Halloween in Malaga, terror takes over the city

halloween-2015On 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

Halloween in Malaga with pumpkins

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.
  • Information: info@cementerioinglesmalaga.org

halloween lanternHalloween 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.

cartel-halloween-tivoliTivoli 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?

Not confirmed:

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 eventos@tenisestepona.com or phone 952 80 15 79

Mundo Mania

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.

For the brain recipe you can check this website:
https://howtocakeit.com/blogs/cakes/46754689-deep-red-velvet-brain-cake-with-fondant-brain-tissue-and-raspberry-jam-blood

Halloween in Malaga, 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…do you agree? 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.

Top natural pools and rivers to visit in Malaga

Previously I wrote a post about free thermal waters in Andalusia, this time it’s the turn of the crystal clear natural pools in Malaga. All for fighting the high temperatures for free during the summer. Do you want a refreshing bath? Continue reading…

Do you prefer beach or mountain holidays? What about if you don’t have to decide? Hiking trails are usually not recommended during the summer, except in the cases where there are natural pools or rivers you can walk through.

Recommended gear when hiking through rivers

I recommend you to get ready, even more if you want to walk through any of the recommended rivers. It is a good idea to bring a waterproof backpack and the most important, shoes you can use inside the water.

There are special shoes for walking on rocks through rivers but many people prefer to use just old shoes. I guess it depends in how many times you want to practice this activity.

Natural pool in El Chorro

This natural pool is made of the water from Guadalhorce river. Amazing natural views and many water activities to practice.

Activities in El Chorro

This place is located near Desfiladero de los Gaitanes and Caminito del Rey, both known because the amazing sightpoints.

For getting to El Chorro from Malaga by car you must take the road  MA-5403.

Exact map location: https://goo.gl/maps/qguqW2dry5t

Hiking through Chillar river

The walking trail of Chillar river is very popular, that’s why it could not be as quiet as years ago. Being a popular place is not a reason for not including it into this list as it has a great beauty and a few natural pools where you can bath.

Río Chillar

This route is in the Natural Park of Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama. For getting there you must take the coastal road N-340 heading to Nerja and continue until you find the road signal Parque de la Naturaleza.

Location in map: https://goo.gl/maps/FPC8gUSZ3oz

Natural slides of Río Verde (Green River)

Between the municipalities of Nerja and Almuñecar in Granada, it is the Barranco de Chorreras in Rio Verde.

For getting to the natural pool and slides you must follow the hiking trail starting at the foot of the gorge.

There are Canyoning activities you can join online. Some of the webs offering activities in Rio Verde for all ages are:  Activitiesmarbella.es (English) or barranquismorioverde.com (Spanish)

barranquismo en Río Verde

For getting there you must take the road a-4050, a mountain road with amazing views. You can get to that road from Almuñecar if you take the N-340 or from the highroad A-92 when heading to Granada from Malaga.

Location in map: https://goo.gl/maps/9A6DL8dtFFL2

El Charco Frio in Benaojan (Cold Pond)

In the mountain range of Sierra de Grazalema is the municipality with a great natural environment and hiking routes. At the beginning of the route you will find a signal post, you must head to the left for reaching the Cueva del Gato, where is the natural pool with crystal clear waters. The right path will lead you to the train station of the next municipality by following the riverbed, also very recommended.

Cueva del Gato

The name of Cold Pond is because the low temperature of the water as it comes from an underground channel.

If you like speleology, there are  nice routes with underground waterfalls. It is only recommended for trained people, there are important currents that make it a dangerous place for neophytes. If you are interested there are websites that offer their services for doing these activities.

For getting there you must take the road A-343 and A-367 heading to Ronda.

Activities in Cueva del Gato (*):  Alijibe.com (Spanish)

(*) Entering the interior either as a person or as a guided group requires official permission and it is not always available.

Location in map: https://goo.gl/maps/PRWkeM3YNGw

Natural pools in Barranco Blanco, Coin

Two great natural pools you should visit are in Coin, a municipality in Sierra de Mijas mountain range.

It is not possible to get direct access to this place by car, you have to go by foot or using a bicycle. The easy way for getting there is driving to Alhaurin el Grande and then take the road A-387 to Coin. Before getting there you will see a signal post indicating the direction to Barranco Blanco. You can park the car near the bridge crossing the river.

Piscinas naturales en Barranco Blanco, Coín

The short hiking trail follows the riverbed of Alaminos river and will show you waterfalls and natural pools where having a good bath.

Location in map: https://goo.gl/maps/ZgYTYsQsXPP2

Natural pool of Viñas in Ojen

Ojen is a municipality close to Marbella, there you can get to the natural pool of Viñas.

I haven’t visited this pool personally but I read that is a quiet place.

For getting there from Malaga you must head to Marbella and take the exit to Ojen. The natural pool is on the foot of the municipal cemetery after descending the stairs.

Charco de las Viñas en el Río Ojén

Location in map: https://goo.gl/maps/i38FvCSjWk32

Charca de las Nutrias in Estepona

This natural pool (Pond of Otters) has enough depth so that even some swimmers dare to jump from the top of a rock that is at high altitude.

There are some small waterfalls and different areas where you can bath.

For getting there you must walk a rising dirt trail next to the river.

Charca de las nutrias en Estepona

Location in map: https://goo.gl/maps/5LgdcyomNxJ2

Pozas del Padrón in Estepona

Also known as Charca de las Extranjeras (Foreigners Pond). A cool hiking route  by a river is always fancy, even more if there are natural pools where you can have some fun.

Charca de las Extranjeras en Estepona

For getting there by car you have to take the highway A-7 and the exit to ‘Escuela de Arte Ecuestre de la Costa del Sol’. After 6 kilometres you will find a place where parking the car, the first natural pool is around 300 metres far from there.

Location in map: https://goo.gl/maps/Bf9BsvjmjtF2

Charca de las Mozas in Benahavis

The main pool is more than 4 metres depth, that’s why some visitors dare to jump from the higher rocks into the water. There are other 2 smaller ponds where swimming next to the main one.

The river itself is part of a nice hiking route you can try.

Charca de las Mozas en Benahavis

It is close to the urban area and a busy road so it might not be a quiet place.

Location in map: https://goo.gl/maps/G55wdofshWG2

Charco del Canalón en Istán

This natural pond is in the Rio Verde Valley. Visitors can enjoy also a refreshing hiking route though the river.

There are several pounds, some of them with small currents while others are quiet, ideal for relaxing. No doubt this is a good place to enjoy with friends or family.

For getting there you must take the exit to Istan from the highway A-7. You can park near the hotel Altos de Istan.

Location in map:  https://goo.gl/maps/mTEQu41YZ7x

Charco Redondo (Round Pond)

Between Algatocin and Jubrique municipalities you will find a bridge crossing the Genal river, very near there is a natural pond with a shore that feels like a beach.

They have made a small dam for making the pond larger and keeping the water inside. Very near of this place there is a camping area and a typical restaurant where you can eat.

Location in map: https://goo.gl/maps/p4jLkCEY9tw

Higuerón River Trail

In Frigiliana (near Nerja) you will find several hiking trails. One of them is the recommended Higueron River Trail.

A 8 kilometres trail where you will find waterfalls and crystal clear waters.

You will need shoes and a waterproof back-pack or similar where storing the electronic devices.

Infierno and Paloma ponds

Infierno Pond is a very singular place with great natural beauty. There are a few small waterfalls and it is surrounded by rock formations.

Charca del Infierno en Manilva

The hiking trail is in most areas through the river, because a great part of the route is within canyons It could be dangerous if the forecast says it might rain. Very close of this location you will find the Hedionda termal baths and the Paloma pond.

I recommend you visiting the three natural pools in the area, including the Hedionda Baths, a thermal water pool. Find the area in this map:  https://goo.gl/maps/5fMJqQNN8ET2

If you want to know everything about free thermal water pools in Andalucia, check my other post in the blog.

Events and activities this weekend in July

The week go fast and the weekend arrives with free time and varied activities in Malaga. Summer is a season of activities and good weather. Some of the proposals that I bring you here last until September.

You can visit our calendar of events to know more events you can find during all the year.

July events

The month ends with the Airshow Festival in Torre del Mar.

Airshow International air festival in Torre del Mar

Since Friday 28 until Sunday 30 there is an Airshow exhibition in Torre del Mar for the second year.

More than 40 aircrafts belonging to 6 different countries will meet over the beach of the litoral for visitors to enjoy.

On Friday 28 and Saturday 29 there will be training flights.
On Saturday the Sunset Airshow from 7:50 pm. until 9:50 pm.
The Sunday from 11 am. to 3 pm. visitors can enjoy the Airshow Festival in Torre del Mar.

 

For more information about this event you can visit our Facebook.

Para más información sobre este evento puedes visitar nuestra página de Facebook.

 

Magical nights in Benalmadena cablecar

Every night during the summer you can enjoy an outdoor planetarium at the top of Mount Calamorro.

outdoor-planetarium-benalmadena

After enjoying the views from Benalmadena cable car you can also marvel at the night sky of the Costa del Sol. The Astronomical Society of Malaga will help you discover the starts, planets, galaxies and constellations that are in our sky.

Hiking route with astronomy lessons

50 free people can get access to this guided hiking route of 13 km. with free astronomy lessons the next saturday 22nd of July.

The lessons include a workshop for recognizing stars, constellations, planets and nebulae using high-end telescopes.

Departure will be from C/Pacifico, 54 at 6:00 pm. and return will be at 12:30 pm. Transport and insurance is included for free.

You can register from the next sunday 16th of July at 10:00 pm. from the website http://www.gransendademalaga.es/en/

Summer festival in Plaza Mayor

The commercial center organizes as every year the summer festival from Thursdays to Saturdays until August 26 from 9:30 pm.

There will be magic and illusion among many other performances like the circus show ‘ Circo Contemporaneo’ and the Malaga symphonic orchestra.

Plaza Mayor Shopping Mall in Malaga

Craft Market

The stands are set every summer to offer handicraft products at the main squares of the municipality. From 6:00 pm. to 12:00 pm. until August 31.

Every day the stands will be set in a different square. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays you will find the market at Chiriva Square in La Carihuela; Wednesdays and Fridays in San Miguel Square and Saturdays in Plaza de Andalucia.

Book Fair in Torremolinos

This fair consists in stands selling books at cheap prices. There are two fair areas, one in the centre of the municipality and another on the beach promenade.

feria-libro-torremolinos

  • Book deal fair is available from june 29 to September 3 from 11:00 am. to 2:00 pm. and from 7:00 pm. to 1:00 am. in Plaza de la Nogalera.
  • Beach Book Fair is available from June 27 to September 10 from 7:00 pm. to 1:00 am. on the Playamar promenade.

July fairs

Looking for available fairs to visit during July in the province? Continue reading:

July activities in Malaga

If you are wondering about things to do in Malaga in July here I bring some of the recommended activities for this weekend.

Pompidou Centre for children

If you have children they will ask you to take them to the Pompidou Centre for enjoying the free activities available. They will learn about art and composition.

This event is available until September 15.

Opening hour is from 9:30 am. to 8 pm., Saturdays and holidays from 9:30 am. to 2:00 pm. and from 5:00 am. to 8:00 pm.

The Pompidou Centre is between the piers 1 and 2 at the Port of Malaga.

 

museo-olfativo-malagaOlfactory museum ‘Olor a Málaga’

Thuis weekend is open the olfactory museum ‘Olor a Malaga’. There are smells reminiscent of the old Roman city, the industrial Malaga of the 19th century and many others.

Ever wonder about how the typical Roman garum would smell like? Its industry was very extended along the Mediterranean. This is just one of the many smells that you will be able to find in this museum.

A museum where you can see and smell, certainly an original proposal to visit until July 3 at the Museum of Municipal Heritage. Admission is free.

Advertising poster exhibition

Are you curious about how advertising has evolved in Malaga? In this exhibition you will find advertising posters that cover almost a century, from 1870 to 1960.

The entrance is free and this is another way to know the history of the province of Malaga.

The exhibition is at the Unicaja’s Exhibitions Hall Siglo, until September 15.

Archaelogical exhibition in Malaga

Until 24th of September you can find at the Municipal Heritage Museum this exhibition with archaeological remains found from the Muslim era in the province.

800 years of occupation is a long period of time, enough years to allow for brilliant writers, doctors, geographers, philosophers and other scholars from all branches of knowledge to have time to be born and shine.

Some of the pieces are exhibited for the first time in the museum. The aim is the visitor to know more about the past of this historic city.

The opening hours are from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Municipal Heritage Museum.

To know more about this and other activities in the museum you can visit the official website at: http://museodelpatrimoniomunicipal.malaga.eu/

 

Expired events in July

If you missed any of them below, do not worry…they will come again next year!

Weekend Beach in Torre del Mar

Around 40.000 people will meet in the popular Weekend Beach festival during this weekend. This musical event celebrates its 4th edition with a varied sort of musical styles and important artists.

The festival already started the past Wednesday but the most public is expected during the weekend. The list of artists include popular bands like The Prodigy, Estopa, Rosendo, Chambao or La Mala Rodriguez among many others.

The location of the concert is at the beach Poniente in Torre del Mar. If you fancy music, sun and beach you will enjoy it.

The price is from 71.5€ for a basic entrance to 121€ if you choose the VIP entrance with camping within the area.

More information and tickets at: http://www.weekendbeach.es/ (Spanish)

weekendbeach-2017-torredelmar

Los Alamos summer fair

The Saturday 8 at the Sports Centre of the municipality (next to train stop) from 9:00 pm.

It is a small fair organized by the neighborhood with an orchestra, drinks and food.

Regional fair ‘Sabor a Malaga’ in Axarquia

Activities for all ages and a fair where the traditional ‘espeto de sardinas’ will be very present as well as subtropical products from the area.

There will be cooking workshops to learn how to make guacamole or ajoblanco among other recipes.

The 9th of July in Torrox from 7:00 pm. to 12:00 pm.

 

Beach festival en Los Álamos, Torremolinos

Los Alamos beach festivalLike every year the Summer beach festival arrives to Los Alamos in Torremolinos. It will be a long weekend with many artists and electronic music.

Past event registered more than 50.000 visitors. It is possible camping in the event but you must buy a specific ticket for this, only for those who want to get the most from the experience.

Best DJs in the world will meet at the festival that begins on Thursday 14.

When:  14, 15 y 16 in July.

Buying tickets and more information: https://losalamosbeach.com/entradas/

Fairs and festivals in July

Looking for regional fairs and festivals in July?

Campanillas Fair in Malaga

Campanillas Summer Fair from 13th to 16th of July

This fair features activities and perfomances for all the family.

The fair is celebrated until the 16th of July and the turning on of the fair lighting is the 13th of July at 19:00 pm.

The day fair begins the Saturday 15 from 1:00 pm. with gastronomy events.

 

How to get to Campanillas?

You can use the following map: https://goo.gl/maps/rYKjV6hYcN72

Summer fair in Sayalonga

The next weekend 15th and 16th of July there is the Sayalonga summer fair with activities during the night and day.

There will be musical perfomances, acuatic events and fireworks.

How to get to Sayalonga?

You can use the following map: https://goo.gl/maps/RwGenkSPHRk

Sayalonga in Malaga

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?

Botanical Park Orchidarium in Estepona – The largest flower in the world

This botanical park in Estepona is the perfect place to spend a day surrounded by many plant species. In total there are more than 8000 species, of which more than 1300 are orchids.

Residents of Estepona have 2 free entrances per year while visitors must pay 3€.

The area is a modern space with even a 17 meters height waterfall, it simulates to a certain extent the original habitat of the orchids.

There are different areas for different species of America and Asia. You will find also a vertical garden where plants climb and form figures in a natural way.

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The largest flower in the world is in Estepona

giant-corpse-flowerThis plant native to Sumatra in Indonesia is known as ‘the corpse flower’ (Amorphophallus titanum), due to the nauseating odour when it blooms, similar to rotting meat. It is also known as the largest flower in the world, there are specimens that can reach up almost 3 meters in height.

The plant uses the odour to attract insects for spreading the pollen. It usually blooms only a few times over the 40 years it lives and each bloom lasts less than 3 days.

The first time a flower of this species blooms in Spain has been in the Botanic Garden of Estepona.

How to get there, opening times and prices

The prices for accessing the Botanic Garden of Estepona are as follows:

  • Adults: 3€
  • Children aged between 4 and 11 years: 1€
  • Children under 4 years have free admission.

Opening time is from 9:30am to 6pm from Tuesday to Saturday, on Sunday it closes during the afternoon.

For getting there take the Mediterranean motorway towards Algeciras and the exit to Estepona.  Check the following map for exact location and reviews from visitors:

For more information about this and other activities in Estepona you can visit our attractions guide.

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.

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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.

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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.

6 Easy hiking trails in Malaga for family trips

Malaga is surrounded by mountains, all kind of hiking trails ideal for nature lovers. In this article I will recommend some easy hiking trails that can be made all year round and even with children, perfect routes for going with family or spend a nice day with friends.

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Winter, autumn or summer activities, a chance to teach your children the beauty of this province by practicing any of the trails below. Those trails have a common characteristic, they are not difficult nor too long, perfect hiking trails for all ages.

Sharing hobbies and activities with children is important, memories they will keep for all their life. Activities like hiking will teach them to understand and respect nature.

Hiking trail in Sierra Bermeja

There is an easy path on this mountain range where you can enjoy a beautiful Pinsapo forest; a Pinsapo is a tree specie that has managed to survive millions of years.

The hiking path ‘Paseo de los Pinsapos’ (Pinsapos walk). It is well signed and starts with a descent; pay attention, you might be able to spot any of the species that live in this area: mountain goat, chameleon or Andalusian lizard among others.

  • Collection of plants is not allowed.
  • One way distance is 4.1 km.
  • The best way for getting there is from Estepona heading to Jubrique. La mejor ruta para llegar es desde Estepona tomando dirección a Jubrique). At the road cross at the mountain port ‘Puerto de Peñas Blancas’ you must take the road signed to Pico de los Reales, the hiking trail begins from one of the curves of this road.

Sierra Bermeja

How to get there and map of the area: https://goo.gl/maps/dhQSFfjiJpv

Hiking path in Marbella

In the Dunes of Artola begins this hiking trail, exactly at the parking where you must leave the car.

Along the route you will be able to see some fossils dunes, others are the moving dunes that can change their place depending on weather factors.

  •  Surface is tough and without unevenness, it is a path recommended for everyone.
  • Because being close to the beach you can take a bath if it is too hot.
  • For getting there you must take the road exit to Cabopino from the highway between Mijas and Marbella.

Dunas de Artola en Marbella

How to get there and map of the area: https://goo.gl/maps/LtVbKgU1tkF2

Visiting the Guadalhorce river mouth

In the past it was a Phoenician port and actually it’s a natural place with its own flora and fauna.

It is a perfect place for going with family and walk enjoying the day.

  • The route has bird spotting stands.
  • For getting there you must head to Guadalmar, between Torremolinos and Málaga.

Desembocadura del río Guadalhorce

Map and how to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/2VZF3EbbPcr

Fuente de Piedra Lagoon

The perfect season for visiting Fuente de Piedra Lagoon is between autumn and spring, a place where enjoying this natural reserve and finding an important population of aquatic birds.

This lagoon has been an important salt resource since Roman times until the middle of the 20th century. Actually it is a wetland where you will find one of the most important flamenco colonies in Europe.

For getting to this lagoon you must head to Casabermeja from Malaga, drive surrounding Antequera by the North driving through the A-47 and the A-92 roads until you get to the Fuente de Piedra exit.

Foto de flamencos en Laguna de Fuente de Piedra

How to get there and map: https://goo.gl/maps/LNBVxwpq73t

Hiking in Malaga Mountains

Lagar de Torrijos place is at the North of the Natural Park of Malaga Mountains. It is an area from where you can have a nice walk by a dense pines forest.

It is a nice family route, you can make a round day if you try the typical ‘Plato de los Montes’ dish.

Montes de Malaga

How to get there and map: https://goo.gl/maps/CPsG3pzERV92

Hiking route in Mijas Costa

This route follows the coast of Mijas and begins at the watchtower of Cala de Mijas. This route covers a large part of its route through a wooden footbridge and is part of a project that aims to connect the entire Malaga coast.

It is a very simple route thanks to its lack of hills. Along the route you will enjoy beautiful views of the coastline, fauna and flora of the area.

The following link is a map showing the point of origin of this route: https://goo.gl/maps/VHvjrBygM8C2

More hiking trails

Sharing hobbies and activities with children is important, memories they will keep for all their life. Activities like hiking will teach them to understand and respect nature.

Those are just some of the easy hiking trails in Malaga for going with family or friends, there are many more. If you want to know more about Natural Parks and hiking routes in Malaga and Andalucia check our guides.

Christmas markets in Malaga

Christmas is arriving and – how could it be otherwise – Christmas markets in Malaga are emerging, ideal to go for a stroll enjoying the great atmosphere with the stalls,which each year are more elaborate, and the Christmas lighting in Malaga is something you should not miss.

Please consider that dates will change from year to year, but we can expect them to start the  same week day or a near one.

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Christmas lighting in Malaga is switched on the last friday of November at Calle Larios and switched off the 6th in January.

Among the main Christmas markets in the province we highlight:

Christmas Market of Benalmadena in Arroyo de la Miel

Address: Pueblo Plaza de Sol, next to the train station, Benalmadena-Arroyo de la Miel
Hours: 11am to 9 pm
Dates: December 18 to January 6

Christmas Market in Estepona

In this market you will find wooden houses in the purest style of Nordic markets and also an ice rink and a playground.
When: December 5th to January 6

Christmas Market in Malaga – Garage Market

In the Soho in Malaga is situated the Christmas market with arts, crafts and antiques among many other items.

The name Market Garage is due to its location in a former garage in true London style, suitable therefore to visit although it’s raining or cold.

Those interested in participating and bringing their items for sale can contact by phone 951 256 076

When: Weekends from 11 am to 8 pm
Venue: Calle Casas de Campos, 33, 29001 Malaga

Christmas Market in Puerto Banus – Marbella

Located at Plaza Antonio Banderas, Corte Ingles shopping area, this market has wooden stalls, an ice rink, playground and various activities.

When: December 19th to January 6th
There is no confirmation whether it takes place this year, so if you have information on this you can let us know in the comments.

Christmas Market in Ronda

This city is an ideal destination for tourists, of great beauty and being a representation of Andalusia, it is highly recommended for anyone visiting the south of the peninsula. If you visit during the next days you can also find a Christmas Market where you can buy handmade gifts and there are wooden stalls, playground and camel rides and other activities.
Location: Next to Plaza de Toros in Ronda
Contact: 608 499789

Christmas Market in Torrox

The largest Christmas market in the Costa del Sol will take place in Torrox from 4 to 8 December and where you can find crafts and gastronomic delicacies.
80 stalls offering Christmas decorations and crafts from Friday December 4 at 12 until 7 pm on December 8.

Craft Fair in the Park of Malaga

During Christmas, this historic fair takes place in the heart of Malaga, highly recommended for a nice evening stroll.

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More Christmas Markets in Malaga

Do you know more? Our comments are open to suggestions.

Medieval market in Estepona from June 15 to 17

Like every year at this time of June, we can enjoy again in the streets and squares of the historic centre of Estepona a new edition of the Medieval Market from June 15 to 17. During these three days, the surrounding streets of the Plaza de las Flores go back to medieval times where have been installed many craft stalls.

The medieval market of Estepona is one of the most beautiful of this kind, as a large area of the old quarter is set up in a rustic manner; also there are many activities and demonstrations of craft workshops. The stalls offer a wide variety of crafts and we can have a close look at chocolate makers, potters and acquire glass, spices, medicinal plants, wicker things and much more; enjoy cuisine Arab or Arab pastry in a tea shop, sample breads, cheeses and many more freshly prepared delights in the stands. All this will be accompanied by performances, storytellers, jugglers, musicians, falconry, fire eaters and Moorish dancers.

The medieval market in Estepona begins Friday, June 15 in the afternoon and runs until Sunday, June 17. The historic downtown streets normally receive during this weekend a large affluence of visitors; especially at night, since it is a very popular market which also coincides with the arrival of summer and pleasant temperatures at night that invite for a stroll and to enjoy the sea breeze.

Estepona is one of the westernmost towns of the Costa del Sol and although being a direct neighbour of Marbella and receiving numerous wealthy guests and having a high density of five-star hotels and excellent golf courses, this former fishing village has retained its authentic roots while it hosts with discretion upscale tourists who prefer to go unnoticed.

Costa del Sol Outlet Fair this weekend in Estepona

The Exhibition and Congress Estepona hosts for this weekend, July 22 to 24, the 3rd Outlet Fair, where will be shown in more than 80 exhibitors top brand products, with discounts of between 50% and 90 % on the marked price at the store.

Covering an area of ​​over 3,000 m2 there will be an extensive range of fashion, footwear, sports, computers, perfume, optical, electrical appliances or household goods. There will be Outlet articles from brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Guess, Calvin Klein, Burberry, Dockers, Camper, Nike, Hugo Boss, Carhartt, Volcom, Fornarina and Miss Sixty and others such as Ray-Ban, HP, Samsung, Acer, Balay, LG, Tefal or Whirlpool.

In the grounds there are several offers to enjoy Mojitos, cocktails or fresh juices, pies, cakes or ice cream. There is also a venue with a variety of activities to keep the little ones from getting bored with balloon twisting, face painting, circus, juggling and games.

The opening hours of the Outlet Fair are Friday from 6 pm to 11 pm; Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 11 pm.