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.

 

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.

winter-is-coming
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.

snow covering mountains next to Malaga airport
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.

Night of the Three Kings: Parade, history and curiosities

The origin of the celebration of Twelfth Night (Three Kings night) from 5 to January 6 goes back to the ancient times for being an important day in which increases the brightness after the winter solstice of December 25, thereafter the days begin to get longer each time.

Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar are the names of the Three Kings.

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Night of the Three Kings on January the 5th

In the past the Three Kings distributed roles regarding giving out gifts, unfortunately for Balthazar he was in charge of giving coal (the real one, not sweet) stones or wood to children who had not done well. Gaspar gave candy or nuts and Melchior brought clothes and shoes; the gifts of those times were adapted to the needs of the moment.

three-kings

The Three Kings, as such, are not very widespread and are celebrated only in some Spanish-speaking countries, mainly because of Father Christmas or Santa Claus has prevailed, although both have the same origin.

There is variety in representing the Three Kings in Europe, in countries such as Italy its ‘La Befana’, a witch who seeks redemption and is responsible for bringing the good children presents and scare the bad ones.

In other countries like Germany is just a special day for Catholics, unlike in Spain where everyone celebrates. In Germany on that day there are no gifts or family meals; it is a day of charitable action.

Tradition says that the one who decides whether to give coal to the children is the Carbonilla, a page of the Three Kings.

Will they bring lots of charcoal? At Malagaweb.com we expect that you have behaved well and if they bring you charcoal, that is the sweet one you can eat.

The parade in 2017

The Three Kings parade in 2017 bring up to 12 tons of sweets which they throw everywhere from the cars. This year the parade is organized in three main blocks: Fantasy, Christmas and Royal Courtship.

Opening cars called Fantasy parade comes with characters of Star Wars and Alice in Wonderland among many others.

The Christmas cars parade comes with the royal pages, a ballet, angels decorated cars and shepherds next to a moving nativity scene.

Finally the Royal Courtship formation with acrobats and the decorated cars of Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar kings.

Traffic roads will be closed in Malaga centre due to the cavalcade from 12 at night on January 4 to the ending of the parade on January 5th.

Parade of the Three Kings – January activities

Melchor kingThe procession of the Three Kings is a mainly Spanish tradition. The first parade which is recorded took place in 1876 in Alicante and thanks to its success it was expanding rapidly to other cities. In 1917 took place the first Parade in Andalusia and today is a typical established tradition throughout the province.

In the beginning it was a day set for charity and the Parades were responsible for collecting toys for disadvantaged children; with the passage of time this healthy habit was disappearing giving way to the typical candy being thrown from the coaches just before Twelfth Night when children wait for their gifts.

Three kings parade in Malaga: Itineraries in January

The three kings parade in Malaga has an itinerary different from other years because of the subway works.

There are paid chairs available for those who want to see the 3 Kings Parade from a comfortable chair. Price for chairs are as follows:

  • 9€ first row sit
  • 8€ second row sit
  • 4€ third row sit at Paseo del Parque only.

If you want to buy a chair for the Three Kings Parade you can do online (only in Spanish  at http://www.mientrada.net/) or by phone 902 646 289 (high paid call).

Beginning of the parade is at 5:00pm from Malaga Town Hall in January the 5th.

Itinerary of the parade

5:00pm Parade will officially begin at Malaga Town Hall.

  • Paseo del Parque
  • Plaza de la Marina
  • Rotonda del Marqués de Larios
  • Alameda Principal
  • Mercado de Atarazanas

Detailed itinerary in Malaga: Avenida de Cervantes, Plaza del General Torrijos, Paseo del Parque, Plaza de La Marina, Alameda Principal, Puerta del Mar, Atarazanas, Plaza de Arriola, Pasillo de Santa Isabel, Carretería, Álamos y Plaza de la Merced.

Parade itinerary in Torremolinos

4pm – Parade officially begins in Blas Infante Square.

  • Avda. Rafael Quintana
  • C/ Europa
  • Avda. Isabel Manoja
  • Avda. Los Manantiales
  • Plaza Costa del Sol
  • Avda. Joan Miró
  • Calle doctor Jiménez Encina
  • C/García de la Serna
  • Avda. Rafael Quintana
  • Ayuntamiento de Torremolinos

Parade itinerary in Benalmádena

At 4:30pm begins the parade in Benalmadena Pueblo

  • Recinto Ferial los Nadales
  • Calle San Miguel
  • Avenida del Chorrillo
  • Avenida Juan Luís Peralta
  • Calle Jerónimo Garriga
  • Calle Lomillas
  • Plaza de España
  • Calle Real
  • Avenida Juan Luís Peralta

Parade itinerary in Fuengirola

4pm: In Fuengirola the Three Kings arrive by helicopter.

  • Calle Mallorca
  • Avenida de Mijas
  • Avenida Juan Gómez “Juanito”
  • Calle Camilo José Cela
  • Calle Molino de viento
  • Avenida Condes de San Isidro
  • Avda. Matías Sáenz de Tejada
  • Avenida Ramón y Cajal
  • Avda. de Los Boliches

Parade itinerary in Marbella

11am – Arrival to Quiron Hospital of the Three Kings.

12am: Arrival by boat to Marbella marina and parade by old cars.

6pm: Official parade with the itinerary below:

  • Avda. Severo Ochoa
  • Avda. Ramón y Cajal
  • Avda. Ricardo Soriano
  • Plaza Monseñor Rodrigo Bocanegra

Parade itinerary in Nerja

4pm: Arrival of the three kings to the town hall.

5pm: Official parade.

  • Parque Verano Azul
  • C/ Jaén
  • C/ Diputación
  • Calle Granada
  • Calle San Miguel
  • Plaza Cantarero
  • Pintada
  • Puerta del Mar
  • Finaliza en Balcón de Europa.

Roscon de Reyes: History and curiosities

Roscón de ReyesThe origin of eating a ¡Roscon de Reyes¡ for Twelfth Night dates back to Roman times; the Romans dedicated festivals to the god Saturn to celebrate the increase in brightness after the winter solstice. During the celebration were baked round cakes of figs, dates and honey which were enjoying all social classes including slaves.

From the third century was introduced the dry bean into the sweet and who got it was considered king of kings for a short period of time; this tradition continued in use and there are records of its use during the Middle Ages with small variations.

At present there are usually a treasure and a bean inside each cake being the one who the gets the bean responsible for paying it and the one who gets the treasure is the king of the house for a day.

New Bus line from Malaga Airport

This summer is being historic in the Costa del Sol; Malaga airport last weekend has surpassed the number of flights and visitors to any weekend of the year.
Surely the political instability in other destinations is being decisive in this great increase in tourists.

Some companies are adapting to the growth of tourists increasing their staff or creating new routes in the case of public transport.

New bus route to Almuñecar from Malaga

This bus runs along the coast to Almuñecar and makes stops in Malaga downtown, Torre del Mar, Torrox, Nerja, Maro and La Herradura.

There is also a direct bus to Almuñecar but the carrier aims to offer visitors an option to reach their destinations on the eastern coast.

You can book online from https://www.alsa.es/, remember to print the copy of the ticket.

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Timetable and bus fare in summer 2015

11:45 – Departure Airport     8:30am – Departure Almuñecar
12:15 – Bus Station Malaga
12:55 – Torre del Mar
13:20 – Torrox
13:30 – Nerja
13:35 – Maro
13:45 – La Herradura
14:00 – Bus Station Almuñecar

The ticket price is 7.44 Euro one way or 13.47 Euro for a return trip.

Timetable and bus fare in 2016

Departure from Malaga airport to Almuñecar:

From 14:15, 14:45 or 17:00
Price: 8.77€ for one way

Where to take the bus at the airport?

If this is the first time you come to Malaga airport have never taken a bus before on the map below you can see the exact location; it is situated very close to the arrivals hall:

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Beware of the Radars in Malaga

Top radars in Malaga
New aerial radar

There are several radars in Malaga with which you must be careful if you rent a car; these radars are speed radars, stretch radars and mobile radars although the latter are not indicated.

Remember that being fined while driving a rental car does not exclude you from paying the fine and will increase with the corresponding administrative expenditure of the rental company managing your fine.

Top radars in Malaga

The following radars are known to be among the most active in Spain and for being quite controversial so I recommend being especially careful if you drive around the area.

Speed radar and stretch radar of Las Pedrizas: 80 Km / h
Installed in early 2014 they are currently the most active radars in Spain with about 100 daily fines. As due to the steep slope it is easy to exceed the speed limit even without accelerating, many drivers choose to take the toll road and avoid it.

Radar of the motorway A-7 Rincon de la Victoria – El Palo: 80 Km/h
There are two radars, one in each direction; the one of Rincon de la Victoria at kilometre 256 in direction to Marbella and the one of El Palo at kilometre 246 in direction to Nerja.

Although the mentioned radars are among the 10 in Spain which collect more fines, there are more radars along the Costa del Sol with which you must be careful.

Established penalties for exceeding the speed limit

The radars are activated when exceeding in 8 km / h the established limit and the penalties are detailed below.

Remember that with the points you won´t get any awards but they are cumulative to lose the license, unless your license isn´t Spanish.

For a speed limit of 60 km / h
61-90 km/h: 100 €
91-110 km/h: 300 € and 2 points
111-120 km/h: 400 € and 4 points
121-130 km/h: 500 € and 6 points
+ 130 km/h: 600 € and 6 points

For a speed limit of 80 km/h
81-110 km/h: 100 €
111-130 km/h: 300 € and 2 points
131-140 km/h: 400 € and 4 points
141-150 km/h: 500 € and 6 points
+ 150 km/h: 600 € and 6 points

For a speed limit of 90 km/h
91-120 km/h: 100 €
121-140 km/h: 300 € and 2 points
141-150 km/h: 400 € and 4 points
151-160 km/h: 500 € and 6 points
+ 160 km/h: 600 € and 6 points

For a speed limit of 100 km/h
101-130 km/h: 100 €
131-150 km/h: 300 € and 2 points
151-160 km/h: 400 € and 4 points
161-170 km/h: 500 € and 6 points
+ 171 km/h: 600 € and 6 points

For a speed limit of 120 km/h
121-150 km/h: 100 €
151-170 km/h: 300 € and 2 points
171-180 km/h: 400 € and 4 points
181-190 km/h: 500 € and 6 points
+ 190 km/h: 600 € and 6 points

Other speeding radars in Malaga
Continue reading to find out other radars which rather often sanction on the Costa del Sol:

Stretch Radar in Cala de Mijas
Located in both directions at the height of Faro de Calaburras this stretch radar will penalize you if you exceed 87 km / h.

Speed radar at the exit of Puerto Banus
If you leave Puerto Banus with the idea of taking the A-7 you’ll find this speed radar with limit of 120 km / h.

Map of Radars
http://proyectos.diariosur.es/radares-fijos-malaga/

Nerja Cave Music Festival 2013 from 24 to 27 July

festival cueva nerjaWith already more than 50 years of tradition, also this summer will be held a new edition of the Nerja Caves Festival from July 24 to 27. This event is held annually to commemorate the discovery of the cavity and opening to the public in 1960. In an incomparable setting with extraordinary acoustic, takes place this unique Festival of Music and Dance.

The festival will begin on July 24 with the Salzburg soloists string quartet accompanied by the renowned clarinettist Ferdinand Steiner playing pieces by Mozart, Verdi, Bizet, Piazzolla, Gershwin. On July 25 will be on the stage of the grotto Victor Ullate Ballet; the 26th there will be a concert by singer Pastora Soler and the 27th there will be Flamenco with the Master of the Guitar Manolo Sanlucar who will be accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of Malaga. The tickets range between 25 and 40 euros and can be purchased at the box office of the Cave of Nerja or through the website www.cuevadenerja.es where you can find comprehensive information about the caves and the festival.

How to get to the Nerja Caves:

The Nerja Caves are located between the towns of Maro and Nerja, next to the Mediterranean motorway A-7 towards Almeria, about 50 km from Malaga city . Take exit 295 “Cueva de Nerja”.

White Night in Nerja on May 18 in 2013

noche en blanco nerjaJust a few days ago has taken place one of the most popular cultural proposals in Malaga city, the White Night; as a matter of fact, more and more cities join the event with their own cultural offers. So, the easternmost town on the Costa del Sol, Nerja, celebrates its own White Night on the 18th of May.

This cultural project, with plenty of activities for all ages, begins to develop its program throughout the day. On May 18 is also celebrated the International Day of Museums and therefore there will be an open house with free entry to the Museum of the History of Nerja.

Here is the program:
– Sala Mercado: From 11:30 am Children’s Painting Workshop, Storytelling and games
– Plaza Cavana / Balcon de Europa: 10.30 am to 2 pm local Painters paint outdoors. 6 pm Concert; 6:30 pm Shows of different dance groups and a choir
– Historic city centre: 5.30 pm Street parade
– Cultural centre: 5 pm Theatre
– Hermitage Nuestra Señora de las Angustias: 12.30 pm Guided tour; 6 pm Early Music.
– Giner de los Rios: From 5 pm onwards varied activities
– Museum of Nerja: Open doors from 10 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to midnight. Workshops and guided visits.
– Plaza de España: From 9 pm choirs and dance performances.

Apart from these activities, there is also another proposal: The Nerja Cave offers until the end of June the opportunity to visit the caves outside regular hours open to the public. Thus, small groups can enjoy a unique light installation and limited in time. Reservations for this activity can be booked at the website www.cuevadenerja.es, where visitors can choose the day and time to enjoy the experience.

Christmas markets in the province of Malaga during 2012

Maybe Christmas markets in Malaga cannot compete with the Christmas markets of Nordic countries, as far as typical Christmas aesthetic concerns… a walk in the snow, the typical and delicious smells and flavours emanating from the decorated stalls…

In Malaga, the Christmas markets as known by visitors from more northern locations did not exist here, but gradually also begin to settle, “in a Malaga style” of course. And with something Malaga can not only compete, but beats many European capitals: Its spectacular Christmas lights.

Malaga city: During the month of December to January 5, the Christmas market takes place in the central Park of Malaga, with Christmas items, crafts and books, every day from 11 am to 10 pm. Another Christmas market takes place in the Plaza de Mozart, from 6 to 9 of December.

Torremolinos: From 2 to 6 December takes place the Convent Sweet Fair at the Palace of Congresses, where you can buy unique Christmas sweets made in the convents of Malaga. Opening hours are from 11 am to 2 pm and from 5 pm to 8 pm, admission is free.

Benalmadena: The Christmas market takes place Benalmadena Costa from December 6 to January 5, in the Avenida Antonio Machado – Corner Avenida Alay. Hours are from 11 am to 8 pm. In Benalmadena Arroyo de la Miel, the Christmas market takes place from 12 to 16 of December in the Plaza de la Mezquita.

Mijas: In the three nuclei of Mijas, Christmas markets are taking place from the 17th to the 31st of December. In Cala de Mijas, in Supersol Boulevard; in Las Lagunas, in the Park of Andalusia, and in Mijas Pueblo, in the Plaza Virgen de la Peña.

Fuengirola: In Fuengirola, the Christmas market is installed in a tent in the Plaza de la Constitucion, from the 5th to the 9th of December.

Marbella: In Puerto Banus takes place from December 1st to January 6th, a craft market at Plaza Antonio Banderas. In San Pedro Alcantara: On Saturday, December 8 there is a Christmas market in the Plaza de la Iglesia from 10 am to 8 pm. There will also be activities for children and a municipal orchestra concert at 12.30 pm.

Sabinillas, Manilva: In Sabinillas takes place a Christmas market with crafts, typical sweets and traditional music in the Plaza Vicente Espinal, from December 6 to 9.
Nerja: On December 6 there is a craft market in the Plaza de España in Nerja. There is also a Christmas market from the 12th to 18th of December next to the Church El Salvador (Balcony of Europe).

Inland villages in Christmas

Ronda: Christmas market in the Plaza Duquesa de Parcent, with crafts, typical food items and Christmas decorations and gifts.

Gaucin: In the Convent of Gaucin there will be a Christmas Fair on 1st and 2nd of December, from 10 am to 5 pm, with unique gifts and traditional food.

Alora: From December 14 to 16 there is a Christmas market in Alora, with food stalls, crafts and Christmas items, children’s activities and performances, at Plaza Fuente Arriba, starting at 12 noon.

International Festival of Music and Dance, Nerja Caves from July 17 to 22 in 2012

This year in July takes place the 53rd edition of the Festival de la Cueva de Nerja to be held from July 17 to 22. With over half a century behind it, this festival held in the underground chambers of the Caves of Nerja, it is still a great attraction in the summer of Malaga, both for its unique location and its excellent guest artists.

This year the program welcomes singer Pasion Vega (July 21), the soloists of the Orchestra of Salzburg (July 17), Flamenco dancing with Antonio El Pipa and Lola Greco (July 18), the Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla (19 July) and the gala of the Russian Ballet (July 20). As a novelty this year, the Caves of Nerja in this edition also include theatre, with the Catalan company Els Comediants, on July 22. All performances begin at 10 pm.

Another novelty is that the tickets don´t have any longer a single price of 50 Euros, but are now available from 25, 30 and 40 Euros, depending on the area; these entries so far could only be purchased at the box office of the Caves of Nerja, which implied a certain degree of inconvenience, now can also be purchased over the Internet, at the webpage www.cuevadenerja.es, in the cave itself and in the Museum of the History of Nerja, located in the Plaza de España 4.

The Nerja caves, which are also known as the Natural Cathedral by the size of its chambers, are located in the village of Maro a few miles from Nerja some 200 meters above sea level. The cavity open to the public has an area of about 140,000 square meters, with a maximum length of 700 meters. During the summer months, visiting hours are from 10 am until 7:30 pm. During the days of the International Festival of Music and Dance of the Cueva de Nerja (July), visiting hours are from 10 am to 6 pm.