5 Easy hiking trails in Malaga for family trips

Malaga is surrounded by mountains, all kind of hiking trails ideal for nature lovers. In this article I will recommend some easy hiking trails that can be made all year round and even with children, perfect routes for going with family or spend a nice day with friends.

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Winter, autumn or summer activities, a chance to teach your children the beauty of this province by practicing any of the trails below. Those trails have a common characteristic, they are not difficult nor too long, perfect hiking trails for all ages.

Sharing hobbies and activities with children is important, memories they will keep for all their life. Activities like hiking will teach them to understand and respect nature.

Hiking trail in Sierra Bermeja

There is an easy path on this mountain range where you can enjoy a beautiful Pinsapo forest; a Pinsapo is a tree specie that has managed to survive millions of years.

The hiking path ‘Paseo de los Pinsapos’ (Pinsapos walk). It is well signed and starts with a descent; pay attention, you might be able to spot any of the species that live in this area: mountain goat, chameleon or Andalusian lizard among others.

  • Collection of plants is not allowed.
  • One way distance is 4.1 km.
  • The best way for getting there is from Estepona heading to Jubrique. La mejor ruta para llegar es desde Estepona tomando dirección a Jubrique). At the road cross at the mountain port ‘Puerto de Peñas Blancas’ you must take the road signed to Pico de los Reales, the hiking trail begins from one of the curves of this road.

Sierra Bermeja

How to get there and map of the area: https://goo.gl/maps/dhQSFfjiJpv

Hiking path in Marbella

In the Dunes of Artola begins this hiking trail, exactly at the parking where you must leave the car.

Along the route you will be able to see some fossils dunes, others are the moving dunes that can change their place depending on weather factors.

  •  Surface is tough and without unevenness, it is a path recommended for everyone.
  • Because being close to the beach you can take a bath if it is too hot.
  • For getting there you must take the road exit to Cabopino from the highway between Mijas and Marbella.

Dunas de Artola en Marbella

How to get there and map of the area: https://goo.gl/maps/LtVbKgU1tkF2

Visiting the Guadalhorce river mouth

In the past it was a Phoenician port and actually it’s a natural place with its own flora and fauna.

It is a perfect place for going with family and walk enjoying the day.

  • The route has bird spotting stands.
  • For getting there you must head to Guadalmar, between Torremolinos and Málaga.

Desembocadura del río Guadalhorce

Map and how to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/2VZF3EbbPcr

Fuente de Piedra Lagoon

The perfect season for visiting Fuente de Piedra Lagoon is between autumn and spring, a place where enjoying this natural reserve and finding an important population of aquatic birds.

This lagoon has been an important salt resource since Roman times until the middle of the 20th century. Actually it is a wetland where you will find one of the most important flamenco colonies in Europe.

For getting to this lagoon you must head to Casabermeja from Malaga, drive surrounding Antequera by the North driving through the A-47 and the A-92 roads until you get to the Fuente de Piedra exit.

Foto de flamencos en Laguna de Fuente de Piedra

How to get there and map: https://goo.gl/maps/LNBVxwpq73t

Hiking in Malaga Mountains

Lagar de Torrijos place is at the North of the Natural Park of Malaga Mountains. It is an area from where you can have a nice walk by a dense pines forest.

It is a nice family route, you can make a round day if you try the typical ‘Plato de los Montes’ dish.

Montes de Malaga

How to get there and map: https://goo.gl/maps/CPsG3pzERV92

More hiking trails

Sharing hobbies and activities with children is important, memories they will keep for all their life. Activities like hiking will teach them to understand and respect nature.

Those are just some of the easy hiking trails in Malaga for going with family or friends, there are many more. If you want to know more about Natural Parks and hiking routes in Malaga and Andalucia check our guides.

Night of the Three Kings: Parade, history and curiosities

The origin of the celebration of Twelfth Night (Three Kings night) from 5 to January 6 goes back to the ancient times for being an important day in which increases the brightness after the winter solstice of December 25, thereafter the days begin to get longer each time.

Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar are the names of the Three Kings.

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Night of the Three Kings on January the 5th

In the past the Three Kings distributed roles regarding giving out gifts, unfortunately for Balthazar he was in charge of giving coal (the real one, not sweet) stones or wood to children who had not done well. Gaspar gave candy or nuts and Melchior brought clothes and shoes; the gifts of those times were adapted to the needs of the moment.

three-kings

The Three Kings, as such, are not very widespread and are celebrated only in some Spanish-speaking countries, mainly because of Father Christmas or Santa Claus has prevailed, although both have the same origin.

There is variety in representing the Three Kings in Europe, in countries such as Italy its ‘La Befana’, a witch who seeks redemption and is responsible for bringing the good children presents and scare the bad ones.

In other countries like Germany is just a special day for Catholics, unlike in Spain where everyone celebrates. In Germany on that day there are no gifts or family meals; it is a day of charitable action.

Tradition says that the one who decides whether to give coal to the children is the Carbonilla, a page of the Three Kings.

Will they bring lots of charcoal? At Malagaweb.com we expect that you have behaved well and if they bring you charcoal, that is the sweet one you can eat.

The parade in 2017

The Three Kings parade in 2017 bring up to 12 tons of sweets which they throw everywhere from the cars. This year the parade is organized in three main blocks: Fantasy, Christmas and Royal Courtship.

Opening cars called Fantasy parade comes with characters of Star Wars and Alice in Wonderland among many others.

The Christmas cars parade comes with the royal pages, a ballet, angels decorated cars and shepherds next to a moving nativity scene.

Finally the Royal Courtship formation with acrobats and the decorated cars of Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar kings.

Traffic roads will be closed in Malaga centre due to the cavalcade from 12 at night on January 4 to the ending of the parade on January 5th.

Parade of the Three Kings – January activities

Melchor kingThe procession of the Three Kings is a mainly Spanish tradition. The first parade which is recorded took place in 1876 in Alicante and thanks to its success it was expanding rapidly to other cities. In 1917 took place the first Parade in Andalusia and today is a typical established tradition throughout the province.

In the beginning it was a day set for charity and the Parades were responsible for collecting toys for disadvantaged children; with the passage of time this healthy habit was disappearing giving way to the typical candy being thrown from the coaches just before Twelfth Night when children wait for their gifts.

Three kings parade in Malaga: Itineraries in January

The three kings parade in Malaga has an itinerary different from other years because of the subway works.

There are paid chairs available for those who want to see the 3 Kings Parade from a comfortable chair. Price for chairs are as follows:

  • 9€ first row sit
  • 8€ second row sit
  • 4€ third row sit at Paseo del Parque only.

If you want to buy a chair for the Three Kings Parade you can do online (only in Spanish  at http://www.mientrada.net/) or by phone 902 646 289 (high paid call).

Beginning of the parade is at 5:00pm from Malaga Town Hall in January the 5th.

Itinerary of the parade

5:00pm Parade will officially begin at Malaga Town Hall.

  • Paseo del Parque
  • Plaza de la Marina
  • Rotonda del Marqués de Larios
  • Alameda Principal
  • Mercado de Atarazanas

Detailed itinerary in Malaga: Avenida de Cervantes, Plaza del General Torrijos, Paseo del Parque, Plaza de La Marina, Alameda Principal, Puerta del Mar, Atarazanas, Plaza de Arriola, Pasillo de Santa Isabel, Carretería, Álamos y Plaza de la Merced.

Parade itinerary in Torremolinos

4pm – Parade officially begins in Blas Infante Square.

  • Avda. Rafael Quintana
  • C/ Europa
  • Avda. Isabel Manoja
  • Avda. Los Manantiales
  • Plaza Costa del Sol
  • Avda. Joan Miró
  • Calle doctor Jiménez Encina
  • C/García de la Serna
  • Avda. Rafael Quintana
  • Ayuntamiento de Torremolinos

Parade itinerary in Benalmádena

At 4:30pm begins the parade in Benalmadena Pueblo

  • Recinto Ferial los Nadales
  • Calle San Miguel
  • Avenida del Chorrillo
  • Avenida Juan Luís Peralta
  • Calle Jerónimo Garriga
  • Calle Lomillas
  • Plaza de España
  • Calle Real
  • Avenida Juan Luís Peralta

Parade itinerary in Fuengirola

4pm: In Fuengirola the Three Kings arrive by helicopter.

  • Calle Mallorca
  • Avenida de Mijas
  • Avenida Juan Gómez “Juanito”
  • Calle Camilo José Cela
  • Calle Molino de viento
  • Avenida Condes de San Isidro
  • Avda. Matías Sáenz de Tejada
  • Avenida Ramón y Cajal
  • Avda. de Los Boliches

Parade itinerary in Marbella

11am – Arrival to Quiron Hospital of the Three Kings.

12am: Arrival by boat to Marbella marina and parade by old cars.

6pm: Official parade with the itinerary below:

  • Avda. Severo Ochoa
  • Avda. Ramón y Cajal
  • Avda. Ricardo Soriano
  • Plaza Monseñor Rodrigo Bocanegra

Parade itinerary in Nerja

4pm: Arrival of the three kings to the town hall.

5pm: Official parade.

  • Parque Verano Azul
  • C/ Jaén
  • C/ Diputación
  • Calle Granada
  • Calle San Miguel
  • Plaza Cantarero
  • Pintada
  • Puerta del Mar
  • Finaliza en Balcón de Europa.

Roscon de Reyes: History and curiosities

Roscón de ReyesThe origin of eating a ¡Roscon de Reyes¡ for Twelfth Night dates back to Roman times; the Romans dedicated festivals to the god Saturn to celebrate the increase in brightness after the winter solstice. During the celebration were baked round cakes of figs, dates and honey which were enjoying all social classes including slaves.

From the third century was introduced the dry bean into the sweet and who got it was considered king of kings for a short period of time; this tradition continued in use and there are records of its use during the Middle Ages with small variations.

At present there are usually a treasure and a bean inside each cake being the one who the gets the bean responsible for paying it and the one who gets the treasure is the king of the house for a day.

Best places for shopping – Malls in Malaga

Today’s entry is for all those who love Shopping Malls, a relaxing activity for many, but be careful, especially if you bring your credit card. Do you dare to join me on this shopping day in Malaga?

Shopping in the city centre

The centre of Malaga is a must see for anyone who visits the city during any time of the year. It does not matter if it rains or it is cold, the street Calle Larios is the shopping area in Malaga.

I will dedicate another blog entry to the shops in Calle Larios coming soon.

Shopping Malls in Málaga

Could we live without Shopping Malls? Actually the number of people who prefer to shop online is rising, but the entertainment centres still provide something that attracts not only the typical teenager meetings but those who plan a full family shopping day with activities.

It’s not only about perfect climate inside and being a rainproof multi-purpose centre. Shopping Malls offer many activities along the year, from ice rinks in Christmas to Halloween activities. Those of you planning a quick shopping can end spending hours in the mall, specially if you end eating at a restaurant and watching a film in the cinema.

If you are looking for Shopping Malls in the city of Malaga, the opening times or find out if your favourite is open the next Sunday, then continue reading:

Malaga Plaza

Shopping centre located near ‘Corte Ingles’, some of the brands you will be able to find there: Fnac (technology), Fashion Premamá, Burger King, Primor (perfume and beauty), Movistar, Imaginarium (children) …

malaga-plaza

Reviews and map: https://goo.gl/maps/TGpd4o4v5dN2

Hours from Monday to Saturday
1 October – 31 March: 10:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
1 April – 30 September: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Corte Ingles

Shopping centre in ‘Avenida de Andalucia’. Difference with other malls is mainly because the products are categorized by floors and not by different stores inside.

There are two buildings connected underground and there is a public parking on the backside of the main building for customers.

corte-ingles-malaga

This mall has the latest in fashion brands, accessories and electronics, as well as beauty products and jewelry.

If you visit Malaga in winter, there is an ice skating rink next to El Corte Ingles.

Where is it

Address: Avenida de Andalucía, 4 y 6 Málaga, Andalucía
Telephone: 952 076 500.

Opening times

Except special days the schedule is from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

You can check if it opens next Sunday here.

How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/h4WiSjdHywx

Vialia Shopping Mall

Vialia is the shopping centre at the María Zambrano train station in Malaga. It has established stores like Media Markt, Mercadona or H & M among many others.

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There are places to eat like Burguer king or McDonalds as well as a cinema with the newest films released.

Inside this shopping centre is the Hotel Barceló Málaga **** and a bowling.

Opening time

Shopping hours are from 10:00am to 10:00pm.
The leisure area is open from 12:00am to 1:00pm

How to get there? https://goo.gl/maps/bDgz2dA4vmq

Address: Explanada de la Estación, s / n
Tel: 952 040 915

Does it open holidays and Sundays?

This shopping centre opens some holidays and Sundays throughout the year. During the month of December they open every Sunday of the month, this year they also open the first Sunday of January.

For more information about the rest of the year you can visit the official website of Vialia.

Larios Centro Shopping Centre

Halfway between Vialia and Corte Inglés is situated this mall with cinema and parking.

larios-centro-malaga

Opening time from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. from Monday to Saturday.
On Sundays, the leisure area opens from 11:00 to 0:30.

Larios Centro opens some Sundays and holidays, you can check if it will open this Sunday by following this link: http://www.larioscentro.com/horarios/

Address: Avda. De la Aurora, 2529002 – Málaga
Tfn: 952 36 93 93
How to get there? Https://goo.gl/maps/bmiK9jgcmRp

Plaza Mayor Shopping Mall

Between Malaga and Torremolinos, close to the airport and with its own commuter train stop, is situated the Shopping Mall Plaza Mayor.

Plaza Mayor Shopping Mall in Malaga

It is one of the favourite places among the young people, an open space with two different areas, one for entertainment and the Shopping Mall.

There are different brand stores inside the mall, fashion and accessories or perfume, beauty products or casual clothes for all ages.

For eating or drinking you should head to the entertainment area, the one closer to the train stop.

There is a mechanical workshop, a Mercadona supermarket and a fuel station outside the main building.

How to get there? You can go by car and use the free public parking or by train, the stop is ‘Plaza Mayor’.

Does it open in festivities or Sundays?

Some festivities or Sundays the Shopping Mall can open:

Mall Opening

Mon – Thu, Sun from 10:00 to 01:00
Fri – Sat from 10:00 a.m. to 03:00 p.m.

Shops and supermarket
Mon – Sat from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Closed sun

Restaurants
Mon – Thu, Sun from 12:00 to 24:00
Fri – Sat from 12:00 to 01:00

Coffe and Icecream shops
Mon – Thu, Sun from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Fri – Sat from 10:00 a.m. to 01:00 p.m.

Midas Workshop
Mon – Sat from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Fuel station
Mon – Sun from 06:00 to 00:00

Cinemas
Mon – Thu, Sun from 16:00 to 01:00

For updates or latest modifications I recommend taking a look at their website (however they don’t look to update any language…)http://www.plazamayor.es/horario/)

Mall Pier 1 in Puerto de Málaga

Malaga port mall has a large number of shops available. You can visit the link to know them all.

Pier 1 has private parking, some shops or services can offer discounts or free parking vouchers for guests.

Shopping Hours:
Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Dining Hours:
From Monday to Sunday from 12:00am to 12:00pm.

More shopping

When visiting Malaga during the winter, you might want to visit the Christmas markets in Malaga.

Winter is coming…things to do in Malaga

Malaga in winterWinter is coming…but do not worry you will be safe. Malaga in winter enjoy sunny days throughout the year and enjoyment is not limited exclusively to summer but also December and January.

Actually, many tour operators and travel agencies offer very good price-value flights to Malaga Airport in the months between October and March. The same applies as well for the Malaga cruise port which is one of the principal scales in the winter routes of cruise ships through the Mediterranean Sea.

Hotels availability in winter?

Unlike other places in the province of Malaga, many hotels along the coast remain open throughout the year and so do many apartments or rural houses. Some of these establishments even design specific programs for their winter guests.

Need recommendations? Use our forum and feel free to ask about recommended locations to stay during the winter season in Malaga.

beach christmas 2015

Winter activities – Visiting Malaga in November, December and January

Definitely, Malaga in winter has an unique climatic characteristics that contribute to the practice of Golf. Actually this sport has become one of the most attractive activities along the Costa del Sol meanwhile the rest of Europe is shivering with cold.

Other outdoor activities you can practicwe throughout the year are boating and fishing.

Autumn to Spring is a great time to explore the inland and mountainous regions of one of the 5 Natural parks as the landscape around December gets covered in the first fresh green.

Hiking, climbing or horse riding are some more options.

You can also check for information about Christmas in Malaga and other activities for New Year’s Eve, December is a great month for visiting Southern of Spain.

WINTER IN MALAGA

Autumn to Spring is a great time to explore the inland and mountainous regions of one of the 5 Natural parks

All these activities combine greatly as well with wellness holidays in some of the best Spas and centres for Thalassotherapy.

In the main resorts along the Costa del Sol there are very good municipal sports installations:

  • Indoor swimming pool, steam bath and even jet pool in Torremolinos.
  • The municipal sport club in Benalmádena has a permanent  ice rink of 900 m2 and cafeteria service next to it.
  • Those visiting the Corte Ingles mall can also try the ice rink, it is the last stop of the suburban train and you have to take the left stairs exit.

Strolling the city centre of Malaga in winter

Once you are in the historic centre of Malaga, you might want to combine your sightseeing with a relaxing bath in a Hammam (Turkish steam bath). You don´t have to bring anything with you, they will provide a bathrobe and disposable underwear. The Hammam is close to the Picasso Museum in the Calle Tomas de Cozar 13.

The typical and most touristic Hamman is called Spa Al-Andalus and is at Plaza de los Martires. (http://malaga.hammamalandalus.com/en/)

Maybe you feel like a coffee break after your bath? Then you can head for some Chocolate and Churros in the city centre.

Asking for coffee in Malaga can be quite difficult for newcomers, there are at least eight different types of Coffees. For instance:  they call “sombra” (shadow) to the half coffee-half milk; “nube” (cloud) is a lot of milk and less coffee. If you want a only a little milk with a lot of coffee, you have to ask for “cortado” (cut).

You can also check for a guide and monument map, those can be useful items for visiting the city centre.

When visiting the city centre don’t forget to check the Christmas lighting in Malaga, one of the most beautiful in Europe. Remember there is the so called 3 kings parade the afternoon of January the 5th.

Typical gastronomy in December

In winter you will find in the square and streets of the city centre posts with roasted chestnuts (very typical here) and potatoes.

roasted chestnuts in Malaga

Another great thing to do is a stroll through the market square Mercado de Atarazanas. Do not forget to buy some marinated olives and Mangoes from Malaga (they are ripe in winter!).

Winter shopping, you love it and you know it

An additional leisure time option (for bad weather for example) is the Plaza Mayor Commercial and Leisure centre. It is close to the airport, with bowling, restaurants and bars, cinema, gym with heated pool, nightclubs and children´s corner. The centre is easily accessible with the suburban train.

christmas-markets
In winter there are many street markets where shopping

When visiting Malaga in December you can also find some Christmas markets in Malaga and other municipalities.

Theme parks and other attractions in winter

There are several theme parks and attractions in Malaga, below are some of them:

  • Crocodile Park in Torremolinos
  • Tivoli World, Sea Life and Selwo Marina in Benalmadena
  • Zoo in Fuengirola
  • Selwo Adventure Park in Estepona.
  • Lobo Park, one hour driving from Malaga in Antequera, with authentic wolves in semi wild reserve.

Are you planning your holiday to Malaga in winter season or already did and want to share your experience?

Halloween in Malaga, terror takes over the city

halloween-2015On October 31 arrives the terrifying night of Halloween at our city. Do you have any plan? Malaga is ready and features events in which you can already register.

If you have not yet decided what to do, we offer interesting activities for both adults and children so prepare to survive the terror on Halloween in Malaga. Still without costume? Check the top costumes for Halloween and get ready!

The scariest night of the year approaches in Halloween, we hope you survive as we wouldn´t want to run out of readers.

Halloween at the Historical Botanical Garden La Concepción

If you want to visit the Botanical Garden, perhaps would be a good time the night of October 31; Full of frightening beings from the beyond waiting to give you a good scare among the darkest shadows of the garden.

If you go in disguise you can take part in a costume contest in three categories available: children, adults and groups.

Price for the guided visit is at 18 Euros for adults and 15 Euros for children under 16; There is also a family pack for 40 Euros that allows entry of 2 adults and two children.

Guided visits starts at 8pm and the duration is for 1 hour and a half.

For reservations or information you just have to call +34 951 92 61 80

Scary night at the English Cemetery

This mysterious place is open for anyone who wants to venture at night and discover some of the characters brought from the darkest corners of the ultra-world and spread throughout the English Cemetery in Malaga. Are you brave enough?

There is a confirmation that they will not organize this event.

halloween lanternHalloween with children

Kids love Halloween, dressing up is an activity with which they are comfortable all year round without the need for a special day.

When this day comes they are willing to go out disguised and enjoy activities or visit the houses in search of sweets with the typical trick or treating.

Recommendations for families

Theme Parks like Selwo Marina in Benalmadena and Selwo Adventure in Estepona told us in past events the habits of animals as terrifying as tarantulas, snakes, piranhas, poisonous frogs or bats among others. In addition decoration is be adapted to this event and children wearing costumes between 3 and 10 don’t have to pay entrance.

Benalmadena cablecar will have a special decoration in both stations of the trip.

Sea-Life offer free entry for those children under 10 years old wearing costumes, there will be handcrafts and workshops between 11am to 5:30pm.

cartel-halloween-tivoliTivoli World will also organize a special event for this night and there is free entry for children wearing costumes.

Rosaleda shopping centre will organize a workshop for creating tenebrous baskets between 6pm and 9pm the next friday and saturday, the entry is free.

The mall Malaga Plaza will also organize an event for any age the next Friday 28 from 5:30pm to 8:30 pm. Entry will be free and makeup artist will make-up the children for converting them into terrifying creatures, as memory you will will get a polaroid photo of the event. There will be a costume contest as well.

There will be a special event in Automobile Museum on Saturday 29 from 12:30 hours with chilling surprises, tickets cost € 7.5 per person.

Larios street in Malaga centre will be a meeting point for people with amazing costumes, a good place for walking with family.

Halloween at Pier 1 in the Port of Malaga

On October the dead, witches and ghosts will invade the Port of Malaga from 6 pm. Visitors can learn to make halloween baskets and use them later for picking up sweets.

There will be a costume contest with different category prizes and photos.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5pm to 8pm, free entry.

Halloween in Torremolinos, Marbella and other municipalities

cartel-festival-cine-fantastico-torremolinos-2015In addition to the clubs and discoteques with themed decorations and costume parties in Marbella or Torremolinos, in November ends the sixth edition of the Fantastic Film Festival in Torremolinos at the Congress Centre with a contest of short and feature films.

The duration of the festival is from 27 October to 1 November.

Terror in Torremolinos

First of all the Nogalera square area in Torremolinos will organize a terror attraction the next Monday 31st, do you dare?

Several events and a costume contest from 5pm in advance. Especially relevant a terrifying event called ‘Terror Mansion’ will await for those who dare. The minimum recommended age is 8 years old.

In addition terror will be present the next Saturday at Molino de Inca. This beautiful botanical garden will be one of the most terrifying places in Torremolinos with magic and face-paint workshops from 6pm to 8pm. There will be also an event called ‘searching for the mystery’ from 5pm to 6pm.

Scary night at Rincon de la Victoria

At Rincon de la Victoria they are getting ready for the Terror Tales the Friday 28th and Monday 31st at the Public Library. There will be also a scary street at ‘El Cantal de La Cala del Moral’ from 8pm to 2am.

Furthermore the main mall at this municipality will have a scary area for children at the second floor the next Friday, Saturday and Monday with free entry for groups of 6 people (you must inscribe in advance)

Finally a costume contest will take place the Monday from 5pm to 9pm with different prizes for participants.

Terror activities in other municipalities

Villa street in Estepona will be themed in a scary way.

In Maro they organize Maroween, a gastronomy event.

Pedrizas district  in Churriana  is decorated in a special way during this night, as a result it will be a scary place to stroll around.

Soho district will celebrate Halloween with workshops and activities for everyone. Come and join the face-painting workshop or any of the handcraft. If interested a free inscription is required at Tomas Heredia, 7 street.

Do you know more events I forgot? Feel free to comment if you want to recommend it.

Halloween ideas

If you want to invite your zombie friends to home, nothing better than a good brain cake…browsing Internet I have found a tasty recipe, wanna try?

It is just an idea, there are many more ideas you can use, feel free to suggest yours in our comments area.

Halloween in Andalusia and Spain

The growing interest in this celebration is unstoppable in Spain, especially in Andalusia and Malaga, both show the largest number of Internet searches looking for upcoming celebrations.

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Halloween and ghost stories

Paranormal activity looks like to happen more usually by the end of October or beginning of November…coincidence? Did it happen to you or anyone you know?

Some people say during this night the living and dead world are closer…should we be afraid? Seems like not a bad idea to be, at least during the Halloween night.

Activities in Malaga in October and November

While this month temperatures are around 13ºC in cities like London or 9ºC in Munich, on the Costa del Sol you can enjoy a warm 20ºC today. A pleasant temperature that helps doing many activities in Malaga during the months of October and November.

According to statistics from the major airlines operating at Malaga airport there is expected significant growth in both domestic and international flights. I thought it would be a good idea to do a review of interesting activities you can do during these months.

autumn-trees

The first rains of the autumn and the pleasant temperature invite us to meet with the natural and rural environment of the province, feel like trying?

Autumn activities in Malaga

While for an European going to the beach in October or November still a good choice, the Spanish might want to try the sunny days with some rural or monumental tourism.

My older blog post about some of the best places you can visit in Malaga during the year is a clear example of the wide variety of choices in the province, but there are many more.

Nature lovers can enjoy the magnificent Natural Parks of the province. The temperature is perfect for walking outdoors and the few raining during these months will help for vegetation to take a showy colour.

Sierra de las Cabras and Torcal de Antequera

In this environment you can appreciate the colourful landscape I wrote about in the paragraph above. The autumn raining paints the mountain with beautiful colours for the enjoyment of those who fancy walking on any of its paths.

Don’t know how to get there? https://goo.gl/maps/zv6s17MyMuP2

El Torcal is one of those places which will amaze you, but there are many other places to visit in Antequera.torcal-antequera

Ronda

Ronda in my opinion is a must visit, the landscape view from there is simply amazing and you need to see it in person.

Recently I meet a French couple walking back to the airport for a departure check-in. It was their first visit to Malaga and they were lost so asked me for helping. We had a little conversation about their visit feelings while walking to the airport, they indeed loved Malaga and visited many places…but they missed Ronda!

Don’t make the same mistake as them and do not forget to visit the ‘Puente Nuevo’ for taking some of the representative images of this municipality, from there and from the viewpoint near the park you will enjoy amazing views.

Caminito del Rey (King’s Path)

I think the best season to enjoy visiting and walking Caminito del Rey is during the Autumn or Spring. You must book online and it’s worth your time, but take in consideration that those who fear the heights may have to think twice about visiting it.

Hiking and rural tourism

Autumn is without any doubt the perfect season to discover the interior of the province and enjoy all it has to offer. Unique places to visit and recommended also to the own locals who can do it on any weekend.

You can go to visit the ‘Cueva del Gato’, ‘Treasure Cave’, ‘Nerja Caves’…each of those caves have their own story and legends, including hidden treasures.

If what you like is walking and exercising, some paths like the one from Benaojan to Jimera de Libar will gift you a little of magic for your memories.

In Facebook some groups organize hiking routes from many of the white villages in Malaga, if you don’t have someone to go with it might be a good choice.

One active group I found is:

https://es-es.facebook.com/senderismopormalaga/

Sierra de las Nieves

What is better than a video to show you what Sierra de las Nieves has to offer during the year.

Autumn festivals and celebrations

There is a festival every month in Malaga at any of its villages, you want to know them?

Beginning of October is the Fuengirola Fair, a festivity week.

Middle of October is the San Pedro de Alcantara fair, next to Marbella.

First of November is the popular festivity ‘Dia del Toston’ in Marbella

Halloween is celebrated in Malaga province with many events, you can check further about this festivity in my other post.

Do you have any recommendation?

Hiking routes, strolling the city centre, visiting the white villages and enjoying the gastronomy…what is your favourite choice during autumn in Malaga?

Things you can do on a rainy day in Malaga

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.

weather forecast in Malaga

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.

things to do a rainy day in MalagaGoing 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.

Activities in Malaga this weekend

The highly anticipated Friday is here and with it the weekend comes, while many of you will be happy just lying on sofa some other would like a good weekend plan in Malaga this month.

I bring you choices for activities with family, children or friends, continue reading to find a plan for this weekend.

Events available from Friday, September 30, 1 and 2 October.

Night of scientific research in Malaga

From this Friday afternoon in the Plaza de la Marina there will be many activities related to scientific research.

Torremolinos fair photoTorremolinos Fair San Miguel

Sunday is the last day you will be able to visit Torremolinos fair.

Getting to the fair is usually a good plan for the weekend, you can have fun at the mechanic attractions or just try any of the typical food usually offered in the fair stands.

Artisan Cheese Fair in Teba

If you are a cheese lover you can not miss this event in Teba this Saturday from 10 am to 7:00 pm and Sunday until 6:00pm.

Music and gastronomy in Coin

Food on wheels weekend with 8 chefs who cook from Friday to Sunday surrounded by a festive atmosphere with live music.

If you like to eat and have no plan this weekend do not forget this particular event in Coín.

feria-libro-malagaMalaga book fair

Do you like old books? Most of them will be in Spanish so if you enjoy old books and want to practice your Spanish this event might sound interesting to you.

It is available until October 16 and open Monday to Friday from 10:30am to 2:30 pm and 5:30pm to 9:30pm.

Velez-Malaga Fair

Fair in Velez-Malaga also known as Feria de San Miguel begins on September 27 and ends on October 2nd. It might be a good weekend plan in Malaga for those who live nearby this municipality.

Bella Jarifa Nights in Cártama

This municipal holiday based on medieval times features performances, activities and gastronomy tastings of Cartama.

sopa-perota-aloraPerot soups in Alora

Food lovers have an appointment this Saturday in Alora from 1:00pm.

You will be able to try some of the typical food from this municipality.

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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