Organic Markets in the province of Malaga

Only a year ago it was relatively difficult to go to a green market, as this meant having to travel within the province, while the larger municipalities along the Costa del Sol lacked this offer. Well, we are pleased to inform you that this has changed, in no time, thanks to the excellent reception of this very healthy proposal and not necessarily more expensive as we tend to believe!

Next we leave you the detailed list of ecological markets in the province of Malaga, so that you know when you can buy organic and fresh fruit and vegetables in your neighbourhood.

Ecological markets in the Guadalhorce Valley and Axarquía.

It started relatively recently in the villages of Valle del Guadalhorce. Also known as “Huerta de Malaga”, demonstrating excellent health, which has caused them to spread throughout the province.

From 10 am to 2 pm we can enjoy the purchase of organic products; products such as fruits, seasonal vegetables, honey, oil, citrus, eggs, bread or sweet wines, which come mostly from the Guadalhorce Valley, also known as the orchard of Malaga.

organic-market

The following green markets are sorted according to the order in which they are available during the month:

First weekend of the month

Saturday: Green market in Marbella

When: First Saturday of the month.
Hours: From 10 to 2 pm.
Location: España Avenue, Pinar de Elviria. (Map)

Sunday: Ecological market in Cártama

When: First Sunday of the month
Hours: From 10 am to 2 pm.
Location: Urbanización Los Naranjos Park, opposite the petrol station. (Map)

Sunday: Organic market in Rincón de la Victoria

When: First Sunday of the month
Hours: From 10 am to 2 pm.
Location: Constitution Square (Map)

Second weekend of the month

Saturday: Ecological market in Málaga

When: Second Saturday of the month
Hours: From 10 am to 2 pm.
Location: Paseo de Reding, La Malagueta (Map)

Sunday: Ecological market in Mijas

When: Second Sunday of the month
Hours: From 10 am to 2 pm.
Location: Parque de Andalucía, Las Lagunas (Map)

Third weekend of the month

Saturday: Green market in Marbella

When: Third Saturday of the month
Hours: From 10 am to 2 pm.
Location: Calle Sírio, Ribera del Rio Guadaiza, Nueva Andalucia. (Map)

Sunday: Ecological market in Benalmádena

When: Third Sunday of the month
Hours: From 10 am to 2 pm.
Location: La Paloma Fairgrounds, Arroyo de la Miel (Map)

Fourth weekend of the month

Saturday: Ecological market in Malaga

The Huelin Park is located a few meters from the seafront Antonio Machado, thus can be combined perfectly a visit to the organic market and a walk by the sea and perhaps some fried fish tapas to rebuild strength.

When: Fourth Saturday of the month
Hours: From 10 am to 2 pm.
Location: Hueling Park, next to the lake (Map)

Ecological markets on the last Sunday of the month

Ecological market in Cala de Mijas

When: Last Sunday of the month
Hours: From 10 am to 2 pm.
Location: Boulevard de la Cala, next to Town Hall (Map)

If you want an updated list of places and dates where these and other markets are organized, visit our guide to markets in Malaga.

Weekly ecological markets

Benajarafe green market

When: Every Saturday in 2018.
Hours: From 10 am to 2 pm.
Location:Garden Center Florymar (Map)

Other ecological markets in Málaga

organic markets 2013

The following list is not yet confirmed for 2018, although other years have been active:

Alhaurín el Grande: Second Saturday of the month, from 10 am to 2 pm, in Calle Real (Pedestrian Street in the centre of the village). In this street market there are usually children’s entertainment activities. In addition, agreements are frequently made with restaurants in the area participating in the event, collaborating with ecological tapas, tastings, etc.

Coin: Third Saturday of the month from 10 to 14 h, in the Plaza de La Villa. It is in this market where the greatest offer of organic food is found and there is usually some kind of animation or workshop.

Pizarra: Last Sunday of the month, at Plaza de la Cultura from 10 am to 2 pm.

Fuengirola: From 11am to 3 pm and is held on the first and third Sunday of each month at Plaza del Puerto Deportivo (Marina square).

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 in Malaga: What is the weather like in February?

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 in Malaga.

One of the first signs that let us know of the imminent arrival of spring weather 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.

Does it rain in February in Malaga? What is the temperature?

Temperature is usually around 18/20ºC during the day, although during the morning or at night it might reach 8ºC or lower. February might start with the cold weather from the end of January. It is the month when the temperature start rising.

It could rain around 5 days during this month according to historical registry, but it will be for no more than 1 or 2 days in general.

In 2018 by the 9th of February the temperature was 3ºC at 7 am, 9ºC at 9am and around 18ºC in the afternoon. This situation will not last long though and temperatures will rise before the month ends.

What clothes should you bring in February to Malaga?

Before packing up check online the weather of Malaga in the morning, midday and night. Spring could arrive earlier or later this month, better to be sure what clothes you will need so you can save space in your luggage.

If you are coming by the end of February don’t forget your swimsuit. The water is still cold for locals but not for those of you who live in the North and a few who dare. It is not strange to see foreigners enjoying a beach day in February.

Recommended clothes:

  • Closed shoes
  • Jacket and long-sleeved shirts for the evening.
  • Shorts and t-shirts if coming from mid of February in advance.
  • Long pants.
  • Swimsuit and sandals if you plan visiting the beach.

Spring hikes while visiting Malaga in February

If you visit Malaga 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. It 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 is holiday in this autonomous community.

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

Malaga ice cream, want to know what is Malaga flavour?

The original Malaga flavour is made with sweet wine and raisins from the province. There is another type of ‘Malaga ice cream’ made with rum, raisins from Turkey and common sweet wines, so do not be mistaken when ordering it.

This ice cream is made with natural products and without any colorants or additives, just milk and sugar added to the mixture.

Summer is getting closer, how about some ice cream to lighten the wait?

If you have ice cream at an gelato shop in the city, you may want to order a coffee in Malaga later. You have to know how to order it so that you will get exactly what you want.

Recipe for Malaga ice cream

Malaga ice cream flavourWant to enjoy this ice cream but can’t find a place to get one? You can do it at home if you get the following ingredients:

300 ml of milk
100 gr. of brown sugar and 50 gr. of honey
400 ml of whipping cream
200 ml of Malaga sweet wine
100 grams of seedless raisins
6 egg yolks

Preparation with cooking robot

  • Soak the raisins in the sweet wine for about 1 hour. Mix the yolks, milk and sugar at 90º with speed 4.
  • Once the temperature has dropped, mix with the raisins and wine.
  • Place the cream in a clean jug at room temperature.
  • Mix the whipped cream with the cold egg yolk cream.
  • Store the resulting mixture in the freezer for a couple of hours.
  • Remove every hour from the freezer to stir the mixture, this will prevent ice crystals from forming.
  • Remove from freezer 15 minutes before serving.

In the following video you will learn the recipe in a simpler way:

In Malaga you will find many other ice creams with original flavours… although not all of us are brave to taste them. Would you dare to try a blood sausage or mussel ice cream? What about an ice cream of Spanish cured ham or lentil stew? Would you dare to try an anchovies ice cream? Not me…

To be honest, I prefer Malaga ice cream, the other day I could taste it for the first time and it was good enough. The first sensation I had was a taste of alcohol (I don’t like alcohol), but after the first feeling it was mild and pleasant.

Summer is getting closer, how about some ice cream to lighten the wait?

Fair Sabor a Malaga, gastronomy event

If you are in Malaga between Wednesday 6th and Friday 10th of December you can’t miss the Feria Sabor a Malaga Fair that takes place this year in Paseo del Parque.

Promotional image of Sabor a Málaga

The Feria Sabor a Malaga is known for its excellent cuisine, which visitors can enjoy. There will be free tastings of all types of products, from wines to cheese, ham and oils produced in our region.

Whether you want to enjoy the free samples or buy a product produced in Malaga, the Fair Sabor a Malaga is an opportunity that you should not miss.

Gastronomic activities in Malaga

Sabor a Malaga fair

Up to 90 producers and 4 establishments will be part of this healthy eating proposal. You will find raffles, cooking demonstrations by professionals from the sector, product shows and cooking workshops.

Among the professionals who will be present at the fair are chefs from some of Malaga’s most famous restaurants. There will also be the finalist of the World Sushi Championship in Japan 2016, Carlos Björk.

The fair takes place throughout the year in different regions of the province. Malaga is the last one after being celebrated previously in Ronda, Antequera, Torrox, Coin and San Pedro de Alcantara.

Cooking workshops

Among the cooking workshops you will find we highlight:

  • Children’s cooking workshop: This workshop will show the youngest children how to create a Christmas menu.
  • Elaboration of nougat and tasting of Christmas sweets.
  • Healthy food workshops with bread and Christmas recipes.
  • Natural cosmetics workshop.

Malaga Foods

Whether you want to enjoy the free samples or buy a product produced in Malaga, the Fair Sabor a Malaga is an opportunity that you should not miss.

Some of the most demanded products are different kind of honeys, cheeses, olives, artisan beers, wines, sausages, Christmas sweets or oils among many others.

When and where is the Feria Sabor a Malaga?

The opening of the Fair Sabor a Malaga in 2017 is on Wednesday 6th until Friday 10th of December.

The hours are from 12:00 am to 10pm.

The exact place is the Municipal Auditorium Eduardo Ocon in Paseo del Parque, Malaga.

The youngest children will be able to enjoy animated activities throughout the day to make their visit more entertaining.

More information

For every purchase of a product from Sabor a Málaga you can win a draw.

Also, if you publish on your social networks with the label #FeriaSaboraMalaga you can win daily lots.

How to get to Malaga? Just check our guide for getting to the city centre.

If you want to know more about the Feria Sabor a Málaga you can visit one of its official pages:

Christmas in Malaga: Experience the lights, markets and New Year’s Eve.

Christmas lights in Malaga 2017This year the Christmas lights are switched on the 24th in November, will you miss it? Don’t worry, you will find a video of the lighting and all the information you may need about Christmas in Malaga if you continue reading.

The lighting decoration and switching date change every year, however in 2016 was the same as in 2015. In past events they used up to 600.000 led lights in Larios street, the most centric street in Malaga, nevertheless this city is one of the best places to enjoy the Christmas lighting in the world.

On the right you can see the new lights for 2017, ready to be turned on the Friday, November 24th. Remember there will be light and sound shows at 6:30 pm and 9:30 pm every day.

New lighting for Christmas in Malaga 2017

This year there is a new design and lighting and also new streets in the centre of Malaga, the new design is inspired by the Cathedral of Malaga.

new Christmas lights 2017

On the opening day there will also be a children’s party in Plaza de Las Flores where free balloons will be distributed among the youngest.

The company responsible for Christmas lighting in Malaga (Iluminaciones Ximénez) which is also responsible for providing lighting to different companies and cities around the world. You can find its LED lighting in New York on Fifth Avenue, Las Vegas, Dubai or even in Hong Kong among other locations.

Christmas lights project for 2017

Many visitors come from Europe not only to see the Christmas lighting in Malaga, but also to enjoy a festive atmosphere unique in the city.

This year, the Christmas lighting will also be used for light and sound shows at 6:30 pm and 9:30 pm. There will be typical Christmas songs and each pass will last from 2 to 3 minutes.

There will be new streets in addition to Calle Larios where you can enjoy the illumination: Calle Marqués, Sagasta, Souvirón, Plaza de Camas, Calle Herrera del Rey, Puerta del Mar, Calle Moreno Carbonero, Calle Álamos and Calle Granada.

The Christmas lighting will be turned off on January 6th, with the arrival of the Night of Kings, so you better visit it before it is too late.

Representation of what the new Christmas lighting will look like
Representation of what the new Christmas lighting will look like

This central square in Malaga is decorated for Christmas with a beautiful illumination offering a show that you should not miss.

Christmas trees in Malaga

During Christmas in Malaga six giant Christmas trees (6 to 18 meters high) will be placed. One of them in Huelin Park, two almond trees of 8 meters, one in the square of the Cervantes Theatre and another in Alcazabilla street. A giant Christmas tree with a metallic structure in the Plaza de la Marina, also another one of 18 meters in the Plaza de la Constitución, illuminated following the lighting style of Larios Street, a Christmas tree in the Plaza Enrique García Square and finally one in Molina Lario Street. All of them illuminated with leds and decorated for the occasion.

Lighting and Christmas tree at Marina Square
Constitucion Square with Christmas lighting tree from a past event.

Switching on Christmas lights in Malaga in video – 2017

Torremolinos chrismas lighting switched on the Friday 2nd of November in 2016 at Plaza de la Nogalera. If they repeat this year, they should turn on the lights the Friday 3rd.

Christmas Markets in Malaga – 2017

Many locals enjoy the Christmas in Malaga by visiting any of the many Christmas markets in the province.

There are usually every year markets at Soho district and Alameda park. I will update the list as new information is coming.

Initially I think the list will not be much different than the previous year one so you can check our past year list of Christmas Markets in Malaga.

torremolinos-christmas-lighting
Torremolinos chrismas lights and markets should be available from the Friday 3nd of November

Christmas markets

The Christmas markets below are from 2016, we can expect that they will continue opening at similar dates in 2017.

Christmas Market in Torremolinos (near train station) from the Friday 2nd of November.

Chrismas Market in Fuengirola is already available at Plaza de la Constitución.

Christmas charity bazaar in Malaga

Located at the English Shop ‘The Old Curiosity Shop’ at Paseo de Sancha, 48.

This charity market will open in January on Monday 2nd, Tuesday 3rd, Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th.

For donating the opening time is from 10am to 2pm and from 5pm to 8:30pm.

Invisible handcrafters market

At Calle Andres Perez, 8. Opening time is from 5pm to 10pm.

Visiting Traditional Nativity Scenes

traditional nativity scenes

Every year they organize traditional nativity scenes, some of the most popular are the one inside Malaga Cathedral and at the Town Hall in Malaga.

Cathedral opening time: 10am to 2am and from 5pm to 8pm

Town Hall opening time: 10am to 2am and from 5pm to 9pm

New Year’s Eve in Malaga

You can find a wide variety of hotels for the New Year’s Eve party with dinner included . If you prefer, you can celebrate in one of the main squares of the cities of Malaga, there typically meet a large number of people to celebrate the arrival of the New Year.

In adition if you want to celebrate New Year’s Eve with more people you can visit one of the following locations:

Malaga: Plaza de la Constitucion and Calle Larios
Torremolinos: Auditorio Municipal Principe de Asturias
Benalmadena: Plaza de la Mezquita
Fuengirola: Plaza de España
Marbella: Plaza de los Naranjos

Procession of the Three Kings 2018

Night of the Three Kings

The Three Kings in Malaga during 2018 will spend the night in the Alcazaba. The parade will leave from the city hall on Monday 5 January so you better be ready.

The parade will begin at 5 pm on January 5th and the route is as follows*:

  • City Hall Malaga
  • Avenida de Cervantes
  • Plaza General Torrijos
  • Paseo del Parque
  • Plaza de la Marina
  • Alameda Principal
  • Puente Tetuan
  • Avenida de Andalucia
  • Nazareno del Paso
  • Puente de la Esperanza
  • Manuel Jose Garcia Caparros
  • Pasillo de Santa Isabel
  • Carreteria, Alamos
  • Plaza de la Merced

Do you plan to spend this Christmas in Malaga? We hope you enjoy and don´t forget to share your experiences and questions in the forum.

*Route from past year should be the same, should it change I will update it.

Zombie infection detected in Fuengirola in November 2017!

The infection known as ‘Survival Zombie’ is getting wild in Spain and there are fears that the next outbreak will occur in Fuengirola (Malaga) the next Saturday 11th of November in 2017.

last survival zombie infestation
Last infestation in Spain, it was finally controlled and now they expect a propagation in Fuengirola

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.

being a zombie has its own good things, there are many brain recipes online!

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 11th of November, from 11pm to 6am 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 in Spain

survival zombie in Fuengirola‘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 Fuengirola 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. 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

survival-zombie-2017At 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 or after walking dead chase you.

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.
  • Alcazaba.
  • Roman Theatre.

Visiting Fuengirola 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 5€ for being a zombie. Those who let being infected at event and choose to make up by professionals will have to pay 15€.

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 could book a bus from Madrid, Ciudad Real and Granada from the official website at past events, so you should ask if there is any available.

Date: Saturday, November 11th, 2017

Hours: From 23pm to 6am

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 so 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 and tickets for Survival Zombie

If you are planning to participate you should check the website below:

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

Nosleep horror stories that happened in Malaga

If you’re looking for nosleep ghost stories or mysteries in Malaga, here you’ll find some of the most curious and scary. These stories have been the subject of years of research and the key that sheds light on their mysteries has not been found.

There’s nothing better than Halloween eve to read horror stories and mysteries in Malaga. Will you join us in discovering them?

The monster of Alta Street in the capital of Malaga

Mysterious monster in MalagaThis story has reached our days as if it were a legend. The event that has been told from parents to their children  occurred on February 4, 1966.

According to the article to which I have had access, a neighbour of number 23 of Alta Street in the centre of Malaga yelled  that she had seen a monster.

  •   I saw a monster!, yelled the neighbour in panic.

Neighbours and those passing by who came to her yell asked amazed:

  • How? A monster? What was that like?

The neighbour responded in shock:

  • Yeah, a monster. I was cooking the food and when I turned I saw a being with bulging eyes and long brown hair. It had a big head like a 7-year-old boy, a big mouth from ear to ear and 2 fangs.
  • What did it do? asked those who were there with curiosity and wonder.
  • It threatened me not to scream and I was afraid it would come over me, so I ran away. I could see that terrible monster leaping and climbing up to the house next door, disappearing from my sight.

A monster in Malaga?

The house where the mysterious being was supposed to hide was an empty and ruined building. The neighbours decided to break down the door of the abandoned building and investigate inside; without luck, because they found nothing. Some attributed the vision to an animal, probably a lost domestic monkey or a large cat.

There were those who said they heard a noise and saw a shadow move quickly. What did this lady really see?

Two days after the event, a journalist interviewed the protagonist of the story. She was still in a state of panic, unable to sleep or eat.

Where did this happen?
https://goo.gl/maps/RFCYW34kfNR2

Alcazaba old photoThe legend of the ghost of the Alcazaba

One of the most mysterious and ancient stories of Malaga took place in the Alcazaba. In the past, in its interior there were low class houses, known as the Alcazabilla area.

The story begins in the summer of 1936, during which excavations were being carried out in La Alcazabilla. Small figures were found with elongated nose and hat. They identified them with the elves from the stories told to the children at that time. Would they have anything to do with what happened next?

The photo on the right shows what the entrance to the Alcazaba was like at that time (the most current image at the foot of the article).

The first sight

After sunset and on her way home, a loud noise startled one of the neighbours. She looked up and could see a large shadow. She felt observed, the shadow was in one of the ancient fortified towers. The woman, in shock, told about it to other neighbours and they went out to see what was going on. All of them witnessed such a dark apparition. The figure, after being observed, disappeared, not before dropping a stone at the feet of the neighbours who had gathered there. They continued to discuss the event until late at night, it was something extraordinary.

Mysterious Stones Rain

The next day and around 11:00 a. m. a rain of stones started. The origin was not clear but many neighbours said that most of them came from house number 24, abandoned after the death of its last tenant.

The rain of stones lasted all day long, at nightfall that mysterious figure returned to the scene. This time there were sounds of lamentation and chains as attested by those present. The neighbours fearfully decided to go after that strange being, but it disappeared.

newspaper about ghost in Malaga
The news of the ghost of the Alcazaba appeared in the local newspaper.

Another day passed and the next morning the rain of stones returned. The phenomenon wounded 3 women who were there. This time and with the threatening face that the events were taking, the neighbours decided to raid the abandoned house from which the stones were supposed to come.

They threw the door down and as they entered, they saw that the keys were locked from the inside and there was no hole large enough for a child to escape, which would exclude the presence of someone physical. The belief that it was a ghost was gaining more and more followers.

A ghost in Malaga?

children in AlcazabaWith the door ajar after the attempt to hunt the menacing creature, there were many curious people who looked out. This was the case of Jaime Morales, a boy who, to show his courage in front of the group of friends, decided to enter the house alone. This kid affirmed seeing the ghost, said he was dressed like a normal person. The boy wanted to reach him but received a brick while the figure fled through a window. This window was not large enough that no one could pass through, which added even more mystery to the story.

Finally, the event took on importance to the point where the guards went to the site to search the whole place. They couldn’t find anyone or anything suspicious.

The ghost stopped appearing and became part of the many legends of Malaga.

Nowadays, and with a completely reformed environment, there are still security guards who claim to be witnesses at times of a dark figure that walks around the Alcazaba and gets lost behind the corners, noises of stones that seem to be thrown and screams that resound in the silence of the night without a concrete origin.

Will the ghost of the Alcazaba still visit the place? Would it be the former neighbour already deceased, someone linked to the past of such an imposing monument that refuses to leave, or the joke of some boy who never was caught?

Alcazaba in Malaga

Poltergeist in Malaga, paranormal events at Cister street

In this famous street in Malaga you could find the offices of the well-known publishing house Plaza & Janes. Nobody could have expected that this place would become part of the mysterious stories of Malaga in 1991, but so it was. We are going to know a little more about the case and why many Malaga residents remember this event with intrigue and curiosity.

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 I was able to rescue the old sign for the old offices.

María Luisa was a worker who, like every afternoon, went to a place close to this publishing house to have coffee on her break. As he said she could hear loud noises of furniture and books falling to the ground coming from this publishing house. This surprised her because they had not even opened yet, although she didn’t think much of it. She didn’t know what was really going on inside the house.

What happened inside the publishing house?

It was June 6,1991, several employees were meeting inside. As they testified, things began to happen that no one could explain. They saw all the furniture moving from one place to another and the objects flying out. Ashtrays that violently exploded into a thousand pieces when they reached the wall and even a knife could be seen stuck in a subsequent visit.

Employees rushed away from such a sinister spectacle as a multitude of objects rushed into them, from staplers to pens.

Maria Luisa, who was inside the cafe, could see the multitude crowding in front of the editorial. The curiosity made her come out and see what was going on and she could see how the workers came out of the interior terrified, that it was totally chaotic, as if it were an earthquake.

Over the years, the editorial vanished and many businesses passed through this building, including the VANS store. As they commented, workers of the same one have experienced diverse events without explanation, falling of objects, sensation of a presence… but nothing comparable to what happened in the editorial Plaza & Janés.

There are witnesses who affirm that the police went to the place, however they say they do not find reports that prove the participation.

Without a doubt something happened in that Malaga editorial.

Location in map: https://goo.gl/maps/JBNSKhQhzZF2

The case of the murdered child

It was 1913,6 pm and Manuel Sanchez Dominguez was playing like so many other days in front of the Pascualini cinema doors, in Calle Cordoba.

Manuelito, as he was affectionately called, had two brothers, one too small that had to stay with his mother and the other who was not with him at the time of his disappearance. It was not uncommon for Manuelito to sneak into the cinema occasionally to see a movie, but he was never coming back too late.

Time passed and Manuelito did not return. The parents, who had been selling hazelnuts in front of the cinema, alerted the guard. It was not normal for him to be absent for so long, and as the night fell, fears that some tragedy might have occurred grew stronger and stronger.

They find the body

Three days later, children playing in the swamp would find the dead body, he had a cut behind one of hir ears and it looked like his blood had been drawn.

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Time passed without further news, it was a few months in which fear had taken over the families. It seemed dangerous for the children to go out alone for playing in the street.

After 6 months without any hint, police received a tip of someone who had been talking about the case in a tavern while drunk. He was captured and through him they reached his accomplice, it was’ El Moreno’ and ‘El Trapero’. They both ended up confessing the murder and also claimed to have been paid a large sum of money. it was a request from someone for bringing the blood of a child to a meeting point where they saw only a black carriage. Both were sentenced to death, but the person from the black carriage was never caught.

Children killer in Malaga

The belief that drinking a child’s blood could treat illnesses such as tuberculosis was widespread among the upper classes of the day. They were also the only ones who could afford to pay the high prices that certain illegalities cost and, as happens today, they were one step ahead of the law. Rumours in this case point to the fact that the wealthy aristocrat involved was the bullfighter Rafael Gómez Brailey, who suffered from this disease and died by the end of the same year.

These are just a few of the many stories that exist in Malaga, a land of mysteries. Next Halloween if you like I’ll bring more.

 

Halloween in Malaga, terror takes over the city

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

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

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

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Halloween at the Historical Botanical Garden La Concepción

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

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

Price for the guided visit is 18 Euros for adults and 15 Euros for children under 16 and members.

Guided visits start at 8pm and the duration is for 1 and a half hours.

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

Halloween in Malaga with pumpkins

Scary night at the English Graveyard

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

This year 2017 brings us the “Great Halloween Game” with activities to make the history of the cemetery known to both children and adults. It is necessary to register for teams of 4 to 6 people.

  • Price: 25€ per team
  • Friday 27 and Tuesday 31 October: 7:30,9:00 and 10:30 pm.
  • Information: info@cementerioinglesmalaga.org

halloween lanternHalloween in Malaga with children

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

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

Activities for celebrating Halloween in Malaga with family:

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

Benalmadena cablecar will have a special decoration in both stations of the trip. Children between 3 and 10 wearing costumes don’t have to pay for the ticket.

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

cartel-halloween-tivoliTivoli World will also organize a special event for this night and there is free entry for children wearing costumes. From 1st  October to 1st November children and adults wearing costumes have free entrance.

Rosaleda shopping centre will organize a workshop for creating tenebrous baskets between 6pm and 9pm.

The mall Malaga Plaza will also organize an event for any age the next 30th in October from 5pm. Entry will be free and a makeup artist will make-up the children for converting them into terrifying creatures, as memory you will get a polaroid photo of the event. The best photo will have a 150€ prize.

Not confirmed: There will be a special event in Automobile Museum on  29th from 12:30 hours with chilling surprises, tickets cost € 7.5 per person.

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

Halloween at Pier 1 in the Port of Malaga

On October the dead, witches and ghosts will invade the Port of Malaga from 5 pm.

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

Tuesday, from 5 pm to 9 pm at Artsenal, free entry.

Halloween in Torremolinos, Marbella and other municipalities

Terror in Torremolinos

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

Not confirmed:

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

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

Scary night at Rincon de la Victoria

Not confirmed but there are special events every year for halloween:

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

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

Halloween in Estepona

There will be several scary events this year in this municipality:

Halloween in Club de Tenis

There will be food and drinks, music, dancing and enjoyment. You have to pay for what you consume.

There will be a costume contest with a prize for the most terrifying one.

For confirming your assistance email eventos@tenisestepona.com or phone 952 80 15 79

Mundo Mania

This children place celebrates during this scary night several activities: Tunnel of terror, facial makeup, costume contest, hot dogs and drinks.

  • 31st October from 5 pm.
  • 15€ for children between 4 and 12 years.
  • 10€ for children between 1 and 3 years.
  • Free entrance for adults.

Passage of terror in Velez-Malaga

There are many activities planned for Halloween from 5:30 pm. There will be photo sessions, make-up workshops and Halloween pumpkin making workshops.

The building of the House of Associations will handle a passage of terror with different levels of intensity, so it is a scary activity for all audiences from 8 pm.

Also in Velez- Malaga, the so-called Terror Train is available from 7:30 pm to 12 pm.

Terror activities in other municipalities

In Maro they organize Maroween, a gastronomy event.

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

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

Halloween in Benalmadena is celebrated in Plaza de la Mezquita with a ‘terror passage’ from 9 pm to 1:30 am. Price for the ticket is 1.5€

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

More ideas for celebrating Halloween

If you want to invite your zombie friends 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.

For the brain recipe you can check this website:
https://howtocakeit.com/blogs/cakes/46754689-deep-red-velvet-brain-cake-with-fondant-brain-tissue-and-raspberry-jam-blood

Halloween in Malaga, Andalusia and Spain

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

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Halloween and ghost stories

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

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

Activities in Malaga in October and November

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

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

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

If you are wondering about climate in Autumn, you can check my other post to know what is the average temperature in October, November and December in Malaga.

Autumn activities when visiting Malaga in October

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

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

Nature lovers can enjoy the magnificent Natural Parks of the province when visiting Malaga in October. Temperature is perfect for walking outdoors and the few raining during these months will help for vegetation to take a showy colour.

What if you visit Malaga in November?

During the month of November in Malaga temperatures can drop especially at night. During the daytime the temperatures are usually pleasant and you can enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city or visit some of the inland villages.

If you want to do some hiking routes we recommend that you are aware of the weather. It is best to avoid the hiking tour if there is a chance of rain on that day, something that could happen when you visit Malaga in November.

Sierra de las Cabras and Torcal de Antequera

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

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

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

Ronda

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

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

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

Caminito del Rey (King’s Path)

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

Hiking and rural tourism

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

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

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

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

One active group I found is:

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

We also have some posts where recommending easy hiking routes in Malaga, you could also be interested in having a thermal bath now the temperature is lower than in summer, don’t you?

Sierra de las Nieves

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

Autumn festivals and celebrations

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

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

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

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

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

You can check in other post about Malaga festivals in October.

Do you have any recommendation for those who visit Malaga in October?

Hiking routes, strolling the city centre, visiting the white villages and enjoying the gastronomy. What is your favourite choice during October in Malaga?

Japanese culture arrives to Malaga

For the 19th time, the Spain-Japan Forum arrives in Malaga from 18 to 20 October. As every year it brings us a wide program that brings Japanese culture to the people with the help of gastronomic, festive and cultural activities.

Activities in Malaga

If you like Japanese food, you can’t miss the fish and vegetable cutting techniques of the Japanese chef Kosei Takakura.

Fans of Japanese culture in Malaga can enjoy workshops about kimono, origami, ikebana, shodo and other cultural activities such as tea ceremony, a cosplay catwalk and various exhibitions.

Workshops in Malaga

Various workshops for any Japanese culture fan that will take place in the Okami restaurant between Friday 20th and Saturday 21st October.

Japanese tea ceremony

Do you want to feel like you’re in Japan drinking tea without leaving Malaga? The Japanese tea ceremony, also called cha-no-yu or Chado, is the ritual way they have to prepare green tea in Japan for guests.

In this workshop, in addition to drinking Japanese style tea, you will learn how to do it correctly.

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  • Admission: Free of charge
  • When: Friday 20th and Saturday 21st October
  • Opening hours: Fridays from 19:30 to 20:30 and Saturdays from 11:30 to 12:30 and from 13:00 to 14:00.

Origami Workshop

Learn the art of creating figures with paper without using scissors.

Origami appeared after the paper arrived in Japan. In its beginnings the paper figures were cut and painted, they formed part of the ceremonies of the nobility, later after becoming more accessible it was extended its use. Modern origami is made by folding paper only and the use of scissors, glue or colours is not allowed.

  • Admission: Free admission for people over 12 years of age.
  • When: Friday 20th and Saturday 21st October.
  • Opening hours: Fridays from 19:30 to 20:30 and Saturdays from 11:30 to 12:30 and from 18:30 to 19:30.

Origami Museum

Collection of figures made on paper and free entry.

  • When: Tuesday 10 October to Thursday 2 November.
  • Location: Thermal (Map)

Ikebana Workshop

The Ikebana for those of you who do not know it is about the Japanese art of floral arrangement. In this workshop you will take a practical class.

The origin of Ikebana is found in the floral offerings that were made in Buddhist shrines. Over the centuries, contests were held and the first rules for the creation of floral arrangements appeared according to the event. It is a deep discipline with details that often pass unnoticed by the inexperienced eye.

Ikebana in Malaga

  • Admission: Free of charge
  • When: Friday 20th and Saturday 21st October.
  • Opening hours: Friday from 18:00 to 19:00 and Saturday from 17:00 to 18:00 hours.

Kimono Workshop

Learn more about the traditional Japanese dress and how to wear it. You can try a kimono and take some pics.

The kimono is a typical Japanese dress that presents more than 10 varieties depending on the event to be attended, the age or the social status. Today they are still being used to attend formal events.

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  • Admission: Free of charge
  • When: Friday 20th and Saturday 21st October
  • Opening hours: Friday from 18:00 to 19:00 and Saturday from 17:00 to 18:00

Shodo or Japanese calligraphy workshop

Learn to write your name in Japanese with the traditional Japanese calligraphy. This technique is very difficult to master and children are trained from an early age.

The origin of the shodo comes from Chinese calligraphy and is a very difficult art to learn. It requires great precision and each kanji character must be drawn following a particular stroke.

Shodo workshop in Malaga

  • Admission: Free of charge
  • When: Saturday 21 October
  • Timetable: from 13:00 to 14:00 and from 18:30 to 19:30

Learn about Japanese culture in Malaga

Everything you’ve always wanted to know about Japan with conferences, expositions and exhibitions among other activities.

Exhibition of bonsai and ceramics

Visit this free exhibition of ceramic and bonsai arts in Malaga.

This art of Chinese origin consists of cultivating trees and plants by reducing their size. The aim is to imitate a form that reminds us of a scene in nature.

Depending on the size of the bonsai and its shape, it can receive different names.

Bonsai

  • When: Wednesday 18 to Saturday 21 October
  • Where: Hotel Vincci Posada del Patio (Map)

If you like and have been unable to visit this exhibition you can visit the Bonsai Museum in Marbella

Sumi-e painting exhibition

This typical Japanese painting is exhibited at Okami Restaurant.

Of Chinese origin it was introduced in Japan during the 14th century and its style is based on a single colour drawing in ink.

Sumi-e draw

When: Thursday 12 to Tuesday 24 October

Cosplay catwalk

This art of dressing up as favourite video game characters, anime or manga is very popular among young people.

The origins of this practice can be traced back to Japan in the 1970s before it  spreaded around the world. Today it is quite common to see so-called cosplayers in almost any celebration related to the thematic.

cosplay Málaga

  • When: Saturday 21 October
  • Timetable: 21:00 hours
  • Place: Okami Restaurant

Sampling Japanese food in Malaga

Typical Japanese dishes with wines and beers from Malaga.

  • Price: 15€ per person
  • When: Wednesday 18 October
  • Timetable: From 20:00 to 21:00 and from 21:30 to 22:30
  • Place: Okami Restaurant

Flavours of the land

Five tastings where you can enjoy the meeting of flavours between Malaga and Japan with sakes and handmade beers.

  • Price: 15€ per person
  • When: Thursday 19 October
  • Timetable: 20:00 to 21:00 and 21:30 to 22:30