Luna Mora Festival in Guaro 2017

Map for getting to GuaroIn Guaro will take place on 8 and 9 in September the Luna Mora Festival.

This event of 2 days is a free meeting place of Andalusian culture and music with streets decorated for the occasion; a mixture of cultures that have lived together and shaped this town over the centuries and during these days offer visitors a good excuse to come visit.

No to forget the typical candles lit along the streets of the town, creating a beautiful sight at night; some romantic shapes where many couples decide to take the photo to immortalize the moment.

During the night numerous stalls offer food at good prices.

Program of Luna Mora in Guaro

This event starts on Friday, September 8 at 5 pm with the opening of the Moorish craftsmen souk and has the same schedule for Saturday September 9.

5 pm Opening of the Moorish craftsmen souk
5:30 pm Workshops in the streets of downtown
6 pm Lightning of the candles
6:30 Workshop of craft games
7 pm Ambience in the streets and visit of the cultural patrimony of the village
8:30 pm Children´s tales at Plaza de los Cuentos
9 pm Parade
10 pm Oriental dance workshop
11 pm Flamenco show at the Auditorium
12 Midnight tales for adults at Plaza de los Cuentos
12:30 am Ambience in the streets
12:45 am Show at the Cultural centre Al-Andalus

When arriving there by car there is usually enabled an outdoor parking just before you get to Guaro from where you take a bus up to the village.

Do not hesitate, if you have no plans on Friday 8 or Saturday 9 September, come and visit the Luna Mora in Guaro, you won´t regret it.

Official program:

Almond day in Guaro on January 26

almond day guaroHave you ever delighted in the beautiful view of fields of blossoming Almond trees? In the sheltered valleys and almost still in winter, these trees begin to bloom, still naked and without foliage; with delicate colours of pink and white they send us a greeting announcing the imminent spring; pure delight!

How about a trip to the town of Guaro, north of Marbella, to enjoy a day of tours, tastings and activities? The last Sunday of January, is celebrated in Guaro the Almond Day, where you can taste the typical cuisine of the area such as Almond soup or buy craft products in the Plaza Al-Andalus, and also enjoy two routes along blossoming almond trees. You can choose between two routes, an easy one for families and another more difficult one for experienced hikers. Both tours are led by guides. Registration for the routes before 25 January at More information at

The village of Guaro is located at 354 meters above sea level in the beautiful setting of the Sierra de las Nieves about 20 km north of Marbella. The village of Guaro is also known for its Moorish Moon Festival (Festival de la Luna Mora) which takes place every year in the month of September.

How to get to Guaro

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Festival Luna Mora in Guaro 6 and 7 / 13 and 14 September

luna mora guaro 2013This weekend kicks off the 17th edition of the Festival de la Luna Mora in a small village in Sierra de las Nieves, 22 km north of Marbella. Who wants to get away from the coast and live another kind of experience, can enjoy during two weekends in September the opportunity to discover beautiful roads leading inland through the Sierra de las Nieves, declared a Biosphere Reserve, to the village of Guaro.

Each year this town pays tribute to the legacy of Al-Andalus evoking in the streets the magic and culture of a bygone era with a Moorish market, only lit with thousands of candles.

In such an environment you´ll find not only artisans and rich cuisine but concerts, storytelling, parades and much more under the night sky and the flickering light of the candles.

Festival Programme summary

Friday 6: 5 pm Opening of the Moorish souk in the town’s streets. 5.30 pm and 6.30 pm Workshops. 7 pm Parades. 8 pm Storyteller. 9 pm Illusionist. 11 pm Concert. 00 am Adult stories. 00.30 am Turkish Music
Saturday 7: 5 pm Opening of the Moorish souk in the town’s streets. 5.30 pm and 6.30 pm Workshops. 8 pm Concert. 8.30 pm Storyteller. 9 pm Parades. 11 pm Concert. 00 am adult stories. 00.30 am Indian Music.
Friday 13: 5 pm Opening of the Moorish souk in the town’s streets. 5.30 pm and 6.30 pm Workshops. 7 pm Parades. 8 pm Storyteller. 9 pm Parades. 10 pm Workshops for adults. 11 pm Concert. 00 am adult stories. 00.30 am Music Fusion Flamenco-Andalusí
Saturday 14: 5 pm Opening of the Moorish souk in the town’s streets. 5.30 pm and 6.30 pm Workshops. 7 pm Parades. 8 pm Concert. 9 pm parades. 10 pm workshops for adults. 11 pm concert. 00 am adult stories. 00 am Dance show
Full details of the Festival and its activities:

How to get to Guaro

Along the Mediterranean motorway A-7.

From Fuengirola take in Marbella the exit 186 to A-355 Ojen to Monda.

From Estepona, take in Marbella the exit 185 to A-355 Ojen to Monda.

The days of the festival the road between Monda and Guaro is restricted to emergency services and visitors with entry to the concerts. Other visitors must arrive through the road from Coin, the A-7100.

You have to park in the parking of Puente Viejo, where has been set up a bus service to the festival for one euro round trip. The transport works from six in the evening until five o’clock in the morning.

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How to get to Guaro and Luna Mora festival

16th Luna Mora Festival 2012 in Guaro (Marbella) in September

During two weekends in September visitors can attend the 16th Luna Mora Festival in Guaro, a white village located picturesquely at 354 meters above sea level, between the Guadalhorce Valley and the Sierra de las Nieves, just 40 kilometres from Malaga and 20 minutes from Marbella.

Specifically, on 7, 8 and 14 and 15 of September visitors can immerse themselves again in the magic of an ancient Moorish white village in the light of 20,000 candles, enjoying a craft bazaar, concerts, workshops and gastronomy.

The village of Guaro is already celebrating since 16 years this event to commemorate the history and culture of Al-Andalus, when coexistence between the Arab, Jewish and Christian cultures was a reality. Each year the event receives more visitors and has already established itself as a cultural reference in the entire province.

Starting at 5 pm the downtown streets transform into an ancient Eastern market; there are tents with plenty of free workshops for children and adults; music, dance, crafts, cuisine and by nightfall the centre of the town is lit with thousands of candles.

There are oriental dance workshops, darbouka and flamenco percussion, henna painting, drawing with candles and playroom; there will be concerts in the open air auditorium Luna Mora and free concerts in the streets of Flamenco, Arab and Sephardic musicians, storytellers, street parades … A feast for the senses!

The village of Guaro is situated between the Costa del Sol and the Sierra de las Nieves, Malaga, being the gateway to this Natural Park, which has been declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

How to get to Guaro

Due to the large influx of visitors during the Festival de la Luna Mora, is restricted in the afternoon road access from Monda (A-7100). So visitors will enter the town by the road from Coin (A-366 and MA-413). At the entrance of the village there is a large car park and from there a shuttle bus service brings visitors to the Luna Mora Festival. Transportation will be running every day of the festival from 6 pm to 5 in the morning.

You can find all related information about concerts, workshops and so on in the event’s website

Luna Mora Festival in Guaro (Marbella)- September 9, 10, 16 and 17

This year the small town of Guaro next to Marbella celebrates its 15th edition of the Luna Mora Festival. For two weekends, the town is transformed into a unique environment in which to enjoy music and a magical atmosphere:

In light of 20,000 candles downtown streets and the old town of this town in the natural park of Sierra de las Nieves (Marbella) become the meeting point of the rich heritage of Andalusian culture and Muslim, Christian and Sephardic worlds.

Imagine the narrow, winding streets of a typical white village, lit by the light of the full moon and thousands of candles, relocated to the Middle Ages, as if it were a big bazaar.

Every day starting at 5 pm visitors can enjoy workshops, Moorish artisan souk, street ambience with dance and music, Arab tea and cake tasting, tales of Arabian nights and concerts in an outdoor auditorium.

Guaro is located just 20 km from Marbella taking the A-355, towards Ojen.

Website of the event with complete schedule, directions and so on in German, English and Spanish: