White Night in Malaga the 20th of May

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

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

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

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

Activities during the White Night

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

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

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

Activities for children

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

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

Visiting Alcazaba and Roman Theatre at night

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

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

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

Visiting English cemetery at night

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

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

Arts, museums, exhibitions and other cultural events

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

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

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

Seafood Fair in Puerto Marina Benalmadena from 28th of April to 1st of May

9th-seafood-fairWhoever’s mouth waters with this image, should approach the Seafood Fair that takes place in Puerto Marina in Benalmadena from 28th of April to 1st of May.

Visitors can sample from 12 a.m. on Friday rations of all kinds of fresh seafood at the 9th edition of this fair.

Seafood lovers can enjoy a variety of products without leaving the site.

During four days visitors can taste the best seafood. There are shrimps, scallops, grilled prawns, mussels, clams and many more from a total of 20 varieties of seafood offered by the restaurants participating in this event.

Seafood Fair prices:

  • Drink: 1.50€
  • Shrimps: 6€
  • Mussels: 3€
  • Rice: 5€
  • Clams: 6€

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Weather for this weekend in Benalmadena

This weekend we expect temperatures hovering around 17° C, clouds and possible rain until Saturday. It is not the typical sunny and clear day of late April and beginning of May but nothing to worry about.

Well I know a little of rain or clouds will not stop seafood lovers, so enjoy the fair.

Visiting Puerto Marina Seafood Fair

Puerto Marina in Benalmadena is one of the most original and beautiful marinas in the world. Awarded several times for its unusual architectural design with artificial islands and a mixture of Indian, Arab and Andalusian styles.

In addition to the seafood fair you can find a commercial area with shops, restaurants and coffee-shops.

Seafood Fair is open to public from 12:00 a.m.

Find below a video of a past edition:

International People’s Fair in Fuengirola in 2017

The 23rd edition of the International People’s Fair in Fuengirola will take place the next Thursday  27 April until Monday 1st of May.

There will be representations of more than 30 different countries, among those countries you will be able to find stands from Italy, Senegal, United States and some Spanish regions like Navarra or Canary Islands among many others.

This fair in Fuengirola is an ideal place where meeting the culture and gastronomy of other countries and regions, will you miss it?

peoples fair in fuengirola

FIP Schedule

21st of April at 12am is the official presentation of the International Fair

International People’s Fair begin 27 April

12:00 Fairgrounds will be open at this time; it is the place where the Trade Fair takes place.

13:00 Opening of the Trade fair stands

4:00 Closing of the Trade Fair stands.

Friday 29 April

Opening of the stands for the Trade Fair from 1pm to 4am.

Saturday 29 April – International People’s Fair Parade

9,30am Since the morning participant groups will meet at Plaza de España (Spain Square)

11am Fair Parade with the following circuit:

  • Plaza de España
  • Avenida Condes de San Isidro
  • Avenida Matías Sáenz de Tejada
  • C/ Alfonso XVIII
  • Pso. Jesus Santos Rein
  • Palacio de la Paz at 1pm

1pm Opening of the stands for the Trade Fair until 4am.

Sunday 30th of April and Monday 1st of May

Trade Fair will be available as every day from 1pm to 4am.

How to get to the Fairground in Fuengirola

The International People’s Fair is located at the Fairgrounds so you must follow the direction to Fuengirola, if you are getting there by train you can stop at the Boliches train station, the one before the last one.

For more information and a map you can check the official PDF program at:

http://www.fipfuengirola.com/images/fip/2017/fip2017.pdf

Zombie infection detected in Malaga in 2017!

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

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

Only those who can pay a vaccine will have a chance of survival. They will have to accomplish a number of missions  before the end of the night. If they are not bitten in the process they might escape infection by a rescue means not yet specified…but let’s face it, nobody will survive.

To which group do you belong? If you do not understand a word of Spanish you will be one of the first who get lost and cornered by a zombie horde, not being able to complete missions unless your friends do understand their requests. Do not worry if this is the case, being a zombie has its own good things, there are many brain recipes online!

On Saturday 12th of August, from 11pm to 7am close the doors and windows if you are neither a survivor nor a zombie; although many choose to watch the event, foolish…

Everything about Survival Zombie

survival-zombie-2017‘Survival Zombie’ is a known event in Spain because of its originality and active participation throughout the Spanish territory.

Those who choose being a survivor in Malaga will have to accomplish several missions provided by actors during the night while trying to survive…something that will not be easy. If a zombie touches you , you will become part of the horde.

The story presented to participants is original and there are actors, special effects, streets decorated as an apocalypse with hospital and military camps, you will feel your favourite series of living dead.

For each success mission you will receive a stamp on your ration card, in earlier events it is known there were up to 14 missions. You can choose to collaborate with other players or go solo. Perhaps you prefer to fool them when they are asking if an area is safe? The goal is to survive and that could give enough time for you to avoid a horde and continue your adventure.

Living dead can’t run, except the called Z, those are actors who other zombies follow…and those run fast, if you see one better you run or hide, he will go after you.

Past events and Survival Zombie

At the beginning of the night some military at a camp might provide instructions for survival, pay attention and listen carefully, danger lurks.

Some of the past missions included entering a dark building noiselessly to retrieve an amulet; causing noise would attract the attention of a creature inside.

Survivors must use a green scarf while the undead go with a red one.

If zombies caught you, then you can join the horde or pay 5€ for an emergency vaccine and continue doing missions.

Malaga sightseeing being a survivor or a zombie

If its your first time in Malaga you can take advantage of this experience and visit the city while or after being chased by the walking dead.

With a Roman past and with a strong Muslim history that left us monuments like the Alcazaba fortress. Malaga is a beautiful tourist destination during all the year that has ended up being the source of undead infection in 2017.

Some of the most popular attractions in Malaga for living beings and dead people

  • Plaza de la Merced.
  • Alcazaba.
  • Roman Theatre.

Visiting Malaga while infested by zombies? Definitely an original proposal that might appeal many of you.

Rules and information about Survival Zombie

The event will begin with an introduction to story made by actors.

Children from 10 years old in advance can take part always if accompanied by an adult.

Those who come infected and already did make up at home will pay only 10€ for being a zombie. Those who let being infected at event and choose to make up by professionals will have to pay 20€.

Cost of vaccine for survivors is 30€. If bitten during the event and want to continue doing missions you will have to pay for an emergency vaccine of 5€.

Those who want to take part on this event from outside Malaga can book a bus from Madrid, Ciudad Real and Granada from the official website (if available).

Date: Saturday, August 12th, 2017

Hours: From 23pm to 7am

The event will end with the rescue of the few remaining survivors if any in an amazing and secret scene…including helicopter maybe?

If you remove the participant identification prematurely you will be disqualified so you can safely leave the event without zombies biting you.

The infestation will be in October, you still have time ahead to get ready, if you are someone who want a vaccine, you can reserve it at the official website… Good luck, you will need it.

Promotional Video of Survival Zombie

Short film ‘ Walking dead Revelation’ based in Malaga

The history of the event is based on the book and short film below.

More information and tickets for Survival Zombie

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

St. Patrick’s day in March

Is in March, when Ireland’s Day takes place, popularly known as Saint Patrick’s Day. Continue reading to know more about this special day, Ireland has been present in part of the recent history of Malaga, this is something not many of you know .

There were 3181 Irish established in Malaga during 2012, which is surely higher today. Mostly they are located in the towns of Mijas, Marbella, Estepona, Fuengirola and Torremolinos although they extend in the entire province.

The roots joining Malaga with Ireland are more ingrained than many people think.

Origin of Saint Patrick

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated around the world on 17 March, but some towns or cities can change the day to coincide with a weekend.

Saint Patrick the person was born in Scotland; he was the son of a Roman army officer. He was taken prisoner when he was 16 and sold as a slave. Saint Patrick spent 6 years in Ireland where he learned the Celtic language although his destiny would be France where he prepared for a life in the monastery. Saint Patrick ended his days as a priest in this country trying to evangelize the population. He died on March 17th in 461.

St. Patrick’s Day is characterized by the well-known 3-leaf clover. This clover is said to be like the one used by the priest to explain the mystery of the Holy Trinity.

Actually during Saint Patrick the clover and the green colour are very present in the celebration.

Ireland and Malaga: Ties in common

The roots that link Malaga with Ireland are more ingrained than many people think. During the industrial revolution an Irish leather tanner named Thomas Livermore Page came to live to the city and met his wife. The name Livermore would become popular in the city after the marriage of two of his daughters with personalities of the moment, Manuel Agustin Heredia and his brother Martin, both of great importance in the development and future of the city.

Another Irishman who found a prominent place in the history of the city was Robert Boyd. Together with General Torrijos landed on the coast of Malaga to fight against the absolutism established in the country and in favor of freedom. Unfortunately they were captured and executed without the possibility of defence. Every year a tribute is celebrated in front of the tomb of Boyd in the English cemetery of Malaga.

George Campbell is a renowned Irish painter who fell in love with Malaga. He used to live in the city 6 months every year. His work was largely influenced by his place of residence. The only year in which he would not return to southern Spain would be after his death in 1979.

Celebrating Saint Patrick in Malaga

San Patricio church in Malaga is used for a religious celebration in Huelin area.

There still no confirmation on dates nor activities but  live Celtic music concerts and other activities are usual on this event.

Saint Patrick’s Day on March 18th in Torremolinos

For the first time the Irish celebration of St. Patrick’s Day is introduced in Torremolinos. In the Plaza de la Nogalera from 12pm to 6pm there will be typical Irish dances, food and of course the typical Irish beer.

The event has a contest that will reward the best dresses in men’s and women’s category.

St. Patrick's day in Torremolinos

Saint Patrick’s Day on March in Benalmadena

As every year although not yet officially announced San Patricio will start with a parade from Arroyo de la Miel to the Paloma Park at 12:00

In Paloma Park will take place a great Irish party with dances, music, food and drink.

The date has not been confirmed although it is presumed that it will be March 17 or 18.

Saint Patrick’s Day on March in Fuengirola

Every year, free activities for all the public are prepared in the Miramar Park of Fuengirola.

If you just want to find a typical Irish pub in Fuengirola you will not have it too complicated. In Fuengirola are two of the best known, the Pogs and O’Reilly’s.

Hopefully a day as special as St. Patrick’s green decor will not only be present in the pub, but in those who are going to celebrate the day there, something to keep in mind if you want to integrate.

Saint Patrick’s Day on March in Marbella

Marbella will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the 18th and 19th of March with green lighting, Irish folckore perfomances and typical Irish drinks and food. Are you going to miss it?

There are 463 Irish residents actually living in Marbella.

Location and time: Glorieta de la Fontanilla, from 1pm to 7pm.

Dinosaurs in Malaga with Jurassic World in February

Until February 26th children can enjoy the exciting Jurassic world with animatronics dinosaurs in an area of more than one thousand square meters.

jurassic-world

Meeting dinosaurs in Malaga

Indeed it is a special occasion for making activities with children and knowing more about these majestic creatures that once walked on our planet.

The exhibition shows us 10 real size dinosaur figures, some of them are animated simulating breathing and other details of their behaviour.

The representations have an appearance similar to what they think they might had in the past.

One of the latest discoveries shows that many of the dinosaurs may have been covered by feathers. Probably the common ancestor had them also.

Among the species in the exhibitions you can find the great and feared Tyrannosaur Rex in real size. In addition you will see Triceratops, Spinosaurs, Diplodocus and Protoceratops among other species.

Activities for children

The animated figures are represented in habitats that simulate their natural environment.

There are information panels in the dinosaur exhibit that show very interesting facts about those animals and theories of their extinction.

Undoubtedly an ideal way to teach children how they were and where those amazing creatures lived.

 

dinosaurs-malaga

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

Price and time

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

Children under 3 years have free admission.

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

Address and how to get there

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

You can get there using public transport or by car.

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

Jamie Cullum, Sting, Beach Boys & other live concerts in Fuengirola between June and July

Sting concert in 2017 in FuengirolaThe city is getting ready for the celebration of the Fuengirola Festival with 2 months of concerts and shows during June and July in 2017.

Some of the popular names that will be present are Janie Cullum, Beach Boys, Sting or the Spanish band Oreja de Van Gogh among others.

The event that will hold these concerts is the 22th edition of the Fuengirola Festival and Marenostrum Music Castle Park.

The area for the concerts is located next to the Sohail Castle and there will be a great gastronomy offer with different kind of tickets on sale that must be acquired online.

Live concerts at Sohail Castle in Fuengirola

Amazing landscape at the Arabian fortress Sohail for the concerts, situated on a hill a few meters from the beach.

The Beach Boys band will make a unique concert in Andalucia the 24th of June in Fuengirola .

Sting will make a live concert on July 17th beside Ara Malikian. The door opening is at 7pm, Ara Malikian concert at 9pm and Sting at 11pm.

On July  25th the jazz singer and pianist Jamie Cullum will make a live performance. It is the second time he comes to Fuengirola as he came 6 years ago and the concert was sold out o I recommend you to watch out for ticket sales.

Beside them other artists like Oreja de Van Gogh, Michael Nyman, Loquillo, Extremo Duro and or Robe Iniesta, still pending to confirm the assistance.

Fuengirola's concerts stage

Buy ticket online and information about the place

The place reserved for this event is divided in different zones you will have access to depending on the ticket you purchased:

  • Premium zone  Silver, Golden and Platinum zones.
  • General zone: Bench seats with capacity up to 2800 people.

Sohail concert areas

Ticket prices for concerts

When purchasing the tickets there are different choices. Take in consideration one ticket is valid for one day:

  • Platinum Frontstage: 198€
    Exclusive access to the main area next to the stage.
    Drink and food is available in VIP area.
    Exclusive access to bathroom.
    Commemorative accreditation of your assistance.
  • Gold Frontstage: 132€
    Access to the main area next to the stage and after the platinum frontstage.
    Drink and food is available in the VIP area.
  • Silver Pista: 93.50€
    Access to reserved area for the Silver ticket entrance.
    Drink and food is available in the Premium area.
  • Ticket for disabled people: 60.50€
  • General area: 60.50€
  • Numbered bench seats: 60.50€

For buying the tickets you can visit the official event website at:
http://marenostrumcastlepark.com/ (Spanish)

Other live concerts

Michael Bolton will make a concert in Marbella, at hotel Puente Romano the 10th of August at 9pm.

Prices for this concert are from 35€ to 275€ and can be bought from https://crazymusicproductions.koobin.com/michaelbolton2017en

Rockin Race Jamboree in February 2017

Lovers of Rockabilly and Swing have a fantastic date for a long weekend in the new edition of Rockin Race Jamboree in Torremolinos.

Days 2,3,4 and 5th in February 2017.

At the auditorium of Torremolinos will take place in February this great event of Rock from the 50’s and early 60’s, which is one of the most interesting events in the cultural winter calendar on the Costa del Sol.

The Rockin Race Jamboree celebrates this year a new edition, with many leading figures of the genre, being a must for thousands of lovers of this type of music from around the world. During the event there will also be a retro market of the 50’s with vinyl records, clothing and other accessories.

Ready for a rockabilly weekend?

The Costa del Sol town of Torremolinos as host of the event invites for its excellent weather at this time of year to enjoy the best Rockabilly under the Mediterranean sun. Torremolinos is also just 5 kilometres from Malaga Airport and has excellent infrastructure and hotels.

To view the full program and all related information please visit the official event website http://www.rockinrace.com/en/

Original ideas for Valentine’s Day in Malaga 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Valentines day

Origin of Valentine’s Day

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

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

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

A cheap or free Valentine’s Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

6 free or cheap original ideas for Valentine’s Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

spa-massage

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

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

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

parachute-tandem-malaga

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

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

Offers for lodging and transportation for your romantic getaway

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

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

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

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

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

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.

melchor-gaspar-baltasar

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.