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

Christmas lights in Malaga 2017This year the Christmas lights are switched on the 24th in November, will you miss it? Don’t worry, you will find a video of the lighting and all the information you may need about Christmas in Malaga if you continue reading.

The lighting decoration and switching date change every year, however in 2016 was the same as in 2015. In past events they used up to 600.000 led lights in Larios street, the most centric street in Malaga, nevertheless this city is one of the best places to enjoy the Christmas lighting in the world.

On the right you can see the new lights for 2017, ready to be turned on the Friday, November 24th. Remember there will be light and sound shows at 6:30 pm and 9:30 pm every day.

New lighting for Christmas in Malaga 2017

This year there is a new design and lighting and also new streets in the centre of Malaga, the new design is inspired by the Cathedral of Malaga.

new Christmas lights 2017

On the opening day there will also be a children’s party in Plaza de Las Flores where free balloons will be distributed among the youngest.

The company responsible for Christmas lighting in Malaga (Iluminaciones Ximénez) which is also responsible for providing lighting to different companies and cities around the world. You can find its LED lighting in New York on Fifth Avenue, Las Vegas, Dubai or even in Hong Kong among other locations.

Christmas lights project for 2017

Many visitors come from Europe not only to see the Christmas lighting in Malaga, but also to enjoy a festive atmosphere unique in the city.

This year, the Christmas lighting will also be used for light and sound shows at 6:30 pm and 9:30 pm. There will be typical Christmas songs and each pass will last from 2 to 3 minutes.

There will be new streets in addition to Calle Larios where you can enjoy the illumination: Calle Marqués, Sagasta, Souvirón, Plaza de Camas, Calle Herrera del Rey, Puerta del Mar, Calle Moreno Carbonero, Calle Álamos and Calle Granada.

The Christmas lighting will be turned off on January 6th, with the arrival of the Night of Kings, so you better visit it before it is too late.

Representation of what the new Christmas lighting will look like
Representation of what the new Christmas lighting will look like

This central square in Malaga is decorated for Christmas with a beautiful illumination offering a show that you should not miss.

 

Christmas trees in Malaga

During Christmas in Malaga six giant Christmas trees (6 to 18 meters high) will be placed. One of them in Huelin Park, two almond trees of 8 meters, one in the square of the Cervantes Theatre and another in Alcazabilla street. A giant Christmas tree with a metallic structure in the Plaza de la Marina, also another one of 18 meters in the Plaza de la Constitución, illuminated following the lighting style of Larios Street, a Christmas tree in the Plaza Enrique García Square and finally one in Molina Lario Street. All of them illuminated with leds and decorated for the occasion.

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 switched on the Friday 2nd of November in 2016 at Plaza de la Nogalera. If they repeat this year, they should turn on the lights the Friday 3rd.

Christmas Markets in Malaga – 2017

Many locals enjoy the Christmas in Malaga by visiting any of the many Christmas markets in the province.

There are usually every year markets at Soho district and Alameda park. I will update the list as new information is coming.

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 should be available from the Friday 3nd of November

Christmas markets

The Christmas markets below are from 2016, we can expect that they will continue opening at similar dates in 2017.

Christmas Market in Torremolinos (near train station) from the Friday 2nd of November.

Chrismas Market in Fuengirola is already available at Plaza de la Constitución.

Christmas charity bazaar in Malaga

Located at the English Shop ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’ at Paseo de Sancha, 48.

This charity market will open in January on Monday 2nd, Tuesday 3rd, Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th.

For donating the opening time is from 10am to 2pm and from 5pm to 8:30pm.

Invisible handcrafters market

At Calle Andres Perez, 8. Opening time is from 5pm to 10pm.

Visiting Traditional Nativity Scenes

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 so you better be ready.

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 and questions in the forum.

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

Erotic Tapas Route in Fuengirola in November

tapa-eroticaFrom this Friday until November the 19th there is a new appointment for those who enjoy tapas. The called ‘Ruta de la Tapa Erótica’  will be celebrated again this year ¿will you join?

This event had a great success among the locals and foreigners visiting Fuengirola in past editions.

This is an original way for bringing the tapas with an erotic, sensual and funny touch. It offers the visitor a wide range of tastes in imaginative small dishes which catch the attention from the first moment.

This year the ‘Ruta de la Tapa’ event have 77 bars participating where you can go to try the tapas. The price however rises again, this time its 2,5€ per tapa and drink (It did cost 1,5€ few years ago and 2€ in past event). If you don’t mind avoiding the event and prefer some normal and cheaper tapas, check our guide of the best tapas bars in Malaga.

Tapa Erótica in Fuengirola
Winner last year

Featuring this year, 8 of those bars will be offering tapas without gluten in Fuengirola, sweet tapas and one vegan tapa.

Tapas contest

If becoming an expert taster sounds interesting to you now you can be one. You just have to pick up a special passport made for this event, the different bars will stamp it with every tapa you order.

pasaporte-tapa-erotica
Image of passport used in past events

Passport is available in Spanish and English. This popular event receives visitors from different countries so you don’t have to worry about not speaking Spanish. You can pick up the passport at the tourism office or at any of the bars participating on this promotion.

Once you fill the passport with 10 stamps you have to bring it to the tourism office. With each passport you bring you will take part in a raffle with some prizes. There is a cruise, smart tv, dinning, hotel nights…and more.

The winners will be announced at the Casa de la Cultura at 8:00 pm.

Are you going to miss it?

Among the available tapas you will find names like ‘Chipirón Picantón’, ‘Memorias de una Geisha’, ‘Tetanic’, ‘Tu rollito nos va’…

This event will take place also in Twitter with the hashtag #Fuengirolamepone.  You can share your epic moments and photos using it.

In past events they sold near half a million of tapas, will you miss yours?

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.

halloween-interes-geografico

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.

Malaga Fairs and Festivals in October

October in Malaga brings us a large number of fairs and festivals. The province has much more to offer beyond the summer months, as we proved with the recommended activities in September.

Join us to discover what you can do during October in Malaga.

Festivals and Fairs in October

Main events in Malaga in October

If you are one of those who like to get to know the villages during the celebrations of their traditional activities, read on.

Day of Perota Soup

This important culinary event in Álora has its own blog entry, you can learn more about Perota Soup Day here.

7th in October, free rations of food are distributed in a town with its own character, who would miss it? There are many things you can do after enjoying this gastronomic day.

traditional soup in Alora

Torrox Fair

The Torrox fair begins the first weekend of October with a cavalcade where giant puppets of big heads parade before the lighting of the fair that night.

The fair lasts 5 days during which you can eat, drink and have fun. There are musical performances, booths and mechanical attractions for the little ones.

The daytime fair takes place in Plaza de la Constitución. To know how to get there, consult the following map.

Algatocín Fair

During the first week of October the Algatocin fair takes place. This fair offers the visitor typical dishes of the region as well as workshops and sports activities.

On October 4, the municipal music band travels around the town house by house and they receive typical sweets and drinks in compensation.

To plan your route by road to Algatocin you can consult this map.

Fuengirola Fair

The Fuengirola fair, one of the most popular events in the province, takes place from 6th to 12th October.

The main activity of the fair, both during the day and at night, is in the fairgrounds, with artistic performances and access to different stands and mechanical attractions.

In the fair booths you can enjoy good dishes, drinks and dances. The Plaza de la Constitución is another of the places where there is a festive atmosphere of the fair with dances and other activities.

To get to Fuengirola you can consult our guide.

Yunquera Fair

The Yunquera fair is a traditional celebration. Its origins link it to the return of many of its inhabitants from Cadiz after the harvest season.

After the grape offering, there is an event in which you can participate by stepping on grapes to commemorate the production of the typical wine of Yunquera.

Visiting Yunquera during its popular festivals is an opportunity to taste its rich typical gastronomy typical in some of its restaurants.

To get to Yunquera you can consult this map.

Nerja Fair

Between October 8th and 12th, is celebrated the Nerja Fair. The fair is characterized by its flamenco singing festivals, sports activities, horseback riding and verbenas among other activities.

During the Nerja Fair, the election of the Queen of the fiestas as well as Mister and Miss Nerja takes place.

If you want to know how to get to Nerja you can read our guide.

Feria de Nerja

Ojen Fair

The Ojen fair occurs between 9 and 12 October. It begins with a procession through the streets that ends in the square, after which the day fair begins.

The fair features live concerts and crowning of the queen and bridesmaids of the fair. Among the activities there are family games and mechanical attractions a few meters from the square for the enjoyment of the little ones.

Ojen Fair

Celebration of Monfi in Cutar

Cutar festivalThe second weekend of October is celebrated the Festival of Monfi in Cutar municipality. This event presents the visitor with cultural, gastronomic and leisure activities.

The Fiesta del Monfi has been declared of tourist interest. During this weekend the narrow white streets of this municipality are dressed for the occasion with ornamentation and handcrafted souks in an attempt to relive their Moorish past and commemorate the resistance of those who refused to be expelled from their lands.

In the municipality you will find workshops of all kinds, from dance to forging or coin-making. Among the events you will find live music, parades, donkey rides, fire shows and much more.

This party is suitable for families because of the variety of attractions available. In addition to the cultural activities of the town of Cutar, you can also enjoy the architecture of the place dating back to the first centuries of Muslim domination.

Villanueva de Tapia Cattle Fair

This traditional cattle fair is held on 10,11 and 12 October. The origin of the fair dates back to 1860 and concentrated a large number of farm animals.

If you want to visit it, this is one of the oldest fairs in Andalucia, also a great opportunity where you can buy typical products of the area.

There are cultural activities and varied shows, a gastronomic fair, tastings and an exhibition of horses.

This fair takes place in the municipal sports pavilion and the ‘Explanada del Nacimiento’. If you want to know how to get to Villanueva de Tapia you can take a look at this map.

Fiesta en el Aire in Arriate

During the second or third weekend of October, from Friday to Sunday. In 2017 the date is the 15th in October. The streets of this town of Malaga are decorated for the occasion and presents numerous activities for all audiences.

The youngest children will find handmade games in some of the streets, although the elders will also be able to make use of them. An event that offers art, culture, musical shows and a varied cuisine to anyone who visits Arriate this weekend.

The townspeople’s effort to participate in this event of artistic expressions and gastronomic traditions is outstanding. The streets are filled with flea markets where you can find a wide variety of typical products.

Arriate village photo

If you want to join the activities that take place in this municipality I recommend you to go by car. You can take a look at the map of Arriate to plan the best route.

San Pedro de Alcantara Fair

Every October around the 19th, they celebrate the San Pedro de Alcantara Fair. A fair that you will find during the night in the fairgrounds (same place where every Thursday you will find the flea market). The day fair takes place on the streets of the village.

During the fair you will find the typical inaugural procession, booths where you can eat and drink or dance, different types of events and outdoor activities.

Every year the fair brings a guest artist to perform a live concert.

San Pedro de Alcántara Fair

To get there you can take a look at this map. If you are driving during the fair, it is advisable to park in Marbella and take the bus to San Pedro de Alcántara.

Yunquera Wine and Chestnut Fair

The last weekend of October on the one before (in 2017 the fair is the 21st and 22nd in October)  if you want to visit the village of Yunquera you can come to discover the wine and chestnut fair.

The fair offers the visitor a handicraft and commercial area, you can buy products from the town and participate in contests and tastings.

It is a festival declared of Provincial Tourist Singularity, so if you want to get to Yunquera you can look at this map to plan your route by car.

Fair of the Chestnut in Pujerra

On October 28th, the Chestnut Fair is held in Pujerra. You will find a whole series of products and dishes made with chestnuts and that precedes the procession of the Virgin of Fatima on November 1st.

On the night of October 31st, there is a verbena and roasted chestnuts until 1 am. It’s a night of music and dancing, plus during the day you can learn all about chestnut harvesting.

If you want to visit Pujerra, I recommend you plan your route with this map.

Halloween Night

costume-halloweenMultitude of municipalities in Malaga are invaded by ghosts and spooky creatures during the night of October 31st on Halloween.

There are special events and activities during the evening for all ages. Some establishments and other places including zoos or botanical gardens may offer discounts or prizes to those in disguise.

To learn more about Halloween events and activities in Malaga, I recommend you visit our other blog post.

 

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?

International People’s Fair in Fuengirola in 2017

The 23rd edition of the International People’s Fair in Fuengirola will take place the next Thursday  27 April until Monday 1st of May.

There will be representations of more than 30 different countries, among those countries you will be able to find stands from Italy, Senegal, United States and some Spanish regions like Navarra or Canary Islands among many others.

This fair in Fuengirola is an ideal place where meeting the culture and gastronomy of other countries and regions, will you miss it?

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FIP Schedule

21st of April at 12am is the official presentation of the International Fair

International People’s Fair begin 27 April

12:00 Fairgrounds will be open at this time; it is the place where the Trade Fair takes place.

13:00 Opening of the Trade fair stands

4:00 Closing of the Trade Fair stands.

Friday 29 April

Opening of the stands for the Trade Fair from 1pm to 4am.

Saturday 29 April – International People’s Fair Parade

9,30am Since the morning participant groups will meet at Plaza de España (Spain Square)

11am Fair Parade with the following circuit:

  • Plaza de España
  • Avenida Condes de San Isidro
  • Avenida Matías Sáenz de Tejada
  • C/ Alfonso XVIII
  • Pso. Jesus Santos Rein
  • Palacio de la Paz at 1pm

1pm Opening of the stands for the Trade Fair until 4am.

Sunday 30th of April and Monday 1st of May

Trade Fair will be available as every day from 1pm to 4am.

How to get to the Fairground in Fuengirola

The International People’s Fair is located at the Fairgrounds so you must follow the direction to Fuengirola, if you are getting there by train you can stop at the Boliches train station, the one before the last one.

For more information and a map you can check the official PDF program at:

http://www.fipfuengirola.com/images/fip/2017/fip2017.pdf

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.

Jamie Cullum, Sting, Beach Boys & other live concerts in Fuengirola between June and July

Sting concert in 2017 in FuengirolaThe city is getting ready for the celebration of the Fuengirola Festival with 2 months of concerts and shows during June and July in 2017.

Some of the popular names that will be present are Janie Cullum, Beach Boys, Sting or the Spanish band Oreja de Van Gogh among others.

The event that will hold these concerts is the 22th edition of the Fuengirola Festival and Marenostrum Music Castle Park.

The area for the concerts is located next to the Sohail Castle and there will be a great gastronomy offer with different kind of tickets on sale that must be acquired online.

Live concerts at Sohail Castle in Fuengirola

Amazing landscape at the Arabian fortress Sohail for the concerts, situated on a hill a few meters from the beach.

The Beach Boys band will make a unique concert in Andalucia the 24th of June in Fuengirola .

Sting will make a live concert on July 17th beside Ara Malikian. The door opening is at 7pm, Ara Malikian concert at 9pm and Sting at 11pm.

On July  25th the jazz singer and pianist Jamie Cullum will make a live performance. It is the second time he comes to Fuengirola as he came 6 years ago and the concert was sold out o I recommend you to watch out for ticket sales.

Beside them other artists like Oreja de Van Gogh, Michael Nyman, Loquillo, Extremo Duro and or Robe Iniesta, still pending to confirm the assistance.

Fuengirola's concerts stage

Buy ticket online and information about the place

The place reserved for this event is divided in different zones you will have access to depending on the ticket you purchased:

  • Premium zone  Silver, Golden and Platinum zones.
  • General zone: Bench seats with capacity up to 2800 people.

Sohail concert areas

Ticket prices for concerts

When purchasing the tickets there are different choices. Take in consideration one ticket is valid for one day:

  • Platinum Frontstage: 198€
    Exclusive access to the main area next to the stage.
    Drink and food is available in VIP area.
    Exclusive access to bathroom.
    Commemorative accreditation of your assistance.
  • Gold Frontstage: 132€
    Access to the main area next to the stage and after the platinum frontstage.
    Drink and food is available in the VIP area.
  • Silver Pista: 93.50€
    Access to reserved area for the Silver ticket entrance.
    Drink and food is available in the Premium area.
  • Ticket for disabled people: 60.50€
  • General area: 60.50€
  • Numbered bench seats: 60.50€

For buying the tickets you can visit the official event website at:
http://marenostrumcastlepark.com/ (Spanish)

Other live concerts

Michael Bolton will make a concert in Marbella, at hotel Puente Romano the 10th of August at 9pm.

Prices for this concert are from 35€ to 275€ and can be bought from https://crazymusicproductions.koobin.com/michaelbolton2017en

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.

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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.