What do you do when you get stung by jellyfish?

jellyfish-tipsIn summer, especially the hot days and usually in August, the presence of this annoying animal can ruin anyone day, so I think it is a good idea to talk a little about them and what to do when a jellyfish stings you.

Luckily in Malaga there is no presence of dangerous species of jellyfish for humans.

The called ‘Portuguese Caravel’, without being actually a jellyfish but acting as one, can be dangerous but it is actually very rare to see one in the Mediterranean sea.

portuguese caravel
The Portuguese Caravel is not common in the Maditerranean although some have been seen near our coast eventually. It is visible on the sea surface and can be confused with a plastic bag.

About the jellyfish

The jellyfish, these gelatinous organisms are not particularly dangerous (at least the ones we have here), but their stings cause itching and stinging pain. Jellyfish do not attack, but move slowly, floating and they are drawn by the currents. Because they are highly translucent, they are relatively difficult to see in the water and therefore, sometimes bathers get accidentally in contact with them. This is when the cells of the tentacles release a poison, used for hunting or defence.

Sometimes the jellyfish can be found on the sand or on the shore after being dragged by the water . Even after dead they are still dangerous. It is better to remove or bury them so that no one can be injured.

jellyfish on sand

These “stings” produce instant pain and burning sensation radiating to the root of the affected limb, itching and edema (swelling). The intensity of symptoms varies depending on the affected area and can also have symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle spasms or allergic reactions in some severe and very rare cases.

In the most popular beaches of Malaga there is usually a lifeguard station nearby. However, we leave you some useful tips on first aid. For example, on the beach where I go there are no lifeguards, and there the “regular swimmers” bring a little “first aid kit”, a folk remedy to relieve the sting of the jellyfish: A small bottle with ammonia or vinegar diluted to 50%. To me, it worked great!

What to do when you’ve been stung by a jellyfish

Wash affected area with seawater. NEVER with freshwater because this activates the remaining nettle cells attached to the body.
Do not rub the area or touch with your hands.
Local application of ammonia or vinegar (diluted to 50%)
Remove the remaining fragments of tentacles attached to the skin (with gloves or tweezers) and reapply ammonia or vinegar.

removal of jellyfish

Some tips to avoid being stung by a jellyfish

Pay attention to the flags that indicate their presence. Do not bathe or walk barefoot on the shore if there are jellyfish on the beach.

There are sunscreens containing an extract of plankton preventing jellyfish stings (in pharmacy)

Do not touch a dead jellyfish or its fragments. Be very careful because although the jellyfish is dead, it keeps releasing its venom, so you better don´t touch it.

If you remember, take a little bottle of vinegar in your “Beach Kit”. It may come in very handy for you, your children or a towel neighbour.

All you need to know about Malaga fair fireworks

As every year Malaga fair begins in August with fireworks. This is a show visible from all the Costa del Sol where there is direct line of sight and it will happen the night of 11 August. Do you know the best places to watch the Malaga fair fireworks?

The company providing the fireworks is the same that made them at the Eiffel Tower on July 14.

I have read the launch of the fireworks will take place during 20 minutes. In the sky of Malaga there will be multitude of figures made of the fireworks. 3D cubes, smiley faces, hearts and many more in a colorful show that will end with a thunderous pyrotechnic end.

What are the best places to see the fireworks of the fair of Malaga?

Fireworks can be seen from almost anywhere on the Costa del Sol with direct line of sight. There are different locations for those looking for something more special or for taking good photos of this event.

Watching the fireworks from Malaga Cathedral

If you want to watch the fireworks from a privileged place and paying is not a problem, there are 145 tickets for accessing the covers of the Cathedral of Malaga.

In the same cathedral there will be available for sale 15 tickets, an insufficient number so it will surely be difficult to get one this way. Other option for getting one is online or by phone.

  • Buy ticket at museosmalaga.net (website is in English also, but tickets for fireworks are available only from Spanish area)
  • Buy ticket by phone: 902 646 289 from Monday to Friday from 10 am. to 2 pm. and from 3 am. to 6 pm.

The price for a ticket is 25€ and each person can purchase a maximum of 2 tickets.

Malaga Cathedral

The access will be made by groups with intervals of 15 minutes from 10:45 pm.

Watching the fireworks from a boat

A different and special place for watching the fair fireworks is from a boat. Some offer a tour with a glass of wine and music included.

Malaga fair fireworks

You can book online from: http://malagaenbarco.com/en/special-outings/

From Aula del Mar terrace

If you are with children they will love to see the fires from the terrace of the Alborania Museum. The event begins at 11 pm. and the price is 10€ per person.

To book you can do by phone or email: 951 60 01 08 or museoalborania@auladelmar.info.

From Malaga port

If you don’t mind standing and being surrounded by people you can go to Malaga port. It is one of the best places for watching the fireworks.

From Gibralfaro viewpoint

This is one of the most popular locations for watching the fireworks, so you can expect many people around. You should go early for taking a place.

It is not too close distance but there is a clear view.

La Coracha

It is closer than Gibralfaro viewpoint to the place where fireworks are launched. The distance is close enough to even hear the music from the event.

Beach of Malagueta

This is one of the most popular places where enjoying the fireworks. There will be a live concert of ‘Miguel Bose’ and a lot of people. Teenagers use to choose this place as the starting point of the fair week.

Beach of Misericordia

Even not as close as Malagueta beach, there is a direct sight line of the fireworks. If you do not mind being somewhat further away this is an interesting place where watching the show.

Watching fireworks from promenade

If choosing the promenade you should be close to Malaga port. It is also a good place for taking good photos of the fireworks and one of the popular places so you can expect many people joining.

La Farola lighthouse

If you want to include in your photos the lighthouse of Malaga you should consider this place. It is just as close as the port of Malaga to enjoy the show.

malaga-lighthouse

If you want to know more you can visit our page about Malaga fair.

Do you know of a special place where enjoying the fireworks of Malaga fair?

Festivals and fairs in August in Malaga

Malaga feria womenThis month arrives loaded with festivals, activities and fairs in Malaga. I have decided to write this article about the most popular fairs in August so that whoever thinks fit can decide which one is of interest.

If you do not come in August but found this article, it means you plan to do it sometime, so you may also find this entry interesting. You can decide which fairs or feastivals interest you more so you can better plan the range of days to take the deserved vacation.

If you are wondering about August in Malaga, just check my other post.

Festivals and fairs in August

There are many festivals and fairs in the province that you should not miss. If you want to learn more about the culture and customs of your tourist destination, visiting this kind of events is a very good choice.

Fairs in the province have a historical character and long tradition. In Andalusia the fairs in general were in their beginnings cattle markets. Other fairs like the one of Malaga were acts of celebration after que conquest of the city.

The following list is sorted according to the date they celebrate the event:

First week of August

Fairs and other events that take place during the first week of August:

Alora fair

Alora FairThe first Wednesday in August begins Alora Fair with the official lighting at night and the festival ends the following Sunday with fireworks.

You will find live concerts and activities for all ages. In 2017 as example, they organized a waterslide in the middle of a street during the Friday Fair, while on Saturday it was the Perotas Soup Day, a typical recipe of Alora.

The first Day Fair for those who want to visit the fair during the day is on Thursday at Plaza Fuente Arriba from noon.

  • When: First Wednesday in August.
  • Where: Alora (Map). You can arrive by car or train, keep in mind that last trains are usually crowded.

Benalauria Fair: Moors and Christians event

The fair of Benalauria mixes tradition and present in an event that make use of the urban centre to recreate theatrical confrontations between Moors and Catholics during the sixteenth century.

This representation can be seen every first Sunday of the month, the last day of fair.

The fair is celebrated during the first week of August.

  • When:  The theatrical event is the first Sunday and the fair is the first week of August.
  • Location: Benalauria (map)

Fiesta moros y cristianos en Benalauria

Fiesta del Gazpacho in Alfarnatejo

Who does not fancy a cold gazpacho drink during a hot summer day? Although it seems a lie, many tourists are afraid of this delicious drink, they use to think of it as a cold soup. If you are one of them I bet that you are one of those who have the fear in their face when trying this typical drink, that is not considered as a cold soup in Spain but a summer drink.

The gazpacho festivity is a good opportunity to take away your fears and try this delicious recipe. There are many kind of gazpachos I recommend you to try at least a few of them, nobody should reject such a healthy drink made of vegetables.

If you want to know more about gazpacho or make your own homemade gazpacho you can visit the link.

  • When: First Saturday in August.
  • Where: Alfarnatejo (Map)

Fiesta del Gazpacho en Alfarnatejo

Iznate gastronomic festival: Muscat grape day

Día de la uva moscatel en Iznate

On August 5 Iznate will offer many typical dishes to all visitors who come to any of the various points located by its streets. A good excuse to walk around this nice town on foot and eat free on the way.

As it could not be otherwise there will be the typical wine and grape of the region.

  • When:  August 5 from 7:00 pm.
  • Where: Iznate (map)

Second and third week in August

Fairs and activities during the second and third week of the month.

Noche Nazarí in Montejaque

In August it is already common in this municipality to lit the streets with candlelights and celebrate medieval activities.

Musical performances, dance or shows with fire are some of the activities that you will find in Montejaque if you decide to visit during this night on August 10.

  • When: August 10
  • Where: Montejaque (Map)

Fair and Water Festival in Jimera de Libar

As you can deduce by the title of this festival, water is the protagonist of this festival. In addition to the water festival there is a great gastronomic tasting of roasted chorizo at 1:30 pm.

The water party is a battle between all the assistants, so if you plan to go better be ready.

  • Where: Jimera de Libar (Map)
  • When:  August 11,12,13 and 14

There is also another event called ‘ Night of Terror’ in August 6.

Feria Jimera de Libar

Malaga fair

I could not talk about events happening in August without naming Malaga fair. An experience that extends over a week in both the historic centre of Malaga and the fairgrounds.

This year the fair takes place from 12th to 19th of August.

If you want to know the fair program or many other details you can visit our dedicated section to Malaga fair.

  • Where: In fairgrounds (map) and in the historical centre of Malaga (map)
  • When: From 12th to 19th of August.

Feria de Málaga en agosto

Antequera fair

Antequera fair is divided like Malaga fair in day and night fairs.

The inauguration of the fair this year begins with the lighting on August 16 and ends with fireworks the night of August 20.

The Saturday before the end of the fair takes place the ‘Día del Caballista’ with a popular parade.

  • When: 16th to 20th of August.
  • Where: Fairgrounds and Old Town (map)

4th week in August

Fairs, markets and other activities happening within the last week of August.

3 Cultures festival in Frigiliana

This beautiful east municipality celebrates just before August ends a meeting between the different cultures who settled in Andalusia: Catholic, Jewish and Arabian.

There is a souk with all kinds of handicraft products and musical performances.

  • When: The event is from 24th to 27th of August.
  • Where: Frigiliana (Map)

Festival de las 3 culturas en Frigiliana

Festival of Moorish Rebelion Istán

If you are near Marbella or plan to visit it at the end of August you can stop by Istan. In this municipality there is a festival called ‘ Rebelion Morisca’, a theatrical representation in the streets that shows the fight of the Moorish against the strong repression to which they were subjected in the middle of the 16th century.

There is a medieval craft market and other activities of the historical era it represents.

  • When: Friday 25 and Saturday 26 of August.
  • Where: Istan (Map)

Rebelión morisca en Istán

Douglas Days in Tebas

This festival celebrates one of the historical battles during the capture of the Nasrid fortress of Tebas. A Scottish knight ‘Sir James Douglas’ participated and died in the conquest of this fortress while bringing the embalmed heart which belonged to the dead King of Scotland, who in life longed to take part in some epic battle.

During those days a medieval atmosphere is recreated in the streets of the municipality while actors do a theatrical performance of the great battle.

You will find a medieval market with handcrafts typical of the region.

  • When: From 25th to 27th of August.
  • Where: Fortress and streets in Tebas (Map)

Dougla's Days en Tebas

Medieval market in Torre del Mar

Variety of stalls in a medieval market offering all kind of products related in some way to the sea. There will be shows so it is a good option for spending a family weekend.

  • When: Friday 25 at afternoon, Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 of August during the whole day.
  • Where: Torre del Mar (Velez-Málaga) https://goo.gl/maps/BaDU7JAKnmx

Mercado medieval en Torre del Mar

 

Are you going to visit any of the recommended activities in August?

Media Markt in Malaga – All you need to know

Forgot your photo camera or lost your phone? If you need to buy a technology article you would be interested in visiting one of the stores of Media Markt in Malaga. Do you want to know where they are?

In Media Markt stores there are usually special promotions, if you plan to visit any it is advisable to have a look at their official website.

It is a good idea to know where you can buy a camera or mobile phone during your holiday when visiting another country. What if you forgot or lose yours?

Media Markt in Vialia Shopping Centre

On the 3rd of December took place the inauguration of a new shop of Media Markt in Malaga.

The shop is at Vialia Shopping center, and stretches over a surface of 2.500 sqm on two floors, at Malaga city centre, near the train station.

The space consists of two floors where the customers can find products of the best brands (up to 700 different ones) in the sectors of communications, domestic appliance, photography, audio-video and IT (Information Technologies).

The slogan of the advertising campaign by MediaMarkt before the grand opening was “Malaga is very expensive” to tell about their intention to lower the prices.

 

Media Markt Vialia

More information About Media Markt in Malaga

  • Address: Calle Explanada de la Estación, Lc F0-21, 29002 Malaga
  • Phone: +34 951 94 02 00
  • Opening time: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am. to 10:00 pm. (Can open some Sundays or close some holidays)
  • Map: https://goo.gl/maps/6Pha3wcP5t42

¿Want to know if Media Markt in Malaga opens this Sunday or holiday?

http://specials.mediamarkt.es/tiendas/malaga

Media Markt in Plaza Mayor

Media Markt en Plaza MayorAt the end of September in 2015 opened the eleventh store of Media Markt in Andalusia.

This shop, the second in the province, is in Plaza Mayor Shopping Centre and features the pick-up option “Stop&Go” with which you can buy online and pick up your order without getting off the vehicle.

Its large customer service area stands out over an area of 2500 square meters full of tech articles.

The “Stop & Go” collection area is in front of the Plaza Mayor suburban train stop. The main entrance to the shop is in front of the parking area.

More information about this shopping centre

  • Address: Plaza Mayor P. de Ocio, Alfonso Ponce de León, 3, 29004 Malaga
  • Phone: +34 951 29 98 00
  • Opening time: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am. to 10:00 pm. (Can open some Sundays or close some holidays)
  • Map: https://goo.gl/maps/xFhDpk5T6CT2

¿Want to know if Media Markt open this Sunday or holiday in Plaza Mayor?
https://specials.mediamarkt.es/tiendas/plaza-mayor

More information

You can find the latest deals available in their website at: http://www.mediamarkt.es/

If you want to know some other malls you can visit our other blog post.

Other shopping centres for technological articles:

  • El Corte Ingles
  • Worten in Malaga, it is located next to Ikea at Parque Comercial Bahia Azul.

 

Top natural pools and rivers to visit in Malaga

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

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

Recommended gear when hiking through rivers

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

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

Natural pool in El Chorro

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

Activities in El Chorro

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

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

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

Hiking through Chillar river

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

Río Chillar

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

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

Natural slides of Río Verde (Green River)

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

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

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

barranquismo en Río Verde

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

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

El Charco Frio in Benaojan (Cold Pond)

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

Cueva del Gato

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

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

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

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

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

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

Natural pools in Barranco Blanco, Coin

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

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

Piscinas naturales en Barranco Blanco, Coín

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

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

Natural pool of Viñas in Ojen

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

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

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

Charco de las Viñas en el Río Ojén

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

Charca de las Nutrias in Estepona

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

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

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

Charca de las nutrias en Estepona

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

Pozas del Padrón in Estepona

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

Charca de las Extranjeras en Estepona

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

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

Charca de las Mozas in Benahavis

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

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

Charca de las Mozas en Benahavis

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

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

Charco del Canalón en Istán

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

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

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

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

Charco Redondo (Round Pond)

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

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

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

Higuerón River Trail

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

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

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

Infierno and Paloma ponds

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

Charca del Infierno en Manilva

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

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

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

Events and activities this weekend in July

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

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

July events

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

Airshow International air festival in Torre del Mar

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Magical nights in Benalmadena cablecar

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

outdoor-planetarium-benalmadena

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

Hiking route with astronomy lessons

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

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

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

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

Summer festival in Plaza Mayor

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

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

Plaza Mayor Shopping Mall in Malaga

Craft Market

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

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

Book Fair in Torremolinos

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

feria-libro-torremolinos

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

July fairs

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

July activities in Malaga

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

Pompidou Centre for children

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

This event is available until September 15.

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

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

 

museo-olfativo-malagaOlfactory museum ‘Olor a Málaga’

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

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

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

Advertising poster exhibition

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

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

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

Archaelogical exhibition in Malaga

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

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

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

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

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

 

Expired events in July

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

Weekend Beach in Torre del Mar

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

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

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

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

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

weekendbeach-2017-torredelmar

Los Alamos summer fair

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

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

Regional fair ‘Sabor a Malaga’ in Axarquia

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

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

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

 

Beach festival en Los Álamos, Torremolinos

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

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

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

When:  14, 15 y 16 in July.

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

Fairs and festivals in July

Looking for regional fairs and festivals in July?

Campanillas Fair in Malaga

Campanillas Summer Fair from 13th to 16th of July

This fair features activities and perfomances for all the family.

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

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

 

How to get to Campanillas?

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

Summer fair in Sayalonga

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

There will be musical perfomances, acuatic events and fireworks.

How to get to Sayalonga?

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

Sayalonga in Malaga

Natural thermal waters in Malaga & Granada – Benefits for health

Are you planning to spend your holidays in Malaga and looking for a different place to relax? Thermal waters are an excellent choice and beneficial to health.

I already wrote in another post about health benefits of swimming in sea, this time I will offer alternatives to the beach. You can mix both!

Thermal waters usually have pleasant temperatures throughout the year, so they are ideal for relaxing during all the year. They consist of sulphurous water that arises from the interior of the earth, carrying a great number of minerals. It may have an unpleasant odour due to the sulphur, but it’s beneficial to the skin and even has antioxidant effects when ingested.

Tips for a perfect thermal bath

There are some tips for taking advantage of the beneficial properties of a thermal bath. Let’s read about them and pack up your bags, we go on excursion to the best natural thermal baths of Andalusia.

If in the thermal waters you visit there is mud you can apply on your body and head after the bath. Let the mud dry under the sun and once it starts cracking get rid of it by getting back to the water.

After the bath, why not taking advantage of the place and do some sightseeing tour? I’m pretty sure you will find nearby towns or hiking routes. In the second case you might want to leave the relaxing bath for after having practiced the walking route.

Natural thermal baths are often historically marked places that have been used since ancient times.

Thermal baths of Hedionda in Casares, Malaga

Thermal Bath in Casares, MalagaThis thermal bath is free and it is next the the Manilva river in the municipality of Casares. You can go walking from Manilva and there are also several hiking trails around that might be of your interest.

According to the legend during the 1st century before our common age, the roman troops of Cesar were waiting to confront a battle in that area. The troops were not in best conditions as many of them had scabies with strong itches.

Some of them felt the need to dive into the water to relieve the waiting and discovered with surprise that the itch feeling had largely disappeared. Shortly after Julio Cesar would order to build those baths that survived until our days. Some say that even Julio Cesar himself bathed in there.

Is this legend true? There is no evidence to support this fact and it is very likely to be false, but we will never know. What is certain is that the baths were built by the Romans and they were later reformed by the Muslims during the Al-Andalus period.

Location in map and how to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/gcYn8HNTudq

Thermal baths in Alhama de Granada

Aguas termales en Alhama de GranadaIn Granada, just over an hour’s drive from Malaga, you will find the thermal baths of Alhama de Granada. Those baths are divided in two areas, one is free and at the foot of the spa where there is a private one for the customers.

Alhama de Granada is a town known especially for its thermal baths of Roman origin. The Muslims named this town Al-Hama, meaning ‘the bath’. It is next to the mountain chains of Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama, an environment of great natural beauty.

The free area consists of 3 small natural thermal pools with a capacity of around 20 people each.

You can visit the following map for getting there: https://goo.gl/maps/GMfrcMpFQvv

Hot springs in Zujar, Granada

Hot springs in ZujarThe healing properties of this thermal waters have been known since Roman times, Plinio wrote about this location. Zujar is a town about 110 km. from the city of Granada and within the natural park of Sierra de Cazorla.

The water of this spring is especially indicated for skin diseases treatment and many other affections.

There is a restaurant with a pool that you can access for 2€. Another option is a small lake located next to the reservoir of El Negratin that can be accessed for free.

For getting to this place you can follow the map: https://goo.gl/maps/ULDd2rZKupo

If you want to find other natural thermal baths you can get to the hot waters of Santa Fe. The water temperature there is 36ºC. Find the place at the following map: https://goo.gl/maps/mCVNZ61QxTk

Tip: You might need to rent a car if you do not have your own vehicle. Those locations are not easily accesible by other transport means.

Pure air and sea: Health benefits in Malaga next to the coast

Not many tourists use to ask themselves  about the air and sea quality in their holiday destination. What about if we talk about air quality in Malaga, the sea and the health benefits they bring to us?

Sea breeze health benefits

Sea breeze brings many benefits for health, strolling along the seashore has a great therapeutic effect.

Air quality in Malaga

The company Urban Clouds has made public a study from many areas of the city with a positive result. The air quality is good or normal in 95% of the city. Only a 5% left shows a low quality air, usually in industrial areas or the airport.

Pollution in pedestrian areas in city centre is zero. It is absolutely secure to stroll the streets while visiting monuments or the Calle Larios.

Since old times the Romans said the seawater cure all the diseases, and they were not that far from the fact.

Sea breeze and sea: benefits for your health

Since old times the Romans said the sea water cure all diseases and they were not that far from the fact.

Being near the coast is beneficial for those who are very sensitive to changes in temperature due to health problems. The large body of water acts as an excellent climate regulator.

The minerals found into the sea provide are beneficial for our organism. Let’s see some of them:

Benefits of swimming into the sea

Sodium is the most abundant element in the ocean water, it gives the salty flavour to the water, but it also has another 75 elements needed for the human metabolism.

Benefits of diving in the sea

If you bath in the sea you can try to submerge up to 1.30 meters deep. This is the perfect balance between internal and external pressure exerted by water, which has positive effects:

  • Improves respiratory capacity and increases red blood cells.
  • It favours the elimination of liquids by the pressure on our lymphatic system.
  • A refreshing bath activates the blood circulation.
  • It favors the work of the heart that has to work less.
  • The trace elements that can be breathed in the sea breeze are also found in the water and are absorbed in small amounts by our skin. The regeneration of tissues and even fractured bones are up to 3 times faster, thanks to calcium, silicon and sulphur which also helps other functions of our body.
  • The iodine present in sea water has direct influence on the thyroid gland as well as acting as a disinfectant of our skin.

Benefits of Sea Breeze or Salt Air

The Mediterranean has an ideal climate to enjoy the benefits of Sea Breeze during most of the year.

sea breeeze

Take in consideration that benefits of Sea Breeze are obtained being near the coast, if possible closer than 100 meters to the beach. A simple stroll along the seashore will benefit you by breathing a purer atmosphere.

  • Pregnant women may feel less nauseous near the sea.
  • The sea gives off a lot of micro particles loaded with trace elements that we absorb when breathing and benefit the regeneration of our lung alveoli.
  • The sea acts as a producer of natural ozone that purifies the air. The number of germs present in air is lower than in inland populations.
  • Those with allergies can breathe normally, the sea breeze does not have any pollen or mites.
  • Sea air boosts immune system
  • The low atmospheric pressure on the coast makes the amount of oxygen much greater. It slows the breathing rate and helps recovery in people who have been convalescent.
  • Water and sea breeze are good for relieving or treating skin problems like psoriasis, acne or dermatitis. The water composition has antibiotic properties.
  • Strolling along the seashore and bathing in the ocean has therapeutic effects thanks to its high content of magnesium and negative ions. It favours the creation of serotonin which is linked with the feeling of well-being, so it helps you calm anxiety, depression and stress.

Sunlight helps your body to assimilate vitamin D and will make you feel relaxed, but too much of the sun’s warm rays can be harmful to your skin.

When is it better to walk along the seashore?

Do not forget that sunbathing, especially at certain times, can become harmful to our skin. It is quite common to see foreigners walking with burned skin, do not let that happen to you.

Sunlight helps your body to assimilate vitamin D and will make you feel relaxed, but too much of the sun’s warm rays can be harmful to your skin.

Strolling the sea shore

The ideal and most relaxing activity is a walk along the seashore at sunset, you can finish the stroll with a dip in the water. Sunset is when there are fewer people on the beach and there is still some sunlight to enjoy.

 

Calle Larios: Shopping day in Malaga city centre

With the opening of the new store of Victoria’s Secret in Calle Larios I want to take the opportunity to make a guide of the main brand’s stores in the centre of Malaga. But before, what about knowing a little more of the main commercial street of the city?

In another entry of the blog I wrote about malls, visit the link if you want to have a look at opening times and available shopping centres in Malaga.

History of Larios Street

The fifth most expensive street in Spain was not always known as Calle Larios. After the Second Republic in Spain it became Calle 14 de Abril, a name that was again reversed after the civil war.

The street was inaugurated on August 27 in 1891, although its planning goes back to May 1, 1880. The project was taken over by the Larios family, the lack of funds from the city council made the government unable to handle such a work of this magnitude.

Calle Larios in 1890
Photograph taken in 1890, one year before the inauguration.

Larios Street was one of the few streets in Malaga with sanitation system, water tubs and 2 bathrooms per house. A luxury within the reach of very few people back then.

Calle Larios in 1891

Currently most of the buildings belong to two families, the Larios and the Quesada family. This street is one of the most beautiful in Europe, and where however almost nobody lives. Prices and noisy background could be some of the reasons, as this is one of the main streets where most of the festivities take place.

Most old commerces there were paying an old rental contract, affordable and cheap enough to make some profit. After the expiration of this old rental contract the prices did rise by more than a 1000%. This price increment caused small family business to close in favor of international brands. Calle Larios is among the 50 most expensive streets in Europe with prices that exceed 20.000 euros per rental month.

Calle Larios evolution over time

Events in Larios Street

This street features many events along the year, with a cultural identity it is one of the places you should not miss when visiting the city.

During the Malaga Film Festival the street dresses its best finery with a red carpet.

In August and during the Malaga fair, this street is one of the main meeting points during the day. There are people drinking and dancing and the streets are ornamented for the occasion.

During September it takes place the Larios Malaga Fashion Week Runway. Two days of fashion couture with around 30.000 people visiting it.

At Christmas the Larios Street dresses up with lights. Every year the Christmas lighting in Malaga is a surprise. It becomes one of the most beautiful Christmas lights in Europe.

Easter in Malaga is a very popular event. Many of the balconies are rented, they put chairs on the sides of the street also for rental. It is one of the streets that the Easter Parade never misses (Procesión de Semana Santa)

Main shops in Calle Larios

Some of the shops in Calle Larios: Primor, Intimissimi, Scalpers, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Victoria’s Secret, Oysho, Mango Man, Etam, Swarovski, Roberto Martín, Desigual.

shops location in Calle Larios

Opening hours for shopping in Malaga

Although all shops open at 10:00 am. the closing time or breaks at noon may vary. Almost all stores close on Sundays, those that do not close have the opening time specified for that day.

  • Stores opening times may be different during holidays.

Fashion stores

Desigual Malaga Larios: Men, women and children clothing, shoes and accessories.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 1
Phone: 952 60 23 85
Opening time: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Scalpers: Men clothing.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 3
Phone: 952 22 15 34
Opening time: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Massimo Dutti: Clothing store.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 6
Phone: 952 60 39 03
Opening time: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Mango Man: Clothing and complements for women and men.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 6
Phone: 952 60 77 50
Opening time: 10:00 am to 9:30 pm.

Bershka: Youth clothing for women.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 9
Phone: 952 21 31 71
Opening time: 10:00 am to 9:30 pm.

Springfield: Youth clothing.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 3
Phone: 952 21 03 13
Opening time: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Perfumes, toiletries and cosmetics

Primor: Perfumery shop.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 4
Phone: 952 33 26 06
Opening time: 10:00 am to 1:30 pm. and from 5:00 pm. to 8:30 pm.

Kiko Milano: Shop specializing in cosmetics.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 2
Phone: 952 12 16 57
Opening time: 10:00 am. to 10:00 pm.
Open on Sundays.

L’Occitane: French shop with natural products for bath, skin and hair.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 3
Phone: 952 60 81 44
Opening time: 10:00 am. to 9:00 pm.
Open on Sundays from 12:00 am. to 3:00 pm. and from 4:00 pm. to 8:00 pm.

Accessories

Roberto Martín: Glasses shop.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 10
Phone: 952 22 80 18
Opening time: Closing schedule is not specified.

Swarovski Boutique Larios: Luxury shop with jewelry, watches and decoration.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 2
Phone: 952 22 19 74
Opening time: 10:00 am. to 9:00 pm.

Jewelry Aurelio Marcos
Calle Marqués de Larios, 2
Phone: 952 21 38 93
Opening time: 10:00 am. to 8:30 pm.
Saturdays from 11:00 am. to 7:00 p.m

Lingerie and underwear

Intimissimi: Shop specialized in lingerie and wedding lingerie for women, men’s underwear and pajamas.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 6
Phone: 952 22 36 35
Opening time: 10:00 am. to 10:00 pm.
Open on Sundays from 10:00 am. to 8:00 pm.

Etam: Shop specialized in lingerie.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 1
Phone: 952 06 00 73
Opening time: 10:00 am. to 9:00 pm.

Oysho: Lingerie, pyjamas and casual clothes for women.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 6
Phone: 952 60 31 88
Opening time: Not specified

Victoria’s Secret:  International brand for lingerie, complements, beauty products, cosmetics and perfumes.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 2
Phone: Pending opening.
Opening time: Pending opening.

Victoria's Secret in Malaga

* There is another Victorias Secret shop in Malaga airport.

Other services

Pharmacy Mata
Calle Marqués de Larios, 8
Phone: 952 21 19 15
Opening time: De 9:30 am. to 9:00 pm.

Icecream and turron Casa Mira
Calle Marqués de Larios, 5
Phone: 952 22 30 69
Opening time: 10:30 am. to 1:00 am.
Fridays and Saturdays from 10:30 am. a 1:30 am.

How to get to Calle Larios

Calle Larios is very well communicated and is at the city centre. If you want to get there using public transport you have several choices.

Getting to Calle Larios from the western Costa del Sol:

The train line links Malaga with Fuengirola, for nearby stations and prices you can check our commuter train guide.

If you go by bus I recommend visiting our guide of buses in Malaga. You must get off at the last stop in Muelle Heredia, check the schedules here.

If you are going by car you have to take the AP-7 motorway passing Torremolinos and taking the MA-20 road towards West Malaga and the airport. Continue until you reach a sign that shows the route to follow for getting to the city centre.

Getting to Calle Larios from the eastern Costa del Sol

There is no train link so if you have to take the bus, check the schedules here.

If you plan to use your own vehicle you must take the coastal road N-340.

Parking next to Calle Larios

The nearest parking is at Plaza de la Marina (Marina Square) although there are many options and prices.

PokerStars Festival in Casino Marbella

PokerStarsCasino Marbella is the place where PokerStars event takes place every year. In 2017 the fifth edition of this competition is from 19th to 25th of June. Hotel H10 Andalucia Plaza, apartments and hotels around have an high occupation rate during those dates.

Marbella is a town situated on the popular Costa del Sol, so I recommend to grab your camera before you continue reading and get ready for a break of sun and poker.

Other events in Casino Marbella

I already told you about the poker festival, but is there anything else? You will find other tournaments with big prizes like Holdem Poker and other events.

Want to check this and other events from Marbella Casino? http://www.casinomarbella.com/portal/web/guest/proximos-torneos

Casino Marbella

Those who decide to visit the Costa del Sol will find a great climate with sun, sea and beach as well as many parties, especially if you are among the winners. It will be a time to remember and if you participate I wish you luck; do you fancy visiting Marbella?