What to do during the winter in Malaga – 2014/2015

beach christmas 2015The airline Jet2.com expects an increase of up to 25% of British tourists, a significant growth considering that in 2014 it was 9%.

On the Costa del Sol you can enjoy many more activities than sun and beach; Malaga is a destination that can be visited throughout the year, a province with mild temperatures thanks to the protection offered by the mountains which helps to create a unique micro-climate in Andalusia.

Among the activities available during the winter season we highlight such as:
– Visit the white villages and enjoy the delicious cuisine.
– Bear in mind that Malaga is the birthplace of Picasso, so you can visit his birthplace or the stunning Picasso Museum.
– Visit any of the theme parks and attractions

Selwo
You can find deals online including Selwo Aventura, Selwo Marina, cable car and one night accommodation with breakfast.

Tivoli World
Amusement Park in Benalmadena located in Arroyo de la Miel.

Bioparc
Recreations in Fuengirola of different environments such as Madagascar, Africa, Southeast Asia and the Indo-Pacific which help the visitor to immerse into the zoo where animals grow in semi-freedom.

Butterfly Park
Theme Park located in Benalmadena in a building in the style of Thai temple where you can enjoy a wide variety of butterflies, including the world’s largest, in an exceptionally beautiful botanical variety.

Stupa of Enlightenment
Every Tuesday and Friday you can participate in a guided meditation and Sundays from 6 pm are performed lectures on Tibetan Buddhism. It is the largest Stupa in the West and thus worth visiting.

Sealife
In Benalmadena you can discover the underwater world without getting wet.

Crocodile Park
If you love reptiles you can visit this theme park in Torremolinos where you can closely observe large crocodiles.

If you’re going to spend your Christmas holidays in Malaga and are traveling with children they certainly will enjoy the various theme parks available on the Costa del Sol.

http://www.malagaweb.com/blog/costa-del-sol/activities-62/

Show the witch in you on Halloween

halloween malaga 2013Although Halloween is a concept that is foreign to the Mediterranean culture, in Malaga it is gaining more followers every year. The reasons may be many or a mixture of them all: The locals of Malaga are generally known for their partying, thus there won´t be left out a good occasion to celebrate. Halloween in these parts becomes more a kind of carnival burlesque, also at this time of the year in Malaga at night there is still a quite pleasant temperature and last not least, the next day is a bank holiday and nobody has to rise early.

All these components contribute to that Halloween in Malaga is lived with joy and costumes of all kinds besides the typical “horrible” costume.

What is going on during this horrific afternoon / evening of October 31 in Malaga? A lot of things! It only depends on your taste and schedule.

In Muelle Uno (Pier One) there are gruesome activities from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, with a Workshop for potions and spells, Concert of the Witches Band, a magical Photocall and witch hairdressers. Do not forget to come dressed up! And on Friday, November 1 at 12:30 pm there will be a Puppet Theatre.

In the English Cemetery (Avenida de Pries, 1 29016 Malaga) you can enjoy a theatrical tour the grounds, suitable for the whole family.

Times: 8 pm / 9 pm / 10 Pm/ 11 pm and 12 am.
Admission 10 €. Children under 12 years may come free with an adult.
Tickets at http://www.ticketea.com/visita-teatralizada-cementerio-ingles

On the night of November 1, in the Crypt of the Victory in Arroyo de la Miel / Benalmadena there takes place a guided tour accompanied by the Gregorian chant of the Schola Gregoriana Sancte Benedicte.

Times: 9 pm / 10 pm / 11 pm and 12 am.
Admission 10 €.
Tickets at http://www.ticketea.com/noche-difuntos-cripta-victoria

In addition, the clubs along the Costa del Sol join this terrifying night with costume parties for all tastes.

Another type of festival is held the next day in Istan, a few kilometres from Marbella. The forests of this region are famous for their excellent chestnuts and November 1 is the date when families and friends spend a day in the countryside to roast chestnuts, have a few glasses of Anise (liqueur) and have fun.
Venue: Zona recreativa La Ermita de Istan.

Pier One in Malaga: Leisure and shopping by the sea

Malaga is increasingly attractive and is continually adding new projects to make the capital of the Costa del Sol a truly cosmopolitan city. This trend is already underway for many years.

Pier 1 Malaga port

We remember those days when we passed by Malaga on the way to or from the airport approaching our holiday destination, but what could be incidentally perceived of Malaga was not exactly appealing or attractive.

However, the ancient city, charmingly situated in a bay, has much potential which gradually is being strengthened with cultural activities of broad nature in addition to the typical sun and sand offer.

Recently has been created a new space in Malaga, Pier One, with which the city has gained a lot more attractive. Formerly, the harbour area was a fenced area with restricted access and separate from the city. After extensive work, has been created a space of 14,000 square meters with a modern design that connects the historic centre and the Park of the Palms to the cruise terminal.

Along this space by the sea there is a shopping and leisure area, restaurants and there are also activities and facilities to entertain children; thus the area is ideal for a walk or to enjoy the gastronomic offer by the sea. The shops are open from 10 am to 10 pm Monday to Saturday (closed Sundays). Pier One has a large underground parking area.

There are also many activities scheduled at Pier One: In the Plaza de las Palmeras is located the Al Andalus Craft Market; until 31 August there is an outdoor exhibit of various artisans, with different performances, at the entrance to Pier One from Velez-Malaga Street, from 5 to 10 pm.

There is also a Souk on August 12 (from 7 pm to 12 pm) and September 9 (from 10 am to 4 pm). And last not least, there is this year Summer Cinema at Pier One, on July 13, 21 and 27 at 10.15 pm.

How to get to Pier One (Muelle Uno): By car, just follow the signs to the centre of Malaga; once there, you can park in the parking lot of Alameda or in the parking lot of Pier One.

Find more information on http://www.muelleuno.com/language/en or at our website about Malaga port.

International Art Festival in Marbella from June 21 to 24

marbella art festivalFrom Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 June takes place in the streets of Marbella the fourth edition of the International Art Festival Marbella, which will feature works by national and international artists. The venue will be at La Alameda Park and Avenida del Mar, only a few metres from the seafront and old town.

For three days more than 80 artists from different countries will present their creative works and art in tents set up outdoors in the Avenida del Mar. During these days of exhibition there will also be many free activities such as musical performances, lectures and conferences, street theatre, dance, performances and entertainment for children.

In this edition of Arts Festival also collaborates the prestigious Carmen Thyssen Museum Malaga and exhibits a sculpture, a large puzzle with which the public can play, composing and decomposing it. And of course, food cannot miss among so much activity and visitors also have a gourmet area at their disposal.

There is a broad program of classical Spanish guitar music, Funk & Soul, Country & Blues, Tenor & Mezzo & Soprano, Fusion & Latin Jazz, Flamenco Show, Pop, Dance Show, Juggler, Music 60s & Rock’n Roll and a lot more… you can find the complete program at http://issuu.com/linelyster/docs/final_programme_issue_version?mode=window
The International Art Festival Marbella begins on Thursday 21st at 7.30 pm and develops its program over the next days from noon until 11 pm.

The Avenida del Mar is located in the centre of Marbella, just a few metres from the old town and the promenade, linking the Alameda Park and the sea. This Avenue, whose floor is made of marble, is an elegant pedestrian mall with fountains, pergolas, planters and a collection of 10 sculptures cast in bronze by Salvador Dali. It is a walking area that has underground parking and therefore offers a fantastic opportunity to park in the city centre. Along the Avenue are located restaurants, bars and one of the hot spots, the Buddha beach Bar.

Evening craft market in Malaga on June 8 and 9

night craft marketSummer has arrived in Malaga and invites to stroll in the warm Mediterranean night. Being a first-order tourist destination, the Costa del Sol offers of course a wide range of leisure activities for all tastes and ages. Those who want to get away a little of the typical tourist offer and discover more the emerging alternative culture in Malaga can come on Friday and Saturday, 8th and 9th of June, to the Civic Centre Gardens where there will be held a craft market at night.

This market, which usually takes place monthly on Sunday mornings, has moved to the evening hours, taking advantage of the warm temperatures and such a charming environment as are the grounds of the Civic Centre, an old building a few meters from the sea promenade. In this setting will develop the craft market “Made in Malaga (Hecho en Málaga)” between 6 pm and 11 pm where local designers and artisans offer their creations; there will also be music, workshops, crafts, games and a raffle of small creations.

Young visitors can enjoy a puppet show and from 8 pm onwards there will be also a workshop to learn how to model, where they learn to work with their hands creating moulds, figures and characters.

The Craft Market in the Gardens of the Civic Centre of Malaga is a nice proposal to spend an afternoon strolling and taking a look at original products, enjoying live entertainment and free workshops for small artisans.

How to get to the Civic Centre in Malaga:

The Civic Centre is located on Avenida de los Guindos, 48, Malaga.
By car: Take the Mediterranean highway A-7 from the Costa del Sol municipalities; take exit 234 towards MA-21/Avenida Velazquez.
By Public transport: Bus number 10

Live Mijas at Night from June 30 to August 30

Soon we can again enjoy placid summer nights in one of the most popular white villages of the Costa del Sol, Mijas Pueblo, located approximately 420 meters above sea level, only a few kilometres from Fuengirola and the coastline. From there we can not only enjoy a wonderful view over the Mediterranean and some coastal municipalities, but we can breathe a different air only a few miles from the bustle of the coast. Although Mijas Pueblo receives a large number of tourists, it has maintained a flair of a typical Andalusian white mountain village.

From June 30 to August 30, Plaza Virgen de la Peña in Mijas Pueblo will host free performances of live music every Tuesday and Thursday starting at 9 pm. On Tuesday there will be local and national folklore performances and on Thursday there will be Latin music. At the same time also takes place a crafts market and the popular “Tapas route”, where 12 local bars and restaurants will be offering a drink plus a Tapa for 1.50 € Tuesdays and Thursdays during July and August. For small children there are kid’s parties with music and dance workshops, balloon modelling or makeup.

Mijas Pueblo is located in the Sierra de Mijas Mountains, about 6 km from the popular Costa del Sol resort of Fuengirola and the Mediterranean Highway, by which the village can be easily reached from the other coastal towns. In this link you can find other Mijas tourist activities for the summer 2012.
(http://www.malagaweb.com/blog/events/mijas-tourist-events-summer-2012/)

How to get to Mijas Pueblo:
By car: From the coastal municipalities you get to Mijas Pueblo by the Mediterranean Highway A-7; take exit 213 toward A-387/Mijas/Fuengirola.
By Public Transport: From Fuengirola there is a bus to Mijas Pueblo every 25 minutes.

Mijas international People´s Festival from June 8 to 10

Mijas fair flyerIn the white village of Mijas takes place from June 8 to 10 a new edition of the more than consolidated International People´s Festival. This multicultural celebration of Mijas, which had its beginnings in 1989, was a pioneer in Spain and due to its success was later copied by other municipalities. Mijas has been for decades one of the most multicultural cities in the province, with more than 100 nationalities living in this beautiful town on the Costa del Sol.

The International People´s Festival in Mijas, which takes place from Friday afternoon until Sunday night in the streets and squares of Mijas Pueblo, will be attended by more than twenty countries, presenting their folklore and gastronomy. These countries are Algeria, Cuba, India, Brazil, Uruguay, Germany, Morocco, Colombia, United States, Paraguay, Mexico, Venezuela, Ukraine, Senegal, Chile, UK, Bulgaria, Vietnam, Bolivia, Thailand, Israel and of course Spain.

During these two days we can enjoy folklore shows and parades, music and dance from many corners of the world, percussion workshops, salsa, belly dancing or flamenco; there is also a children´s area. The colourful event is held in three areas of the village, differentiated by colour, the Red (Plaza Virgen de la Peña), Green (Constitution Square) and Blue (Jardines de la Muralla) areas.

In each of these areas are also held various performances, as for instance in the red zone on Friday 8, a music and dance performance from Senegal; in the blue zone Celtic Music; on Saturday in the red zone a dance show “Riverdance: Lord of the Dance”, while in the blue zone we can enjoy a show of Brazilian dancers; try salsa steps in the Latin dance workshop or watch street musicians, entertainers and acrobats. On Sunday there will be a performance of music group Rat Pack, paying tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Junior; while in the red zone there is a Bollywood music and dance performance.

You can find the complete schedule here http://www.mijas.es/mijas/UserFiles?dir=/Image/Turismo/a4321_PROGRAMA_FESTIVAL_mailing.pdf and a useful map of the different zones below:

Mijas fair map

As you can see, the program promises and isn´t lacking in colour nor rhythm; all this will be accompanied by delicious international delicacies; an excellent opportunity to savour with every sense of multiculturalism. Unlike the Peoples Fair in Fuengirola (which has copied the one of Mijas), this one takes place in the streets and squares of the old town of Mijas Pueblo, which of course adds a lot of charm, apart from not being an event as crowded as that of its neighbour on the Costa del Sol.

The municipality of Mijas is the largest in province of Malaga, extending from the Sierra de Mijas to the shores of the Mediterranean and is divided into three areas: The traditional white village Mijas Pueblo located at an altitude of 428 meters above sea level in the Sierra de Mijas; the modern part of town is called Mijas Costa and la Cala de Mijas is the coastal village and tourism centre. The municipality has more than 70,000 citizens registered, of whom a third are foreigners from 119 (!) different nationalities.

For the International Festival visitors who come by car, there is provided a parking area at the entrance to Mijas Pueblo and in the municipal parking. A shuttle bus takes visitors to the historic centre which is situated within walking distance; there is also a tourist train that runs between the different areas of the festival.

How to get to Mijas Pueblo:
By car: From the coastal municipalities you get to Mijas Pueblo by the Mediterranean Highway A-7; take exit 213 toward A-387/Mijas/Fuengirola.
By Public Transport: From Fuengirola there is a bus to Mijas Pueblo every 25 minutes.

Event “Iron People on the Beach” in Torremolinos on 2 June

iron people TorremolinosLovers of sports and the beach have a new appointment this Saturday, June 2 at the 6th edition of the sporting event Iron People on the Beach, which is held as every year on the beach Playamar in Torremolinos from 9.30 am in the morning. During this festive day there will take place a number of sports activities such as volleyball and beach soccer, rugby, zumba dance, aerobics, bouncy castles, children’s playground and many other activities right on the beach to go for a refreshing swim at all times. The activities are suitable for all ages and last until the late afternoon.

Admission to this sport festival is 5 Euros and includes insurance and access to all activities of Iron People, picnic bag, refreshments throughout the day, Summer Kit with Iron shirt + Sunscreen and gifts from sponsors. We think it´s a good excuse to have a great time at the beach and meet a lot of new people.

Playamar is a popular urban beach in Torremolinos, which is one thousand metres long and 50 metres wide and is usually very busy, especially on weekends. It is very well equipped, with many Beach Bars where you can sample delicious fish next to the seashore; there is also an area of palm trees, parking, security, playground, pedal boats, hammocks, showers and foot showers and kiosks. At night there is a large offer of restaurants and pubs in the area

Aerial view of Playamar in Torremolinos from helicopter.

The popular holiday resort of Torremolinos is easily accessed via the Mediterranean motorway A-7 or the national road N-340. The suburban train connects all major coastal cities such as Benalmadena and Fuengirola, Malaga city and Malaga airport-Costa del Sol which is only 8 km from Torremolinos.

Guided night visits in the Alcazaba of Malaga from June 6 to 10

From June 6 to 10 we can enjoy extraordinary views in every sense of the word: A night visit to the Alcazaba in Malaga.

Alcazaba MalagaFor those not familiar with this iconic monument; the Alcazaba is an XI th century Moorish fortress, situated on the slopes of Mount Gibralfaro. In fact, the Citadel is one of the best preserved Muslim buildings in Spain and the rooms and grounds are of exquisite beauty.

The Alcazaba opens its doors for a few nights to enjoy the softly lit compound by a free guided tour. The evening stroll through the courtyards and gardens will be further enlivened by medieval music and dance, warriors emerged from the past, poets and jugglers, in addition to the explanations of the guides on the history of the Citadel.

Guided tour to the Alcazaba

To participate you must register by calling 952 29 15 70, from 9:30 am to 1 pm Monday to Friday. The visits will begin at 9 pm.

Summer season starts in Aqualand Torremolinos

Summer is just around the corner! The fans of water parks can now enjoy a new season of games and slides at the water park Aqualand in Torremolinos which has two new facilities for adults and an area designed for children with various water games.

Aqualand Torremolinos map

The largest water park on the Costa del Sol offers more than 30 slides (of which 19 are for adults and 15 for children) in an area of 70,000 m2, where in addition the more daring can try the highest slide in Europe called Kamikaze and many other attractions.

Aqualand Torremolinos is open from May 21 to September 15, 2012. Opening hours are 11 am to 6 pm in May, June and September and 10 am and 7 pm in July and August.

Address: Calle Cuba, nº 10, 29620 Torremolinos.

How to get there:

On the motorway A-7 or the national road N-340
GPS: 36º 37′ 33.26″N 4º 30′ 29.28″W

  • Public Buses: Bus from Malaga, Benalmadena Costa, Arroyo de la Miel, Carihuela and Playamar.
  • Suburban train: From Malaga and Fuengirola, stopping at Torremolinos.
  • Find how to get from Malaga to Torremolinos in our website.

More information at http://www.aqualand.es/torremolinos/index.php