Malaga Fairs and Festivals in October

October in Malaga brings us a large number of fairs and festivals. The province has much more to offer beyond the summer months, as we proved with the recommended activities in September.

Join us to discover what you can do during October in Malaga.

Festivals and Fairs in October

Main events in Malaga in October

If you are one of those who like to get to know the villages during the celebrations of their traditional activities, read on.

Day of Perota Soup

This important culinary event in Álora has its own blog entry, you can learn more about Perota Soup Day here.

From 1 to 4 October, free rations of food are distributed in a town with its own character, who would miss it? There are many things you can do after enjoying this gastronomic day.

traditional soup in Alora

Torrox Fair

The Torrox fair begins the first weekend of October with a cavalcade where giant puppets of big heads parade before the lighting of the fair that night.

The fair lasts 5 days during which you can eat, drink and have fun. There are musical performances, booths and mechanical attractions for the little ones.

The daytime fair takes place in Plaza de la Constitución. To know how to get there, consult the following map.

Algatocín Fair

During the first week of October the Algatocin fair takes place. This fair offers the visitor typical dishes of the region as well as workshops and sports activities.

On October 4, the municipal music band travels around the town house by house and they receive typical sweets and drinks in compensation.

To plan your route by road to Algatocin you can consult this map.

Fuengirola Fair

The Fuengirola fair, one of the most popular events in the province, takes place from 6th to 12th October.

The main activity of the fair, both during the day and at night, is in the fairgrounds, with artistic performances and access to different stands and mechanical attractions.

In the fair booths you can enjoy good dishes, drinks and dances. The Plaza de la Constitución is another of the places where there is a festive atmosphere of the fair with dances and other activities.

To get to Fuengirola you can consult our guide.

Yunquera Fair

The Yunquera fair is a traditional celebration. Its origins link it to the return of many of its inhabitants from Cadiz after the harvest season.

After the grape offering, there is an event in which you can participate by stepping on grapes to commemorate the production of the typical wine of Yunquera.

Visiting Yunquera during its popular festivals is an opportunity to taste its rich typical gastronomy typical in some of its restaurants.

To get to Yunquera you can consult this map.

Nerja Fair

Between October 8th and 12th, is celebrated the Nerja Fair. The fair is characterized by its flamenco singing festivals, sports activities, horseback riding and verbenas among other activities.

During the Nerja Fair, the election of the Queen of the fiestas as well as Mister and Miss Nerja takes place.

If you want to know how to get to Nerja you can read our guide.

Feria de Nerja

Ojen Fair

The Ojen fair occurs between 9 and 12 October. It begins with a procession through the streets that ends in the square, after which the day fair begins.

The fair features live concerts and crowning of the queen and bridesmaids of the fair. Among the activities there are family games and mechanical attractions a few meters from the square for the enjoyment of the little ones.

Ojen Fair

Celebration of Monfi in Cutar

Cutar festivalThe second weekend of October is celebrated the Festival of Monfi in Cutar municipality. This event presents the visitor with cultural, gastronomic and leisure activities.

The Fiesta del Monfi has been declared of tourist interest. During this weekend the narrow white streets of this municipality are dressed for the occasion with ornamentation and handcrafted souks in an attempt to relive their Moorish past and commemorate the resistance of those who refused to be expelled from their lands.

In the municipality you will find workshops of all kinds, from dance to forging or coin-making. Among the events you will find live music, parades, donkey rides, fire shows and much more.

This party is suitable for families because of the variety of attractions available. In addition to the cultural activities of the town of Cutar, you can also enjoy the architecture of the place dating back to the first centuries of Muslim domination.

Villanueva de Tapia Cattle Fair

This traditional cattle fair is held on 10,11 and 12 October. The origin of the fair dates back to 1860 and concentrated a large number of farm animals.

If you want to visit it, this is one of the oldest fairs in Andalucia, also a great opportunity where you can buy typical products of the area.

There are cultural activities and varied shows, a gastronomic fair, tastings and an exhibition of horses.

This fair takes place in the municipal sports pavilion and the ‘Explanada del Nacimiento’. If you want to know how to get to Villanueva de Tapia you can take a look at this map.

Fiesta en el Aire in Arriate

During the second or third weekend of October, from Friday to Sunday. The streets of this town of Malaga are decorated for the occasion and presents numerous activities for all audiences.

The youngest children will find handmade games in some of the streets, although the elders will also be able to make use of them. An event that offers art, culture, musical shows and a varied cuisine to anyone who visits Arriate this weekend.

The townspeople’s effort to participate in this event of artistic expressions and gastronomic traditions is outstanding. The streets are filled with flea markets where you can find a wide variety of typical products.

Arriate village photo

If you want to join the activities that take place in this municipality I recommend you to go by car. You can take a look at the map of Arriate to plan the best route.

San Pedro de Alcantara Fair

Every October around the 19th, they celebrate the San Pedro de Alcantara Fair. A fair that you will find during the night in the fairgrounds (same place where every Thursday you will find the flea market). The day fair takes place on the streets of the village.

During the fair you will find the typical inaugural procession, booths where you can eat and drink or dance, different types of events and outdoor activities.

Every year the fair brings a guest artist to perform a live concert.

San Pedro de Alcántara Fair

To get there you can take a look at this map. If you are driving during the fair, it is advisable to park in Marbella and take the bus to San Pedro de Alcántara.

Yunquera Wine and Chestnut Fair

The last weekend of October if you want to visit the village of Yunquera you can come to discover the wine and chestnut fair.

The fair offers the visitor a handicraft and commercial area, you can buy products from the town and participate in contests and tastings.

It is a festival declared of Provincial Tourist Singularity, so if you want to get to Yunquera you can look at this map to plan your route by car.

Fair of the Chestnut in Pujerra

On October 31st, the Chestnut Fair is held in Pujerra. You will find a whole series of products and dishes made with chestnuts and that precedes the procession of the Virgin of Fatima on November 1st.

On the night of October 31st, there is a verbena and roasted chestnuts until 1 am. It’s a night of music and dancing, plus during the day you can learn all about chestnut harvesting.

If you want to visit Pujerra, I recommend you plan your route with this map.

Halloween Night

costume-halloweenMultitude of municipalities in Malaga are invaded by ghosts and spooky creatures during the night of October 31st on Halloween.

There are special events and activities during the evening for all ages. Some establishments and other places including zoos or botanical gardens may offer discounts or prizes to those in disguise.

To learn more about Halloween events and activities in Malaga, I recommend you visit our other blog post.

 

Festivals and fairs in August in Malaga

Malaga feria womenThis month arrives loaded with festivals, activities and fairs in Malaga. I have decided to write this article about the most popular fairs in August so that whoever thinks fit can decide which one is of interest.

If you do not come in August but found this article, it means you plan to do it sometime, so you may also find this entry interesting. You can decide which fairs or feastivals interest you more so you can better plan the range of days to take the deserved vacation.

If you are wondering about August in Malaga, just check my other post.

Festivals and fairs in August

There are many festivals and fairs in the province that you should not miss. If you want to learn more about the culture and customs of your tourist destination, visiting this kind of events is a very good choice.

Fairs in the province have a historical character and long tradition. In Andalusia the fairs in general were in their beginnings cattle markets. Other fairs like the one of Malaga were acts of celebration after que conquest of the city.

The following list is sorted according to the date they celebrate the event:

First week of August

Fairs and other events that take place during the first week of August:

Alora fair

Alora FairThe first Wednesday in August begins Alora Fair with the official lighting at night and the festival ends the following Sunday with fireworks.

You will find live concerts and activities for all ages. In 2017 as example, they organized a waterslide in the middle of a street during the Friday Fair, while on Saturday it was the Perotas Soup Day, a typical recipe of Alora.

The first Day Fair for those who want to visit the fair during the day is on Thursday at Plaza Fuente Arriba from noon.

  • When: First Wednesday in August.
  • Where: Alora (Map). You can arrive by car or train, keep in mind that last trains are usually crowded.

Benalauria Fair: Moors and Christians event

The fair of Benalauria mixes tradition and present in an event that make use of the urban centre to recreate theatrical confrontations between Moors and Catholics during the sixteenth century.

This representation can be seen every first Sunday of the month, the last day of fair.

The fair is celebrated during the first week of August.

  • When:  The theatrical event is the first Sunday and the fair is the first week of August.
  • Location: Benalauria (map)

Fiesta moros y cristianos en Benalauria

Fiesta del Gazpacho in Alfarnatejo

Who does not fancy a cold gazpacho drink during a hot summer day? Although it seems a lie, many tourists are afraid of this delicious drink, they use to think of it as a cold soup. If you are one of them I bet that you are one of those who have the fear in their face when trying this typical drink, that is not considered as a cold soup in Spain but a summer drink.

The gazpacho festivity is a good opportunity to take away your fears and try this delicious recipe. There are many kind of gazpachos I recommend you to try at least a few of them, nobody should reject such a healthy drink made of vegetables.

If you want to know more about gazpacho or make your own homemade gazpacho you can visit the link.

  • When: First Saturday in August.
  • Where: Alfarnatejo (Map)

Fiesta del Gazpacho en Alfarnatejo

Iznate gastronomic festival: Muscat grape day

Día de la uva moscatel en Iznate

On August 5 Iznate will offer many typical dishes to all visitors who come to any of the various points located by its streets. A good excuse to walk around this nice town on foot and eat free on the way.

As it could not be otherwise there will be the typical wine and grape of the region.

  • When:  August 5 from 7:00 pm.
  • Where: Iznate (map)

Second and third week in August

Fairs and activities during the second and third week of the month.

Noche Nazarí in Montejaque

In August it is already common in this municipality to lit the streets with candlelights and celebrate medieval activities.

Musical performances, dance or shows with fire are some of the activities that you will find in Montejaque if you decide to visit during this night on August 10.

  • When: August 10
  • Where: Montejaque (Map)

Fair and Water Festival in Jimera de Libar

As you can deduce by the title of this festival, water is the protagonist of this festival. In addition to the water festival there is a great gastronomic tasting of roasted chorizo at 1:30 pm.

The water party is a battle between all the assistants, so if you plan to go better be ready.

  • Where: Jimera de Libar (Map)
  • When:  August 11,12,13 and 14

There is also another event called ‘ Night of Terror’ in August 6.

Feria Jimera de Libar

Malaga fair

I could not talk about events happening in August without naming Malaga fair. An experience that extends over a week in both the historic centre of Malaga and the fairgrounds.

This year the fair takes place from 12th to 19th of August.

If you want to know the fair program or many other details you can visit our dedicated section to Malaga fair.

  • Where: In fairgrounds (map) and in the historical centre of Malaga (map)
  • When: From 12th to 19th of August.

Feria de Málaga en agosto

Antequera fair

Antequera fair is divided like Malaga fair in day and night fairs.

The inauguration of the fair this year begins with the lighting on August 16 and ends with fireworks the night of August 20.

The Saturday before the end of the fair takes place the ‘Día del Caballista’ with a popular parade.

  • When: 16th to 20th of August.
  • Where: Fairgrounds and Old Town (map)

4th week in August

Fairs, markets and other activities happening within the last week of August.

3 Cultures festival in Frigiliana

This beautiful east municipality celebrates just before August ends a meeting between the different cultures who settled in Andalusia: Catholic, Jewish and Arabian.

There is a souk with all kinds of handicraft products and musical performances.

  • When: The event is from 24th to 27th of August.
  • Where: Frigiliana (Map)

Festival de las 3 culturas en Frigiliana

Festival of Moorish Rebelion Istán

If you are near Marbella or plan to visit it at the end of August you can stop by Istan. In this municipality there is a festival called ‘ Rebelion Morisca’, a theatrical representation in the streets that shows the fight of the Moorish against the strong repression to which they were subjected in the middle of the 16th century.

There is a medieval craft market and other activities of the historical era it represents.

  • When: Friday 25 and Saturday 26 of August.
  • Where: Istan (Map)

Rebelión morisca en Istán

Douglas Days in Tebas

This festival celebrates one of the historical battles during the capture of the Nasrid fortress of Tebas. A Scottish knight ‘Sir James Douglas’ participated and died in the conquest of this fortress while bringing the embalmed heart which belonged to the dead King of Scotland, who in life longed to take part in some epic battle.

During those days a medieval atmosphere is recreated in the streets of the municipality while actors do a theatrical performance of the great battle.

You will find a medieval market with handcrafts typical of the region.

  • When: From 25th to 27th of August.
  • Where: Fortress and streets in Tebas (Map)

Dougla's Days en Tebas

Medieval market in Torre del Mar

Variety of stalls in a medieval market offering all kind of products related in some way to the sea. There will be shows so it is a good option for spending a family weekend.

  • When: Friday 25 at afternoon, Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 of August during the whole day.
  • Where: Torre del Mar (Velez-Málaga) https://goo.gl/maps/BaDU7JAKnmx

Mercado medieval en Torre del Mar

 

Are you going to visit any of the recommended activities in August?

Top natural pools and rivers to visit in Malaga

Previously I wrote a post about free thermal waters in Andalusia, this time it’s the turn of the crystal clear natural pools in Malaga. All for fighting the high temperatures for free during the summer. Do you want a refreshing bath? Continue reading…

Do you prefer beach or mountain holidays? What about if you don’t have to decide? Hiking trails are usually not recommended during the summer, except in the cases where there are natural pools or rivers you can walk through.

Recommended gear when hiking through rivers

I recommend you to get ready, even more if you want to walk through any of the recommended rivers. It is a good idea to bring a waterproof backpack and the most important, shoes you can use inside the water.

There are special shoes for walking on rocks through rivers but many people prefer to use just old shoes. I guess it depends in how many times you want to practice this activity.

Natural pool in El Chorro

This natural pool is made of the water from Guadalhorce river. Amazing natural views and many water activities to practice.

Activities in El Chorro

This place is located near Desfiladero de los Gaitanes and Caminito del Rey, both known because the amazing sightpoints.

For getting to El Chorro from Malaga by car you must take the road  MA-5403.

Exact map location: https://goo.gl/maps/qguqW2dry5t

Hiking through Chillar river

The walking trail of Chillar river is very popular, that’s why it could not be as quiet as years ago. Being a popular place is not a reason for not including it into this list as it has a great beauty and a few natural pools where you can bath.

Río Chillar

This route is in the Natural Park of Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama. For getting there you must take the coastal road N-340 heading to Nerja and continue until you find the road signal Parque de la Naturaleza.

Location in map: https://goo.gl/maps/FPC8gUSZ3oz

Natural slides of Río Verde (Green River)

Between the municipalities of Nerja and Almuñecar in Granada, it is the Barranco de Chorreras in Rio Verde.

For getting to the natural pool and slides you must follow the hiking trail starting at the foot of the gorge.

There are Canyoning activities you can join online. Some of the webs offering activities in Rio Verde for all ages are:  Activitiesmarbella.es (English) or barranquismorioverde.com (Spanish)

barranquismo en Río Verde

For getting there you must take the road a-4050, a mountain road with amazing views. You can get to that road from Almuñecar if you take the N-340 or from the highroad A-92 when heading to Granada from Malaga.

Location in map: https://goo.gl/maps/9A6DL8dtFFL2

El Charco Frio in Benaojan (Cold Pond)

In the mountain range of Sierra de Grazalema is the municipality with a great natural environment and hiking routes. At the beginning of the route you will find a signal post, you must head to the left for reaching the Cueva del Gato, where is the natural pool with crystal clear waters. The right path will lead you to the train station of the next municipality by following the riverbed, also very recommended.

Cueva del Gato

The name of Cold Pond is because the low temperature of the water as it comes from an underground channel.

If you like speleology, there are  nice routes with underground waterfalls. It is only recommended for trained people, there are important currents that make it a dangerous place for neophytes. If you are interested there are websites that offer their services for doing these activities.

For getting there you must take the road A-343 and A-367 heading to Ronda.

Activities in Cueva del Gato (*):  Alijibe.com (Spanish)

(*) Entering the interior either as a person or as a guided group requires official permission and it is not always available.

Location in map: https://goo.gl/maps/PRWkeM3YNGw

Natural pools in Barranco Blanco, Coin

Two great natural pools you should visit are in Coin, a municipality in Sierra de Mijas mountain range.

It is not possible to get direct access to this place by car, you have to go by foot or using a bicycle. The easy way for getting there is driving to Alhaurin el Grande and then take the road A-387 to Coin. Before getting there you will see a signal post indicating the direction to Barranco Blanco. You can park the car near the bridge crossing the river.

Piscinas naturales en Barranco Blanco, Coín

The short hiking trail follows the riverbed of Alaminos river and will show you waterfalls and natural pools where having a good bath.

Location in map: https://goo.gl/maps/ZgYTYsQsXPP2

Natural pool of Viñas in Ojen

Ojen is a municipality close to Marbella, there you can get to the natural pool of Viñas.

I haven’t visited this pool personally but I read that is a quiet place.

For getting there from Malaga you must head to Marbella and take the exit to Ojen. The natural pool is on the foot of the municipal cemetery after descending the stairs.

Charco de las Viñas en el Río Ojén

Location in map: https://goo.gl/maps/i38FvCSjWk32

Charca de las Nutrias in Estepona

This natural pool (Pond of Otters) has enough depth so that even some swimmers dare to jump from the top of a rock that is at high altitude.

There are some small waterfalls and different areas where you can bath.

For getting there you must walk a rising dirt trail next to the river.

Charca de las nutrias en Estepona

Location in map: https://goo.gl/maps/5LgdcyomNxJ2

Pozas del Padrón in Estepona

Also known as Charca de las Extranjeras (Foreigners Pond). A cool hiking route  by a river is always fancy, even more if there are natural pools where you can have some fun.

Charca de las Extranjeras en Estepona

For getting there by car you have to take the highway A-7 and the exit to ‘Escuela de Arte Ecuestre de la Costa del Sol’. After 6 kilometres you will find a place where parking the car, the first natural pool is around 300 metres far from there.

Location in map: https://goo.gl/maps/Bf9BsvjmjtF2

Charca de las Mozas in Benahavis

The main pool is more than 4 metres depth, that’s why some visitors dare to jump from the higher rocks into the water. There are other 2 smaller ponds where swimming next to the main one.

The river itself is part of a nice hiking route you can try.

Charca de las Mozas en Benahavis

It is close to the urban area and a busy road so it might not be a quiet place.

Location in map: https://goo.gl/maps/G55wdofshWG2

Charco del Canalón en Istán

This natural pond is in the Rio Verde Valley. Visitors can enjoy also a refreshing hiking route though the river.

There are several pounds, some of them with small currents while others are quiet, ideal for relaxing. No doubt this is a good place to enjoy with friends or family.

For getting there you must take the exit to Istan from the highway A-7. You can park near the hotel Altos de Istan.

Location in map:  https://goo.gl/maps/mTEQu41YZ7x

Charco Redondo (Round Pond)

Between Algatocin and Jubrique municipalities you will find a bridge crossing the Genal river, very near there is a natural pond with a shore that feels like a beach.

They have made a small dam for making the pond larger and keeping the water inside. Very near of this place there is a camping area and a typical restaurant where you can eat.

Location in map: https://goo.gl/maps/p4jLkCEY9tw

Higuerón River Trail

In Frigiliana (near Nerja) you will find several hiking trails. One of them is the recommended Higueron River Trail.

A 8 kilometres trail where you will find waterfalls and crystal clear waters.

You will need shoes and a waterproof back-pack or similar where storing the electronic devices.

Infierno and Paloma ponds

Infierno Pond is a very singular place with great natural beauty. There are a few small waterfalls and it is surrounded by rock formations.

Charca del Infierno en Manilva

The hiking trail is in most areas through the river, because a great part of the route is within canyons It could be dangerous if the forecast says it might rain. Very close of this location you will find the Hedionda termal baths and the Paloma pond.

I recommend you visiting the three natural pools in the area, including the Hedionda Baths, a thermal water pool. Find the area in this map:  https://goo.gl/maps/5fMJqQNN8ET2

If you want to know everything about free thermal water pools in Andalucia, check my other post in the blog.

Nobu Hotel Marbella and restaurant by Robert de Niro & Nobu

Robert de Niro and Nobu MatsuhisaAfter opening their first restaurant in Spain, the partners Robert de Niro and Noby Marsuhisa are planning to open their hotel boutique from their luxury chain in one of the most luxuries areas in Marbella, the Golden Mile.

The first hotel from the chain was in Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. In Spain in 2017 they inaugurated their first hotel in Ibiza. Marbella Nobu Hotel will be the second in 2018.

The beginning of this partnership took place after the opening of Nobu’s first restaurant in Beverly Hills. The new way to cook the Japanese dishes with South American ingredients made it a very popular place to eat. The restaurant was even frequented by hollywood celebrities, including Robert de Niro. Their relationship began soon after they meet with new projects together.

¿What about Nobu Hotel?

Still early to know all details about this project. What we know until now is that it will be an exclusive offer of suites only for adults. The inauguration of Nobu Hotel in Marbella will not happen until Spring in 2018.

It will be in the 5 star hotel Puente Romano, where is situated the Nobu Restaurant & Lounge.

They will be adding suites of different categories and prices until 2019. The suites will be surrounding the square in Puente Romano and there will be a pool with oriental style.

The suites will focus on high standing customers. The hotel will focus to satisfy all customer’s needs – general director says.

Nobu Hotel Chain
Nobu hotel in Manila (upper image) and Ibiza (bottom image)

Nobu Restaurant and Lounge

The restaurant is built in sober and elegant wood following the Japanese styling.

Among the dishes you can find a few with South American influence, flavor that made Nobu famous. Malaga and the Mediterranean also look like to be of influence to him, you will be able to find some dishes with a typical Andalusian taste.

Nobu Restaurant & Longe, MarbellaThe restaurant is in Hotel Puente Romano, Marbella.

Opening time: 7:30pm to 01:00am daily.

Live DJ event from 7:30pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 4 am.

For reservations, please contact:

Phone: +34 952 778 686
Email: nobu@puenteromano.com
Web: http://www.puenteromano.com/es/restaurantes-en-marbella.html#51

Want to find more restaurants in Marbella?

PokerStars Festival in Casino Marbella

PokerStarsCasino Marbella is the place where PokerStars event takes place every year. In 2017 the fifth edition of this competition is from 19th to 25th of June. Hotel H10 Andalucia Plaza, apartments and hotels around have an high occupation rate during those dates.

Marbella is a town situated on the popular Costa del Sol, so I recommend to grab your camera before you continue reading and get ready for a break of sun and poker.

Other events in Casino Marbella

I already told you about the poker festival, but is there anything else? You will find other tournaments with big prizes like Holdem Poker and other events.

Want to check this and other events from Marbella Casino? http://www.casinomarbella.com/portal/web/guest/proximos-torneos

Casino Marbella

Those who decide to visit the Costa del Sol will find a great climate with sun, sea and beach as well as many parties, especially if you are among the winners. It will be a time to remember and if you participate I wish you luck; do you fancy visiting Marbella?

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?

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?

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.

Cold wave and snow in Malaga in January

January brings cold temperatures from the next Wednesday 18th until Sunday; this cold bring snow in Malaga to lower altitudes.

Snow in Malaga is an exceptional situation that you can take advantage of. How about a snow getaway this weekend?

Continue reading for an update at the bottom of this page…I will continue posting the latest information about cold and snow Malaga this week.

Low temperatures this week

The lowest temperatures expected in Malaga are between 1ºC and 3ºC while the maximum temperatures are between 10ºC and 12ºC.

In towns like Antequera or Ronda temperatures at night can reach – 4ºC and snow can even reach those or other areas like Malaga Mountains.

Temperatures are too low and it is not the normal weather in the south, from Monday in advance temperatures are expected to be back to normal.

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After all low temperatures will happen during the night, the daytime temperatures are mild.

Snow in Malaga

The famous snow in Malaga the 3rd in February in 1954 is in the memory of many locals. One day when they woke up with snow covering the streets up to 1 meter deep.

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Locals enjoying the morning throwing snow balls.

This situation is very strange to happen and before 1954 the only notice about this happening again goes back to 1882. The temperature registered the famous snow day was between 0,5ºC and 5ºC.

Those who were young by that date have very funny memories of the day. A free school Wednesday by surprise when they could enjoy the day by throwing snow balls and a cinema afternoon without homework.

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Guadalmedina river in the morning was a picture more likely from Nordic countries than from southern Spain.

Snow reached other municipalities in Malaga like Marbella and Estepona.

Is it likely to snow in Malaga again?

It would be a very strange success that the snow weather from 1954 happens again. This week could it snow but from 300m above the sea level.

It does exist the possibility of snow over the Malaga Mountains during the next days.

In an exceptional situation there could be snowy roads connecting the interior villages with the coast. I recommend to pay attention to the weather forecast if you are driving this week.

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Photo taken this morning, look at the mountains next to the airport

It is going to snow in Malaga, although it is a very strange success to happen it did in the past. Logic makes us think that at some point the event will happen…but we don´t know when.

Snow in Malaga is an exceptional situation that you can take advantage of. How about a snow getaway this weekend?

Update

It has snow in Marbella, Mijas Pueblo, Ronda, Antequera, Nerja and Malaga Mountains. It will continue to snow until the Sunday on the Axarquia region above 600 or 800 meters.

Torremolinos and Benalmadena have received snow at 600 meters above the sea level in areas such as Monte Calamorro and la Cañada del Lobo.

The temperature feeling the 19th of January morning at Malaga airport has been -1ºC while the real lower temperature has been 4ºC.

Weekend getaway with snow in Malaga

This weekend could be perfect to enjoy the beautiful snow landscapes in the province.

Although this is not the great snowfall produced in 1954 on the city and the coastal zones, snow has been produced at low altitudes. If you go by car you will not have to drive long to enjoy a snowy day in Malaga.

If you are looking for snowy places in the province for this weekend you should head to Ronda and Sierra de las Nieves or Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama. As the weekend progresses the fallen snow will melt, although it will be conserved in areas close to 1000 meters of altitude.

Weather forecast

The weather forecast show that snowfall will continue today from above 600 meters in some areas of the Axarquia region. Snow under that altitude will not last long as it is melting already.

This weekend will continue to snow but above 800 meters high.

Don’t be afraid if coming for holiday in January or February to Malaga

Don’t be afraid, news about the cold wave coming to Malaga and lower temperatures are more related to the night than to the day and this situation will last not long, only until the Sunday or Monday.

You can check the actual weather and temperature in Malaga from our website.

If you are looking for snow activities you can go to Sierra Nevada, very close to Malaga by car.

5 Easy hiking trails in Malaga for family trips

Malaga is surrounded by mountains, all kind of hiking trails ideal for nature lovers. In this article I will recommend some easy hiking trails that can be made all year round and even with children, perfect routes for going with family or spend a nice day with friends.

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Winter, autumn or summer activities, a chance to teach your children the beauty of this province by practicing any of the trails below. Those trails have a common characteristic, they are not difficult nor too long, perfect hiking trails for all ages.

Sharing hobbies and activities with children is important, memories they will keep for all their life. Activities like hiking will teach them to understand and respect nature.

Hiking trail in Sierra Bermeja

There is an easy path on this mountain range where you can enjoy a beautiful Pinsapo forest; a Pinsapo is a tree specie that has managed to survive millions of years.

The hiking path ‘Paseo de los Pinsapos’ (Pinsapos walk). It is well signed and starts with a descent; pay attention, you might be able to spot any of the species that live in this area: mountain goat, chameleon or Andalusian lizard among others.

  • Collection of plants is not allowed.
  • One way distance is 4.1 km.
  • The best way for getting there is from Estepona heading to Jubrique. La mejor ruta para llegar es desde Estepona tomando dirección a Jubrique). At the road cross at the mountain port ‘Puerto de Peñas Blancas’ you must take the road signed to Pico de los Reales, the hiking trail begins from one of the curves of this road.

Sierra Bermeja

How to get there and map of the area: https://goo.gl/maps/dhQSFfjiJpv

Hiking path in Marbella

In the Dunes of Artola begins this hiking trail, exactly at the parking where you must leave the car.

Along the route you will be able to see some fossils dunes, others are the moving dunes that can change their place depending on weather factors.

  •  Surface is tough and without unevenness, it is a path recommended for everyone.
  • Because being close to the beach you can take a bath if it is too hot.
  • For getting there you must take the road exit to Cabopino from the highway between Mijas and Marbella.

Dunas de Artola en Marbella

How to get there and map of the area: https://goo.gl/maps/LtVbKgU1tkF2

Visiting the Guadalhorce river mouth

In the past it was a Phoenician port and actually it’s a natural place with its own flora and fauna.

It is a perfect place for going with family and walk enjoying the day.

  • The route has bird spotting stands.
  • For getting there you must head to Guadalmar, between Torremolinos and Málaga.

Desembocadura del río Guadalhorce

Map and how to get there: https://goo.gl/maps/2VZF3EbbPcr

Fuente de Piedra Lagoon

The perfect season for visiting Fuente de Piedra Lagoon is between autumn and spring, a place where enjoying this natural reserve and finding an important population of aquatic birds.

This lagoon has been an important salt resource since Roman times until the middle of the 20th century. Actually it is a wetland where you will find one of the most important flamenco colonies in Europe.

For getting to this lagoon you must head to Casabermeja from Malaga, drive surrounding Antequera by the North driving through the A-47 and the A-92 roads until you get to the Fuente de Piedra exit.

Foto de flamencos en Laguna de Fuente de Piedra

How to get there and map: https://goo.gl/maps/LNBVxwpq73t

Hiking in Malaga Mountains

Lagar de Torrijos place is at the North of the Natural Park of Malaga Mountains. It is an area from where you can have a nice walk by a dense pines forest.

It is a nice family route, you can make a round day if you try the typical ‘Plato de los Montes’ dish.

Montes de Malaga

How to get there and map: https://goo.gl/maps/CPsG3pzERV92

More hiking trails

Sharing hobbies and activities with children is important, memories they will keep for all their life. Activities like hiking will teach them to understand and respect nature.

Those are just some of the easy hiking trails in Malaga for going with family or friends, there are many more. If you want to know more about Natural Parks and hiking routes in Malaga and Andalucia check our guides.