Year after year this successful gastronomic event has gone from strength to strength; last year alone there were more than 25,000 visitors who made their way to the Marina to sample the delicious seafood on offer.
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Carnival season is popular in many of the towns and cities located up and down the coast but in this post, we’re going to focus on two cities: Benalmadena (for obvious reasons) and the amazing Málaga Carnival which is probably the most spectacular and colourful of all!
Although we refer to it as ‘Carnival Week’ it actually goes on for a little longer… 10 days. There are literally hundreds of activities and events taking place during these festivities; below, we’ve highlighted some of the most popular you’ll want to look out for in each of the cities.
Following the success of the 1st edition of ‘La Cazuela dela Abuela’ (Grandma’s Casserole) in Fuengirola last year, the town hall has decided to organise ‘Part 2’ of this successful gastronomic initiative.
Originally designed to help promote the town’s excellent selection of restaurants – and to help support the restaurant trade in the quieter off-season – this unique event also helps to introduce visitors to more traditional Spanish dishes and stews.
Due to the great success of last year’s event, Grandma’s Casserole has been extended from 10 days to 17 days (from 15th to 3rd March). Both locals and tourists will have more days to sample the delicious and traditional stews and casseroles which will be available in many of the town’s restaurants. A small casserole and a drink (glass of wine, beer or soft drink) will cost just €2 :-)
Next Sunday the 16th December 2012, Arroyo de la Miel will celebrate its 30th ‘Carrera Urbana del Pavo’ (literally translated as The Urban Turkey Race!). This fun event was started 30 years ago as a way to foment running amongst the Benalmadena population, allowing both visitors and locals the opportunity to discover the pleasures of running.
The ‘Carrera del Pavo’ is a massively popular event – last year there were 1900 participants – and attracts runners of all ages; this year there will be 22 different categories, 11 for men and another 11 for women. The organisers will also be handing out lots of prizes including one for each of the first 5 participants (in each category) to cross the finish line.
The race consists of a 4.5 km urban run through the streets of Arroyo de la Miel. Starting off at the ‘Polideportivo Arroyo de la Miel’ at 11am participants will make their way through this urban race course and head for the finish line at the feria ground next to Paloma Park. Everyone is welcome to enter; however, entries must be received by the 14th December due to the use of a new computer system this year which will read bar codes on each participant as they cross the finish line.
We must admit that we were curious as to why they called it the ‘Turkey Race’… apparently, when this traditional race was first held 30 years ago, it involved running after a live turkey and the winner got to take it home! Nowadays the winners still get a turkey as a prize… just that now, its frozen!
From Sunset Beach Club we’d like to wish all the participants the best of luck!
Christmas is just around the corner and Benalmadena is getting ready for a festive season full of activities for all the family. The fun starts this coming weekend (8th December) with the fabulous Festival of Christmas Traditions.
Located in the Plaza dela Mezquitathe Festival starts at 12 noon and goes on until 8 pm. You’ll find stalls representing 16 countries and offering typical Christmas products, entertainment and lots more surprises!
The stage of the famous Cervantes Theatre in Málaga will be transformed into an ice skating rink in December as it welcomes a spectacular and unique show: The Nutcracker on Ice.
The show is produced and performed by the award-winning Imperial Ice Stars under the artistic direction of Tony Mercer, one of the world’s leading creators of contemporary theatre on ice. Inspired by A.Dumas’ adaptation of E.T.A Hoffman’s famous story ‘The Nutcracker and the King of Mice’ and featuring the enchanting music of Tchaikovsky, the show is sure to be a big hit!
Emtech Spain 2012 will take place on the 22nd and 23rd November 2012. For the second year running, the ‘Palacio de Ferias y Congresos’ in Málaga will host this event which is regarded as one of the most important in the world in the field of emergent technologies.
Organised by Massachussets Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Technology Review magazine, Emtech Spain comes back to Málaga after the success of last year’s event. Scientists, technologists, businessmen and entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to learn things that will undoubtedly change their vision of the near future.
On Friday 9th November 2012, WWE and its Smackdown World Tour will be visiting Malaga for an unbelievable night of wrestling entertainment. It’s not often that these stars of the WWE visit Spain let alone Malaga so this is a unique opportunity to see all tour favourite wrestling stars live and in the flesh.
This Smackdown World Tour event will feature some great bouts including:
- A Triple Threat Match for the World Heavyweight Championship: Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Big Show
- A Fan’s Choice Match featuring Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler
Apart from these epic encounters, fans will be treated to lots more entertainment with their favourite wrestlers including: Rey Mysterio, The Miz, Kofi Kingston, R-Truth, Cody Rhodes, Wade Barrett, Sin Cara, Natalya and lots more…
Tickets are now on sale at www.elcorteingles.es/entradas and range between €20 for the cheapest seats and €80 for getting right up close to the action.
The event will be held at the ‘Palacio de los Deportes Jose Maria Martin Carpena’ at the entrance to Málaga and starts at 7:30pm on the evening of the 9th November.
Are you a WWE wrestling fan? Are you planning on going to watch Smackdown inMalaga? Let us know in the comments below.
From the 1st to the 18th of November 2012, Fuengirola will celebrate the 4th edition of its – now famous – and extremely popular ‘Erotic’ Tapas Route, an original and fun initiative which increases in popularity each year attracting tapas lovers from all over Spain.
This year the town hall expects the participation of 80 of the city’s bars and restaurants, all of which will compete for the coveted prize of best ‘Erotic’ Tapa. Each of these establishments will have to prepare a sensual and fun tapa which clients will be able to try during the 18 days of the event.
Last year’s tapas route saw visitors consume the impressive figure of 260.000 tapas; this year organisers hope to improve on this number. A few of us here in Sunset Beach Club’s Commercial Department will do our best to contribute to this figure as we’re planning an evening out to make our way around the Tapas Route and report on this fun event from the ‘front lines’
He was supposed to conduct the Malaga Filarmonic Orchestra for the ‘Placido Domingo Festival’, a lirical gala planned for the evening of the 26th October at the Teatro Cervantes in Malaga, but in actual fact Placido Domingo will be delighting the crowd with his powerful voice.
Fans of the famous tenor will want to take advantage of this unique opportunity as it will be the first time he performs in Málaga.
This fantastic evening of entertainment will also feature two of the most important stars in the world of opera: Tenor, Vittorio Grigolo and Grammy award winning soprano, Ana María Martínez. They will be accompanied on stage by legendary guitarist Ángel Romero in a programme that includes music by Rossini, Donizetti, Puccini, Catalani and Gounod. Placido Domingo has also confirmed that he will be performing ‘zarzuela’ and will conduct ‘one or two’ musical pieces during the gala.
The festival starts at 9:00pm and tickets are available from €24. More information about the event is available at the Teatro Cervantes website www.teatrocervantes.com or at the festival website at www.placidodomingofestival.com .