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Carnival ‘Madness’ in Malaga (and the rest of the Costa del Sol)

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Malaga Carnival Poster

Official poster for the Malaga Carnival 2017

We’re just a few days away from the start of Carnival Season and most towns and cities on the Costa del Sol are gearing up for a week of fun and entertainment.

Although the Carnaval is celebrated all over Andalucia – The Cadiz Carnival is probably the most famous – for the purpose of this article, we’re going to focus on the Málaga Carnival; only 25 minutes from our hotel and easily accessible, it’s a ‘must visit’ if you are planning a trip to the Costa del Sol in February.

We’re lucky enough to enjoy mild winters and this luxury allows the city of Málaga to live one of its most colourful, multicultural and spontaneous festivities of the year: The Carnival.

With hundreds of activities and events taking place during the week-long (sometimes a little longer) festivities, you’re guaranteed to have a ball! Continue Reading →

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Jurassic Expo in Málaga: A Chance to see Life-Sized Animated Dinosaurs

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Jurassic Expo in MalagaIf you’re planning on visiting the Costa del Sol over the next few weeks and you have kids (or are interested in dinosaurs) you might want to pay a visit to the Jurassic Expo taking place in Málaga from the 4th February 2017 to the 26th February 2017.

Located in a large marquee in Malaga’s fairground (next to the Conference and Exhibition Centre) the Jurrasic Expo will feature more than 20 life-size dinosaurs many of which are animatronic,  simulating real life movements and behaviours of these fascinating prehistoric creatures. You’ll come across all your favourite species of dinosaur including, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Protoceratops, Diplodocus and Triceratops! Continue Reading →

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Timetable for the Three Kings Parades in Benalmadena, Fuengirola and Málaga 

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Timetable for Three Kings Parades in Benalmadena, Malaga and FuengirolaOn Thursday evening (5th January) kids all over Spain will be lining the streets of all the main towns and cities to watch the traditional Three Kings Parades.

This is the highlight of the Christmas festivities and a must-watch for anyone visiting at this magical time of year. Many of our guests like to venture into town and watch the colourful parades so we’ve put together this blog post highlighting some of our favourite processions with timetables and exact locations of each. All you have to do is choose the one which most appeals to you! Continue Reading →

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Malaga International Jazz Festival: Events Programme

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Poster for Malaga International Jazz Festival in Malaga

The city of Málaga is getting ready to host the 19th edition of its International Jazz Festival which takes place from the 7th to the 13th November 2016.

This year’s programme stands out for the quality of musicians taking to the stage of the Cervantes Theatre. Spectators will be able to enjoy the music of artists such as Al Di Meola, Lee Konitz, Stanley Clarke, The Bad Plus y Gonzalo Rubalcaba.

The jazz festival will also offer a special parallel section featuring free jazz sessions in different locations throughout the city (see programme below). Continue Reading →

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Fuengirola’s Erotic Tapas Route: A “Spicy” Gastronomic Adventure

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Erotic Tapas Route in FuengirolaOn the 4th November 2016, our neighbouring town of Fuengirola kicks off the 8th edition of the “Ruta de la Tapa Erótica” (Erotic Tapas Route), a simple and original idea which, since the first edition, has become a reference all over Spain.

Up until the 20th November, visitors to Fuengirola will be able to enjoy this traditional Spanish snack, with a slightly “spicy” touch. This year, the route sees 101 different establishments take part, each preparing a sensual and fun tapa, with creativity and flair being the main ingredients. This year, four of the participating establishments will be offering special ‘gluten free’ tapas and beers.

Anyone who visits one of the participating restaurants or bars will be able to sample one of these “erotic” tapas and a cool beer for a – very reasonable – €2.50. If you choose one of the sweet dessert tapas available in some establishments,  you can choose to accompany it with a coffee, tea or sweet wine. Continue Reading →

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Benalmadena Pueblo Hosts its Annual Arab Market

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Arab Market in BenalmadenaStarting tomorrow, 29th September, and until Sunday the 2nd October, Benalmádena Pueblo (the old town) will host the 6th edition of its Arab Market (Zoco), event that serves as the perfect start to the town’s autumn and winter cultural programme. 

The Arab Market will take place in the following locations throughout the town: Plaza de las Tres Culturas, Plaza de España; in the Real and Santo Domingo de Guzmán streets and in the ‘Jardines del Muro’. Aimed at promoting the town’s beauty and charm, the town hall hopes that this unique event will attract tourists from all over the Coast.  Continue Reading →

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World Tourism Day: A Great Opportunity to Visit Malaga’s Museums and Attractions for Free  

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World Tourism Day 2016 in MalagaNext Tuesday 27th September 2016 is World Tourism Day and to celebrate this special occasion, Malaga Town Hall, in conjunction with the city’s main museums and monuments, has prepared a special events programme.

This initiative – promoted by the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) – aims to raise awareness of the important impact tourism has on countries and communities around the world; socially, culturally, politically and economically. This year’s event goes under the following title: Tourism for all – Promoting Universal Accessibility.  Continue Reading →

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The Luna Mora Festival in Guaro: A Weekend of Music and Culture

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Festival de la Luna Mora de GuaroOn the 9th and 1oth September – the picturesque white village of Guaro celebrates the 20th edition of its famous ‘Luna Mora’ Festival.

As was the case last year, this year’s festivities have been reduced to two days (It’s used to be four) but they’ve still managed to put together an impressive programme of events with activities and entertainment for all the family.

Throughout the weekend, the village becomes a meeting point for traditional Andalusí music and culture. The streets come alive in the evenings with the stunning illumination of 25,000 candles strategically positioned to create a unique and magical ambiance. Visitors will also be able to enjoy the traditional Arab artisan market, workshops (Henna and belly dancing), street performers, storytelling and mouth watering gastronomy. Continue Reading →

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Take a Trip Back in Time… Visit the Medieval Market in Fuengirola’s Sohail Castle

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Medieval Market at Sohail Castle in FuengirolaLast year it managed to attract over 90.000 visitors and this year, organisers are hoping to improve upon this impressive figure. We’re referring to the Medieval Market which is taking place in Fuengirola’s Sohail Castle from Thursday 11th August until  Monday the 15th August. 

This is the 13th consecutive year that the event has been held and just goes to prove its success. So much so that it has now become one of the most important in Spain thanks, mainly, to its unique setting in an XIth century Muslim fortressContinue Reading →

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

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Rockin Race Jamboree in TorremolinosNext Wednesday 4th February 2016 sees the start of another edition of the Rockin’ Race Jamboree music festival in Torremolinos. This is the event’s 22nd 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’s festival’s features  some of the world’s top artists exclusively for the event! There are 28 artists and bands playing during the 4 day event, including:

  • The Bellfuries
  • Johnny Tedesco
  • Bobby Brooks Wilson
  • The Kaisers
  • George Tomsco
  • Ray Collins’ Hot Club
  • Nico Duportal ¬ His Rhythm Duddes
  • The Beat From Palookaville

Please click here to see all the featured artists at this year’s Rockin’ Race Jamboree

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