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.

 

Luna Mora Festival in Guaro 2017

Map for getting to GuaroIn Guaro will take place on 8 and 9 in September the Luna Mora Festival.

This event of 2 days is a free meeting place of Andalusian culture and music with streets decorated for the occasion; a mixture of cultures that have lived together and shaped this town over the centuries and during these days offer visitors a good excuse to come visit.

No to forget the typical candles lit along the streets of the town, creating a beautiful sight at night; some romantic shapes where many couples decide to take the photo to immortalize the moment.

During the night numerous stalls offer food at good prices.

Program of Luna Mora in Guaro

This event starts on Friday, September 8 at 5 pm with the opening of the Moorish craftsmen souk and has the same schedule for Saturday September 9.

5 pm Opening of the Moorish craftsmen souk
5:30 pm Workshops in the streets of downtown
6 pm Lightning of the candles
6:30 Workshop of craft games
7 pm Ambience in the streets and visit of the cultural patrimony of the village
8:30 pm Children´s tales at Plaza de los Cuentos
9 pm Parade
10 pm Oriental dance workshop
11 pm Flamenco show at the Auditorium
12 Midnight tales for adults at Plaza de los Cuentos
12:30 am Ambience in the streets
12:45 am Show at the Cultural centre Al-Andalus

When arriving there by car there is usually enabled an outdoor parking just before you get to Guaro from where you take a bus up to the village.

Do not hesitate, if you have no plans on Friday 8 or Saturday 9 September, come and visit the Luna Mora in Guaro, you won´t regret it.

Official program: http://guaro.es/lunamoraguaro/programacion.php

All you need to know about Malaga fair fireworks

As every year Malaga fair begins in August with fireworks. This is a show visible from all the Costa del Sol where there is direct line of sight and it will happen the night of 11 August. Do you know the best places to watch the Malaga fair fireworks?

The company providing the fireworks is the same that made them at the Eiffel Tower on July 14.

I have read, the launch of the fireworks will take place during 20 minutes. In the sky of Malaga there will be multitude of figures made of the fireworks. 3D cubes, smiley faces, hearts and many more in a colorful show that will end with a thunderous pyrotechnic end.

What are the best places to see the fireworks of the Malaga fair?

Fireworks can be seen from almost anywhere on the Costa del Sol with direct line of sight. There are different locations for those looking for something more special or for taking good photos of this event.

Watching the fireworks from Malaga Cathedral

If you want to watch the fireworks from a privileged place and paying is not a problem, there are 145 tickets for accessing the roof top of the Cathedral of Malaga.

In the cathedral there will be available for sale 15 tickets, an insufficient number so it will surely be difficult to get one this way. Other option for getting one is online or by phone.

  • Buy ticket at museosmalaga.net (website is in English also, but tickets for fireworks are available only from Spanish area)
  • Buy ticket by phone: 902 646 289 from Monday to Friday from 10 am. to 2 pm. and from 3 am. to 6 pm.

The price for a ticket is 25€ and each person can purchase a maximum of 2 tickets.

Malaga Cathedral

The access will be made by groups with intervals of 15 minutes from 10:45 pm.

Watching the fireworks from a boat

A different and special place for watching the fair fireworks is from a boat. Some offer a tour with a glass of wine and music included.

Malaga fair fireworks

You can book online from: http://malagaenbarco.com/en/special-outings/

From Aula del Mar terrace

If you are with children they will love to see the fireworks from the terrace of the Alborania Museum. The event begins at 11 pm and the price is 10€ per person.

To book by phone or email: 951 60 01 08 or museoalborania@auladelmar.info.

From Malaga port

If you don’t mind standing and being surrounded by people you can go to Malaga port. It is one of the best places for watching the fireworks.

From Gibralfaro viewpoint

This is one of the most popular locations for watching the fireworks, so you can expect many people around. You should go early for taking a place.

It is not too close distance but there is a clear view.

La Coracha

It is closer than Gibralfaro viewpoint to the place where fireworks are launched. The distance is close enough to even hear the music from the event.

Beach of Malagueta

This is one of the most popular places where enjoying the fireworks. There will be a live concert of ‘Miguel Bose’ and a lot of people. Teenagers use to choose this place as the starting point of the fair week.

Beach of Misericordia

Although not as close as Malagueta beach, there is a direct sight line of the fireworks. If you do not mind being somewhat further away this is an interesting place where watching the show.

Watching fireworks from promenade

If choosing the promenade you should be close to Malaga port. It is also a good place for taking good photos of the fireworks and one of the popular places so you can expect many people joining.

La Farola lighthouse

If you want to include in your photos the lighthouse of Malaga you should consider this place. It is just as close as the port of Malaga to enjoy the show.

malaga-lighthouse

If you want to know more you can visit our page about Malaga fair.

Do you know of a special place where enjoying the fireworks of Malaga fair?

Festivals and fairs in August in Malaga

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

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

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

Festivals and fairs in August

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

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

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

First week of August

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

Alora fair

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

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

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

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

Benalauria Fair: Moors and Christians event

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

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

The fair is celebrated during the first week of August.

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

Fiesta moros y cristianos en Benalauria

Fiesta del Gazpacho in Alfarnatejo

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

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

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

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

Fiesta del Gazpacho en Alfarnatejo

Iznate gastronomic festival: Muscat grape day

Día de la uva moscatel en Iznate

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

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

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

Second and third week in August

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

Noche Nazarí in Montejaque

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

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

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

Fair and Water Festival in Jimera de Libar

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

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

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

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

Feria Jimera de Libar

Malaga fair

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

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

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

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

Feria de Málaga en agosto

Antequera fair

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

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

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

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

4th week in August

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

3 Cultures festival in Frigiliana

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

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

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

Festival de las 3 culturas en Frigiliana

Festival of Moorish Rebelion Istán

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

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

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

Rebelión morisca en Istán

Douglas Days in Tebas

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

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

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

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

Dougla's Days en Tebas

Medieval market in Torre del Mar

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

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

Mercado medieval en Torre del Mar

 

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

Events and activities this weekend in July

The week go fast and the weekend arrives with free time and varied activities in Malaga. Summer is a season of activities and good weather. Some of the proposals that I bring you here last until September.

You can visit our calendar of events to know more events you can find during all the year.

July events

The month ends with the Airshow Festival in Torre del Mar.

Airshow International air festival in Torre del Mar

Since Friday 28 until Sunday 30 there is an Airshow exhibition in Torre del Mar for the second year.

More than 40 aircrafts belonging to 6 different countries will meet over the beach of the litoral for visitors to enjoy.

On Friday 28 and Saturday 29 there will be training flights.
On Saturday the Sunset Airshow from 7:50 pm. until 9:50 pm.
The Sunday from 11 am. to 3 pm. visitors can enjoy the Airshow Festival in Torre del Mar.

 

For more information about this event you can visit our Facebook.

Para más información sobre este evento puedes visitar nuestra página de Facebook.

 

Magical nights in Benalmadena cablecar

Every night during the summer you can enjoy an outdoor planetarium at the top of Mount Calamorro.

outdoor-planetarium-benalmadena

After enjoying the views from Benalmadena cable car you can also marvel at the night sky of the Costa del Sol. The Astronomical Society of Malaga will help you discover the starts, planets, galaxies and constellations that are in our sky.

Hiking route with astronomy lessons

50 free people can get access to this guided hiking route of 13 km. with free astronomy lessons the next saturday 22nd of July.

The lessons include a workshop for recognizing stars, constellations, planets and nebulae using high-end telescopes.

Departure will be from C/Pacifico, 54 at 6:00 pm. and return will be at 12:30 pm. Transport and insurance is included for free.

You can register from the next sunday 16th of July at 10:00 pm. from the website http://www.gransendademalaga.es/en/

Summer festival in Plaza Mayor

The commercial center organizes as every year the summer festival from Thursdays to Saturdays until August 26 from 9:30 pm.

There will be magic and illusion among many other performances like the circus show ‘ Circo Contemporaneo’ and the Malaga symphonic orchestra.

Plaza Mayor Shopping Mall in Malaga

Craft Market

The stands are set every summer to offer handicraft products at the main squares of the municipality. From 6:00 pm. to 12:00 pm. until August 31.

Every day the stands will be set in a different square. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays you will find the market at Chiriva Square in La Carihuela; Wednesdays and Fridays in San Miguel Square and Saturdays in Plaza de Andalucia.

Book Fair in Torremolinos

This fair consists in stands selling books at cheap prices. There are two fair areas, one in the centre of the municipality and another on the beach promenade.

feria-libro-torremolinos

  • Book deal fair is available from june 29 to September 3 from 11:00 am. to 2:00 pm. and from 7:00 pm. to 1:00 am. in Plaza de la Nogalera.
  • Beach Book Fair is available from June 27 to September 10 from 7:00 pm. to 1:00 am. on the Playamar promenade.

July fairs

Looking for available fairs to visit during July in the province? Continue reading:

July activities in Malaga

If you are wondering about things to do in Malaga in July here I bring some of the recommended activities for this weekend.

Pompidou Centre for children

If you have children they will ask you to take them to the Pompidou Centre for enjoying the free activities available. They will learn about art and composition.

This event is available until September 15.

Opening hour is from 9:30 am. to 8 pm., Saturdays and holidays from 9:30 am. to 2:00 pm. and from 5:00 am. to 8:00 pm.

The Pompidou Centre is between the piers 1 and 2 at the Port of Malaga.

 

museo-olfativo-malagaOlfactory museum ‘Olor a Málaga’

Thuis weekend is open the olfactory museum ‘Olor a Malaga’. There are smells reminiscent of the old Roman city, the industrial Malaga of the 19th century and many others.

Ever wonder about how the typical Roman garum would smell like? Its industry was very extended along the Mediterranean. This is just one of the many smells that you will be able to find in this museum.

A museum where you can see and smell, certainly an original proposal to visit until July 3 at the Museum of Municipal Heritage. Admission is free.

Advertising poster exhibition

Are you curious about how advertising has evolved in Malaga? In this exhibition you will find advertising posters that cover almost a century, from 1870 to 1960.

The entrance is free and this is another way to know the history of the province of Malaga.

The exhibition is at the Unicaja’s Exhibitions Hall Siglo, until September 15.

Archaelogical exhibition in Malaga

Until 24th of September you can find at the Municipal Heritage Museum this exhibition with archaeological remains found from the Muslim era in the province.

800 years of occupation is a long period of time, enough years to allow for brilliant writers, doctors, geographers, philosophers and other scholars from all branches of knowledge to have time to be born and shine.

Some of the pieces are exhibited for the first time in the museum. The aim is the visitor to know more about the past of this historic city.

The opening hours are from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Municipal Heritage Museum.

To know more about this and other activities in the museum you can visit the official website at: http://museodelpatrimoniomunicipal.malaga.eu/

 

Expired events in July

If you missed any of them below, do not worry…they will come again next year!

Weekend Beach in Torre del Mar

Around 40.000 people will meet in the popular Weekend Beach festival during this weekend. This musical event celebrates its 4th edition with a varied sort of musical styles and important artists.

The festival already started the past Wednesday but the most public is expected during the weekend. The list of artists include popular bands like The Prodigy, Estopa, Rosendo, Chambao or La Mala Rodriguez among many others.

The location of the concert is at the beach Poniente in Torre del Mar. If you fancy music, sun and beach you will enjoy it.

The price is from 71.5€ for a basic entrance to 121€ if you choose the VIP entrance with camping within the area.

More information and tickets at: http://www.weekendbeach.es/ (Spanish)

weekendbeach-2017-torredelmar

Los Alamos summer fair

The Saturday 8 at the Sports Centre of the municipality (next to train stop) from 9:00 pm.

It is a small fair organized by the neighborhood with an orchestra, drinks and food.

Regional fair ‘Sabor a Malaga’ in Axarquia

Activities for all ages and a fair where the traditional ‘espeto de sardinas’ will be very present as well as subtropical products from the area.

There will be cooking workshops to learn how to make guacamole or ajoblanco among other recipes.

The 9th of July in Torrox from 7:00 pm. to 12:00 pm.

 

Beach festival en Los Álamos, Torremolinos

Los Alamos beach festivalLike every year the Summer beach festival arrives to Los Alamos in Torremolinos. It will be a long weekend with many artists and electronic music.

Past event registered more than 50.000 visitors. It is possible camping in the event but you must buy a specific ticket for this, only for those who want to get the most from the experience.

Best DJs in the world will meet at the festival that begins on Thursday 14.

When:  14, 15 y 16 in July.

Buying tickets and more information: https://losalamosbeach.com/entradas/

Fairs and festivals in July

Looking for regional fairs and festivals in July?

Campanillas Fair in Malaga

Campanillas Summer Fair from 13th to 16th of July

This fair features activities and perfomances for all the family.

The fair is celebrated until the 16th of July and the turning on of the fair lighting is the 13th of July at 19:00 pm.

The day fair begins the Saturday 15 from 1:00 pm. with gastronomy events.

 

How to get to Campanillas?

You can use the following map: https://goo.gl/maps/rYKjV6hYcN72

Summer fair in Sayalonga

The next weekend 15th and 16th of July there is the Sayalonga summer fair with activities during the night and day.

There will be musical perfomances, acuatic events and fireworks.

How to get to Sayalonga?

You can use the following map: https://goo.gl/maps/RwGenkSPHRk

Sayalonga in Malaga

PokerStars Festival in Casino Marbella

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

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

Other events in Casino Marbella

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

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

Casino Marbella

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

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

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

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

Night of San Juan

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

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

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

History and origin

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

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

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

Want to know more about the origin? Visit Wikipedia

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

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

Beach at midnight

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

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

Other options for Midsummer’s Eve

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

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

Superstitions and rituals during Midsummer’s Eve

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

Fire Rituals

Midsummer's Eve bonfire

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

Water rituals

Midsummer's Eve in Malaga

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

Love rituals for making at home

Love ritual during Midsummer's Eve

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

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

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

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

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

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

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€

seafood-in-benalmadena

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