion Square with Christmas lighting tree from a past event.

Switching on Christmas lights in Malaga in video – 2016

Torremolinos chrismas lighting switching on is the Friday 2nd of November at Plaza de la Nogalera.

Christmas Markets in 2017

Many locals enjoy the Christmas environment 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.

Initially I think the list will not be much different than the previous year one so you can check our past year list of Christmas Markets in Malaga.

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Torremolinos chrismas lights and markets are available from the Friday 2nd of November

Update

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

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:

Malaga: Plaza de la Constitucion and Calle Larios
Torremolinos: Auditorio Municipal Principe de Asturias
Benalmadena: Plaza de la Mezquita
Fuengirola: Plaza de España
Marbella: Plaza de los Naranjos

Procession of the Three Kings 2018

Night of the Three Kings

The Three Kings in Malaga during 2018 will spend the night in the Alcazaba. The parade will leave from the city hall on Monday 5 January.

The parade will begin at 5 pm on January 5th and the route is as follows*:

  • City Hall Malaga
  • Avenida de Cervantes
  • Plaza General Torrijos
  • Paseo del Parque
  • Plaza de la Marina
  • Alameda Principal
  • Puente Tetuan
  • Avenida de Andalucia
  • Nazareno del Paso
  • Puente de la Esperanza
  • Manuel Jose Garcia Caparros
  • Pasillo de Santa Isabel
  • Carreteria, Alamos
  • Plaza de la Merced

Do you plan to spend this Christmas in Malaga? We hope you enjoy and don´t forget to share your experiences or questions in the forum.

*Route from past year should be the same, should it change I will update it.

Halloween in Malaga, terror takes over the city

halloween-2015On October 31 arrives the terrifying night of Halloween at our city. 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 at 18 Euros for adults and 15 Euros for children under 16; There is also a family pack for 40 Euros that allows entry of 2 adults and two children.

Guided visits starts at 8pm and the duration is for 1 hour and a half.

For reservations or information you just have to call +34 951 92 61 80

Scary night at the English Cemetery

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 Cemetery in Malaga. Are you brave enough?

There is a confirmation that they will not organize this event.

halloween lanternHalloween with children

Kids love Halloween, 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 treating.

Recommendations for families

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 be adapted to this event and children wearing costumes between 3 and 10 don’t have to pay entrance.

Benalmadena cablecar will have a special decoration in both stations of the trip.

Sea-Life offer free entry for those children under 10 years old wearing costumes, there will be handcrafts and workshops between 11am to 5:30pm.

cartel-halloween-tivoliTivoli World will also organize a special event for this night and there is free entry for children wearing costumes.

Rosaleda shopping centre will organize a workshop for creating tenebrous baskets between 6pm and 9pm the next friday and saturday, the entry is free.

The mall Malaga Plaza will also organize an event for any age the next Friday 28 from 5:30pm to 8:30 pm. Entry will be free and makeup artist will make-up the children for converting them into terrifying creatures, as memory you will will get a polaroid photo of the event. There will be a costume contest as well.

There will be a special event in Automobile Museum on Saturday 29 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 family.

Halloween at Pier 1 in the Port of Malaga

On October the dead, witches and ghosts will invade the Port of Malaga from 6 pm. Visitors can learn to make halloween baskets and use them later for picking up sweets.

There will be a costume contest with different category prizes and photos.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5pm to 8pm, free entry.

Halloween in Torremolinos, Marbella and other municipalities

cartel-festival-cine-fantastico-torremolinos-2015In addition to the clubs and discoteques with themed decorations and costume parties in Marbella or Torremolinos, in November ends the sixth edition of the Fantastic Film Festival in Torremolinos at the Congress Centre with a contest of short and feature films.

The duration of the festival is from 27 October to 1 November.

Terror in Torremolinos

First of all the Nogalera square area in Torremolinos will organize a terror attraction the next Monday 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 old.

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

At Rincon de la Victoria they are getting ready for the Terror Tales the Friday 28th and Monday 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)

Finally a costume contest will take place the Monday from 5pm to 9pm with different prizes for participants.

Terror activities in other municipalities

Villa street in Estepona will be themed in a scary way.

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.

Do you know more events I forgot? Feel free to comment if you want to recommend it.

Halloween ideas

If you want to invite your zombie friends to 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.

Halloween in Andalusia and Spain

The growing interest in this celebration is unstoppable in Spain, especially in Andalusia and Malaga. Both show the largest number of Internet searches looking for upcoming celebrations.

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Halloween and ghost stories

Paranormal activity looks like to happen more usually by the end of October or beginning of November…coincidence? Did it happen to you or anyone you know?

Some people say during this night the living and dead world are closer…should we be afraid? Seems like not a bad idea to be, at least during the Halloween night.

Terral wind in Malaga & Ways to cool down

termómetro durante un día de terral en MálagaAnyone who has experienced the Terral wind in Malaga knows this phenomenon very well, a hot wind that make us think about different ways to cool us down.

The Costa del Sol just went through these hottest days of the year, so it is a good time to talk about this hot wind and propose some cool ideas.

Let’s analyse why it happens and what effect it brings in addition to the big increase of the temperature.

What is the Terral wind?

The Terral as known in Spain is a northern wind which reaches higher temperatures as it gets into the province.

In the UK this kind of wind is known as Helm Wind, Favonio in Italy, Foehn in southern Germany, Austria, France and Switzerland and as Chinook winds in the United States.

Why Terral occurs in Malaga during the summer?

Contrary to what many people might think the terral in Malaga is caused by cold air from the north passing through the mountains surrounding Malaga. This wind suffers a rapid increase in atmospheric pressure which it compensates with the loss of moisture and an increment of temperature.

The warm wind once reaching the coast displaces the water from the surface to the off-shore so that the cold water rises from the depth. That’s why the sea water is freezing during the Terral days.

Terral days temperatures in Malaga may increase up to 10ºC making those days the hottest days of the year. The interior villages like Ronda or Antequera use to experiment colder temperatures than the areas next to the coast.

Terral wind affects a small region of Malaga and it is felt much less in the more remote municipalities.

Saharan-wind

Different than terral this wind comes from the South. Something that you might not know is that Africa is the largest source of dust, up to 70% of the world dust is from here. Every time you clean the house you will remember this continent, although not everything is this bad and this dust provides mineral nutrients to both the land and the sea.

viento-subsahariano

When does Terral happen and for how long?

Already wondering about how long does it take to disappear? Don’t worry, it usually occurs quickly and it goes the same way, the duration is usually no more than 2 or 3 days. For example in 2016 the hotter Terral days occurred on 19 and 20 August.

Are there Terral days during the winter in Malaga?

Terral days during the winter in Malaga are fairly common. While in northern cities or even other much closer cities in Andalucia next to the coast, the temperatures drop in winter, Malaga can enjoy a mild temperature that make you able to keep the winter coats and blankets for a longer time.

6 ways to cool down when it’s too hot outside

A Terral wind day will break with your plans, specially if they included walking outdoors or strolling the city. Let’s see some ways to cool down when it’s too hot.

1. Beach or pool are more than recommended locations for those days, remember to bring the umbrella and plenty of water.

 2. Making your own homemade iced drink is a tasty way to keep you cool.

woman and hot day beach

 3. Do you enjoy reading? It is an ideal moment to read under an umbrella shadow with an ocassional swim.

4. Refrigerate your favourite fragrance and use it, it will feel good.

5. Shopping is another option, malls are air-conditioned spaces. You can take those days for buying some gifts or souvenirs.

6. You can also go to a water park, what is better than having some cool fun. Enjoy slides or the wave pool in a water park.