Seafood Fair in Puerto Marina Benalmadena from 28th of April to 1st of May

9th-seafood-fairWhoever’s mouth waters with this image, should approach the Seafood Fair that takes place in Puerto Marina in Benalmadena from 28th of April to 1st of May.

Visitors can sample from 12 a.m. on Friday rations of all kinds of fresh seafood at the 9th edition of this fair.

Seafood lovers can enjoy a variety of products without leaving the site.

During four days visitors can taste the best seafood. There are shrimps, scallops, grilled prawns, mussels, clams and many more from a total of 20 varieties of seafood offered by the restaurants participating in this event.

Seafood Fair prices:

  • Drink: 1.50€
  • Shrimps: 6€
  • Mussels: 3€
  • Rice: 5€
  • Clams: 6€

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Weather for this weekend in Benalmadena

This weekend we expect temperatures hovering around 17° C, clouds and possible rain until Saturday. It is not the typical sunny and clear day of late April and beginning of May but nothing to worry about.

Well I know a little of rain or clouds will not stop seafood lovers, so enjoy the fair.

Visiting Puerto Marina Seafood Fair

Puerto Marina in Benalmadena is one of the most original and beautiful marinas in the world. Awarded several times for its unusual architectural design with artificial islands and a mixture of Indian, Arab and Andalusian styles.

In addition to the seafood fair you can find a commercial area with shops, restaurants and coffee-shops.

Seafood Fair is open to public from 12:00 a.m.

Find below a video of a past edition:

Season discounts for skiing in April in Sierra Nevada

April will bring us not only the spring but also activities and discounts to Sierra Nevada for skiing.

The 30th of April is the last day of the ski season, if you are willing to take part in the called event ‘ski the spring in Sierra Nevada‘, you are yet on time.

Sierra Nevada activities and discounts in April, 2017

Spring discounts for skiing

The first week of April you can get ski passes with discount. With 20€ you can enjoy a full skiing day. There is a limit of 3000 ski passes with discount.

If you have a season ski pass you can recharge it for 25€.

If you are willing to learn how to ski now you can do at a reduced price, for 35€/day. The available days for the ski lessons are the 2nd, 9th, 22nd and 29th of April.

April activities in Sierra Nevada

Among the many activities planned in Sierra Nevada for April is the skiing in swimsuit event. An event where the participants have to ski or snowboard without clothes.

The 30th of April the skiing season ends with a big people’s paella.

Limited tickets for sale for the Caminito del Rey from March

Since 28th of March are available 100,000 tickets for Caminito del Rey (King’s Path). There is a limit of 300.000 yearly visitors. Do you want to know more?

Caminito del Rey

100,000 tickets for the summer have been put up for sale since the 28th of March . These tickets can be purchased at points of sale, travel agencies or from the official website.

Remember that the maximum visitors allowed are 300,000 per year and 1100 visitors per day. If you want to do the tour, it is advisable to buy the ticket in advance.

More than 15000 tickets have been sold already just after a few days for the summer season (June, July, August and September). During the first 15 minutes more than 4000 people reserved their visit. I can guess than the first tickets to be sold out are those corresponding to the weekend for the available months.

 In the first two years of activity the Caminito del Rey (King’s Path) has reached 600,000 visitors. English, Dutch, German and French are the top tourists heading the list.

Who visit the King’s Path?

The Caminito del Rey (King’s Path) is a great tourist attraction in the province of Malaga that you should not miss.

The first two years this place attracted 600.000 visitors. English, Dutch, German and French are the main visitors but they are coming from everywhere. Nevertheless it is not uncommon to find visitors from China, Korea, Malaysia, Japan, Canada, the United States and even Costa Rica or Kuwait.

Among the Spaniards the King’s Path  is quite popular among visitors from Madrid. Closely are the residents of Malaga, Cordoba and Seville.

This attraction of Malaga will have a guided tour adapted for people with reduced vision.

Caminito del Rey and people with reduced vision

This tourist attraction will have a guided tour for people with reduced vision. Test is underway to offer this service soon so more people will be able to enjoy the height feeling through other senses as hearing and touch.

A scale model will provide the touch characteristics of the route.

Interpretation Centre of Caminito del Rey in August

From August onwards the Interpretation Centre of the Caminito del Rey will be available. You will find it in the access from Ardales.

It has a large capacity car park for up to 200 cars and 17 buses.

In this place tourists can buy souvenirs, useful stuff for the tour as well as get all the information you might need to enjoy to the most the experience of walking the King’s Path.

More information and ticket buy

For more information you can visit our section dedicated to Caminito del Rey and Gaitanes Gorge.

We also have a blog entry with a virtual tour of Caminito del Rey.

The price of the basic ticket is € 10, if you want a guided tour then the price is € 18 and the ticket for a bus returning to the starting point is € 1.55 (the walking route is one-way)

To buy tickets you can do it online from the official website: https://reservas.caminitodelrey.info

Zombie infection detected in Malaga in 2017!

The infection known as ‘Survival Zombie’ is getting wild and there are fears that the outbreak will occur in Malaga city the next Saturday 1st of April.

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Last infestation in Spain, it was finally controlled and now they expect it is being propagated in Malaga

Only those who can pay a vaccine will have a chance of survival. They will have to accomplish a number of missions  before the end of the night. If they are not bitten in the process they might escape infection by a rescue means not yet specified…but let’s face it, nobody will survive.

To which group do you belong? If you do not understand a word of Spanish you will be one of the first who get lost and cornered by a zombie horde, not being able to complete missions unless your friends do understand their requests. Do not worry if this is the case, being a zombie has its own good things, there are many brain recipes online!

On Saturday 1st of April, from 11pm to 7am close the doors and windows if you are neither a survivor nor a zombie; although many choose to watch the event, foolish…

Everything about Survival Zombie

survival-zombie-2017‘Survival Zombie’ is a known event in Spain because of its originality and active participation throughout the Spanish territory.

Those who choose being a survivor in Malaga will have to accomplish several missions provided by actors during the night while trying to survive…something that will not be easy. If a zombie touches you , you will become part of the horde.

The story presented to participants is original and there are actors, special effects, streets decorated as an apocalypse with hospital and military camps, you will feel your favourite series of living dead.

For each success mission you will receive a stamp on your ration card, in earlier events it is known there were up to 14 missions. You can choose to collaborate with other players or go solo. Perhaps you prefer to fool them when they are asking if an area is safe? The goal is to survive and that could give enough time for you to avoid a horde and continue your adventure.

Living dead can’t run, except the called Z, those are actors who other zombies follow…and those run fast, if you see one better you run or hide, he will go after you.

Past events and Survival Zombie

At the beginning of the night some military at a camp might provide instructions for survival, pay attention and listen carefully, danger lurks.

Some of the past missions included entering a dark building noiselessly to retrieve an amulet; causing noise would attract the attention of a creature inside.

Survivors must use a green scarf while the undead go with a red one.

If zombies caught you, then you can join the horde or pay 5€ for an emergency vaccine and continue doing missions.

Malaga sightseeing being a survivor or a zombie

If its your first time in Malaga you can take advantage of this experience and visit the city while being chased by the walking dead.

With a Roman past and with a strong Muslim history that left us monuments like the Alcazaba fortress. Malaga is a beautiful tourist destination during all the year that has ended up being the source of undead infection in 2017.

Some of the most popular attractions in Malaga for living beings and dead people

  • Plaza de la Merced, probably the starting point and infested by zombies in some of its streets, be careful.
  • Alcazaba
  • Roman Theatre
  • La Victoria Church might be part of the history.

Visiting Malaga while infested by zombies? Definitely an original proposal that might appeal many of you.

Rules and information about Survival Zombie

The event will begin with an introduction to story made by actors.

Children from 10 years old in advance can take part always if accompanied by an adult.

Those who come infected and already did make up at home will pay only 10€ for being a zombie. Those who let being infected at event and choose to make up by professionals will have to pay 20€.

Cost of vaccine for survivors is 30€. If bitten during the event and want to continue doing missions you will have to pay for an emergency vaccine of 5€.

Those who want to take part on this event from outside Malaga can book a bus from Madrid, Ciudad Real and Granada from the official website.

Date: Saturday, April 1st, 2017

Hours: From 23pm to 7am

The event will end with the rescue of the few remaining survivors if any in an amazing and secret scene…including helicopter maybe?

If you remove the participant identification prematurely you will be disqualified so you can safely leave the event without zombies biting you.

The infestation will be in October, you still have time ahead to get ready, if you are someone who want a vaccine, you can reserve it at the official website… Good luck, you will need it.

Promotional Video of Survival Zombie

Short film ‘ Walking dead Revelation’ based in Malaga

The history of the event is based on the book and short film below.

More information Survival Zombie

Official website in Spanish
http://survivalzombie.es/

Buying tickets at:
https://entradium.com/en/entradas/survival-zombie-malaga

Botanical Park Orchidarium in Estepona – The largest flower in the world

This botanical park in Estepona is the perfect place to spend a day surrounded by many plant species. In total there are more than 8000 species, of which more than 1300 are orchids.

Residents of Estepona have 2 free entrances per year while visitors must pay 3€.

The area is a modern space with even a 17 meters height waterfall, it simulates to a certain extent the original habitat of the orchids.

There are different areas for different species of America and Asia. You will find also a vertical garden where plants climb and form figures in a natural way.

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The largest flower in the world is in Estepona

giant-corpse-flowerThis plant native to Sumatra in Indonesia is known as ‘the corpse flower’ (Amorphophallus titanum), due to the nauseating odour when it blooms, similar to rotting meat. It is also known as the largest flower in the world, there are specimens that can reach up almost 3 meters in height.

The plant uses the odour to attract insects for spreading the pollen. It usually blooms only a few times over the 40 years it lives and each bloom lasts less than 3 days.

The first time a flower of this species blooms in Spain has been in the Botanic Garden of Estepona.

How to get there, opening times and prices

The prices for accessing the Botanic Garden of Estepona are as follows:

  • Adults: 3€
  • Children aged between 4 and 11 years: 1€
  • Children under 4 years have free admission.

Opening time is from 9:30am to 6pm from Tuesday to Saturday, on Sunday it closes during the afternoon.

For getting there take the Mediterranean motorway towards Algeciras and the exit to Estepona.  Check the following map for exact location and reviews from visitors:

For more information about this and other activities in Estepona you can visit our attractions guide.

Visiting Malaga in March – What is the weather like?

The month of March has begun with temperatures more similar to the months of April and May in Malaga. A beginning that anticipated an early spring but there are still surprises.

From 22 and 23 March there is a cold front that can put temperatures below 20 ° C,  however this situation will not last too long.

March is characterized by pleasant temperatures that make you able to enjoy a day at the beach and even bathing in the sea.

What is the weather like during March in Malaga?

March is the transition month, a transition between winter and spring. Although officially the spring begins on March 20, Malaga is usually ahead and at the beginning of the month you can experience a major change in temperature.

Rain can happen during March in Malaga but it is not usual. In 2017 it did rain  on the first weekend of the month, but the week started with temperatures above 20º as you can see below.

The highest temperature recorded was 31.4ºC on 26th of March in 1988.

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From next week you can see a remarkable increase of temperatures next to sunny days.

March in Malaga is characterized by pleasant temperatures that make it possible to enjoy a day at the beach and even taking a bath into the sea, although the water temperature can still be cold, especially for Spanish…something that does not look to affect Europeans who come from countries where temperatures in winter are below zero.

How is March in Malaga?

I could not avoid thinking that many would envy being in my place in that moment.

Last weekend I went to eat at a beach bar in Carvajal (Fuengirola) and I was able to enjoy a splendid day. I have to highlight the ease of finding parking  very close to the place (I have been to the same place last summer in August and then I had to park little more far than this day).

It seems that more people had the same idea as me. Shortly after sitting and asking for the food many more people arrived … but I was able to choose a table without having to made a reservation before.

I could see how an increasing number of people (many of them tourists) decided to spend the day at the beach or simply stroll along the shore. A number still far from what we can find in July or August but big enough to realize that they are really enjoying the good weather.

Any day of March in Malaga

From March in advance any day is good to stroll along the shore and enjoy the beach

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I could not help thinking that many would envy being in that moment in my place. Facing the sea and enjoying fried fish next to an ice cold beer. I missed walking by the shore. Next time, wanna join?

St. Patrick’s day in March

Is in March, when Ireland’s Day takes place, popularly known as Saint Patrick’s Day. Continue reading to know more about this special day, Ireland has been present in part of the recent history of Malaga, this is something not many of you know .

There were 3181 Irish established in Malaga during 2012, which is surely higher today. Mostly they are located in the towns of Mijas, Marbella, Estepona, Fuengirola and Torremolinos although they extend in the entire province.

The roots joining Malaga with Ireland are more ingrained than many people think.

Origin of Saint Patrick

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated around the world on 17 March, but some towns or cities can change the day to coincide with a weekend.

Saint Patrick the person was born in Scotland; he was the son of a Roman army officer. He was taken prisoner when he was 16 and sold as a slave. Saint Patrick spent 6 years in Ireland where he learned the Celtic language although his destiny would be France where he prepared for a life in the monastery. Saint Patrick ended his days as a priest in this country trying to evangelize the population. He died on March 17th in 461.

St. Patrick’s Day is characterized by the well-known 3-leaf clover. This clover is said to be like the one used by the priest to explain the mystery of the Holy Trinity.

Actually during Saint Patrick the clover and the green colour are very present in the celebration.

Ireland and Malaga: Ties in common

The roots that link Malaga with Ireland are more ingrained than many people think. During the industrial revolution an Irish leather tanner named Thomas Livermore Page came to live to the city and met his wife. The name Livermore would become popular in the city after the marriage of two of his daughters with personalities of the moment, Manuel Agustin Heredia and his brother Martin, both of great importance in the development and future of the city.

Another Irishman who found a prominent place in the history of the city was Robert Boyd. Together with General Torrijos landed on the coast of Malaga to fight against the absolutism established in the country and in favor of freedom. Unfortunately they were captured and executed without the possibility of defence. Every year a tribute is celebrated in front of the tomb of Boyd in the English cemetery of Malaga.

George Campbell is a renowned Irish painter who fell in love with Malaga. He used to live in the city 6 months every year. His work was largely influenced by his place of residence. The only year in which he would not return to southern Spain would be after his death in 1979.

Celebrating Saint Patrick in Malaga

San Patricio church in Malaga is used for a religious celebration in Huelin area.

There still no confirmation on dates nor activities but  live Celtic music concerts and other activities are usual on this event.

Saint Patrick’s Day on March 18th in Torremolinos

For the first time the Irish celebration of St. Patrick’s Day is introduced in Torremolinos. In the Plaza de la Nogalera from 12pm to 6pm there will be typical Irish dances, food and of course the typical Irish beer.

The event has a contest that will reward the best dresses in men’s and women’s category.

St. Patrick's day in Torremolinos

Saint Patrick’s Day on March in Benalmadena

As every year although not yet officially announced San Patricio will start with a parade from Arroyo de la Miel to the Paloma Park at 12:00

In Paloma Park will take place a great Irish party with dances, music, food and drink.

The date has not been confirmed although it is presumed that it will be March 17 or 18.

Saint Patrick’s Day on March in Fuengirola

Every year, free activities for all the public are prepared in the Miramar Park of Fuengirola.

If you just want to find a typical Irish pub in Fuengirola you will not have it too complicated. In Fuengirola are two of the best known, the Pogs and O’Reilly’s.

Hopefully a day as special as St. Patrick’s green decor will not only be present in the pub, but in those who are going to celebrate the day there, something to keep in mind if you want to integrate.

Saint Patrick’s Day on March in Marbella

Marbella will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the 18th and 19th of March with green lighting, Irish folckore perfomances and typical Irish drinks and food. Are you going to miss it?

There are 463 Irish residents actually living in Marbella.

Location and time: Glorieta de la Fontanilla, from 1pm to 7pm.

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.

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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.

 

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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)

Other live concerts

Michael Bolton will make a concert in Marbella, at hotel Puente Romano the 10th of August at 9pm.

Prices for this concert are from 35€ to 275€ and can be bought from https://crazymusicproductions.koobin.com/michaelbolton2017en

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.