Category Archives: On the Costa del Sol

8 of the Most Popular Easter Processions in Malaga

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Poster for Holy Week in Malaga

The official poster for ‘Semana Santa’ in Málaga

With less than a week to go until the start of its famous ‘Semana Santa’ (Holy Week), the city of Malaga is gearing itself up to welcome thousands of visitors who every year line its streets to watch the breathtaking processions. 

It’s a truly unique experience which all visitors to the Costa del Sol should experience at least once. The sight of the gigantic thrones (known as Tronos) being carried by over 200 men and the colourful costumes worn by members of the brotherhoods; the smell of fresh flowers and burning incense; the sound of music and peoples cheering and singing… a truly memorable experience!  Read More…

Cacti Fair & Exhibition in Paloma Park: From 4th to 6th April

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Cacti Fair in Paloma ParkHere in Benalmadena, we are fortunate to enjoy one of the most spectacular public parks in Andalucia: Paloma Park. Its’ total surface area of 100.000 square metres makes it the ideal spot to enjoy many outdoor activities and observe the diverse wildlife and flora. 

Within its grounds there is an area that houses one of best open-air collections of Cacti and other Succulent plants in all of Europe. This impressive 6000 square metre exhibit is open all year round for visitors to enjoy its stunning and varied collection. Read More…

‘La Malagueta’ Bullring in Malaga will Host Activities & Shows to Promote the Art of Bullfighting

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'La Malagueta' Bullring in MalagaEveryday – from March to December (2014) – the famous ‘La Malagueta’ bullring in Malaga city will host a series of activities and shows related to the art of bullfighting and Andalusian culture. 

The company which manages this iconic bullring will offer an ample programme of bullfighting, music and cultural events. Below, we’ve included a brief summary of what you can expect to see over the next few months.  Read More…

Gordon Ramsay Heads Back to the Costa del Sol for New Show

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Gordon Ramsay Costa del NightmaresFans of fiery TV Chef, Gordon Ramsay, will be delighted to know that he will be returning to the Costa del Sol for a new television series entitled Costa del Nightmares! 

This is Ramsay’s second visit to the Costa del Sol. In 2007 he filmed an episode at ‘La Parra de Burriana’ in Nerja and although he helped turn the business around, the restaurant has since closed down.  Read More…

Colourful Fun at the Benalmádena Carnival

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Poster for Benalmadena Carnival 2014Tomorrow (20th February) is the big day: The start of the Benalmadena Carnival!

The fun starts with the official opening of the Carnival – known as the ‘Pregon’- which takes place in the ‘Plaza de la Mezquita’ at 8:00pm. This marks the start of a fortnight full of colour, creativity and fun with activities and events for all ages.

After months of preparation and rehearsals, the BenalmadenaTown Hall has just presented the full programme of events for the Carnival which take place in Arroyo de la Miel and Benalmadena Pueblo.

There’s lots planned for the next two weeks; below you’ll find a selection of the most popular events:  Read More…

Torremolinos Hosts the European Dance Championship: 24th February to 1st March

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European Dance Championship in TorremolinosFrom the 24th February to 1st March 2014, Torremolinos will host the 25th edition of the European Dance Championships, an event that each year attracts around 1000 participants from all over Europe.

The extensive programme of events will have almost a dozen competitions, all taking place in one location: The ‘Palacio San Miguel’. This year spectators will be able to enjoy the following competitions: The European Combined (Waltz, tango, pasodoble); the Spanish Combined; the European Tango, Waltz, Pasodoble, Cha Cha Cha, Salsa, Rock and Artistic Dance Championships.

To complete the vast programme, there will also be two group competitions: The Spanish Dance Championship and the European Dance Groups Championship. Read More…

The Rockin’ Race Jamboree: A 50’s Music Festival in Torremolinos

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Rockin race jamboree 2014 in torremolinosNext Thursday 13th February sees the start of another edition of the Rockin’ Race Jamboree music festival in Torremolinos. This is the event’s 20th anniversary and will attract thousands of visitors from all over the world eager to enjoy a fun packed long weekend to the sounds of their favourite musical genre: music with American roots from the 50’s.

This year the festival’s organisers wanted to do something special to commemorate this 20th anniversary… They will be flying in some of the world’s top artists exclusively for the event! Here’s a list of these top names:

  • Young Jessie featuring Mike Sanchez & his Band
  • Sleepy Labeef
  • Barrence Whitfield
  • The Rapiers
  • The Straitjackets with Kaiser George

Timetable for the Three Kings Parade in Benalmadena, Malaga, Fuengirola & Marbella

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Three Kings ParadeThis Sunday night sees the arrival of the Three Kings, Gaspar, Melchor and Balthazar. Excitement is the operative word as kids (and some adults) eagerly await the arrival of the Three Kings of Orient bearing gifts for all those who have been good over the past year :-)

The fun begins a little earlier though, as the Three Wise Men delight crowds in the traditional parades which take place in all the major cities, towns and villages on the afternoon of the 5th January.

Families will be lining the streets to catch a glimpse of the gift-bearing Kings sitting comfortably in their spectacular carriages which slowly make their way through the carefully planned routes. Make sure you take a plastic bag to collect all the sweets which will be thrown in to the crowds from the carriages! Read More…

Arroyo de la Miel’s Famous ‘Urban Turkey Race’: A Fun & Healthy Morning Run for all the Family

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Arroyo de la Miel is getting ready to celebrate the 31st edition of its famous ‘Carrera Urbana del Pavo’ (Urban Turkey Race) which will take place this coming Sunday the 15th December, 2013.

Poster for the Carrera del Pavo (Urban Turkey Race) in Arroyo de la Miel, BenalmadenaThis traditional race was first held 31 years ago when participants had to run after a live turkey! Nowadays the turkey is taking a well earned rest; however, the winner of the race does get to take home a fantastic specimen to enjoy with their family over Christmas dinner! :-)  Read More…

Cirque du Soleil Returns to Málaga with Quidam

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Quidam Cirque du Soleil in MalagaThe Cirque du Soleil returns to Malaga next week with their spectacular show, Quidam. Over the course of 4 days – from the 5th to the 8th December 2013 – we’ll be able to enjoy the energy and artistic flair of the world’s most important circus!

Quidam, one of Cirque du Soleil’s classic shows (it debuted in Montreal in April 1996) offers spectators a breathtaking mix of acts including aerial contortion, diabolo, skipping ropes, juggling, clowns and more. Millions of people  all over the world have been fortunate enough to see the show and next weekend those of us living or visiting the Costa del Sol will have the chance to experience the magic of Cirque du Soleil :-) Read More…

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