Dinosaurs in Malaga with Jurassic World in February

Until February 26th children can enjoy the exciting Jurassic world with animatronics dinosaurs in an area of more than one thousand square meters.

jurassic-world

Meeting dinosaurs in Malaga

Indeed it is a special occasion for making activities with children and knowing more about these majestic creatures that once walked on our planet.

The exhibition shows us 10 real size dinosaur figures, some of them are animated simulating breathing and other details of their behaviour.

The representations have an appearance similar to what they think they might had in the past.

One of the latest discoveries shows that many of the dinosaurs may have been covered by feathers. Probably the common ancestor had them also.

Among the species in the exhibitions you can find the great and feared Tyrannosaur Rex in real size. In addition you will see Triceratops, Spinosaurs, Diplodocus and Protoceratops among other species.

Activities for children

The animated figures are represented in habitats that simulate their natural environment.

There are information panels in the dinosaur exhibit that show very interesting facts about those animals and theories of their extinction.

Undoubtedly an ideal way to teach children how they were and where those amazing creatures lived.

 

dinosaurs-malaga

For adults it is possible that this exhibition is a little light as I have found many negative opinions that report the reduced space and the very poor quality of the exhibition. If you want to contribute with your opinion you are invited to use the comments section below.

Price and time

The dinosaur exhibition is available until February 26 for the price of 7€

Children under 3 years have free admission.

The opening hours are:
Monday to Friday from 5pm to 9pm.
Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 2pm and from 5pm to 9pm.

Address and how to get there

Address: Camino de S. Rafael, 121, 29006 Malaga (Fair grounds)

You can get there using public transport or by car.

The train stop is Victoria Kent if you are getting there by commuter train.

Jamie Cullum, Sting, Beach Boys & other live concerts in Fuengirola between June and July

Sting concert in 2017 in FuengirolaThe city is getting ready for the celebration of the Fuengirola Festival with 2 months of concerts and shows during June and July in 2017.

Some of the popular names that will be present are Janie Cullum, Beach Boys, Sting or the Spanish band Oreja de Van Gogh among others.

The event that will hold these concerts is the 22th edition of the Fuengirola Festival and Marenostrum Music Castle Park.

The area for the concerts is located next to the Sohail Castle and there will be a great gastronomy offer with different kind of tickets on sale that must be acquired online.

Live concerts at Sohail Castle in Fuengirola

Amazing landscape at the Arabian fortress Sohail for the concerts, situated on a hill a few meters from the beach.

The Beach Boys band will make a unique concert in Andalucia the 24th of June in Fuengirola .

Sting will make a live concert on July 17th beside Ara Malikian. The door opening is at 7pm, Ara Malikian concert at 9pm and Sting at 11pm.

On July  25th the jazz singer and pianist Jamie Cullum will make a live performance. It is the second time he comes to Fuengirola as he came 6 years ago and the concert was sold out o I recommend you to watch out for ticket sales.

Beside them other artists like Oreja de Van Gogh, Michael Nyman, Loquillo, Extremo Duro and or Robe Iniesta, still pending to confirm the assistance.

Fuengirola's concerts stage

Buy ticket online and information about the place

The place reserved for this event is divided in different zones you will have access to depending on the ticket you purchased:

  • Premium zone  Silver, Golden and Platinum zones.
  • General zone: Bench seats with capacity up to 2800 people.

Sohail concert areas

Ticket prices for concerts

When purchasing the tickets there are different choices. Take in consideration one ticket is valid for one day:

  • Platinum Frontstage: 198€
    Exclusive access to the main area next to the stage.
    Drink and food is available in VIP area.
    Exclusive access to bathroom.
    Commemorative accreditation of your assistance.
  • Gold Frontstage: 132€
    Access to the main area next to the stage and after the platinum frontstage.
    Drink and food is available in the VIP area.
  • Silver Pista: 93.50€
    Access to reserved area for the Silver ticket entrance.
    Drink and food is available in the Premium area.
  • Ticket for disabled people: 60.50€
  • General area: 60.50€
  • Numbered bench seats: 60.50€

For buying the tickets you can visit the official event website at:
http://marenostrumcastlepark.com/ (Spanish)

Movie releases in English this week of February 2017

resident evil: final chapterFor all those looking to enjoy a good movie this week or the next weekend in February. Find the latest cinema premieres available in English with Spanish subtitles (VOSE) and the official trailers.

The next weekend starts with popcorn, want to join?

If  you don’t know yet what is the cheapest cinema in Malaga or the closest one to your place visit our guide. You can find opening time, maps or information about cinema days with discounts.

Movie releases in English

I will show you the latest film releases with the option to be watched both in English with Spanish subtitles.

Resident Evil: The last chapter

This popular saga with Mila Jovovich returns to cinemas. If you fancy a zombie weekend with popcorn, Resident Evil is your best choice in February.

You have the option to watch it in English with Spanish subtitles (VOSE) or in 3D in Spanish.

Resident Evil trailer: Final Chapter

 Manchester by the sea

If you prefer watching a drama, ‘Manchester by the sea’ is your film.

A story that has won good reviews and tells the life of a young man who has to return to his old town after the death of his brother. There he will meet his past life and an orphan nephew he has to take care of.

You have the option to watch it in English with Spanish subtitles (VOSE)

Film trailer

Split

From the director of The Sixth Sense or Signals we get this interesting proposal in which they mix drama with psychological terror.

23 personalities coexist inside Kevin, the last one is yet to come.

It is available in original version with Spanish subtitles (VOSE).

Split Official Trailer

Movie releases for children

If you want a family day in cinema there are some cinema premieres for children but only in Spanish:

Ballerina:
A girl wants to become a dancer, in her path she will share adventures with a friend who is inventor.

There is an option for watching it in 3D in some cinemas.

Dixie and the zombie rebellion
Story for children where zombies and human face each other. Only Dixie can stop them, will he be able?

Timetables and where to watch those films

To know the timetables of these and other films available I recommend you to take a look at your closest cinema.

*Most popular cinemas in Malaga like Yelmo Cineplex in Plaza Mayor have available the films above.

This weekend: Excursion to Ardales!

By now, probably most of the readers will be wondering where is Ardales (foto) and why is it worth an excursion. Questions I will answer in the following lines.

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Visiting Ardales in February

Ardales is a small white village of 2,600 inhabitants, winding streets and whitewashed houses located about 450 m above sea level in the North-west of the province of Málaga, about 50 km from the capital of the Costa del Sol and 63 km from Marbella.

I will tell you what activities are on Sunday February 5th, but continue reading to find out why this is a place that worth a visit all year round, and a lot!

Ardales is a beautiful town with some of the most important natural and archaeological sites in the province. The town lies at the foot of a steep hill on which are still preserved the ruins of an ancient fortress.

Just 5 km from the village is situated the Trinidad Grund Cave, with Paleolithic cave paintings, which can be visited by appointment. Also located nearby are the ruins of the Moorish castle Bobastro.

But Ardales is probably best known for its spectacular nature: The Gaitanes Gorge, very popular among nature lovers, hikers and climbers; and the Natural Park of the Guadalhorce reservoirs.

Sounds good enough? Let’s see what you will find if you decide to go the next Sunday.

Ardales festivity fair

typical gastronomy in ArdalesThis Sunday, February 5th, takes place one of the most traditional festivals in the village, the Feast of the pig slaughter, one of the gastronomic events in the province of Malaga. Visitors can enjoy for free all kinds of locally produced pork products such as sausage, salami, chorizo, meat portions and pork stew.

Also there are musical performances, a traditional product market and a craft market. This Souk in Ardales, with completely handmade products, takes place from 10 am until 5 pm.

Apart from enjoying the party, stroll around the lovely and well maintained old town.

ardales-vistas

Getting to Ardales:

This wonder is less than an hour from the main municipalities of the Costa del Sol. It is worth a day trip to discover the enormous beauty and variety of the province, a few kilometres from the hustle and bustle of the coast.

Ardales is 50 kilometres from Malaga on the A-357 and 63 km from Marbella on the A-355 and A-357.

Assuming you are getting there from the Costa del Sol, take the A-7 road until the exit towards A-357 (Cártama and Parque Tecnológico). Follow the A-357 until the exit sign of Ardales.

In the following map you can see the route that you must take to go by car.

February – The month of the Almond Blossom and Springtime in Malaga

The cold season is gone, now we can see the increase in temperatures as February approaches. It is late January and early February when we find the first signs of spring in Malaga.

almond-blossom-ronda

One of the first signs that let us know of the imminent arrival of spring is the Almond Blossom.

Spring weather in Malaga

The cold season experienced in mid-January is uncommon on the Costa del Sol. In the province of Malaga, whose shores are caressed by the Mediterranean Sea and a benevolent climate all year round, winter is practically non-existent and at worst  usually lasts a few days.

While even a good part of the peninsula is covered with a white blanket, autumn changes almost imperceptibly into spring; a spring that begins to take shape at the beginning of February.

One of the first signs that let us know of the imminent arrival of spring is the Almond Blossom.

A hiking trail can show the walker landscapes where the colour that stands out is the soft pinks and whites of the almond trees. A true delight for your senses.

Spring hikes while visiting Malaga in February

If you visit Málaga in February, whether it is during Valentine’s Day, the Carnival, or just to escape for a few days from the firm grip of the winter in your place of origin, I recommend to visit some of the white villages to enjoy the Almond Blossom.

Especially recommended are the regions of the Axarquia, the Guadalhorce Valley, Sierra de las Nieves and Montes de Malaga in February, all only a few kilometres from the coast.

The so-called Ruta de los Almendros (Almond route) runs along some picturesque places and villages of the Guadalhorce Valley, also known as the Orchard of Malaga. Towns along this route are Almogía, Alora (Natural Area Desfiladero de los Gaitanes) and Cartama, where you can also enjoy products made of almonds.

Almond route in Malaga

Another route takes us through the beautiful valley and the mountains of Guadalteba, to the municipalities of Carratraca or Ardales; or Sierra de las Nieves (north of Marbella) and the villages of Tolox and Guaro.

Also the easternmost Costa del Sol, with its highest mountains in the province offers at this time of year beautiful countryside in white and pink. In the so-called Axarquia, we can see fields of almond trees in the villages of Arenas and Daimalos (northeast of Velez-Malaga) or Totalan (east of Malaga capital).

Other towns in the Axarquia, where you can enjoy beautiful views of almond blossoms are Moclinejo, Macharaviaya, Comares, Riogordo, Periana, Alfarnate, Colmenar (to the north between Malaga city and Velez-Malaga ) and Algarrobo or Sayalonga (east of Velez-Malaga).

Activities during February in Malaga

Those who come to Malaga in February can find interesting activities:

Soup of the 7 branches in El Burgo on February 28

On the 28th, February, an event scheduled for the Day of Andalusia takes place in the municipality of El Burgo. The traditional event ‘Sopa de los 7 ramales’, is very interesting for all of you who want to enjoy the most typical gastronomy of this white village. This festivity has been declared Tourist Singularity of the province of Malaga.

This typical dish of El Burgo served in the past as food for the peasants, is made with the following products of the municipality: traditional bread, garlic, potato, tomato, asparagus, egg and pepper.

The name of this soup comes from the 7 fresh ingredients used in the cooking.

In addition to the tasting of this soup there will be various activities scheduled for all audiences. Guided tours or musical activities as well as a craft market, everything you need to spend a day in this picturesque town of Malaga with family and children or with friends.

The village, in the Sierra de las Nieves, is an ideal place for practicing hiking. Some of the highlights that I recommend you to visit if you like nature is the waterfall of the river Turon and the recreational area of ​​La Fuensanta.

Day of Andalusia on February 28

In addition to El Burgo festival there are many events and activities that you can do on February 28, Andalucia day and holiday in this autonomous community.

Torremolinos, Marbella, Malaga and many other municipalities celebrating the Andalucia day with food and handcrafted stands as well as live music and traditional dancing.

Original ideas for Valentine’s Day in Malaga 2017

Although there are those who decide to make a gift during February 14th, lovers’ day, others opt for a romantic getaway. There are also free Valentine’s Day options. Which one are you most interested in?

The getaway is in my opinion much more advisable in a relation to a simple gift since it will bring nice memories, what do you think about planning with us your Valentine’s Day in Malaga?

If you are single do not worry, there are certainly some ideas that you might like. Who knows, you may know your soul mate during any of these activities.

Valentine’s Day is not something born in darkness by large shopping centers.

Let’s go back to the origins of this event, when did it begin?

Valentines day

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. They prohibited couples so many young people choose to send instead romantic notes. Those notes during the centuries became increasingly popular. Who has not played the game of love notes in the school during the Valentine’s Day?

A cheap or free Valentine’s Day

Those who do not let the consumerism feeling to dominate them or those who can’t afford opening their wallet can always opt for free or cheap, but original ideas for Valentine’s Day.

Calendar should not lead this special day that you can celebrate at any time or date.

If Valentine’s Day is on weekend it might be easier to plan something special. When it is any day of the week such as Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, it might be harder to find a perfect moment for the two, but everything is possible.

Anyway you can always celebrate the lover’s day any other day of the week. Calendar should not lead this special day that you can celebrate at any time or date. If it is a business day you can move it to the Friday, Saturday or Sunday…or even take several days to plan a romantic getaway to some town or area of Malaga.

I’m pretty sure that the love you feel for your partner will inspire a romantic idea, however if you need some help or you are planning to declare your love to someone special then here you are a few of free and cheap ideas:

Love has the virtue of being able to transform the most common instant of a day into a unique moment.

6 free or cheap original ideas for Valentine’s Day

Here I bring you a light top of original ideas for him or her:

  • Stroll trough the city centre and declaration of love inside Alcazaba’s garden place. The cost would be only the entrance to the fortress.
  • Love poem next to your partner’s pillow for FREE.
  • Romantic route by road to discover that magical place to remember at any of the beautiful natural environment in the province of Malaga.
    Price is from 20€ to 50€, depending on the deposit and consumption of your car.
  • Declaration of love in the Malaga’s Ferris Wheel.
    The price is around 20€ for a couple.
  • Spread love notes throughout the house as a treasure hunt.
    The cost is from 0€ to several thousands of billions if you decide to put a real treasure at the end. Instead you can also place chocolates along with the tip notes.
  • Telling your partner ‘I love you’ at the most unexpected moment can be more than enough. Love has the virtue of being able to transform the most common instant into a unique moment.

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.

Are you in Malaga or planning to come? then you can choose to invite your partner to a romantic dinner. Many restaurants in Malaga usually adapt to this special night decorated for the occasion and some even include a children’s menu.

helicopter-rental6 original ideas for Valentine’s Day in Malaga

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

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

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

spa-massage

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

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

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

parachute-tandem-malaga

Additionally websites like Groupalia offer discounts and offers at restaurants or activities during Valentine´s Day.
http://es.groupalia.com/san-valentin/ (only in spanish)

I’ll keep updating this list as I find more original ideas for this special days…we still have time to plan something different.

Offers for lodging and transportation for your romantic getaway

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

Malagacar.com offers discounts and special offers on car hire if you book for Valentine´s Day. 15% discount on certain groups with the discount code we’ve found, “LOVE2017”.

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

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

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

Cold wave and snow in Malaga in January

January brings cold temperatures from the next Wednesday 18th until Sunday; this cold bring snow in Malaga to lower altitudes.

Snow in Malaga is an exceptional situation that you can take advantage of. How about a snow getaway this weekend?

Continue reading for an update at the bottom of this page…I will continue posting the latest information about cold and snow Malaga this week.

Low temperatures this week

The lowest temperatures expected in Malaga are between 1ºC and 3ºC while the maximum temperatures are between 10ºC and 12ºC.

In towns like Antequera or Ronda temperatures at night can reach – 4ºC and snow can even reach those or other areas like Malaga Mountains.

Temperatures are too low and it is not the normal weather in the south, from Monday in advance temperatures are expected to be back to normal.

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After all low temperatures will happen during the night, the daytime temperatures are mild.

Snow in Malaga

The famous snow in Malaga the 3rd in February in 1954 is in the memory of many locals. One day when they woke up with snow covering the streets up to 1 meter deep.

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Locals enjoying the morning throwing snow balls.

This situation is very strange to happen and before 1954 the only notice about this happening again goes back to 1882. The temperature registered the famous snow day was between 0,5ºC and 5ºC.

Those who were young by that date have very funny memories of the day. A free school Wednesday by surprise when they could enjoy the day by throwing snow balls and a cinema afternoon without homework.

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Guadalmedina river in the morning was a picture more likely from Nordic countries than from southern Spain.

Snow reached other municipalities in Malaga like Marbella and Estepona.

Is it likely to snow in Malaga again?

It would be a very strange success that the snow weather from 1954 happens again. This week could it snow but from 300m above the sea level.

It does exist the possibility of snow over the Malaga Mountains during the next days.

In an exceptional situation there could be snowy roads connecting the interior villages with the coast. I recommend to pay attention to the weather forecast if you are driving this week.

snow covering mountains next to Malaga airport
Photo taken this morning, look at the mountains next to the airport

It is going to snow in Malaga, although it is a very strange success to happen it did in the past. Logic makes us think that at some point the event will happen…but we don´t know when.

Snow in Malaga is an exceptional situation that you can take advantage of. How about a snow getaway this weekend?

Update

It has snow in Marbella, Mijas Pueblo, Ronda, Antequera, Nerja and Malaga Mountains. It will continue to snow until the Sunday on the Axarquia region above 600 or 800 meters.

Torremolinos and Benalmadena have received snow at 600 meters above the sea level in areas such as Monte Calamorro and la Cañada del Lobo.

The temperature feeling the 19th of January morning at Malaga airport has been -1ºC while the real lower temperature has been 4ºC.

Weekend getaway with snow in Malaga

This weekend could be perfect to enjoy the beautiful snow landscapes in the province.

Although this is not the great snowfall produced in 1954 on the city and the coastal zones, snow has been produced at low altitudes. If you go by car you will not have to drive long to enjoy a snowy day in Malaga.

If you are looking for snowy places in the province for this weekend you should head to Ronda and Sierra de las Nieves or Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama. As the weekend progresses the fallen snow will melt, although it will be conserved in areas close to 1000 meters of altitude.

Weather forecast

The weather forecast show that snowfall will continue today from above 600 meters in some areas of the Axarquia region. Snow under that altitude will not last long as it is melting already.

This weekend will continue to snow but above 800 meters high.

Don’t be afraid if coming for holiday in January or February to Malaga

Don’t be afraid, news about the cold wave coming to Malaga and lower temperatures are more related to the night than to the day and this situation will last not long, only until the Sunday or Monday.

You can check the actual weather and temperature in Malaga from our website.

If you are looking for snow activities you can go to Sierra Nevada, very close to Malaga by car.

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.

vialia-estacion-malaga

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.