Málaga 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
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.
Saturday 13th in August at 11:00pm
Typical dancing at the Municipal Auditorium
Jaleos & Lunares, Manolo Sarría, Kiko & Shara and Andy & Lucas.
Sunday 14th in August
Exhibition of typical dancing made by local groups.
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 August
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 August
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
Do not get lost with our map of the fairground:
All you need to know about Feria de Malaga in 2016 was last modified: August 10th, 2016 by
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.
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.
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.
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The infection known as ‘Survival Zombie’ is getting wild and there are fears that the outbreak will occur in Frigiliana in a few months.
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’ 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.
Counts of Frigiliana Castle
San Antonio Church built in 1676
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.
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
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 fromthe main path awaiting for some wealthy victim to assault or kidnap.
Bandits in Andalucia have managed tomark their stories and names with fire in our memories, building a legend that will still last over time.
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‘ (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.
‘El 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 (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.
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.
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.
White 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?
If 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.
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.
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.
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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?
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.
Looking 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:
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.
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.
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Christmas is arriving and – how could it be otherwise – Christmas markets in Malaga are emerging, ideal to go for a stroll enjoying the great atmosphere with the stalls,which each year are more elaborate, and the Christmas lighting in Malaga is something you should not miss.
Christmas lighting in Malaga is switched on the last friday of November at Calle Larios and switched off the 6th in January.
Among the main Christmas markets in the province we highlight:
Christmas Market of Benalmadena in Arroyo de la Miel
Address: Pueblo Plaza de Sol, next to the train station, Benalmadena-Arroyo de la Miel
Hours: 11am to 9 pm
Dates: December 18 to January 6
Christmas Market in Estepona
In this market you will find wooden houses in the purest style of Nordic markets and also an ice rink and a playground.
When: December 5th to January 6
Christmas Market in Malaga – Garage Market
In the Soho in Malaga is situated the Christmas market with arts, crafts and antiques among many other items.
The name Market Garage is due to its location in a former garage in true London style, suitable therefore to visit although it’s raining or cold.
Those interested in participating and bringing their items for sale can contact by phone 951 256 076
When: Weekends from 11 am to 8 pm
Venue: Calle Casas de Campos, 33, 29001 Malaga
Christmas Market in Puerto Banus – Marbella
Located at Plaza Antonio Banderas, Corte Ingles shopping area, this market has wooden stalls, an ice rink, playground and various activities.
When: December 19th to January 6th
There is no confirmation whether it takes place this year, so if you have information on this you can let us know in the comments.
Christmas Market in Ronda
This city is an ideal destination for tourists, of great beauty and being a representation of Andalusia, it is highly recommended for anyone visiting the south of the peninsula. If you visit during the next days you can also find a Christmas Market where you can buy handmade gifts and there are wooden stalls, playground and camel rides and other activities.
Location: Next to Plaza de Toros in Ronda
Contact: 608 499789
Christmas Market in Torrox
The largest Christmas market in the Costa del Sol will take place in Torrox from 4 to 8 December and where you can find crafts and gastronomic delicacies.
80 stalls offering Christmas decorations and crafts from Friday December 4 at 12 until 7 pm on December 8.
Craft Fair in the Park of Malaga
During Christmas, this historic fair takes place in the heart of Malaga, highly recommended for a nice evening stroll.
If you visit the province there are 10 tourist attractions in Malaga you cannot miss; whether spring, summer, autumn or winter, these are feasible locations throughout the year and where it is mandatory to bring your camera and enjoy the experience.
Many web visitors ask me what they can do during the winter in Malaga and here I present 10 locations which can be visited during winter and summer but there are many more so it is recommendable to follow us and be attentive to our upcoming posts.
You can click on each map to see it larger.
1. Historical city centre of Malaga
Stroll and visit shops, monuments or any of the museums situated in the historical district.
A breakfast or a coffee in one of the terraces is another good option and is something you can do throughout the year.
Calle Larios and Calle Granada are two of the main streets of the city centre.
2. Gibralfaro Castle and Alcazaba
Symbol of Malaga and place where you can take some of the best pictures of the city; in fact the most representative photo of Malaga where you can see the port and the Bullring of La Malagueta has been taken from this place.
Inside there is also a museum with remains found in the area.
3. Roman Theatre
Built in the first century BC and discovered by accident during construction work next to the Alcazaba, it is currently refurbished and in perfect condition to be visited.
Ideal to sit on the steps before or after visiting the Alcazaba and feel like you’re in another time.
4. Pier One (Muelle Uno)
A good place to find restaurants and regain strength. Not far from Pier One at the Port it is located a giant Ferris wheel from which to take some spectacular pics of the city.
5. Cueva de Nerja
The cave is located at some distance from Malaga city but very close to the Balcon de Europa so if you visit one of the two, you can visit the other at one go.
If you go during the summer it is a good idea to plan the day in Nerja and enjoy some of its beaches.
6. Torcal and Dolmens of Antequera
Nature can provide beautiful landscapes as demonstrated at El Torcal; there is available an easy and recommended route if you like natural spaces.
If you are in the area you cannot miss the opportunity to discover the Archaeological compound Dolmens of Antequera built approximately during the Copper Age (2500 BC); you can also visit the Wolf Park, a guided tour in a natural park in Andalusia to watch the wolves and take pretty pictures.
7. Gaitanes Gorge and Caminito del Rey
If you decide to visit Ronda (you should not miss it), along the way you will pass by the Gaitanes Gorge.
To visit the Caminito del Rey you need to have a reservation.
Do not forget your camera or you’ll regret it.
Before getting to Ronda you can make a stop in this beautiful white village for lunch.
Very recommended visit if you like good food and situated midway of El Chorro and Ronda.
9. New Bridge in Ronda
What to say about this representative monument of Ronda, a place to take pictures and where to take them.
Take the opportunity to stroll through the city, walk the streets and have a coffee in the square.
If you have time you can visit the Museo del Bandolero (Bandit Museum).
10. Puerto Banus
Place of luxury and exclusivity in the Costa del Sol par excellence; if you come to Malaga don´t hesitate to visit Puerto Banus, maybe even you come across someone famous.
Are you missing something here in our list? Share it with us!
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