Organic Markets in the province of Malaga

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

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

Ecological markets in the Guadalhorce Valley and Axarquía.

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

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

organic-market

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

First weekend of the month

Saturday: Green market in Marbella

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

Sunday: Ecological market in Cártama

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

Sunday: Organic market in Rincón de la Victoria

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

Second weekend of the month

Saturday: Ecological market in Málaga

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

Sunday: Ecological market in Mijas

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

Third weekend of the month

Saturday: Green market in Marbella

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

Sunday: Ecological market in Benalmádena

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

Fourth weekend of the month

Saturday: Ecological market in Malaga

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

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

Ecological markets on the last Sunday of the month

Ecological market in Cala de Mijas

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

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

Other ecological markets in Málaga

organic markets 2013

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

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

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

Pizarra: Last Sunday of the month, in the Plaza de la Cultura from 10-14 h.

Fuengirola: 19 March 2017 from 11:00 to 15:00 hours and is held on the first and third Sunday of each month in the Plaza del Puerto Deportivo (Marina square).

Rockin Race Jamboree in Torremolinos – 2018

Rockin Race Jamboree 2018Lovers of Rockabilly and Swing have a fantastic date for a long weekend in the new edition of Rockin Race Jamboree in Torremolinos.

Days 1,2,3 and 4th in February 2018.

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 in Torremolinos?

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 3 kilometres from Malaga Airport and has excellent infrastructure and hotels.

Discounts to fly cheaper

Iberia offers assistants the discount code ‘ROCKINRACE2018‘ for those who plan to fly to Malaga airport.

Where is it celebrated and where to buy tickets?

The price is 35€ per day plus one CD, if you prefer they sell a combination to attend every day for 70€. Daily tickets are valid for all concerts scheduled on that day:

Wednesday, 31 January:
Hotel Barracuda: Tickets from 12:00 to 15:00 hrs.

Thursday 1 February:
Hotel Barracuda: Tickets from 12:00 to 15:00 hrs.
Auditorium of Torremolinos: Tickets from 20:30 to 3:00

Friday 2 February:
Barracuda Hotel: Tickets from 12:00 to 16:30
Auditorium of Torremolinos: Tickets from 20:30 to 3:00

Saturday, February 3rd:
Hotel Barracuda: Tickets from 14:00 to 17:30
Auditorium of Torremolinos: Tickets from 20:00 to 3:00

Sunday 4 February:
Tickets available in the hall of Hotel Barracuda.

Municipal Auditorium of Torremolinos
C/ Pedro Navarro Bruna, s/n – Exhibition Centre
29620 Torremolinos – Málaga (SPAIN)

Hotel Barracuda Torremolinos
Avenida de España 1
29620 Torremolinos, Málaga
Map

A big stage and a big dance floor. There will also be food, drinks and parking spaces. You will be able to use the wardrobe and the smoking area.

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

Weekend Beach Festival in Torre del Mar

This year 2018 is the fifth edition of the Weekend Beach Festival in Torre del Mar. A beach concerts festival that will take place from 4 to 7 July on the shores of Velez-Málaga.

Although there are still a few months left before the start of the festival, the official poster has already been presented with the artists who will have an appointment during the event. Reservations are open for everyone.

This festival has established itself as one of the most important in the musical agenda of the year. Artists of the size of The Prodigy, Sepultura, Estopa, Mago de Oz were present in past events…. The last confirmation for 2018 comes from David Guetta.

Visit Torre del Mar

This festival can be a good excuse to visit this beautiful municipality of Velez-Málaga. Once you have the bracelet of the festival you will have free access to it, being able to go out and enter as many times as you want.

Torre del Mar is a tourist destination that stands out for its location and gastronomy. Especially linked to seafood and the famous’ pescaíto frito‘ (fried fish).

Espeto de Sardinas
Delicious skewers of sardines that you can order at any beach-restaurant (chiringuito).

6 kilometres of high quality beaches, a seafront promenade with many restaurants and beach bars with a wide culinary offer. From Malagaweb we recommend trying fried or grilled ‘rosada‘ and ‘adobo‘, two delicious dishes that you will want to repeat.

But…what is the Weekend Beach Festival?

You still don’t know the Weekend Beach Festival? It is a 4-day festival with live music that takes place in Torre del Mar at the beginning of July. This year is the fifth consecutive that takes place in Malaga.

The best thing for you to know what to expect is to watch a video from some past edition:

Camping at Beach Festival

Camping at the festivalA characteristic feature of this festival is its usual camping area for tents and another for caravans. This year it will be open from 4 July at 10:00 am until 7 July at 7:00 pm on Sunday.

The camping area is protected from the sun and is only 10 metres from the stage where the concerts take place, on the Poniente beach. It also has all the necessary services to enjoy the activity: showers, toilets, mobile phone recharging, surveillance and access control, health care and cleaning service.

The camping area is only accessible to people with identification and pets are not allowed.

The area dedicated to caravans offers the users a space for placing their vehicles and gives access to the services of the camping area. Unlike the camping area, this area is not protected from sunlight.

Making the most of your visit with a minibus

minibusIf you want to visit any of the tourist attractions in Malaga you can use public transport or a taxi. From our website we recommend where to order taxis for up to 19 people (or even a bus for 54), so if you form a good group the price will be quite cheap.

How does it sound to visit Sierra Nevada for just over 15 Euros? And Nerja for just over 6 euros? Undoubtedly one of the advantages of the festival and its camping area is that you can organize excursions at a very good price.

Arriving and returning from the festival in group

Another option is to use a minibus to get to the festival in group at the best price. There are options for 5 and 7 passengers. In addition, if you need more space, there are buses with 8-12,13-19,20-26 and 26-54 seats for groups. The greater the number of people, the lower the price to pay per person. You can book a round trip with a 10% discount, they will pick you up where you specify at the exact time.

http://www.malagabus.com/ offers minibuses and buses for all needs.

Weekend Beach Festival artists in 2018

Weekend Beach Festival 2018

Prices

Children under the age of 18 are allowed to enter if they have a signed authorization. Minors under 16 years of age must be accompanied by a legal tutor.

The VIP entrance has parking, access to VIP area and a merchandising pack of the festival.

  • Admission to the festival: 55 €.
  • Ticket with the right to camp: 70 €.
  • VIP Pass: 85 €.
  • VIP Pass + Camping: 100€.

More information

For more information (in Spanish) or to purchase the tickets you can visit the official website or their Facebook page:

For booking tickets: http://www.weekendbeach.es/entradas/ (Spanish only website)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weekendbeachfestival

 

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. Continue reading to know all about available parades in Malaga, facts and even if it’s going to rain that night.

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 2018 (Cabalgata de Reyes)

The Three Kings parade in 2018 (Cabalgata de Reyes in Spanish) 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 (Cabalgata de Reyes) 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 was 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; after many years 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.

Will it rain the 5th of January?

There is a 15% probability of rainfall by January 5 this year, this probability will increase throughout the afternoon reaching 50% by 9 pm and more than 90% after midnight.

If you see some clouds before you go to the cavalcade of kings, don’t forget to take your umbrella with you.

Three kings parade in Malaga: Itineraries in January

Remember in Spanish you can ask about the ‘Cabalgata de Reyes in Malaga’ if you need orientation.

There are private chairs available for those who want to see the 3 Kings Parade from a comfortable place. Price for chairs rised in 2018 and are as follows:

  • 10€ first row sit
  • 8€ second row sit
  • 6€ third row sit at Paseo del Parque only.
  • 4€ fourth row sit. (new in 2018)

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 (902 are high paid number calls, beware).

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.

6:00 pm General Torrijos Square to Paseo del Parque

  • Paseo del Parque
  • Plaza de la Marina
  • Alameda Principal
  • Puerta del Mar
  • Atarazanas
  • Plaza de Arriola
  • Pasillo de Santa Isabel
  • Carreteria
  • Calle Álamos
  • Plaza de la Merced

Parade itinerary map in 2018 and parking places

*We don’t know what parking places will be closed due traffic interruptions from 12 at night on January 4 to the ending of the parade on January 5th.

Cavalcades and schedules in other places of Málaga

In addition, the different districts of Malaga will have a cavalcade:

Eastern District: 4th January at 5.30 pm from the Virgen Milagrosa Square.

Bailén- Miraflores: 4th January at 5.30 pm from Ibrahim Street.

Cruz de Humilladero: January 4 from Conde de Guadalhorce Street from 5:00pm to 9:00 pm.

Carretera de Cádiz: 4th January at 10.30 am from calle Júcar

Churriana: 5th January at 5:30 pm from the Municipal Market and ends at 7:30 pm.

Campanillas: 5th January at 17:30 from Matisse Street.

Teatinos: January 6th at 6:00 pm from Max Estrella Street.

Parade itinerary in Torremolinos

The start of the parade will take place on January 5th in Torremolinos. There will be 10 carriages and 3 royal thrones.

Five tons of sweets will be distributed and the parade will end at 8:00 pm at the Torremolinos Town Hall.

5pm – 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

The arrival of the Three Kings will be  by helicopter, they will arrive shortly before the cavalcade.

There will be a total of 25 carriages in this year’s parade in Fuengirola that will take place on Thursday, January 4 and will travel the main streets and avenues. 30 tons of gluten-free jelly beans will be distributed.

The Medieval Festival will also take place in the city centre on Wednesday 3 January.

  • 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

Three Kings Parade in Mijas

The Three Kings will arrive by helicopter to the soccer field of Lagunas from where they will begin the cavalcade.

Las Lagunas: From 5:00 pm the parade will leave from the Parque de María Zambrano (lateral calle Velázquez), Miguel Hernández Avenue, Antonio Machado Street, Margarita Avenue, Camino Viejo de Coín, San Cristóbal Street, San Javier Street, La Unión Street, Mijas Avenue, Camino del Albero, Denmark Avenue, Geranio Street and arrival to Andalusia Park.

Mijas Pueblo: At 5:00 pm from the Virgen de la Peña square, Virgen de la Peña avenue, Avenida de la Peña, Avenida de Méjico, Plaza de la Paz, Málaga street, Plaza de la Libertad, Málaga street, Constitución square, Avenida del Compas and finish in Virgen de la Peña square.

La Cala de Mijas: At 5:00 pm from the Cultural Centre of Mijas, Marbella Street, Torreón Street, Torremolinos Street, Bulevar, Marbella Street, Cártama Street and will finish in the Butibamba Park.

Parade itinerary in Marbella

The kings arrive to Marbella on Thursday 4 January on board a boat and from there they will head to El Castillo de Marbella where they will spend the night.

5:00 pm: Disembarkation of the 3 Kings in the marina of Marbella

5:00/6:00 p. m.: Parade through the streets of downtown in vintage cars.

January 5

Parade through the streets of Marbella, San Pedro de Alcántara and Nueva Andalucía.

Routes and schedules from past year, they might change.

Marbella: 6 pm start in Guadalete Street (Building La Zambomba), Avenida Severo Ochoa, Avenida Ramon y Cajal, Avenida Ricardo Soriano and ending in Avenida Ricardo Soriano, corner Gregorio Marañon Street.

Nueva Andalucía: 3.30 pm start at Virgen Madre church, Avenida Gustavo Adolfo Becquer, calle Alvaro de la Iglesia, calle Lope de Vega, calle Garcilaso de la Vega, Avenida Miguel de Cervantes, calle Jorge Manrique and ending in Avenida Gustavo Adolfo Becquer.

San Pedro Alcantara: 6 pm start at fair grounds, Avenida Jorge Guillen, Avenida Pablo Picasso, calle Lagasca, calle Jerez, Avenida Marques del Duero, calle Hernan Cortes, calle 19 de octubre, Avenida Oriental and Plaza de la Iglesia.

Parade itinerary in Nerja

The Three Kings will arrive at the town hall of Nerja on 5 January at 4:00 pm and the cavalcade begins at 5:00 pm.

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

Parade itinerary in Ronda

On Friday January 5th the 3 kings arrive to Ronda by helicopter, they will land in Ciudad Deportiva.

Itinerary:

  • Rotonda Abogado de Oficio
  • Carrera Espinel
  • Calle Virgen de la Paz
  • Plaza de la Merced

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 they baked round cakes of figs, dates and honey which all social classes including slaves used to enjoy.

From the third century was introduced the dry bean into the sweet. 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 is 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.

Fair Sabor a Malaga, gastronomy event

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

Promotional image of Sabor a Málaga

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

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

Gastronomic activities in Malaga

Sabor a Malaga fair

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

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

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

Cooking workshops

Among the cooking workshops you will find we highlight:

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

Malaga Foods

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

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

When and where is the Feria Sabor a Malaga?

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

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

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

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

More information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New lighting for Christmas in Malaga 2017

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

new Christmas lights 2017

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

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

Christmas lights project for 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christmas trees in Malaga

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

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

Switching on Christmas lights in Malaga in video – 2017

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

Christmas Markets in Malaga – 2017

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

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

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

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Torremolinos chrismas lights and markets should be available from the Friday 3nd of November

Christmas markets

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

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

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

Christmas charity bazaar in Malaga

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

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

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

Invisible handcrafters market

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

Visiting Traditional Nativity Scenes

traditional nativity scenes

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

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

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

New Year’s Eve in Malaga

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

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

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

Procession of the Three Kings 2018

Night of the Three Kings

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

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

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

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

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

Zombie infection detected in Fuengirola in November 2017!

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

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

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

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

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

On Saturday 11th of November, from 11pm to 6am close the doors and windows if you are neither a survivor nor a zombie; although many choose to watch the event, foolish…

Everything about Survival Zombie in Spain

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

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

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

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

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

Past events and Survival Zombie

survival-zombie-2017At the beginning of the night some military at a camp might provide instructions for survival, pay attention and listen carefully, danger lurks.

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

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

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

Malaga sightseeing being a survivor or a zombie

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

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

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

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

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

Rules and information about Survival Zombie

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

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

Those who come infected and already did make up at home will pay only 5€ for being a zombie. Those who let being infected at event and choose to make up by professionals will have to pay 15€.

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

Those who want to take part on this event from outside Malaga could book a bus from Madrid, Ciudad Real and Granada from the official website at past events, so you should ask if there is any available.

Date: Saturday, November 11th, 2017

Hours: From 23pm to 6am

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

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

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

Good luck, you will need it.

Promotional Video of Survival Zombie

Short film ‘ Walking dead Revelation’ based in Malaga

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

More information and tickets for Survival Zombie

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

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

Halloween in Malaga, terror takes over the city

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

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

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

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Halloween at the Historical Botanical Garden La Concepción

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

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

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

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

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

Halloween in Malaga with pumpkins

Scary night at the English Graveyard

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

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

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

halloween lanternHalloween in Malaga with children

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

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

Activities for celebrating Halloween in Malaga with family:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Halloween at Pier 1 in the Port of Malaga

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

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

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

Halloween in Torremolinos, Marbella and other municipalities

Terror in Torremolinos

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

Not confirmed:

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

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

Scary night at Rincon de la Victoria

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

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

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

Halloween in Estepona

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

Halloween in Club de Tenis

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

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

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

Mundo Mania

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

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

Passage of terror in Velez-Malaga

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

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

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

Terror activities in other municipalities

In Maro they organize Maroween, a gastronomy event.

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

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

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

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

More ideas for celebrating Halloween

If you want to invite your zombie friends home, nothing better than a good brain cake. Browsing Internet I have found a tasty recipe, wanna try?

It is just an idea, there are many more ideas you can use. Feel free to suggest yours in our comments area.

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

Halloween in Malaga, Andalusia and Spain

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

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Halloween and ghost stories

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

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

Festivals and fairs in Malaga in November

Are you visiting Malaga in November? Then you may be interested in discovering the main festivities and fairs of Malaga during this month.

Welcome November in Malaga

Events in Malaga in November

In the province there are activities all year round, we will recommend Malaga’s festivals and fairs in November:

Toston Festival in Ojen, Marbella

This traditional celebration takes place in the streets of the village of Ojen. The origin dates back to the time of chestnut harvesting, when young people ate them roasted in the countryside.

roasted chestnuts in Malaga

When: November 5
Where: Ojén (Map)

Rabbit Festival in Parauta

During this day, the town of Parauta promote its traditional gastronomy. Different recipes are offered with rabbit and there is also a festival with flamenco and verdiales performances.

Rabbit Festival in Parauta

When: 11 November
Where: Parauta (Map)

Ham Fair in Campillos

Fair with pork products, including cured ham, sausages, olive oil and other traditional products.

Spanish Serrano Ham festival

When: 12 November
Where: Campillos (Map)

Mycological Days in Cortes de la Frontera

If you like mushrooms, this event is for you. It is one morning of mushroom harvesting in the forests of the area and later there is a tasting of them after cooking.

Recolectando setas en Cortés de la Frontera

There are mushroom shows and conferences.

When: 24 to 27 November
Where: Cortes de la Frontera (Map)

Mosto Festival in Atajate

This town of great winemaking tradition celebrates the popular must festival on the last Saturday of November. Tradition has it that the families dedicated to the production of must offer a sample of their last harvest along with a dish of crumbs, typical of the area.

traditional mosto festival in Atajate

When: Last Saturday in November
Where: Atajate (Map)

Chanfaina Day in Totalan

The last Sunday in November takes place the day of this typical local dish, the chanfaina. During this day there are also activities, stands with local made products, dances and an exhibition of old farming tools.

Festival en Totalán

When: Last Sunday in November
Where: Totalán (Map)

 

Japanese culture arrives to Malaga

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

Activities in Malaga

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

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

Workshops in Malaga

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

Japanese tea ceremony

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

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

cha-no-yu-malaga

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

Origami Workshop

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

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

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

Origami Museum

Collection of figures made on paper and free entry.

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

Ikebana Workshop

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

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

Ikebana in Malaga

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

Kimono Workshop

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

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

japanese-kimono

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

Shodo or Japanese calligraphy workshop

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

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

Shodo workshop in Malaga

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

Learn about Japanese culture in Malaga

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

Exhibition of bonsai and ceramics

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

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

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

Bonsai

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

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

Sumi-e painting exhibition

This typical Japanese painting is exhibited at Okami Restaurant.

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

Sumi-e draw

When: Thursday 12 to Tuesday 24 October

Cosplay catwalk

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

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

cosplay Málaga

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

Sampling Japanese food in Malaga

Typical Japanese dishes with wines and beers from Malaga.

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

Flavours of the land

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

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