Original ideas in Malaga for Valentine’s Day 2016

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

Valentines day

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

Origin of Valentine’s Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

spa-massage

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

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

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

parachute-tandem-malaga

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

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

Offers for lodging and transportation for your romantic getaway

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

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

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

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

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

Ice Skating in downtown Malaga

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

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

Ice skating in Malaga

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

*Price is orientative.

Christmas markets and lighting in Malaga – 2015

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-markets

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.

https://www.facebook.com/Feria-de-artesania-de-Navidad-del-parque-de-Malaga-578536455558816/

More Christmas Markets in Malaga

Do you know more? Our comments are open to suggestions.

10 recommended locations to visit in Malaga

10-locations-not-to-missIf 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.

mapa casco-antiguo1. 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.

Mapa Castillo Gibralfaro2. 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.

mapa teatro-romano3. 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.


mapa muelle-uno4. 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.


mapa cueva-nerja5. 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.


mapa torcal-antequera6. 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.


mapa desfiladero-gaitanes7. 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.


mapa ardales8. Ardales
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.


mapa puente-nuevo-ronda9. 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).


mapa puerto-banus10. 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!

Things to do in Malaga in Winter

WINTER IN MALAGAWinter is coming…but do not worry, Malaga and the Costa del Sol are blessed with sunny days throughout the years and enjoyment is not limited exclusively to the summer months. Actually, many Tour operators and travel agencies offer very good price-value flights to Malaga Airport and Hotels in Malaga 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, almost all hotels along the coast remain open throughout the year and so do many apartments in Malaga and rural houses. Some of these establishments even design specific programs for their winter guests.

Activities

Definitely, Malaga´s unique climatic characteristics contribute to the practice of Golf in winter. 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 which can be practiced 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.

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 can be found very good municipal sports installations, with indoor swimming pool, steam bath and even jet pool (Torremolinos); the municipal sport club in Benalmádena has even a permanent covered ice rink of 900 m2 and cafeteria service next to it.

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, as you will be provided there with bathrobe and disposable underwear. The Hammam is situated close to the Picasso Museum in the Calle Tomas de Cozar 13.

Maybe you feel like a coffee break after your bath? Then you can head for some Chocolate and Churros in the city centre. By the way, asking for coffee in Malaga is quite complicated, as there are at least eight different types of Coffees. For instance: half coffee-half milk is called “sombra” (shadow); “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).

Typical gastronomy in winter

In winter you will find in the square and streets of the city centre posts with roasted chestnuts and others with roast potatoes.

Another great thing to do is a stroll through the market square Mercado de Atarazanas and by 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, close to the airport Malaga, with bowling, restaurants and bars, cinema, gym with heated pool, nightclubs and children´s corner. The centre is easily accessible with the suburban train.

For the Spanish speaking families might be interesting the following activities: in Rincón de la Victoria (16 km east from Malaga) is held on the last Sunday of every month at 12 AM a free children´s show outside the Caves Cuevas del Tesoro and free entrance for children below 14 years into the caves.

In Malaga city, the library Rayuela (historic centre, calle Alemania) invites Saturdays and Sundays at 12 AM the kids to listen to a storyteller.

Theme parks and other attractions

Along the Costa del Sol are situated several Theme Parks: The Tivoli Amusement Park  and the Crocodile Park in Torremolinos, Sea Life and Selwo Marina in Benalmadena, the Zoo in Fuengirola and the Selwo Adventure Park in Estepona. About one hour driving in Antequera there is the Lobo Park with authentic wolves in semi wild reserve.

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. Prepare to survive the terror on Halloween in Malaga.

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; a special night when you can make a nocturnal visit, full of frightening beings from the beyond waiting for you among the darkest shadows of the garden, waiting to give you a good scare.

If you go in disguise you can participate in the contest for best costume in one of the three categories available: children, adults and groups.

The entrance is priced at 18 Euros for adults and 15 Euros for children under 16; if you go as a family there is a pack for 40 Euros that allows entry of 2 adults and two children.

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

Scary night at the English Cemetery

Not for the faint hearted, 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 cemetery.

For more information please contact the phone 692 717 612

Mystery at the Victoria Crypt

In the Church of Victoria attendees can enjoy a concert of Gregorian chant.
For more information please contact the phone 692 717 612

Halloween with children

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

Amusement parks like Selwo Marina in Benalmadena and Selwo Adventure in Estepona will tell us habits of animals as terrifying as tarantulas, snakes, piranhas, poisonous frogs or bats among others, all among decoration adapted to this special night.

Halloween at Pier 1 in the Port of Malaga

On October 31 the dead, witches and ghosts will invade the Port of Malaga from 5:30 pm. Visitors can take a witchcraft course to learn the scariest spells.
The scariest night of the year approaches during the night of Halloween, we hope you survive, we wouldn´t want to run out of readers.

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, from November 1 begins the fifth 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 1 to 8 November.

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, especially in Andalusia and Malaga, which show the largest number of Internet searches.

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International Tourism Day

World tourism 2015On September 27 takes place on World Tourism Day where is especially noteworthy the Open House, during which the most important museums and monuments offer free admission during a set schedule; in some you can even enjoy a guided tour in English, Spanish or French.

Tourism is vital in Malaga, it’s always a good day to revisit museums and monuments, are you coming?

Free entry

  • Picasso Museum – 5 pm to 7 pm
  • Centre Pompidou – 9:30 am to 8 pm
  • CAC – 10 am to 8 pm
  • Russian Museum of San Petersburg – 9:30 am to 8 pm
  • Thyssen Museum – 10 am to 8 pm
  • Picasso Birthhouse – 9:30 am to 8 pm
  • Municipal Heritage Museum – 10 am to 1 pm and 6 pm to 9 pm.
  • Museum of the Cathedral – 2 pm to a 6:30 pm
  • Museum Revello de Toro – 10 am to 2 pm
  • Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions: 10 am to 2 pm
  • Museum Jorge Rando – 10 am to 8 pm
  • Episcopal Palace – 10 am to 8 pm
  • Bullfighting Museum – 10 am to 8 pm
  • National Museum of Airports and Air Transport – 10 am to 2 pm
  • Flamenco Museum – 10 am to 2 pm
  • Gibralfaro castle – 9 am to 8 pm
  • Alcazaba – 9 am to 8 pm
  • English Cemetery – 10 am to 2 pm
  • Cemetery San Miguel – 9 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 6 pm
  • Roman Theatre: 10 am to 4 pm
  • Historical Botanical Garden La Concepcion – 9:30 am to 7:30 pm

Timetables of guided visits

  • Centre Pompidou – At 11 am, 12 am, 1 pm, 5 pm and the last visit at 6 pm.
  • Russian Museum of San Petersburg – 11 am, 12am, 1 pm, 5 pm and 6 pm.
  • Birthhouse Picasso – Audio guides available in Spanish and English.
  • Glass Museum
    – In Spanish at 11 am, 12am, 1 pm, 5 pm and 6 pm.
    – In English at 2 pm
    – In French at 3 pm
    – In Italian at 4 pm
  • Mimma (Interactive Music Museum) – 10, 11, 12 am and 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 pm.
  • Gibralfaro castle: Groups of 25 persons
    10 am spanish – english
    11 am spanish – français
    12 am spanish – english
    1 am spanish – english
    5 pm spanish – english
    6 pm spanish – français
  • Alcazaba: Groups of 25 persons
    10 am spanish – english
    11 am spanish -français
    12 am spanish – english
    1 am spanish – english
    5 pm spanish – english
    6 pm spanish – français
  • Visit to the Roman Theatre – from 11am to 12 pm
  • Historic cemetery San Miguel – Reservation required (676 210 477), from 11 to 12 am.
  • Archaeological Site La Araña – Groups of 50 persons from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Activities for this weekend

weekend calendarHere comes finally the weekend, the moment you have been waiting for and you have no plans about what to do? Here we propose some activities for Saturday and Sunday in Malaga; are you joining us?

Yoga Congress Marbella

During 18, 19 and 20 September takes place this Yoga congress where will meet professionals and amateurs of this discipline.

The conference is open to everyone – which includes you and your friends – so if you want to go or want to use it as an excuse for going out this weekend in Marbella we give you permission to use us as an excuse.

Open Fridays from 4 pm to 8 pm

Saturday from 10 am to 10 pm

Sundays from 10 am to 10 pm

How to get to the Marbella Congress Centre

https://goo.gl/maps/w8NHb

Fashion week in Malaga – Pasarela Larios

On 18 and 19 September there is taking place a fashion event; would you like to take a look at next year’s tendencies? Are you one of those who are always up to date? Then you shouldn’t miss it.

The catwalk begins at 8:30 pm

How to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/Nnl5r (From bus station)

San Miguel Pilgrimage

Before the start of the Torremolinos Fair takes place one of the most important pilgrimages of Spain, the San Miguel Pilgrimage. This event, which runs through much of the city centre, boasts decorated carts and horses.

During the pilgrimage are noteworthy the Andalusian dances and joy along a route that leads directly to the heights of Torremolinos, Los Pinares, finishing in the Hermitage of San Miguel.

The pilgrimage takes place on September 20 from 10 am to 4 pm, just one week before the Torremolinos Fair.

You can find the route of the pilgrimage in the map below:

https://goo.gl/maps/P7Sd5

Activities in Antequera

If this weekend you’re in Antequera you may be interested in any of these events taking place.

Gastronomic event Palates of Andalusia

In Antequera (Real Collegiate Church of Santa Maria Maggiore) you can enjoy a pleasant sensory stimulation.

  • Price: 50 €
  • Hours: From 10 pm
  • How to get: https://goo.gl/maps/SmZ0U

Astronomical Observatory El Torcal

The Torcal de Antequera is a privileged place for observing the night sky; during this event are available telescopes and sessions aimed at teaching students.

  • Price: € 8
  • Hours: 10 pm to 12 pm
  • How to get: https://goo.gl/maps/DT4E6

Luna Mora Festival in Guaro 2015

Map for getting to GuaroIn Guaro will take place on 11 and 12 September the Luna Mora Festival in its nineteenth 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 11 at 5 pm with the opening of the Moorish craftsmen souk and has the same schedule for Saturday September 12.

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 Craft Souk
10 pm Henna 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 with the group Sherezade

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 11 or Saturday 12 September, come and visit the Luna Mora in Guaro, you won´t regret it.

Caminito del Rey in Google Street View

Caminito del Rey, a trail now known worldwide for its beautiful views and past danger, has caught the attention of the giant Google which has digitized the path for its popular application Google Street View.

caminito del rey map

The application of Google allows the user a panoramic view and horizontal movement along a path of preset images, something that has already been used in such sights as the pyramids of Egypt or the world’s major cities and which allow the curious observer the feeling of somehow visiting the place.

Without doubt this is good news for those among the lucky ones who have already visited and want to remember the path or those who are expecting their turn to do so.

Caminito del Rey is a popular tourist attraction which has recently been refurbished and for which you have to book the visit from their website (http://www.caminitodelrey.info), although it has been very successful and currently there is no availability for the tour.

The tour takes between 4 and 5 hours depending on the pace, it is a linear path so when you reach the end, you have to take a bus to take you to the starting point or walk back which will take you in total 6 hours return trip.

If you choose to start from Alora keep in mind that a large part of the route is uphill, however if you decide to start in Ardales it is downhill, so it will take less time to walk it.

If you still haven´t got your ticket do not worry, the Caminito del Rey is located in a beautiful natural area which you can enjoy without reservation and free of charge and enjoy the cuisine of the villages.

How to get to Caminito del Rey

You can take a regional train from Malaga train stopping at El Chorro. Another option is by road to Ardales.

Opening time is 10 am to 2 pm during November to March and until 5 pm between April and October.