What to see in Malaga in two days

what to see in malaga in two days

If there is a city visited par excellence of the Andalusian coast during the summer it is Malaga. The Costa del Sol is a tourist attraction at this time, and its possibilities are practically endless.

The capital has experienced great growth in recent years and this has led to an increase in leisure options, cultural alternatives and increased job offers. Today we make a list of what to see in Malaga in two days.

The best of Malaga in two days:

There are many places in the city. A trip to Malaga is perfect to discover all the culture that it hosts. In addition, depending on the time of the year there are cheap hotels in Malaga where you can stay during your stay in the capital. Also, there are many aparthotels in Malaga or tourist rentals. You can also have a drink in one of its many terraces, where you are sure to enjoy unique views.

Here is a list of things you can not miss in Malaga if you decide to visit the city.

La Alcazaba:

In a privileged place and very close to the cathedral, you can discover this fortification formed by the Roman Theater, the citadel and, at the top of the hill, the castle of Gibralfaro.

Currently, it occupies less than half the space it had in its period of greatest splendour but it is still one of the beauties of the city. It was built in the 11th century.


Alcazaba. Source: Pixabay

Castillo de Gibralfaro:

This castle was built to defend the Alcazaba against possible attacks. Today from its Torre del Homenaje there are beautiful views of the whole city. We advise you to go up at sunset, because you will enjoy a wonderful time.

Roman Teatre

Did you know it was discovered only 68 years ago? Yes, even the people of Malaga didn’t know that it existed before. It was discovered during the works of realization of the gardens that are next to the then House of Culture. Today it is a tourist attraction of the city. You can see the opening hours to the public here.



Teatro- Romano Source: Pixabay

Calle Larios:

Yes, one of the most famous streets in the world is here. Marqués de Larios street is one of the most visited places by the Malaga citizens, but also by the tourists who visit the city. It is an area of ​​the city that is always animate.

Plaza de la Merced:

Probably one of the most beautiful squares in the city, in it is the sculpture of the painter Pablo Picasso, born in the capital.


Do you think there are few plans to visit Malaga? We continue with our list of what to see in Malaga in two days!

Muelle Uno:

If any building has changed to the city in recent years has been the creation of this outdoor mall. Here you can find a more than complete entertainment alternative. Built in the city’s port in 2011, Muelle Uno is one of the most popular sites in Malaga today.



Muelle uno. Source: Pixabay

Catedral de Málaga:


Of course, you can not miss the visit to the city’s cathedral, called Santa Iglesia Catedral Basilica de la Encarnación. A majestic creation with diverse architectural styles; Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. Its north tower has a length of 84 meters, which can be seen from various parts in the city.


Cathedral. Source: Pixabay

La Malagueta:


Surely you have heard about this beach, one of the most famous in the whole city. With dark sand, it is 1,200 meters long and 45 meters wide. On these dates you can find service of hammocks, beach umbrellas or nautical equipment. Are you going to miss it?


Pablo Picasso Museum:


We have already mentioned before that the famous painter was born here. In addition, it has a museum dedicated to the artist.  It does not have his most famous works, but for € 8 you can take a tour through his childhood  until  adulthood.


Yes, you have read well. Coming to Málaga and not coming to try some delicious ‘espetos’ should be a sin! Where is the best place? Impossible to choose only one. There are many restaurants that prepare them, but we recommend the neighborhood of El Palo, where they have been preparing for many years.


Espetos. Source: Pixabay


If you have more time, you can visit the Caminito del Rey, since its rehabilitation there are many tourists who come all year round. Here is a guide to how to get there.

As you can see there are many plans to make in Malaga very different. If you come for a visit some days you can rent your car 🚗🚗 on our website and enjoy the capital to the fullest. In addition, you can now enjoy a 30% discount with the All Inclusive option.


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Summer Terraces in Malaga

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Do you want to know what are the best summer terraces in Malaga? ✅ Next, we will review the best terraces in Malaga for you to enjoy this summer.

One of the best ways to enjoy Malaga is through the life of its busy terraces. In them, it is possible to enjoy the local culture and live a unique moment.

From over a decade, the peculiar geography of the sea and mountains of Malaga and its unique climate with 320 days of sunshine per year have led to a rise of numerous terraces with breathtaking views in the capital of the Costa del Sol.

Most of the terraces of Malaga are located in enclaves of the historic centre and have spectacular views of the city, the sea and the mountains.

Summer Terraces in Malaga –  AC Malaga Palacio

terraza ac malaga palacioTerrace AC Málaga Palacio. Source: Booking

Opening Times

From Sunday to Wednesday from 12:30 p.m to 00:00 a.m

From Thursday to Saturday from 12:30 p.m to 2:00 a.m


AC Hotel by Marriot Malaga Palacio



AC Málaga Palacio Terrace

.One of the most exclusive terraces in Málaga. The AC Málaga Palacio terrace offers beautiful views of the city, especially the Malaga marina and the Mediterranean.

Summer Terraces in Malaga – Chinitas Urban Hostel

terraza chinitasTerrace Chinitas. Source: Booking

Opening Times

From 16:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.


Chinitas Urban Hostel



Chinitas Terrace

One of the most famous terraces due to its location. The Chinitas terrace in Málaga is located on the street that bears its name. There are many people who visit this terrace. It offers spectacular views of the Cathedral, “La Manita”, of the city.

Summer Terraces in Malaga – Batik

terraza batikTerrace Batik – Alcazaba Premium Hostel. Source: Alcababa Premium Hostel


Opening Times

From Sunday to Wednesday from 16:00 p.m to 00:00 a.m

Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 16:00 p.m to 2:30 a.m.


Alcazaba Premium Hostel Málaga



Batik Terrace

There are many who assure that the views of this terrace of Malaga are some of the most beautiful in the city.  A direct terrace to the Alcazaba of the capital. It also has a spectacular restaurant called Batik.

Summer Terraces in Malaga – Hotel Molina Lario

terraza hotel molina larioTerrace Hotel Molina Lario. Source: Tripadvisor

Opening Times

From Monday to Saturday from 12:00 p.m to 2:00 a.m

Sundays from 12:00 p.m to 20:00 a.m


Hotel Molina Lario



Molina Lario Terrace

Marking the difference comes one of the most demanded terraces in Malaga. Among its drinks it has included a varied cocktail menu and a gastronomic proposal by Marcos Granados. Two panoramic terraces offer the Hotel Molina Lario Terrace, one of them open 365 days a year.

Summer Terraces in Malaga – Oasis Lounge

terraza oasisTerrace Oasis Lounge. Source: Oasis Lounge

Opening Times

From Monday to Sunday from 16:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.


Terraza Oasis



Oasis Terrace

One of the terraces in Málaga centre. The Oasis Terrace has an ample cocktail menu, but also has a comfortable decoration for its clients. There are many visitors who pass through here leaving all the moments immortalized in the Instagram of the place.

Summer Terraces in Malaga – Terrace Room mate Valeria

terraza roommate valeriaTerrace Room mate Valeria. Source: Booking

Opening Times

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 17:00 p.m. to 00:00 a.m.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 18:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.


Room Mate Valeria Hotel



Room Mate Valeria Terrace

One of the terraces in Malaga thought to relax after a long day of work. It offers incredible views, as well as delicious cocktails and good music. In summer there is a swimming pool where you can have a good bath.


Summer Terraces in Malaga – Hotel Malaga Centro

terraza hotel malaga centroTerrace Hotel Malaga Centro. Source: Hotel Málaga Centro

Opening Times

Summer Schedule: From Monday to Friday from 12:00 p.m to 20:00 p.m

Spring Schedule: Monday to Sunday from 12:00 p.m to 20:00 p.m


Sallés Hotel Málaga Centro



Sallés Terrace

The terrace of Sallés Hotel Málaga Centro is one of the largest in the city. It stands out for its lights and very well cared for colours. In addition, it offers a great gastronomic offer.

Summer Terraces in Malaga – Soho Bahia Hotel

terraza soho bahiaTerrace Soho Bahia. Source: Booking

Opening Times

De las 11:00 a las 2:00 horas


Hotel Soho Bahía Málaga



Soho Terrace

Located only 300 meters from the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Cathedral. One of the many terraces that are in Malaga center but with a wide offer in drinks and some light meals.

As you can see there is a wide range of things to do in the city. These are the best known, but there are some more.


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How to get to Caminito del Rey from Malaga

how to get to caminito del rey from malaga


Since its rehabilitation in 2015, the Caminito del Rey has become a must for sports and hiking lovers visiting Malaga during their holidays.

When visiting this tourist point of interest, many people wonder how to get to Caminito del Rey from Malaga and what is the best way to get there.

Next, we will tell you the best options to get to Caminito del Rey.

How to get to Caminito del Rey from Malaga – By Train


One of the best options to visit El Caminito is, without a doubt, the train. This train runs through some towns of Malaga and stops at El Chorro Station, very close to the entrance of Caminito del Rey, which can be accessed by a shuttle bus from the same stop.

If you decide to use this transport, you must book your visit between 12:45 and 1:00 p.m., since the train only runs two times a day, one way to go and another to return.

It is important to book your tickets in advance if you choose to go by train to El Caminito del Rey, as this option is in high demand.

Train timetable Caminito del Rey

  • Departure train: Malaga – El Chorro: Departure at 10:00 and arrival at 10:47
  • Return train: El Chorro – Malaga: Departure at 18:00 and arrival at 18:50

Train to Caminito del Rey price

The combined price of the train + entrance + shuttle bus is € 23 and can be purchased at any local train station. In case you want to buy the train ticket separately, its price is around € 10 round trip.

For more information about the combined entry, click HERE.

caminito del rey train

How to get to Caminito del Rey from Malaga – By Bus


This option is undoubtedly one of the most complicated since you can not get directly to Caminito del Rey by bus.

To get to the Caminito by bus, you must first take a line from Malaga to Alora, with an approximate duration of 1h, depending on the traffic. Then, you should take a line to El Caminito del Rey, which takes approximately 40 minutes.

It is also possible to book a scheduled tour to El Caminito del Rey, where the price of a direct bus from Málaga and surroundings is included. As a general rule, the price of these tours entails paying more for the visit.

Bus timetable to El Caminito del Rey

The weekday frequency is quite broad, although at the weekend the frequency decreases. The main problem lies in the time loss and the need to change the line.

For more information about bus lines and schedules to Caminito del Rey, click HERE.

Caminito del Rey bus price

The price is around € 2 per trip, so the total price to get to Caminito del Rey from Malaga by bus can reach € 10.

How to get to Caminito del Rey from Malaga – By Car


The best way to get to Caminito del Rey from Malaga and from any other spot in Andalusia is by car. You can get to the entrance of the path at any time and plan your visit to Caminito del Rey without depending on public transport and the time constraints they present.

If you travel to Malaga by plane, a good way to get to the Caminito del Rey is by rental car. From Malaga Airport, there are many car rental companies that offer this service for a reasonable price, allowing the up to 5 people to move around in a comfortable and practical way throughout Costa del Sol.

Caminito del Rey schedule

  • Winter schedule: From the end of October to the end of March from 10:00 to 14:00
  • Summer schedule: From the beginning of April to the end of October from 10:00 to 17:00

Price to go to Caminito del Rey by car

The price to get to Caminito del Rey by car will depend on the car model and fuel usage, although, taking into account that the distance of Caminito del Rey from Malaga is around 70km, the price of the fuel to go and return will not exceed € 20.

If you choose this option, you should know that you have to use the shuttle bus on at least one occasion. This bus covers the distance between the entrance of the route and the end so, if you park at the beginning of the route, you must use the bus to get back to your car, or vice versa.

caminito del rey by car

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Free things to do in Malaga

free things to do in malaga


Do you want to know free things to do in Malaga? ✅ Keep reading to discover what you can do with a reduced budget

Over the years Malaga has become a very popular city to spend the holidays and, in recent years, the number of museums and events in the capital of the Costa del Sol has reached never seen levels, the price of living has become more expensive and therefore, the number of plans has to be  reduced to fit an increasingly smaller budget.

If you enjoy the outdoor plans and prefer to have a picnic on the beach rather than eating at a Michelin Star restaurant, get ready because we have great ideas for you to enjoy Malaga.


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Barbecues on the beaches of Malaga


With the license of the Malaga City Council, barbecues and other celebrations can be held on the beach, including the use of cooking elements, as well as alcohol on the beaches of Peñón del Cuervo and Guadalmar.

It is a very good way to enjoy the spring and summer months with friends and family without the need to spend a lot of money.

How to apply for a license for beach barbecues?


  1. Fill out an application through a small form a week before the barbacue is to take place.
  2. Resolution: 48 hours after the application.
  3. Request your license HERE


barbacue licence Malaga beach

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La Termica 


La Termica is a cultural and artistic creation centre located in the current district of Huelin. The building, built in the early twentieth century, it is a free space where numerous artistic, theatrical and musical events take place throughout the year.

In addition, it offers arts support programs and training workshops.


la termica

Source: www.latermicamalaga.com

Malaga summer cinema


A date that you can not miss on summer days is the open cinema initiative on the beaches of the city (La Malagueta, La Misericordia and El Dedo). Check the cinema schedule and feel free to enjoy a free plan in Malaga next to friends and family.

The only thing you’ll have to pay? popcorn and soda.

Visit CAC, the Contemporary Art Museum of Malaga


The centre of contemporary art in Malaga is an initiative of the City of Malaga that aims to serve as an exposure of the plastic arts of the twentieth and twenty-first century.

This museum is located in the old Wholesale Market of Malaga and, since 2003, has a permanent collection and temporary exhibitions of great renown in the world of contemporary art.

If you are passionate about modern art, you can visit CAC for free any day of the year.


cac malaga

Source: www.cacmalaga.eu

Noche en Blanco of Malaga


During May, there is a very special event in the city of Malaga, La Noche en Blanco. On this special night, numerous leisure activities and art exhibitions take place completely free of charge.

Almost all museums, monuments and art galleries open their doors at night to bring culture to everyone. Without a doubt, one of the best free things to do in Malaga.

Free museums in Malaga


· Museo Picasso Malaga: Free on Sundays from 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

· Alcazaba and Gibralfaro: Free admission to the castle every Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

· jardin Botanico la Concepcion: Free admission on Sundays from April 1 to September 30 from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm and from October 1 to March 31 from 12:30 am to 4:30 pm.

· Casa Natal de Picasso: Free admission on Sundays from 4 to 7:45 p.m.

· Catedral de Malaga: Free for residents of Malaga, providing DNI.

· Museo Carmen Thyssen: Free admission on Sundays from 17:00 and for children under 18 years of age.

· Museo Jorge Rando: Free admission.

· Centro Pompidou Malaga: Free afternoon Sundays from 4:00 p.m.

· Museo Ruso de Malaga: Free afternoon Sundays from 4:00 p.m. Between the 15th of June and the 15th of September the closing is at 22:00 hours.

· Museo Revello de Toro: Free entrance from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm every Sunday.

· Museo de Malaga: Free for citizens of the European Union every day (from Tuesday to Sunday). Price of 1.5EUR for Non-European citizen.

· Museo Automovilistico y de la Moda de Malaga: Sundays and holidays in the afternoon from 4:00 pm the museum can be visited for free.


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Hiking routes through the mountains of Malaga


Not far from the centre of the city, a group of mountains of great value arises. We highly recommend you to get there and enjoy nature and the best views of the city as it is a great thing to do in Malaga for free.

Occupying almost 5,000 hectares of the province, it is an enclave where many hiking trails can be made. Next, we will show you some of them:


hiking routes malaga

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Hiking route Mirador Vázquez Sell


Start the route on kilometre 547 of the A-7000 road and follow the road marked as “El Cerrado”.

Go along the path until you reach the Vázquez Sell Viewpoint and enjoy the views and the numerous species of birds in the area. Once the route is finished, turn around and come back through the same way.


Hiking route Torrijos – Chinchilla


This tour is mainly focused on the Lagar de Torrijos, a museum and camping space typical of the Malaga countryside.

The path is full of streams and trails of great ecological value.

Hiking route Molino del viento


It is the perfect route for those who do not have much experience and prefer a simple route through the Malaga mountains.

To get to Molino del viento, you must cross by Fuente de la Reina and Venta del Leon until you reach Pico de El Viento, the second highest peak in the Malaga mountains.

We hope that this article about free things to do in Malaga have been useful. If you need more information regarding Costa del Sol, we recommend you to check other interesting articles such as Andalucia coastal towns.


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The highest villages in Malaga that you should visit

the 5 highest mountainous villages in Malaga


Do you want to know which are the highest villages in Malaga? ✅ Do you want to discover the history behind them? ✅ We show you the Top 5 villages of Malaga that you must visit.

The villages of Malaga are famous for their white houses, their narrow streets and their gastronomy. Malaga offers a great variety of villages, both coastal and mountainous that are worth visiting. In this post, we want to focus on the second group and talk about the 5 highest mountainous villages in Malaga, ranked from the highest to the lowest in altitude.

highest villages in malagaSource: malaga.es

The 5 highest villages in Malaga

These are the 5 highest villages in Malaga that you can not miss:

The highest village in Malaga: Alfarnate

Alfarnate is the highest village in Malaga, at 886 meters above sea level. However, the village streets are not too steep, as it is situated on a large plain area surrounded by the mountains of “Sierra de Camarolos”, “Sierra del Jobo”, “Puerto de los Alazores”, “Sierra de Alhama” and “Sierra de Enmedio”.

Alfarnate is also one of the most beautiful Moorish towns in the province of Malaga. Its name comes from the Arabic word “Al-Farnat”, which means “flour mill”, thanks to the fact that in the 10th century, Alfarnate was a popular area for its flour production.

From Alfarnate’s gastronomy, we can highlight traditional dishes such as “migas”, “morrete” (scramble potatoes and mushrooms with sauce), “cachorreñas soup”, pot and porridge. On the other hand, the most popular sweet dishes in Alfarnate are: “rosco carrero”, “roscos de vino”, “palillos” and “mantecados”.

If you visit the highest village in Malaga we recommend you to stop at “Venta de Alfarnate” to enjoy some delicious “huevos a lo bestia” or “asado de cochinillo lechal”; have a coffee in Pub Morgan, the busiest drinks bar in the village and take advantage of the opportunity to buy one of the best olive oils in Malaga: “el Aceite de Oliva Virgen de Monsalud”.

the highest village in MalagaSource: agromagazine.es

The neighbouring town of the highest village in Malaga: Alfarnatejo

Alfarnatejo is the second highest village in Malaga, located at 858 meters above sea level. It is known for being a neighbouring town of Alfarnate and it is surrounded by “El Chamizo”, “El Gallo” y “El Vilo”, so the views from this municipality are spectacular.

During the Muslim domination, the peak of “Alto Fraile” was used as an observation point to control the passage of enemies. There used to be a fortress, known as “Castillo de Sabar” and in its surroundings, a farmhouse was built. The history says that the farm could be the origin of Alfarnatejo.

Like Alfarnate, the typical dishes of this town are: “morrete”, “migas” and “cachorreñas soup”. In addition to the “choto al ajillo”, the “roscos de San Marcos” and the salad of mint and garlic.

We recommend visiting the ruins of the Arab castle and the church of “Santo Cristo de Cabrilla”, located in the highest area of the town, and end the visit with a “cachorreñas soup”.

the second highest town in MalagaSource: andaluciarustica.com

The highest city in the Province of Malaga: Ronda

Located at 740 meters above sea level, Ronda is one of the highest and most beautiful points in Malaga. After Antequera, Ronda is the most populated municipality in the inside lands of the province. It locates on a deep gorge by the Guadalevin River where the architecture and views are unique.

Ronda has many amazing places to see, we recommend you to visit “Plaza de Toros de Ronda”, “el Puente Nuevo”, “los Baños Arabes”, “el Palacio de Mondragón” and “el Mirador de Aldehuela”.

The gastronomy of Ronda is based on simple dishes such as tomato soups, and “potaje de garbanzos o lentejas”. In addition: “el chivo asado al estilo serrano”, “chorizo on alcohol sauce” and “beef with potatoes”.

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One of the 5 highest villages in Malaga: Comares

Comares is one of the prettiest white villages in Costa del Sol and it is also one of the highest villages in Malaga. The centre of the town is located in a slightly steep area at 703 meters above sea level, an area full of ravines and farmhouses.

Comares was founded by the Phoenician Greeks who arrived in Malaga in the 7th century B.C and a century later it became the fortress of the Muslims, hence its architecture, name and current location.

About its gastronomy, we recommend you to try “el plato de los montes”, “el gazpachuelo” and “sopa de puchero”. Another of its main attractions is “Sweet wine of Comares” and its “embutidos” from the area.

If you visit Comares, we recommend you to visit the old fortress, since the views since it is even possible to see the Mediterranean Sea and also visit the old cemetery right next to the fortress.

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The 5th highest village in Costa del Sol: Villanueva del Rosario

This town is located at the foot of the mountains of “Jobo” and “Camarolos”, and borders with the Malaga Mountains, and surrounded by olive groves. Located at 697 meters above sea level, Villanueva del Rosario becomes the fifth highest village in Malaga.

It is one of the best-known mountain villages to enjoy a quiet and relaxed day, and it also has numerous hiking and climbing routes. The largest route has about 15 kilometres and takes us from the cross of “Camarolos” to “Chamizo”, becoming one of the most difficult routes you can find.

The traditional cuisine of Villanueva del Rosario uses the products of the area, such as olive oil, potatoes and cereals, all of the highest quality. The most important dishes are: “las perdices con arroz” and “conejo al ajillo”.

the fifth highest village in MalagaSource: ruralidays.com

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Three King’s Parades in Malaga

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Do you want to spend a magical afternoon with your family? Still do not know where to see the Three King’s Parad2019? 

As every January 5, their Majesties Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar, come to Malaga to fill thousands of families with hope. Whether by land, sea or air, the three biblical kings do everything possible to fulfill the wishes of the local people.

Some enjoy the afternoon as a family with their children, others remember with excitement how they lived this day when they were younger, and the rest, focus on collecting as many candy as possible. For this last group, a cavalcade can become a battlefield.

If you want to spend a special afternoon on January 5, choose one of these 6 Three King’s Parade held in Malaga.

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The best Three King’s Parades in Malaga

Thousands of people, adults and children, gather on January 5 to see the Three King’s of the East in the streets of Malaga. If you have not yet decided the exact place to live this special event, choose one of these 6 locations we recommend to enjoy a magical afternoon.

Cabalgata de Malaga in the city centre

On Saturday January 5, 2019 at 6pm you have an appointment with the Three Kings of the East in Malaga city centre to enjoy of the most spectacular and fun ride of all.

Due to the construction works for the new line of the subway , the Three King’s Parade in Malaga 2019 will modify its route. On this occasion, it will be re-route to Calle Larios from the Plaza de la Marina.

The exact route is: Avenida de Cervantes – Plaza del General Torrijos – Paseo del Parque – Plaza de la Marina – Calle Larios – Calle Martínez – Atarazanas – Plaza de Arriola – Santa Isabel Hall – Carretería – Álamos – Plaza de la Merced.

At the end of the Malaga parade, the kings stop in Alcazabilla and Císter Street with torches to light up the way, as an offer to the lord Jesus Christ on the stairs of the Cathedral. Once there, there will be a music concert and a Choir of White Voices called “Ad Libitum”.

cabalgata reyes magos malagaSource: malagahoy.es

Cabalgata de Reyes Magos in Marbella

On Saturday, January 5, from 6pm, the parade of the Three king’s of Marbella 2019 will take place.

A total of 27 floats, lots of music and colour to excite the entire family. In addition, the snow is also guaranteed, thanks to foam cannons that will be located in the of the Fire Extinguishing trucks provided by Marbella City Council.

The peculiarity of this parade is that the King’s make the journey in vintage cars. It starts at Avenida Severo Ochoa (from Quirón Hospital building), and continue along Avenida Ramón y Cajal to end at Avenida Ricardo Soriano.

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Cabalgata de Reyes Magos in Benalmadena

On January 5, 2019 at noon, the King’s will land in Benalmádena Marina to visit the main streets of Benalmádena during the afternoon, distributing tons of candy among hundreds of children.

The “Cabalga de Reyes Magos” of  Benalmádena, as every year, is divided into two areas:

– “Cabalgata Benalmadena”.
At 4:30pm the king’s parade will begin at Los Nadales Fairground and it will end at the town hall of Benalmádena.

– “Cabalgata Arroyo de la Miel”.
At 7pm, the Arroyo de la Miel parade will begin at Tivoli World Amusement Park and it will end at Plaza de la Mezquita.

cabalgataSource: ladiversiva.com

Cabalgata de Reyes Magos in Torremolinos

The Three king’s parade of Torremolinos will be held on January 5, 2019 from 5pm, with 5000 kilos of candy and almost 1 ton of confetti and serpentine rolls. It will end at 8pm at Torremolinos Town Hall.

An association of Torremolinos has proposed for the next parade to consist on a woman, a man and a transsexual as the Three king’s in favor of equality. Torremolinos has been, for many years, a cradle of freedom for the LGTB community but we do not know yet if this proposal will be approved for the next parade.

As every year, the tour will start in Plaza Blas Infante and it will cover the main streets of the city. Are you going to miss it?

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Cabalgata de Reyes Magos in Campanillas

The Three King’s land in Campanillas on January 5, 2019. From 17:30h the Parade of the Three King’s will depart from the Francisco de Quevedo school to Guadalquivirejo street, passing through the Chopos lane, Aljaima and Chaparral.

In addition, the day before, the Royal Mailman will be collecting the children’s letters at the Beltrán Lucena cultural center, an event organized by the El Carmen Association with the collaboration of the Municipal Council.

If you want to avoid the crowded Parade in city centre , visiting the Three King’s parade of Campanillas is a good option.

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Cabalgata de Reyes Magos in Antequera

On 2018, the Three King’s of Antequera came from the sky in a balloon. Next January 5, 2019, Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar will visit Antequera to deliver small toys, candy and much happiness.

In these parade, besides candies, you can also receive small cakes, bread snacks and even local muffins from the floats. Did you expect it?

From 6pm you can enjoy the Reyes Magos Parade of Antequera, starting in Plaza de Toros and taking the following route through the town: Ronda Intermedia, Avenida Pío XII, Plaza Castilla, Alameda de Andalucía, Infante Don Fernando, Plaza San Sebastián , Encarnación, Calzada, Diego Ponce, Cantareros and returning to Alameda de Andalucía and Puerta de Estepa.

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And you? How do you usually enjoy the night before the arrival of the Three King’s? Do you have a favorite Parade in Malaga?

10 Alternative ways to spend Christmas in Malaga

10 alternative ways to spend christmas in Malaga

Are u visiting Malaga and want to run away from Christmas? Do you need alternative ways to spend your Christmas break in Malaga? We are pleased to invite you to try some of the best anti-Christmas plans during your holidays.

Christmas lights, nativity scenes, Christmas carols … Are you one of those who loves Christmas or those who avoid any Christmas plan at all costs? Christmas may be the best time of the year for some or the most feared for others. If you feel like “the Grinch” and you do not like Christmas, do not feel like a weirdo.

For those people who do not feel the Christmas spirit, we have prepared a series of anti-Christmas plans to enjoy the end of the year in the best possible way. Tapas routes, escape into nature, theater plays and spas, we show you 10 alternative ways to spend Christmas in Malaga.

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The 10 best plans to escape from Christmas in Malaga

Choose one of these plans and enjoy Christmas as you prefer. There are plans for all tastes!

Enjoy a play at “Teatro Cervantes”

The local people of Malaga enjoy watching comedy and, on December 27, 28 and 29, “Improviciados” theatre play returns to “Teatro Cervantes” in Malaga. Improviciados is in an improvised comedy by Dani Rovira, Clara Lago, Rafa Villena and Sandra Sobrino.

The benefits obtained from the play will go to 12 charities in Malaga: “Los Angeles de la Noche”, “Down Malaga”, “Adaner Malaga”, “Asociacion Al-Farala”, “Malaga Acoge”, “Asociacion AVOI”, “Jornad”, “Protectora de Animales y Plantas de Malaga”, “Amappace”, “Altamar”, “Aspayn Malaga” and “Somos Nupa”.

If you want to have a fun time and disconnect from Christmas, buy the tickets and enjoy the show.

ImproviciadosSource: teatrocervantes.com

Make a hiking route through Malaga

There is nothing better to avoid the crowd of Malaga during Christmas than making a hiking route through the most beautiful landscapes of Malaga. The best option, without a doubt, is to make the “Caminito del Rey” route to enjoy the beautiful gorge that “Desfiladero de los Gaitanes” offers.

In case you have never been to, it is a pedestrian walkway more than 3 km attached to the rock inside a canyon, hanging up to 105 meters above the river, in almost vertical walls.

It is open every day of the year from Tuesday to Sunday, except on December 24, 25 and 26 and on January 1.

caminito del reySource: malagahoy.es

Visit Selwo Adventure in Estepona.

If you are an animal lover and you are also passionate about nature, “Selwo Aventura” is the best alternative to the typical Christmas plans. Enjoy the wild nature without leaving Malaga, live a great African safari and get to know its most representative fauna (lions, zebras, hippos, giraffes and cheetahs, among others).

In addition, the park has adventure activities to enjoy with children, such as the zip line, suspension bridges or archery. This place has everything you need to spend a perfect Christmas day.

Inside the park there is a hotel for those who want to enjoy more days surrounded by animals. Choose between the town of Watu and the Masai town and transfer to the legendary lodges of the African reserves.

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Ice skating in Malaga

If you want to have a fun time and practise ice skating in Malaga without feeling the hustle and bustle of “El Corte Inglés” ice rink, in Benalmadena you will find the “Club Municipal de Hielo”. It is the first permanent ice rink of natural in Andalusia and belongs to a sports centre of 7,000 square meters, equipped with swimming pools, a fitness room, guided activities and a medical center.

For those who want to  have a fun time among family members or friends, visit Benalmadena ice rink from December 22 to January 6.

Remember to bring gloves, long pants and socks, as it is mandatory to skate on the ice rink.

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Make a craft beer route in Malaga

If you have been forced to visit Malaga city centre to see the Christmas lights, escape to taste the best craft beers in the city.

We will mention the best local breweries and the beers you should try, so you can make the best Beer route this Christmas:

– “Central Beers”, “Bonvivant Hoppy IPA” beer, in Calle Carcer.
– “Cerveceria Arte & Sana”, “Axarca Tropical Pale Ale” beer, in Plaza de la Merced.
– “La Botica de la Cerveza”, “3 Dirty Harry Monkeys” beer, in Calle Victoria.
– “El Rincon del Cervecero”, “Carma IPA” beer, in Soho de Malaga.

cervezas artesanas malagaSource: laopiniondemalaga.es

Relax in a Spa in Malaga

Undoubtedly, a great alternative to spend christmas in Malaga, is to enjoy a couple of hours in a spa. Do you want to know which are the best spas in Malaga?

– “Hammam Al Andalus Baños Arabes, Malaga”.
Located in the centre of Malaga, it is ideal to relax during Christmas to.

– “Nagomi Spa Hotel Reserva del Higueron, Benalmadena”.
It is one of the most complete spas on the Costa del Sol, spacious and bright, located in a luxurious neighbourhood of Benalmadena.

– “Thermas de Carratraca”.
If you want to enjoy a full day out of Malaga, we recommend you visit Carratraca and rest in its hot springs. It is said that the waters that emanate from the spring have beneficial properties for the body.

– “Thalasso Spa del Hotel Marbella Club”.
Located on the beach front of Marbella, Thalasso is one of the best spas in Malaga and also one of most famous spas in Spain and Europe.

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Play at one of the best golf clubs in Costa del Sol

Nature, peace and serenity, imagine playing golf at Christmas as a way to escape from the Christmas crowd.

If you love golf and want to enjoy your Christmas holidays in one of the best golf clubs in Malaga, take a look to our recommendations below.

– “Club de Golf Rio Real”, Marbella.
It is located in a privileged place, near the urban centre of Marbella, settled on a gently sloping land close to the sea. The Rio Real Golf Club offers the best views of the Mediterranean.

– “La Cala Resort”, Mijas.
It is one of the main references in Europe for golfers. “La Cala Resort de Mijas” is one of the largest golf clubs in Costa del Sol. It has a 3 18-hole golf club  and also work as an academy.

– “Santa Maria Golf”, Marbella.
Considered one of the best golf courses in Marbella, located next to a beautiful pine and oak forest. In addition, it offers spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea. It stands out for the Club House architecture, an impressive Spanish farmhouse of two floors built in the nineteenth century.

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Visit the exhibition of Kazimir Malévich in the Russian Museum of Malaga

Are you a lover of art and museums? Discover this Christmas the wonderful exhibition of Kazimir Malévich in “Museo Ruso de Malaga”, one of the most famous Russian artists of the 20th century. The exhibition presented in Málaga is part of the Malévich’s collection that belongs to the Russian State Museum of Saint Petersburg, and it is the largest and most complete collection of this artist.

Enjoy an afternoon surrounded by art in the authentic “Museo Ruso de Malaga” and discover this temporary exhibition that will only be available until February 3, 2019.

Kazimir Malévich del Museo Ruso de MálagaSource: diariosur.es

Discover the best tapas bars in Malaga

Suitable for people of Malaga who do not plan to do diets this Christmas. It is undeniable that Malaga has one of  the best tapas bars in the world and it is a real pleasure to eat in this city.

If you are one of those who enjoy Christmas going out to eat tapas in Malaga, we suggest some of the best tapas bars in Malaga:

– “El Aserradero”.
A bar located in “El Torcal” neighborhood of Malaga, a cheap, fast place with very tasty food. It also has great variety of tapas, delicious sandwiches and nice service .

– “La Granaina”.
Fried fish, “patatas bravas”, fried chicken … It is impossible not to salivate. Located on “Avenida Moliere” in Malaga, it is one of the best tapas bars in the city.

– “Las Merchanas”.
We already talked about this restaurant in our last post, “Las Merchanas” is one of the trendiest restaurants in Malaga. If you want to enjoy the authentic taste of traditional cuisine, do not hesitate to visit it.

– “El Refugio”.
One of the busiest tapas bars in Teatinos is “El Refugio”. Beers in frozen ceramic jars, tapas and varied dishes at an unbeatable price.

tapas en malagaSource: blog.fuertehoteles.com

Take the time to go to the movies

The most recurrent and easy plan will always be to go to cinema to watch a movie. No matter what movie you choose, the important thing is to isolate yourself from Christmas for a couple of hours and delve into the history of the movie you are watching.

The trendiest films this season are “Superlopez”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Animales Fantasticos”, “Ralph Rompe Internet” and “El Grinch”. Choose a different one every week and finish the year like a true movie buff.

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What Anti-Christmas plan do you stay?
From Marbesol we want to wish you Merry Christmas to all!

The best motorcycle routes on the Costa del Sol, Spain

Does the cool autumn  breeze in Malaga make you long for exciting motorcycle rides? The roads of Costa del Sol offer plenty of stunning routes to discover on your motorbike. In this article you will find some original suggestions to prepare an enjoyable motorcycle weekend trip around the region of Malaga.

As we enter the month of October, the wind changes and so does the natural landscape in province of Malaga – although always a bit later than in the rest of Europe. Whether you fancy curved or straight roads, coast or mountains, as a motorcyclist you will be able to choose from a variety of landscapes.

These are some of that the Marbesol editorial team warmly recommends for this autumn:

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Motorcycle routes in Malaga for this autumn

Have you put on your helmet and gloves? Is your motorbike engine already warm? Then off we go!

  • Motorcycle route through the Sierra de las Nieves

It is one of the most beautiful natural spaces of Malaga, located between Marbella and Ronda. This area holds more than half of the forests of “pinsapo” fir trees which have survived on the European continent.

There are no roads going into Sierra de las Nieves (“Snowy Mountains”), so we can only surround it when coming from Marbella through a very special route. Therefore, we will start our motorcycle ride from Marbella to Ojen. As we drive up the hills, we will see more curves. This road segment is wide and offers really charming views of the village of Ojen.

The best part is about of this route is about to begin! From Ojen we will arrive in Monda and  then take the detour to El Burgo driving through Yunquera. Motorcyclists particularly like this segment because of its many slopes, curves and most importantly: there is very little traffic. In any event, we recommend to drive with caution, since there are many cliffs and no side barriers.

If we continue on, we will reach Ronda, where we can make a quick stop to enjoy some good tapas. After the break, we can start  the descent towards the coast. Before we come to El Madroñal, there is a whole itinerary of tight curves with astonishing views – a real treat for nature lovers!

Once we get to the beach, what better way to rest than sitting at a bar eating fried fish and enjoying the best views of the sea?

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  • Motorcycle route through the coastal areas of ​​the Costa del Sol

In this other motorcycle route we will visit the coast of Torrox, Nerja and Rincon de la Victoria. It is a comfortable and shorter route to enjoy during the weekend.

We start off at the Ciudad Jardín highway on its way to Nerja, through Velez Malaga and La Maroma. As we reach Torrox, we take the highway exit of the highway beside the “Faro de Torrox” (Torrox Lighthouse). From here we will enjoy incredible views of the coast of Malaga. We recommend doing the route on a Saturday, since on Sunday the lighthouse is closed.

We continue our journey on the road to Nerja and stop to see the “Rock of the Virgin and Christ of the Sea” (true name!). It’s a small sanctuary on the seashore. Follow the road nex to the beach until you reach the Ruins of Torrecilla, a watchtower designed by the Nasrids in the 13th century.

Next, we set off for Nerja, where we can visit the Nerja Caves, the old town and the famous “barco del Chanquete” (from the Spanish TV series “Verano Azul”). Further on, we will get the chance to see to the Acueducto del Aguila, the San Joaquin Factory and the sculpture “El Rapto de Europa”.

Finally, we arrive at Rincon de la Victoria, where we can stop for lunch at one of the beach bars on the promenade. In a few minutes, we will be back in Malaga city.

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  • Motorcycle route through the mountains of Málaga

The Mountains of Malaga stand 5 kilometers north just outside the city of Malaga. It is a block of higher and lower hills parallel to the Mediterranean coast.

We start this route in Antequera, where we will get the chance to see a mountain called “Peña de los Enamorados”. Due to its original shape, it is called “The Head of the Indian”. We take the exit towards the rocky natural park of “Torcal”, still in Antequera. We can stop at the Torcal Alto restaurant and enjoy the spectacular views of this unique natural landscape.

At the beginning of the descent of El Torcal, we drive into the village of “Villanueva de la Concepcion” and take the Casabermeja-Malaga crossing. We can admire the rural landscape with mountains and streams crossing under the road. We then continue to Casabermeja to visit the original Cemetery of San Sebastian, declared a historical-artistic monument.

The next location is Colmenar, where through the A-7000 road we will enter the Natural Park of the Mountains of Malaga. This will will take us right into the city centre of Malaga. This road segment offers steep slopes and hills all covered with pines. We will arrive at the Puerto de León mountain pass, with a great view over the Mediterranean Sea. Near the viewpoint is the monumental Fuente de la Reina (The Fountain of the Queen), where we can make a quick stop to rest.

We continue the descent through an area of ​​quite steep curves before reaching the magic historical city center of Malaga. As we arrive, we will find the Castillo de Gibralfaro, which offers arguably the best views of the entire city of Malaga. Once we park our motorbike safely, we can walk through the beautiful streets of Malaga city centre.

If you are visiting the Costa del Sol and and would like to do one of these exciting routes for motorcyclists, remember that Marbesol has its own brand for motorbikes (Marbesol Bike), where you can rent a wide range of models and enjoy different discounts (currently 10% off certain models). You can have a look at the current models at Marbesol Bike.

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Halloween 2018 in Malaga – Plans & Events For Families

Looking forward to spending Halloween 2018 with your family? Do you fancy something not too scary, but rather fun? Here is a list of the Halloween events for kids that will be happening in Malaga this weekend:

It is only a few days until the spookiest party of the year – Halloween! Although this feast originated in Ireland, it has become a celebration all over the world. And of course, Spain is no exception. The Halloween Night is officially the 31st October, but many activities for kids in Malaga will be running the weekend before.

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5 fun ideas to spend Halloween with your family in Malaga

If the idea of spending a whole weekend with your kids can be sometimes ‘terrifying’, wait and see what the ‘terrific’ plans in Malaga we have prepared for you:

Harry Potter’s Halloween Party at Club Happy Málaga

Moving away from the classical costumes, Club Happy Malaga has decided to organise an original Halloween celebration. On Wednesday 31st you and your kids will be welcome at Harry Potter’s party. Fun stories, music and entertainment are guaranteed.

From 18.00 to 20.00 pm the team of Club Happy will be at the Corte Inglés (Avenida de Andalucia) to transform the club into the famous Hogwarts School. The entry price is €10 for each child and it includes an evening snack. If your child (or yourself) love Harry Potter, book your ticket and organise a big Halloween surprise.

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Fancy dress competition at Muelle Uno in Málaga

If you’ve run out of ideas for celebrating Halloween 2018 in Malaga, there is no need leave your kids bored at home. We recommend visiting the fancy dress party at Muelle Uno on Wednesday 31st. The party goes on from 17:00 to  21:00 am and there is a price for the best costume.

What’s best: many businesses will be doing “trick or treat” for the youngest ones. Once you get to Muelle Uno, there will be a map showing the bars and restaurants participating. A photo booth will allow you to have a good laugh until 19:00 pm, before the costume catwalk starts. There will be 3 different prizes: one for kids, another one for adults and one for families. No matter what age you are, you can win!

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The Concepcion Botanic Garden as never seen before

On 31st October, the real adventurers are expected to show up at the Concepcion Botanic Garden, for a night visit. It will be a spellbinding experience both for kids and adults, who are invited to dress up in costumes.

During your visit to the historical areas of the gardens, the night creatures will pop up and greet you from the most unexpected places.  The visit lasts for an hour and twenty minutes and costs €15 per person. It starts at 20:00 pm and it is necessary to book in advance. Are your kids daring enough for this visit? Then get your costumes ready and off you go!

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Enjoy Halloween 2018 at Tivoli World Malaga

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th wil be good days for celebrating Halloween at Tivoli World in Malaga-Benalmadena. There will be animated shows with pirates, vampires and many more fun surprises. This leisure park will be also ‘dress up’ in a different way to welcome Halloween.

Like Bioparc, the entrance at Tivoli World will be free for all children who have also dressed up for Halloween.  Don’t forget to visit the Mansion of Terror – you are sure to have a ball!

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Celebrate Halloween at Bioparc Fuengirola

For Halloween 2018, Bioparc Fuengirola will become a mysterious and spooky pace. This means, the most unexpected things can happen. Nothing is at it seems. If you want to give your kids a frightening yet charming program, bring them to Bioparc Fuengirola on November 1st.
The Bioparc zoo will modify its traditional itinerary, to make it even more special. The visit will completed with challenges and adventures for the whole family. Spending Halloween in the Jungle, surrounded by animals will indeed be something different.

Children from 3 to 9 who wear costumes will get a free entrance. From 11 am, Bioparc will be offering activities for families, e.g. a visit to the lemurs on island of Madagascar and recreation games to search for Halloween characters who are destroying nature. Arguably one of the best plans to spend Halloween 2018 in Malaga!

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Has any of these plans already hypnotised you? In any case, we wish a very enjoyable Halloween with your kids and family.

And if you need to hire a car to visit Fuengirola or Benalmadena, remember to book it with Marbesol – the cheapest car hire in Malaga and Costa del Sol!

Upcoming concerts and festivals in Malaga for summer 2018

Summer has arrived and with it, the festival season. Are you looking for alternative plans to the August Fair?

Luckily, the months of July, August and September are those in which most of the festivals and music events on the Costa del Sol are concentrated.

This year we will be able to enjoy in Malaga many concerts of international groups such as David Guetta, Pet Shop Boys or Steven Tyler, among others; in addition to the best Spanish artists such as Serrat and Miguel Ríos, Los Planetas or Vetusta Morla.

If you still do not have any plans for this summer, check out the best festivals in Malaga and enjoy a few days of beach, music and friends, the best plan to disconnect from the routine.


The best festivals in Malaga in 2018

Los Álamos Beach Festival (Estepona)

Los Álamos Beach Festival has undergone changes this year, its fourth edition will be held on 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 August at the Estepona fairgrounds, but not only have they modified their location, but they have also remodeled the festival full.
A festival full of great novelties and surprises, with new scenarios that will present different styles of music. Among the confirmed artists that lead the poster of the Alamos Beach Festival are: Steve Angello, Bad Bunny and Armin Van Buuren, among many others.

Marenostrum Music Castle Park (Fuengirola)

The Marenostrum Music Castle Park has become one of the most important events in Malaga. His program began on June 9 with the symphonic recital of José Mercé and will last until August 9, at the Sohail Castle in Fuengirola. We will be able to enjoy the best Spanish artists such as Luz Casal, Vetusta Morla, Javier Ojeda or Social Security, and international artists such as Santana.

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Weekend Beach Festival (Torre del Mar)

From the 4th to the 7th of July the fifth anniversary of the Weekend Beach Festival will be held in Torre del Mar (Malaga). More than 90 artists, both national and international, will be present at one of the best summer festivals in Spain, to make thousands of people enjoy and dance. A date where rock, reggae, pop, electronic, indie and hip hop, will merge to create one of the best environments of summer. The headliners include David Guetta, The Offspring, Bunbury, Jimmy Clif and Izal.

Ojeando Festival (Ojén)

More than 10 years we have been enjoying Ojeando Festival, one of the most complete festivals in Malaga. It will be held in Ojén (Málaga), on 13 and 14 July, a perfect weekend for Enjoy a mini vacation. Lori Meyers is the headliner of Ojeando Festival 2018 and is completed by Carlos Sadness, Maga, Nancys Rubias and Ballena, among others.

Malaga Fair Concerts 2018

The concerts of the Fair of Malaga are usually very varied, but, generally, the flamenco, pop and rock groups stand out. Last year, the opening speech of Málaga La Mari de Chambao was inaugurated and the most outstanding artists were Danza Invisible, Bertin Obsborne, Café Quijano, Camela and David Bustamante.

The Fair of Malaga will be held this year from August 11 to 19, always coinciding with that date, since it is celebrated in commemoration of the Reconquest of Malaga by the Catholic Monarchs and their incorporation into the Crown of Castile. If what you like about the Fair of Málaga is to attend its concerts, here you can have a look at the general program of the 2018 Fair that will soon be released.

If you do not have a car to move this summer through Malaga, hire our car rental services in Malaga and choose the vehicle that best suits you at the best price. Call us and find out!