Luna Mora Festival in Guaro 2016

Map for getting to GuaroIn Guaro will take place on 9 and 10 in September the Luna Mora Festival in its 20th edition.

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 9 at 5 pm with the opening of the Moorish craftsmen souk and has the same schedule for Saturday September 10.

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 9 or Saturday 10 September, come and visit the Luna Mora in Guaro, you won´t regret it.

Plans for this weekend in Malaga

weekend calendarWeekend is here and you still without plans? Want to know some of them and decide one which fits your perfect weekend? If so continue reading.

One of the most common plans especially if you are on holiday is just doing nothing. But believe me, there is life beyond and I will propose some plans for this weekend that might be of your interest.

There are many activities for this weekend: Concerts, exhibitions, cultural events and children activities.

August is usually a hot month, the only desirable thing to do while this hot is being on the beach and doing nothing, the heat does not invite to do anything else. The temperature by the end of August is much more mild and pleasant for other activities than beach. Why not taking advantage of this situation?

Still not decided when to visit Malaga?

Fairs, culture and children activities

Frigiliana Festival: The 3 Cultures

Annual event that features a film, ‘ruta de la tapa’ (small portion food route), free concerts, medieval market and theater performances.

In August from Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 in Frigiliana.

Cultural activities in Alhaurin el Grande

If you visit Alhaurin el Grande the next Saturday you will find a lot of cultural activities like workshops and exhibitions, theater performances or poetry events, concerts, children’s activities and a craft market.

From Saturday 28 August at 21:30 pm

Open night at Velez-Malaga

La Axarquía region brings cultural activities for the Friday night like concerts, visits to monuments and other activities.

Friday 26 from 19:00.

Sailor market in Torre del Mar

If you enjoy the street markets you can’t miss a visit this sailor Market in Torre del Mar.

50 stalls with crafts and a maritime theme, an area where you will also find activities for children.

XXVIII Flamenco Festival in Torremolinos

If you like flamenco on Saturday August 27 at 22:00 you have an appointment at the Municipal Auditorium in Torremolinos.

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All you need to know about Feria de Malaga in 2016

cartel de la feria de Málaga 2016Málaga Fair is coming and we already know the artists and the concerts that will be present throughout the week. We bring you the programme of the Malaga Fair 2016, so you can start planning the week in detail.

First of all, if you never ever visited the fair before you might want to read about what is feria de Malaga. The guide has detailed information on where it takes place and the dates updated every year.

When is this “feria de Malaga” celebrated? This year the fair will start the 13th in August and finish the 20th.

Start planning the fair week with this Malaga fair programme!

Malaga fair program

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All performances and concerts taking place in the Municipal Auditorium will start from 23:00 hours until dawn.

Friday 12th in August at 11:50pm

Just after the opening speech of Vanesa Martin and the opening of the fair.

Live concert of Bairei in the Malagueta beach.

Kiko & Shara en Málaga

Saturday 13th in August at 11:00pm

Typical dancing at the Municipal Auditorium

Concerts:

Jaleos & Lunares, Manolo Sarría, Kiko & Shara and Andy & Lucas.

 

Sunday 14th in August

Exhibition of typical dancing made by local groups.david-maria-malaga

Live concerts by Aurora Guirado and David de Maria.

 

Monday 15th in August

Exhibition of typical dancing made by local groups and concerts of varied musical bands.

Wednesday 17th in August

Rocio Alba and El Trebol performances at the Fairgrounds.

 

Thursday 18th in AugustActuación de grupo Maldita Nerea

Exhibition of typical local dancing and flamenco made by local groups and musical performance of Maldita Nerea.

 

Friday 19th in August

Exhibition of typical local dancing and flamenco.

Performance of El Huecco.

 

Saturday 20th in AugustMarta Sánchez en concierto

Exhibition of typical dancing made by local groups.

Last day of fair and musical performance of Marta Sánchez

Download official fair programme

You can download the official programme in PDF format from here

Fairground map

Do not get lost with our map of the fairground:

Fairground map 2016

Medieval Market in Fuengirola

In Fuengirola (Málaga) is held every year a Medieval Market in the Castle Sohail. It will be possible a time travel to the Middle Ages, thanks to the launch of the medieval market in Fuengirola castle.

Sohail castle event in Fuengirola

When is the Medieval Market in Fuengirola?

This event date in 2016 is between the 11th and the 14th in August.

The event is unique in Spain, as it takes place within an authentic Arab fortress of the time. The area will present a typical medieval aspect, with flags of the time, background music and many of the participants dressed in historical costumes.

Sohail Castle in Fuengirola, a restored Moorish fortress and converted into a auditorium which hosts a variety of musical events during the summer months, has been for some years the perfect setting for the celebration of the Medieval Market in Fuengirola.

What to do during the Medieval Market?

At this market you can find all kinds of products and appealing activities that make the visit a time travel and a tour of Spain to the time of the bards, the craft guilds, traditional gastronomy, etc.

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Thus, workshops for clay, bread, leather, toys, jewelry and woodwork will allow visitors to see how in ancient times they made those products without industrial action.

Other attractions that have already enjoyed great success in previous editions are archery, donkey rides, witches and fortune-tellers, stilts, storytellers and children’s games, juggling, the costumes of the time and street theater.

This market in Fuengirola Sohail Castle, considered one of the best in Spain because of its location. The Castle open from seven o’clock in the afternoon until two o´clock in the morning.

How to get

In the surrounding area of the Sohail Castle you will find parking, you can also go walking from the Fuengirola train station.

Zombie infection detected in Frigiliana, Malaga

The infection known as ‘Survival Zombie’ is getting wild and there are fears that the outbreak will occur in Frigiliana in a few months.

last survival zombie infestation
Last infestation in Spain, it was finally controlled and now they expect it is being propagated in Frigiliana

Only those who can pay a vaccine will have a chance of survival, they will have to accomplish a number of missions  before the end of the night, if they are not bitten in the process they might escape infection by a rescue means not yet specified…but let’s face it, nobody will survive.

To which group do you belong? If you do not understand a word of Spanish…you will be one of the first who get lost and cornered by a zombie horde, not being able to complete missions unless your friends do understand their requests. Do not worry if this is the case, being a zombie has its own good things, there are many brain recipes online!

On Saturday 22nd of October, from 11pm to 7am close the doors and windows if you are neither a survivor nor a zombie; although many choose to watch the event, foolish…

Everything about Survival Zombie

Survival Zombie event‘Survival Zombie’ is a known event in Spain because of its originality and active participation throughout the Spanish territory.

Those who choose being a survivor in Malaga will have to accomplish several missions provided by actors during the night while trying to survive…something that will not be easy. If a zombie touches you , you will become part of the horde.

The story presented to participants is original and there are actors, special effects, streets decorated as an apocalypse with hospital and military camps, you will feel your favourite series of living dead.

For each mission you accomplish you will receive a stamp on your ration card, in earlier events it is known there were up to 14 missions. You can choose to collaborate with other players or go solo. Perhaps you prefer to fool them when they are asking if an area is safe? The goal is to survive and that could give enough time for you to avoid a horde and continue your adventure.

Living dead can’t run, except the called Z, those are actors who other zombies follow…and those run fast, if you see one better you run or hide, he will go after you.

Past events and Survival Zombie

At the beginning of the night some military at a camp might provide instructions for survival, pay attention and listen carefully, danger lurks.

Some of the past missions included entering a dark building noiselessly to retrieve an amulet; causing noise would attract the attention of a creature inside.

Survivors must use a green scarf while the undead go with a red one.

If zombies caught you, then you can join the horde or pay 5€ for an emergency vaccine and continue doing missions.

Frigiliana sightseeing being a survivor or a zombie

Frigiliana is located in the Axarquia, very close to Nerja and about 60 kilometres from Malaga airport.

Roman origin and with a strong Muslim history that shaped its old town and streets structure. Frigiliana is a beautiful tourist destination during the whole year that has ended up being the source of undead infection in 2016.

Some of the most popular attractions in Frigiliana for living beings and dead people

  • Old town and Moorish district, probably both infested by zombies in some of its streets, be careful.
  • Lizar Castle
  • Counts of Frigiliana Castle
  • San Antonio Church built in 1676
  • Roman fortress

Visiting Frigiliana while infested by zombies? Definitely an original proposal that might appeal many of you.

Rules and information about Survival Zombie

The event will begin with an introduction to story made by actors.

Children from 10 years old in advance can take part always if accompanied by an adult.

Those who come infected and already did make up at home will pay only 10€ for being a zombie, those who let being infected at event and choose to make up by professionals will have to pay 20€.

Cost of vaccine for survivors is 30€, if bitten during the event and want to continue doing missions you will have to pay for an emergency vaccine of 5€.

Those who want to take part on this event from outside Malaga can book a bus from Madrid, Ciudad Real and Granada from the official website.

Date: Saturday, October 22, 2016

Hours: From 23pm to 7am

The event will end with the rescue of the few remaining survivors if any in an amazing and secret scene…including helicopter maybe?

If you remove the participant identification prematurely you will be disqualified so you can safely leave the event without zombies biting you.

The infestation will be in October, you still have time ahead to get ready, if you are someone who want a vaccine, you can reserve it at the official website… Good luck, you will need it.

Promotional Video of Survival Zombie

More information Survival Zombie

Official website in Spanish
http://survivalzombie.es/

Town hall in Spanish
http://www.frigiliana.es/

Buying tickets at:
https://entradium.com/en/entradas/survival-zombie-frigiliana-malaga

Romantic Ronda and Ronda Fair: Discover the famous bandits

The May event known as Romantic Ronda is an encounter with the romantic past of this town in Malaga, a sign of identity that takes shape during this recreation of the historic fair of Ronda on 19, 20 21 and May 22, 2016

Ronda Romántica 2016

Romantic Ronda is a tourism initiative that places visitors during three days in the historical context of the Ronda mountain ranges, the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and the bandits and smugglers, craftsmen and writers who came in search of adventures to relate them in their works.

Andalusia was back then a romantic destination, awaiting dangers and uncertainties along its paths to those who travel them, many adventurers came hoping to meet some of the famous bandits on their trips, they were even ready with a small amount of money or valuables, not meeting those famous bandits would become a disappointment.

If you want to know more about the vision that pretends to give the Romantic Ronda event you can read Washington Irving, one of those adventurer writers who visited Andalucia and wrote ‘Tales of the Alhambra‘ (free e-book), he managed to capture on paper the feelings that produced a trip of this kind on the paths of Andalusia during these years.

Bandits of the Serrania de Ronda

Very well-known in Andalucia and throughout the world were the bandits of Sierra Morena, Despeñaperros and of the Serrania de Ronda, who stumped in an aura of mystery hidden from the main path awaiting for some wealthy victim to assault or kidnap.

Bandits in Andalucia have managed to mark their stories and names with fire in our memories, building a legend that will still last over time.

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Although there were many more than just 3 find below some of the most popular bandits in Andalucia, some of them have living descendants.

Why did they become so popular and usually loved by the people? Because they only assault wealthy people and used to give tips or help to the less advantaged.

el-tempranillo-1833El Tempranillo‘ (1805-1833) became a bandit since he was 15 years, he became popular because the good manners he showed to his victims and for his actions to help the most disadvantaged.

Stories tell that he was able to rob up to 110 travellers in a morning during his way to the fair in Ronda…although in these days it was common for bartenders to exaggerate the bandits stories.

This bandit, perhaps the most famous of the region ended up marrying and having a son (his wife died after giving birth and he had to carry her dead body and his son in tow as they were besieged by the Guardia Civil).

Near his last days he became Commander of Security and Protection Squadron in Andalusia after a royal pardon that was granted to those who swore loyalty to the king. He defended the paths against bandits for a year until another bandit known as ‘El Barberillo’ ended his life with a shot near the village of Alameda, he died with just 28 years.

pernales01El Pernales‘ (1879-1907): He was a cold, vindictive and bloodthirsty bandit who did not hesitate to perform despicable acts to his own family and murder anyone who opposed him.

He ended his days shot by the Guardia Civil on his way to take a boat in Valencia from where he intended getting to Mexico (America was the destination of many of the Spanish bandits).

He was shot dead before arriving to the port in Valencia where his last pregnant lover was waiting for him, she had to return to the town of  ‘El Rubio’ alone.

pasos-largos-rondaPasos Largos (1873-1934): One of the last known bandits, lover of the mountains and gambling, he used to visit Coffee Sibajas in Ronda where he lost large sums of money gambling.

Among the anecdotes surrounding this bandit we highlight the one related to a guard from a farm who denounced him to the Guardia Civil because of illegal hunting.Once caught he was beaten severely and took up to 6 months to recover…

Looks like this success marked him, not much later he had a casual encounter with the son of the guard and killed him without hesitation. Then headed to the guard and showed the blood of his dead son before killing him too. The mother managed to hide in a room and saved her life. This was a revenge he talked about in an interview shortly before his death.entrevista pasos largos

Usually devoted to the kidnapping of the wealthy, he enjoyed the sympathy of the common people, ended up in a prison of Ronda in 1916. Once out of prison, with more than 60 years, Pasos Largos refused to leave his habits so returned to the mountains and continued robberies. He ended up cornered in a cave and shot dead by the Guardia Civil after he rejected to surrender.

Pasos Largos en 1916, carcel de Ronda
Pasos Largos jailed in 1916

Romantic Ronda activities

During this festival of great cultural value you can taste typical dishes, admire horses and cattle exhibitions, parades with traditional costumes known as Goyescas or buy in the market among many other activities.

It is very common the streets and balconies of the city to be ornamented during those days.

The main festivity is celebrated around San Francisco district, there is parking on the entrance of Ronda so if you are visiting Romantic Ronda by car you will have no problems finding a place where leaving your car.

There is a recreation of the old cemetery and prison in Duquesa de Parcent Square.

Theatral and musical shows at Merced Square.

How to get to Ronda

From San Pedro de Alcantara (Marbella) take the A-397 road. During the following 48 km to Ronda you are rewarded by spectacular views of the coast and the mountain ranges.

Another option is from Malaga to Ronda through Cartama and other villages or booking an excursion to Ronda.

White Night in Malaga the 14th of May

White Night in MalagaWhite Night is a cultural event which was released for the first time in Paris in 2002, because of its success it was quickly adopted by several European cities and later on even by other cities worldwide.

White Night takes place after sunset and has many artistic and cultural activities, this free event was celebrated for the first time in Malaga in 2008 featuring arts, museums, exhibitions, music , guided visits and special activities for people or family.

Next White Night in Malaga is on May 14, from 8 pm to 2 am, there will be 41 activities taking place in museums, 11 in exhibition halls, 6 in art galleries and 6 activities in scenic areas, are you going to miss this cultural event?

Those who want to enjoy the night quietly can do with the large number of cultural outdoor events taking place in Malaga.

Information about White night in Malaga

If you need specific information about the White Night you can ask at the information desks in Calle Larios or in the Municipal Archives:

Friday, May 13

12:00 to 14:00 and 18:00 to 22:00 at Calle Larios
9:00 to 14:00 in the Municipal Archives

Saturday May 14

12:00 to 14:00 and 18:00 to 2:00 in Calle Larios
11:00 to 14:00 and 22:00 to 2:00 in the Municipal Archives

The program is available in Spanish at: http://www.lanocheenblancomalaga.com/wp-content/uploads/NOCHEBLANCO2016.pdf

Things you can do on a rainy day in Malaga

things to do a rainy day in MalagaIf you are visiting Malaga for a holiday with or without children and looking forward the sun and the beach or making some activities…but it rains, its cloudy or the temperature is too low, do not let the bad weather cloud your encouragement. I’m going to give some ideas and recommendations about the top things you can do on a rainy day in Malaga, very important recommendations I say. Many of you are coming just for a few days and expect to enjoy our sunny weather…It could happen that on arrival after noticing the clouds your humour takes the same grey colour as the sky, do not let it happen, continue reading to avoid this situation.

Some of my proposals may require a vehicle if your resort is in Marbella, Estepona or Puerto Banus among others. If you are in Torremolinos, Benalmadena or Fuengirola as example, your option to take the public transport is much higher with public buses or the subway train, options to consider by those who prefer not to hire a car in Malaga, which is a good and cheap choice in my opinion.

Going out for a drink on a rainy day in Malaga

This is one of my favourite choices when raining in Malaga, there are plenty of places in the city or your area where you can drink a warm tea, a coffee or an ice cream shake (I love vanilla flavour).  A rainy day in Malaga you can go with family, children or friends to have a tea at the old town of the city and stroll around, if too far you can do also from the closer mall to your place.

If you decide to have a drink, did you know how to order a coffee in Malaga? Find it out!

Going to the Mall

This hobby of going for a walk and eating at a mall is very widespread activity in other countries  because the cold or the hot weather outside. The mall is always at the right temperature so it is an ideal place to go with friends or family, an activity also suitable for children.

In the mall you can have a drink, eat, do some shopping or watch a film in the cinema, perfect for a rainy day in Malaga.

Ice skating in Malaga and Benalmadena

If you like ice skating and you are visiting the city during Christmas there is a skating rink at the city centre next to ‘Corte Ingles’ mall. Do not worry if coming outside the Christmas season , there is another ice rink in Benalmadena which is open 365 days a year.

Opening times for Benalmadena Ice Rink:

  • Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 11:00pm
  • Saturdays from 9am to 8pm
  • Sundays and festivities from 9am to 2pm

The Ice Rink is inside the ‘Club de Hielo de Benalmadena’ and there are other activities inside like a gym or an acclimatized pool where you can swim in winter or summer.

Address: C/ Ciudad de Melilla s/n
29631 Arroyo de la Miel

Strolling the city old town

If it’s not raining a lot (raining a lot in Malaga is not very common), you can take an umbrella and enjoy strolling the old town. There are many places to visit; From the Gibralfaro Castle to the Cathedral, museums, Malaga port…Make a round day eating something at any of the restaurants available in the city and ask for a typical dish.

Staying at home, hotel or apartment while raining?

Its fine, you can do this too, but its your choice! Don’t blame the bad weather and use this excuse to stay at home…

To say the truth it is also one of my favourite activities. Watching a film while it’s raining hard outside or watching the rain through the window…a perfect activity while it does not rain inside the walls…something the image below shows can happen.

raining inside home

Tell us about your choices a rainy day!

¿Do you have suggestions? Tell us what you do on a rainy day in Malaga or your city.

Original ideas in Malaga for Valentine’s Day 2016

Currently many decide to make a gift during February 14, Valentine’s Day, although increasingly they prefer a romantic getaway; something in my opinion much more advisable in a relationship and which will bring fond memories, how about planning your Valentine Day in Malaga with us?

Valentines day

If you are single do not worry, there are certainly some ideas that you might like.
Let’s see first the origins of this celebration, when did it start?

Origin of Valentine’s Day

Contrary to what many think, Valentine´s day is not something invented secretly by large shopping centres, it is a celebration of pagan origin (native religion of Europe) held by the Romans as the day of Lupercalia (god of fertility and agriculture).

During Valentine´s Day took place an important celebration in honour of the god Lupercus, there were dances and games; one of those games was to write down on paper the name of the favourite couple… the result was an engagement for one year which often lasted.

After the arrival of the church in Rome and due to the resistance of the people to end the celebration they decided to rename it Valentine´s Day also prohibiting the couples.. so many young people choose to send instead romantic notes … which during the centuries became increasingly popular; who has not played the game of love notes in the school during the Valentine’s Day?

Things to do on Valentine’s Day. Romantic weekend getaway to Malaga

Now you know more about Valentine’s Day, we can go to the next step… things to do for Valentine’s Day in Malaga. How about a romantic weekend getaway?
There are many places you can visit, from a romantic retreat in a village of Malaga to a hotel with Spa along the Costa del Sol.

If you don´t have plans you can always find a cheap deal for a romantic getaway to Malaga, many hotels usually include some extras on this day as a Spa adorned with flowers or a romantic dinner by candlelight.

If you plan to come or if you’re in Málaga, you can choose to invite your partner to a romantic dinner. Many restaurants in Malaga usually adapt to this special night decorated for the occasion and some even include a children’s menu.

helicopter-rentalLooking for offers or original plans for Valentine’s Day in Malaga?

If you don´t have enough with a hotel and a romantic dinner there are also more original activities in Malaga:

Helicopter Flight along the Costa del Sol
http://www.worldaviation.es/en/

Spa circuit and massage
http://www.amaragua.com/en/spa.html

spa-massage

balloon-rondaRomantic plan including spa, dinner, music and other activities
http://www.belife.be/ (Only in spanish)

Balloon flight over Ronda
http://www.gloventosur.com/en/

Skydive, quad, kayaking, hiking and other activities
http://www.team4you.es/adventure-outdoor-activities/

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Pages like Groupalia offer discounts and offers at restaurants or activities during Valentine´s Day.

http://es.groupalia.com/san-valentin/ (only in spanish)

Offers for lodging and transportation for your romantic getaway

Fuerte Hoteles pages offer free accommodation for children under 12 during your stay.
http://www.fuertehoteles.com/en/offers/

Malagacar.com offers discounts and special offers on car hire if you book for Valentine´s Day, exactly a 15% discount on certain groups with the discount code we’ve found, “LOVE2016”.

In their Facebook page they usually post the latest coupons:
https://www.facebook.com/malagacar/

If you plan to visit the Costa del Sol, it is a good idea to use both offers and benefit from a substantial discount.

Have you thought about doing something special for Valentine’s Day?

Ice Skating in downtown Malaga

Children and adults can enjoy a fun time on the ice, with a new ice rink installed in Andalusia Avenue, next to the mall El Corte Ingles in Malaga city, offering a new form of entertainment during the Christmas holidays.

The ice rink is 35 meters long by 15 wide and is open during Christmas until January 7. The opening hours are 10 am to 10 pm. It is mandatory to wear gloves.

Ice skating in Malaga

Who wants to enjoy a larger ice rink and not only during the Christmas holiday can go to the permanent natural ice rink in Benalmadena. This 900 square meters ice rink is located in a sports facility, which also has a swimming pool, fitness room and gymnasium, medical center, shops and parking spaces. To use the ice rink is required to wear gloves, socks and long pants. The skates can be rented for about *4 Euros.

*Price is orientative.