Midsummer’s Eve: St. John’s bonfires night in Malaga

The next June 23, thousands of people of all ages will celebrate along the coast of Malaga the shortest night of the year at the summer solstice known as the ‘Night of San Juan’ in Spain, also called St. John’s bonfires or Midsummer’s Eve.

As you can see in the picture, the coastal beaches are floodlit at night with hundreds of bonfires and campfires to spend an evening with friends and family celebrating, eating, drinking, singing and dancing until past the midnight.

Night of San Juan

It almost doesn´t matter in which coastal town you are staying during this night; you just have to approach the sea shore and you’re in the middle of the party.

Many people prepare for that night the “complete kit” for the summer solstice: A bathing suit under your clothes (important if you want to get a bath at midnight), paper and pencil for the rituals, food, drink, barbecues*. There are people who decide going to the beach for the day and don’t go back to home until late.

(*) Barbecues are an excellent choice where they are allowed. In most municipalities of Malaga they are not on the beach. If interested you have to ask for permission. I guess it is because of the trash from past barbecues.

History and origin

It was known as Summer Solstice festivity. The dances around the bonfire were used to try make the day longer as from then, the days will start to be shorter until the 25th of December, Winter’s Solstice.

Some of the ancient rituals are still preserved, I have included some of them if you want to try your luck. The tradition says that this is the perfect night to keep away the bad spirits, will this be true?

Actually St. John’s festivity is very popular and this is something you will be able to see by yourself once you get to the promenade just before the midnight the 23th of June. Want to join?

Want to know more about the origin? Visit Wikipedia

Where to celebrate the Night of San Juan (bonfires of St. John’s) in Malaga?

They organize events and concerts at the most popular beaches of the Costa del Sol, which are also listed below (The events below are from past years, but they use to make similar organised events every year on the same places):

Beach at midnight

  • Malaga city: The epicentre of fun is the beach La Malagueta, in past events there were two concerts of live music starting at 11 pm, it is common they organized live concerts every year.
  • Torremolinos: The party takes place on the beach of La Carihuela. The bonfires are exactly in front of El Remo square.
  • Benalmadena: The most popular beaches to celebrate are the central beaches of Santa Ana and Bil-Bil.
  • Fuengirola: The event began at 2 pm with Paella, grilled sardines and lasted until dawn, with cocktails, DJs and salsa music.
  • Marbella: In past events it was set up a stage for a concert and DJs at Pinillo Beach, starting at 8 pm.
  • San Pedro de Alcantara: They use to place a stage on the beach of La Salida, also with a concert and DJs. This beach  featured a children’s area with inflatable attractions and entertainment for children.
  • Estepona gather many people on the playa del Cristo.
  • And in Torre del Mar on the eastern Costa del Sol, on the beach of El Copo, there were grilled sardines after 9 pm, entertainment and DJs.

These are the most popular and busy beaches; in fact everywhere there are fires all along the coast; if you have not experienced yet, you should join in, it is very impressive.

Other options for Midsummer’s Eve

Those who prefer to celebrate the Night of San Juan a little more distinguished by the sea, have a vast range of exclusive beach clubs (Nikki Beach or Puro Beach in Marbella) and top-class hotels offering midsummer dinners and parties.

Want to know more from this magical night? Then continue reading.

Superstitions and rituals during Midsummer’s Eve

Fire and water are two essential elements this night. Those who dare will jump the embers of the bonfire while many will take a bath in the sea at midnight for good health or better luck during the rest of the year.

Fire Rituals

Midsummer's Eve bonfire

  • According to fire rituals you have to write the name of the person you love and throw it to the bonfire at midnight. It is supposed than there will be more chances for this person to notice of you.
    Some people write from one to three wishes instead a name. You can try different rituals every year to see which one becomes real sooner.
  • Jumping the embers after the bonfire is extinct or before the flame is too high will bring you good luck. I guess that if you don’t get burnt it counts as a lucky day. This is something I don’t recommend, in fact I got burnt on one leg when I was 8 after trying it.

Water rituals

Midsummer's Eve in Malaga

  • Getting into the water at midnight will help getting rid of bad energies and women can increase their fertility. If you can’t get to the sea you can try washing your face at home, better with sea water.
    (*) The ritual above is supposed not to work if you watch yourself on a mirror before the following day.
  • Another ritual is similar to the fire one where you have to write your soul mate or wishes, but this time you have to throw the paper to the sea at midnight. Sea will take what you wrote and waves might bring your wishes.

Love rituals for making at home

Love ritual during Midsummer's Eve

If you are looking for true love, forget about horoscopes or looking for it at some chat. Here I bring you the real one!

Step by step, finding love in life is quite complicated. It is not going to be that easy with magic even while the Summer Solstice. Before midnight write the name of the person you love and yours in a paper. Bend it, names inside must be one in front of the other. If you don’t know of any name just write ‘Soul mate’.

The next step is boiling water and adding the following: 12 red rose petals, ginger and same parts of Lavender, Verbena and Yarrow. Once mixed let it cool and put the water inside a spry (one of those used for plants is good enough)

Just before midnight spry your bedroom with the water made. Place the paper with the names you wrote under the pillow and finally light two red candles. If you made everything correctly you will have a prophetic dream about your true love.

By the way, be careful with the candles, do not put it near objects than can fire. Special attention to open windows and air streams, it can be dangerous with a flame at night while sleeping.

Have you made any of those rituals and have they worked?

Historical cemeteries in Malaga, alternative tourism

Malaga has an enormous amount of places to visit, but surely a visit to a cemetery wouldn’t even cross our minds during our stay…a cemetery isn’t exactly a touristy place, and we generally wish not to have to visit one while we’re alive…however, we’ll find not one, but several cemeteries in Malaga that are well worth a visit as they’re declared cultural value.

Cementerio Inglés (English Cemetery)

It’s the oldest protestant cemetery in Spain and also known as the ‘cementerio de San Jorge’ (St. George’s cemetery), built as from the year 1821 for the British merchants that arrived at Malaga willing to make a fortune, and the truth is that Malaga had great commercial importance in the 19th century.

English cemetery Malaga

Many of the English merchants that arrived to the province were protestants, and back then, most of those burials as they weren’t catholic, were done on the beach at night. This situation remained until 1824, with the arrival of William Mark, the new British consul, when they began the construction by the sea of what we now know as the English Cemetery (Cementerio Inglés).

In first place, we must highlight the cemetery’s first patio that has a great monument dedicated to the family of the British consul. If we continue walking and we reach the second terrace, we will come to a funerary monument in honour to the marines of the Gneisenau Frigate, a ship that sank just off the Malaga coasts around the year 1900 and the remains of the poet Jorge Guillen.

In the area of the primitive cemetery we’ll find the oldest graves covered with shells. One of the first graves there belonged to Robert Boyd, a young man who was executed on the beaches of Malaga in 1831 for defending and participating economically in the defence of freedom. In that same area of the cemetery we’ll also find the remains of the British writer Gerald Brennan and his wife.

Visiting this cemetery

The entrance is free, but we do recommend you leave a donation to support the cemetery’s maintenance. There are guided visits during the day and at night that began to be offered not long ago.

Today, this cemetery is also a botanical garden, although the thing that most draws our attention is the amount of old and artistic graves that we’ll find there, with different styles from the neo-gothic to the modernist.

There use to be Halloween activities or special events during the White Night in Malaga.

To know more about the English cemetery: http://www.cementerioinglesmalaga.org/ (Spanish)

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/TgERpv9cxNo

Casabermeja’s Cemetery

Casabermeja cementeryPlanned as a small typical Andalusian town, the cemetery of Casabermeja is built with its streets and squares.

Declared as cultural interest and built during the 18th century, it’s undoubtedly worth a visit to explore its white narrow streets.

This is yet another aspect of Malaga and its history that not everybody knows about.

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/aX9PMXsGAuN2

Sayalonga Cemetery

The particularity of this cemetery is the circular disposition and the mason symbols in the construction. One of the most important symbols is the octagonal plant which gives the place a unique identity, but there are many more symbols yet you can find out.

The possible construction date is from 1840 by the same architect of Malaga Cathedral. The constructor was probably mason, which could be the reason behind leaving the mark in the cemetery.

Will there be more hidden secrets inside?

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/1umupqtdyq12

Sayalonga cemetery

San Miguel Cemetery in Malaga

This cemetery, close to Malaga city centre, is one of the main monumental cemeteries in Spain. It has been the main burial-place since the 19th Century.

San Miguel cemetery

The construction of this cemetery as well as many others was result of the prohibition at the end of the 18th century of using the churches and convents as burial-place for the most wealthy class. Since then they worry about giving a more monumental look to the place where they will rest for the eternity.

If you like architecture and sculpture, this cemetery is a recommended visit.

Among the most featured pantheons from this cemetery

  • Heredia family pantheon: Built in 1852 with a neo-Gothic style and where the Heredia family rest in peace.
  • Larios family pantheon: Built in 1877 is where the Larios family rest in peace, one of the most influencing in Malaga.
  • Felix Saenz pantheon: Build in 1933 with a great architectonic value.
  • Salvador Barroso pantheon: Built in 1844 is the first pantheon built in this cemetery.

Where to find the San Miguel Cemetery: https://goo.gl/maps/7p35Qv3tif12

Casares Cemetery

This is a small white village of Moorish origin that you should not miss when visiting the province. It is here where you will find the Hediondo Roman Baths and remains from a past that have survived until today.

Casares Cemetery

The Casares Cemetery is within the walls of an ancient Andalusian fortress. The main characteristic of this cemetery are the white graves in a rounded distribution surrounded by the typical town villas.

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/7xD5Yy4Jxf82

Alora Cemetery

This cemetery is located within the walls of an ancient fortress. The Andalusian fortress was built over the remains of a roman one that was also built over a Phoenician one. Without any doubt this was a very defensive location that everyone wanted to take advantage from. This advanced defensive power made very complicated its conquest by Christian armies.

Alora Cemetery

On the own fortress entrance did happen a success that became a legend, it is known as the Romance of Alora and can be read on a plaque placed next to the entry.

Without any doubt Alora Cemetery  has a great historical weight that you can breathe in the air.

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/18jjDbdQbRE2

Benadalid Cemetery

This cemetery is mixed with the history and environment of this municipality. It is located within the walls of a roman fortress. The surrounding walls have been witness of the passage of time from a privileged place.

Benadalid Cemetery

The castle was built during the 2nd Century because of the need of a defensive fortress due the growing commerce with Seville and Algeciras. Visigoths, Arabs and Catholics occupied it contributing with different reformations. Finally it was adquired by the hometown in the year 1821. It would end becoming the municipal cemetery until today with around 300 graves.

The castle area is also used for the celebration of the popular festivity ‘Moors and Christians’ celebrated the 26th of August for 2 days. A theatre representation of a warlike legend happened in 1501.

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/9j6kPNZpTbA2

Something from Malaga’s history not everyone knows.

Top playgrounds in Malaga for children and parks

Planning your holiday with kids and wondering what to do or where to go for them to have fun and enjoy? Continue reading to find the best playgrounds and parks for children in Malaga.

With or without kids on your charge, you can enjoy most of the parks from this list!

I’m going to recommend parks where taking your children, some of them have playgrounds while other are public parks  or botanical gardens suitable for children. With or without kids in your care, you can enjoy most of the parks from this list!

You will find a link to the map to know the exact location and photos from each of them.

Paloma Park in Benalmadena

Parque de la Paloma in Benalmadena

Paloma Park in Benalmadena is one of the most popular public parks. It is ideal for a family plan and for making a picnic.

You will find animals in freedom while walking this park. Roosters and hens, dwarf rabbits or even peacocks roam around the park. The artificial lake has a population of swans, ducks and turtles. Latter you will see them dipping and peeping its small head out of the water. While walking the gardens  you will see some enclosures with animals like the mountain goat, ostriches and other birds.

Among the services of the park there are coffee shops, toilets, kiosk and a swing area.

The main entrance to the park is on the ascent road that goes from the roundabout called ‘Rotonda de los Molinillos’ in Benalmadena Costa.

There are many activities you can take part along the year in Parque de la Paloma. Check for activities in Benalmádena or follow this blog to find activities during all the year.

Opening time: Open daily from 9 am to 11 pm.

How to get there, location and reviews at: https://goo.gl/maps/RR69YnXczf12

Parque de la Bateria in Torremolinos

Boats on the artificial lake in Parque de la Bateria‘Parque de la Bateria’ (Battery Park) is in Montemar (Torremolinos), just on the other side of the bridge crossing the railroad. We can highlight the artificial lake with boats and the extensive playground area for children at the end of the park on the oriental side.

This natural space has many walking trails, benches  where resting and bike lanes that run through the entire park.

The name of the park ‘The Battery’ comes because there was an Anti-aircraft battery during the Spanish Civil War. Actually the battery and the bunker are restored and it is a curious place you can visit.

The large playground has attractions for all ages. Among the recommended attractions there is a merry-go-round and the called Pacifier Tree, a perfect place where children can climb on and get rid of theirs.

There are boats which you can rent for a short time, the availability is subject to a schedule that you can consult below these lines.

In the park you will find exercise machines for adults and a tower-viewpoint overlooking the coast. You can get access to the tower by stairs or using the lift.

There are many activities along the year in this park, specially during the summer.

You can get there by car and use the public parking or the commuter train. Take in consideration that parking on weekends can be complicated and patience is required.

  • Opening time: From Monday to Sunday from 9 am. to 8 pm.
  • Merry-go-round and boats:  Fridays from 4 pm. to 7 pm. Weekends and festivities from 12 am. to 2 pm. and from 4pm to 7 pm.

Location map and reviews of the park at:  https://goo.gl/maps/8aifmFGC8K92

Playground Parque de Poniente in Fuengirola

Playground in Fuengirola

If you are in Fuengirola area near the Sohail Castle with children, you can’t miss a visit to the Playground Parque de Poniente.

Among the highlights of this park is the simulated pirate ship with slides, ropes and runways all over the structure. Parents can watch children from the coffee shop while having a break.

The park has bike lanes and is next to Fuengirola River Park and the promenade.

Opening time: This park is open 24 hours.

Location and reviews athttps://goo.gl/maps/oS2dX9cnj7s

Cinema Park in Teatinos, Malaga

Cinema park and playground in Teatinos

¿Are you visiting the Teatinos district with children? Want to enjoy a colourful walk? Then nothing better than heading to Cinema Park.  A walk over a path simulating a film roll and a playground that children will enjoy.

The park offer activities for different ages, from a zip line to ping-pong tables and swings.

Opening time: 9 am. to 9 pm.

Location and reviews:  https://goo.gl/maps/L2GC17AFVX22

Playground Parque Litoral in Malaga

Playground Parque Litoral in Malaga

Without any doubt the eye-catcher for children will be the hill and the large sliders.

There are three children areas inside this playground, each of them for different ages.

The park is close to the subway station next to Palacio de Deportes (Sports Palace) and the private Quiron Hospital.

Opening Time: 8 am. to 11 pm.

Location, how to get and reviews at: https://goo.gl/maps/vBBJuXZsJaK2

Playground Parque la Negrita en Antequera

Playground in Antequera was awarded as the best in Spain

La Negrita Park in Antequera is awarded as the best playground park in Spain. If you are visiting Antequera with children you can’t miss a visit.

Among the highlights of this park are the big slides with up 11 meters height and 8 meters long, elastic mats, springs for jumping, swings for children with reduced mobility and even a zip line among other attractions.

There is a green exercise area for adults.

Opening time: 24 hours

Location, how to get and reviews at: https://goo.gl/maps/216za2RZnSs

Oriental Garden Bienquerido in Alhaurin de la Torre

Oriental Garden Bienquerido in Alhaurin de la Torre

This park of around 12000 square meters has a Japanese style. There is an artificial lake, playground, children area with slides and exercise machines for adults.

The park is closed on Mondays.

Opening time:

Monday to Friday from 8 am. to 1:30 pm and from 5 pm. to 10 pm.

Weekends from 10:30 am. to 1:30 pm. and from 5 pm. to 10 pm.

Location, reviews and how to get:  https://goo.gl/maps/9QJpDx3wbo32

Nagueles park in Marbella

Nagueles park and playground in MarbellaIf you are looking for a place in the middle of the nature, then the Nagueles park is the place. It is surrounded by a pine forest and it is the perfect place for a barbecue or a day of picnic day (barbecue requires reservation the day before at the park)

This natural park has a playground area with slides in form of pipes and a soft floor to prevent children of being injured after falling.

Location, how to get and reviews at:  https://goo.gl/maps/1ZWdSaKzXm82

Other natural parks children will enjoy

Although the following parks don’t have a playground area and are not focused exclusively on children they will enjoy the visit for sure.

Botanic Garden Molino de Inca in Torremolinos

Botanical Garden in Torremolinos

Even without a playground area for children, this botanical garden in Torremolinos is interesting enough for you and for them to enjoy the visit. A windmill that survived the medieval age when it was built. Actually it is reformed and there is a museum inside.

The artificial creek furrows the interior of the botanical garden flowing into 3 ponds with different varieties of plants and fishes.

One of the elements that are an eye-catcher for children is the natural shrubbery labyrinth with 50 meters in diameter, don’t get lost.

This garden was built in 2003 surrounding the old Inca windmill.

Opening time

It closes on Mondays during all the year.

  • From November to February: From 10:30 pm. to 2 pm. and from 4 pm. to 6 pm.
  • From May to September: From 11:30 pm. to 2 pm. and from 6 pm. to 9 pm.
  • October, March and April:  From 10:30 pm. to 2 pm. and from 6 pm. to 7 pm.

Location and how to get there:  https://goo.gl/maps/5WajSTPSf2v

Alameda Park in Malaga

Alameda Park in Malaga

Paseo de la Alameda in Malaga is a place with a marked historical character. A green space in the heart of the city with many subtropical and tropical species.

This park is located next to Malaga port, a place which is usually very interesting for children. Check my other entry about Pier 1 in Malaga port.

This park is on the land that by the end of the 19th Century was gained from the sea.

Location, how to get there and reviews:   https://goo.gl/maps/DVw7eezQAxA2

La Concepcion Botanical Garden in Malaga

Botanical Garden in Malaga

Although this botanical garden is not focused exclusively on children, is a place they will enjoy without any doubt. A walk within a park with more than 250.000 subtropical species brought during 150 years.

It is worth to know the history of this botanical garden in Malaga before visiting it so you can understand better its origin. A history that begins by the half of the 19th century, years in which the park was a meeting point for high aristocracy and other famous personalities from Malaga.

Inside you will find a museum and a typical home-palace which represents, to a large extent, the typical home decoration from the beginning of the 20th century.

Numerous events take place in this park during all the year, especially relevant is the terrifying Halloween night event (recommended for children) but also others like street markets or theatre performances.

Opening time:   9:30 am. to 7:30 pm.

Location, how to get and reviews at:  https://goo.gl/maps/EEYPNSJ8V7N2

Parque del Oeste in Malaga

West Park in Malaga

Parque del Oeste (West Park) in Malaga offers a great family attraction to go and spend the day.

In the artificial lake you will find ducks, carps and even the Japanese Kois. Over the years other animals such as mountain goats, reptiles or a small colony of Bennet’s ualabi, from the kangaroo family, have been brought from Australia.

Throughout the year different events are organized in this park.

Opening time: 8 am. to 11 pm.

Location, how to get and reviews at:  https://goo.gl/maps/wHNnTDKEf612

More information

If you want to read about other natural parks in Malaga and Andalusia you can read our guides.

Maybe you are more interested in malls in Malaga for spending the day?

White Night in Malaga the 20th of May

noche-en-blanco-2017White Night is a cultural event which was released for the first time in Paris in 2002, because of its success it was quickly adopted by several European cities and later on even by other cities worldwide.

White Night takes place after sunset and has many artistic and cultural activities, this free event was celebrated for the first time in Malaga in 2008 featuring arts, museums, exhibitions, music , guided visits and special activities for people or family.

Next White Night in Malaga is on May 20, from 7 pm to 2 am, there will be 217 activities taking place in museums, exhibition halls, art galleries and activities in scenic areas, are you going to miss this cultural event?

Those who want to enjoy the night quietly can do with the large number of cultural outdoor events taking place in Malaga.

Activities during the White Night

As  a new there is an app ‘Personal dreamer’ for both Android and IOS.

The app will tag on a map the location of the events during this special night. The app is official and will make you easier to get there and categorize the different events and activities.

Among the many activities we can recommend some of them for you to get an idea of what you will find…but because of the great number of activities we recommend you to visit the historic centre from 7pm in advance to find the special environment.

Activities for children

The ‘Little White Night’ (La nochecita en blanco) with 15 activities for the children.

The location is the street Tomas Heredia from 7 pm until 11 pm.

Visiting Alcazaba and Roman Theatre at night

Visiting the Alcazaba at night is one of the favourite activities every year. If you want to visit it you need to request an invitation at the place from 8am the Friday 19th. They just allow to pickup 4 entrance tickets per person.

Visits will be divided in groups and guided every 10 minutes from 9pm until 1:10am. The estimated duration of the visit is 50 minutes.

You can also visit the Roman Theatre at any of the turns for 25 people every hour since 8 pm. until 1 am.

Visiting English cemetery at night

You can walk for free the English cemetery at night and learn the history behind it.  They recommend you to bring a light and you will need an invitation you can request right now.

Entrance is allowed by groups of 30 people: 9 pm, 9.50 pm, 10.40 pm, 11.30 pm, 12.20 pm.

Arts, museums, exhibitions and other cultural events

There will be open exhibitions in museums like Pompidou Centre, Carmen Thyssen Museum, Russian Museum, Picasso Museum and the municipal museum among others.

Usually museums open doors at 7 pm. or after and use to close at 12pm or 2 am. They are free but some may limit to groups of 20 people or around each time.

Also there will be exhibitions of scenic arts and live concerts. I recommend you to have a walk in Malaga from 7pm until 2am the next Saturday.

Zombie infection detected in Malaga in 2017!

The infection known as ‘Survival Zombie’ is getting wild in Spain and there are fears that the next outbreak will occur in Mijas (Málaga) the next Saturday 12th of August in 2017.

last survival zombie infestation
Last infestation in Spain, it was finally controlled and now they expect it is being propagated in Mijas

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 12th of August, 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 in Spain

Survival Zombie in Mijas‘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

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 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.
  • Alcazaba.
  • Roman Theatre.

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 (if available).

Date: Saturday, August 12th, 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 and tickets for Survival Zombie

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

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.

weather-forecast-march
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

beach-march-family

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.

 

dinosaurs-malaga

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

Price and time

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

Children under 3 years have free admission.

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

Address and how to get there

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

You can get there using public transport or by car.

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

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

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

almond-blossom-ronda

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

Spring weather in Malaga

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

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

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

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

Spring hikes while visiting Malaga in February

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

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

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

Almond route in Malaga

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

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

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

Activities during February in Malaga

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

Soup of the 7 branches in El Burgo on February 28

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

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

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

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

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

Day of Andalusia on February 28

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

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

Original ideas for Valentine’s Day in Malaga 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Valentines day

Origin of Valentine’s Day

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

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

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

A cheap or free Valentine’s Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

6 free or cheap original ideas for Valentine’s Day

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

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

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

Now you know more about Valentine’s Day, we can go to the next step: Things to do for Valentine’s Day in Malaga; How about a romantic weekend getaway?

There are many places you can visit, from a romantic retreat in a village of Malaga to a hotel with Spa along the Costa del Sol.

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

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

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

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

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

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

spa-massage

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

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

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

parachute-tandem-malaga

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

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

Offers for lodging and transportation for your romantic getaway

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

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

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

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

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