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 – 2016

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.

torremolinos-christmas-lighting
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.

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.

halloween-interes-geografico

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?

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

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.

7th in 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. In 2017 the date is the 15th in October. 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 on the one before (in 2017 the fair is the 21st and 22nd in 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 28th, 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