Thursday, December 19, 2013

New Years Eve in Malaga

New Years Eve is rapidly approaching, so get your grapes together. You need 12 of them. 

At midnight, go to any central Church or Cathedral in Malaga center, the coast or inland Malaga. 

And every time the bells chime, eat one grape. According to the tradition, this would lead to a year of prosperity. 

This typical Spanish tradition is named 'the 12 grapes of luck' and dates back from the late 19th century. Officially it was only established in 1909, as a 'marketing trick' from vine growers in Alicante. 

Later on it slowly spread to other locations and countries with strong cultural ties with Spain, such as Mexico, and also the Spanish speaking communities in the USA, and even, as part of the Spanish empire, the Philippines. 

After that moment, follow the crowd! Whenever you see a large group of Malaguenos enter a bar, you will know this bar has the best tapas. And the party is where the youngsters go. 

And don't forget to learn these words: 

¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

We thank you, reader, a lot for your positive feedback in 2013, for connecting with us on Facebook… and we wish you all the best in 2014! 

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Celebrate Christmas in Malaga

Is any city at the Costa del Sol, or Spain for that matter, so nice to visit over Christmas as Malaga? 

Tourists who come from the north of Europe often find Christmas in Spain… well, not Christmassy. It lacks the cold and snow that create the right atmosphere. Not so Malaga! 

Malaga is actually becoming famous for its brilliant Christmas atmosphere. 

Malaga city centre in December.
For in December, Malaga looks like one big Christmas tree! 

The beautiful lights turn the city centre into a fairy tale.

Head for the famous shopping street Calle Larios, or straight to the Christmas market

The market is located in the park in the centre, just behind the port. 

It takes place from 11 AM to 10 PM, every day until January 5th and is the place to be to find arts and crafts, interesting and fun gifts as well as sweet treats. 

Elsewhere in the province of Malaga, also the Christmas market of Benalmadena is definitely worth a visit. 

This market takes place in the Av. Antonio Machado, also until January 5th. 

Mediterranean, in the most southern tip of Europe… and still a real Christmas feel. You will not regret it. 

Dear reader, let us grab this opportunity to wish you a very nice December and a very Merry Christmas! 

Feliz Navidad!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Have a drink in Bar El Pimpi in Malaga!

Where to go for a drink or a tapa when you are in Malaga center? 

Let your quest definitely include this one address: 'El Pimpi'!  

In Malaga, El Pimpi Bar is an icon. It stands for cosiness and great authentic tapas. 

Located in an original wine cellar, it exists of one bar (with tapas) and one cocktail bar (with seafood). 

The decor is traditional and vintage. 

It's very much praised for its wine, and even more for its ambiance, and thus a magnet for local artists, filmmakers and politicians alike. So it truly lives up to its tagline: 'Where Malagueñas meet'

The name 'el pimpi' comes from a character that no longer exists: the pimpis, who used to be young men helping out the crews of ships. Eventually they became the first city guides for tourists. 

You can find El Pimpi very easily, in the narrow Calle Granada where you walk through when you walk from the shopping street Calle Larios to Plaza Merced - 2 places you will visit anyway. 

For more information: 
Visit the website of El Pimpi 


(= to your health, cheers)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Top Tapas in Malaga

When asked what the favorite highlight was of a trip to Malaga, many a tourist says: "The tapas"

Yes, tourists and tapas, it's a never ending love story. 

What is a tapa? 

A tapa is the small bite you can order with a drink. 

It can be just a small plate of olives, to dozens of little appetizers. 

Such a tapa used to be automatically added, and for free. Today this is rarely ever the case. 

But they can be ordered basically everywhere, for the love for tasting is deeply rooted in the Andalusian culture. From just a few choices a few decades ago, one can now go for all sorts of new inventions, styles and 'designer tapas'. 

Are you more hungry than that? Then simply order a 'racion' or a portion. It is very common to order a portion even if you are 2, 3 or more people sitting at the table. The portions are then put in the middle of the table and everyone picks what he or she likes most. 

Origins of the tapa?  

The word 'tapa' stems from tapar, or to cover. Which comes from the habit of putting a small plate on a beer or wine, to cover the it from sand, dust or falling leaves. And for reasons of a nice presentation one might as well put some olives in that plate. 

Usually it were rather salty products, for they would whet the thirst. 

The 3 most popular tapas with tourists?  

The Number One tapa? Hands down? 

Serrano Ham! 

Generally served in thin slices, this dry-cured ham is made from the landrace breed of white pig. 

It's the culinary symbol of Spain and immensely popular, by Andalucians and tourists alike. 

Oviedo cheese

This tapa is also a traditional tapa and exists of slices of dry, mild cheese. 

A very nice bite, in combination with 'picos', the mini breadsticks with traditional olive oil. 

Patatas Bravas

Also liked by almost everyone: cubes of roasted potato, in a spicy tomato sauce. Especially when you feel your stomach can use some 'real' food. 

As said though, the choice is limitless. A very good idea is: to follow the Spaniards. 

When it is crowded and you see many Spaniards eating… you know it's the place with the best tapas! 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Top 3 of Malaga Highlights

A ranking of highlights is always personal. 

If you ask us though, the following 3 destinations are very clearly THE places to visit in Malaga province. 

Non-surprisingly they are also very popular with tourists, so we do not stand alone in this: 
The cathedral of Malaga city
1. Malaga city

Malaga city has got it all. 

The sea in the front and mountains in the back. A big and bubbly city with fresh air and a healthy feel. 

Busy, but calm. Corporate, but picturesque. Musea, castles, shopping, great sea food, tapas... you name it. 

Just how many cities are there where it's only a stroll from a museum or busy shopping street to a beach? 

2. A night out in Puerto Banus

And now for something completely different... a hot summer night out in Marbella's luxury harbour: Puerto Banus! 

Luxurious for one, camp for the other, amazing for one, a giggle for the other... just about everyone who has experienced such a summer night drink in the streets of Puerto Banus, remembers it.

Versace shops open until well after midnight, looking at the tremendous yachts of the very rich, the highest number of luxury cars per square km: Puerto Banus loves money (and its restaurants and tourist shops are amazingly inexpensive). 

3. A day to Ronda
Oh, Ronda. City in the middle of nowhere. Stunning views. The city Hemingway wrote about, and where the original Carmen lived. 

Culture and romance, rolled into one. 

Ronda is at some 80 Kms from Malaga, and what a beautiful 80 Kms these are. Whether you drive over Coin or via Marbella, the trip by car is a highlight in itself. 

Sure, Malaga has much more to offer. With these 3 though, you can say you have lived the Costa del Sol experience. 


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Butterfly spotting in Benalmádena

The colourful world of butterflies...

In Benalmádena near Málaga you can spot more than 1500 of them. In the 'Mariposario' or butterfly vivarium

In a beautiful Thai temple on the outskirts of Benalmádena, you can visit a true butterfly habitat. Species from Africa, Australia and the Americas.

As their average life only lasts 2-3 weeks, the population constantly changes. 

Over the course of a year we are talking about 150 species. 

You can spot their whole biological circle, and also their behaviour - the delicate courting. 

To remain close to the original territories of the species, the temperature in the mariposario always is the one of a nice springtime: between 24-26 centrigrade. 

You don't like butterflies or plants? There are a few other animals too, from exotic birds to cameleons. 

Even if they live together in the same space, there are no conflicts between the species. There's no competition either. 

Opening hours and entry fees

The vivarium is open every day from 10 AM to 7.30 PM. 
Photography is allowed, even with flash. 

Only small dogs are allowed, and have to be kept in the arms. For bigger dogs there's a waiting area. 

The prices vary from 7 Euro for children to 10 Euro for adults. There's a reduction for people who are retired. 

How to get there?

The butterfly vivarium is situated right next to the A7 motorway, so very easy to reach if you arrive by car. You can't miss the Thai temple! 

If you do not have a car, then it might be good to get a taxi. You can call us for a taxi at 0034 952 001 027.

More information

For more photos, visit the website of the Benalmadena Butterfly vivarium

Currently the website is in Spanish only. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Is Málaga Airport 'difficult'?

Here is a much heard question: "Is it easy to find your way at the airport of Málaga"? 

Ever since AGP - the official airport code for Malaga's International Airport - underwent a massive reconstruction and a brand new Arrival and Departure hall were added, the airport looks impressively modern, shiny... and huge. 

The arrival hall at Malaga Airport
Yes, it no longer is the almost cosily provincial airport of only 4 years ago. 

It is good it is situated in between Málaga city and Torremolinos, so it could expand - because expanded it has! 

Now, is it easy? Yes, it is!

All you need to do when arriving, is follow the signs, and they are very clear. Sure, your walk from the aircraft to the arrival hall can seem longer: you will be surrounded by the hustle and bustle of a truly international Airport. 

Whether you look for your taxi, a bus or the coastal train; all you need to do is follow the sign. In most cases that will be the sign of luggage. For you will have to pick up your luggage first. And then for the sign Exit. (In Spanish: 'Salida'). 

Here is the pick-up point for your taxi: 

The pick-up point of taxi's at Malaga Airport.
This photo might not tell you a lot: it is simply the arrival hall, the hall where you will end anyway, immediately after customs. 

To make things even easier: if you booked your taxi beforehand, the driver will be waiting there with a sign with your name on. So all you need to do after customs, is to look around. 

This is also the spot where you can head to the coastal train, a parking lot or any bus: all you need to do is look for the icon of a train, a car or a bus. 

Welcome to Málaga!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Inland Málaga… the land of Carmen and Hemingway

You can sometimes divide Málaga into two completely different worlds.

These two worlds are only separated by 20 Kms of hills and winding roads – but could not be more different.

On one hand there is the busy, bustling and very international  coastline: the Costa del Sol.

On the other hand there is Málaga inland…  beautiful, rural, calm and often picturesque: 

the real Andalucía!

When you have a rental car, you can still bump into gems of villages. Or let your taxi drop you in one of the 'white villages' inland.

There are villages and spots like little poems, where the people still clap their hands on the rhythm of the buleria and youngsters still snap the fingers and sing a fandango. 

Where many people are still dedicated to the harvest of olives, or are true craftsman of wood sculpting.

This, dear reader, is the land of Carmen – the original Carmen came from Ronda, not Seville. 

It’s the land Hemingway loved and wrote about, and where Orson Welles has found his last resting place. 

No, Don Juan did not live here – yet you would think he did, given the many men that seem to act and dress like him.

When you are so lucky to bump into a village like this, away from the main road, and you see the old men sitting under a palmtree, while teenagers skate buy on a skateboard, children playing in the street or spoiling their favourite stray dog… you think: yes, this is beautiful. I am so happy to be here.

Málaga is as diverse as a whole country.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A lot to do about… bullrings

Like cathedrals in Britain, every town and village has a plaza del toros and treats it like it’s the only one on the planet, or at least the most remarkable one… I for one have a hard time understanding the tradition and just by saying this I will probably step on a lot of toes…since it ís tradition! But still, somehow you can’t escape seeing at least two or three bullrings when visiting the area. So okay, I will skip the whole discussion whether or not the bullfighting tradition is one we have to let go off and try to review the plazas del toros as I would with their predecessors: the amphitheatres of the Romans. We do not often discuss if they were ‘right’ in having these fights for hundreds of thousands of spectators, probably since this is ‘ancient history’. We just look at the facts: where were these theatres placed, did the location have any significance, how many people could fit in? Is the theatre shaped oddly or is it a ‘prototype’?  Is it shaped oddly due to the landscape or is there another reason? Is there political significance linked to the building? How long has it been in use for? All these questions can also be directed to the plazas del toros and when I compare the bullrings in the Costa del Sol area, you might get a notion  of which arena is really ‘unique’ and if you really MUST visit one, you‘ll know which one to choose (instead of just believing every plaque or guide book in telling you ‘this is the most perfect, unique, brilliantly shaped, highest, biggest etc.’


So, let’s start with the one in Ronda. The bullring in this  town is supposed to be one of the oldest in Spain. Due to renewed popularity in the 18th century (the birth of ‘modern’ bullfighting), the Cavalry of Ronda decided to built a new bullring. The same architect that designed the famous bridge of Ronda, Martín de Aldehuela, designed the bullring. The construction of the bullring started in 1779 and the building was opened in 1785. The ring has a double gallery of arches and is fully covered. The arena has a diameter of 66 meters.  Within the plaza del toro you’ll find 136 columns, forming 68 arches. The Royal box has a covering roof of Arabic tiles. There are five rows for spectators to sit per stone rings, of which there are two.  
Since this bullring is located in a rural surrounding, not many bullfights are held here. However, for a small fee, the building is open to the public. Madonna recorded her video clip ‘Take a bow’ at this spot and other American television shows have recorded here as well. Being ‘the birthplace of Modern bullfighting’ and the certain elegance of the building, this one might actually be worth a visit. Inside the bullring there is a bullfighting museum, that is considered the most informative of these kinds of museums in the south of Spain. The museum doesn’t only cover bullfighting history, but saddle making as well and it has a collection of old fire arms.
Plaza de Toros Mijas
Yes, we can immediately state that the bullring in Mijas is really something else. It is oval shaped, which is of course an odd shape! The oval shape is a remarkable feature, but Mijas isn’t the only town with an oval bullring, although it is one of few. The bullring was built in 1900 and is located in the center of town, which is a higher part of the village. When you first notice the building, you might not even think it is a bullfighting ring. It looks a bit like the surrounding houses, the access gate is in perfect harmony with the landscape, as is the rest of the building, which explains its odd shape. The bullring was modernized from 1986-1977. You can only enter the bullring during planned events.

Plaza de Toros Malaga

The bullring in Malaga is called La Malagueta and is an old building as well. Built in 1876, it was immediately inaugurated with an event. The building was modernized in 2010. The arena measures 52 meters in diameter and has a museum. Being a bigger plaza del toros, located in a bigger town, bullfighting events occur more often. The building style is called neomudéjar.
The bullring in Antequera seems to have been build in a hurry. It was erected in 1848 and the upper sections were made out of wood.  Still, until 1980 the building remained in relatively good shape. In 1983 it was renovated. A new gate was constructed, although in the style of the 18th century architects of the area. But still, the façade we see today is a bit ‘fake’, as does the interior. It differs quite a bit from the original plaza del toros from 1848. Of course the good people of Antequera will tell you this is one of the most beautiful bullrings of Spain. It certainly is in good shape…The location is nice though: surrounded by gardens. Not many tourists visiting Antequera will do so in order to visit the bullring, it isn’t famous. But, if you are interested in architecture, this one might appeal to you. The building materials are all local and the use of old architectural styles are interesting.  The plaza del toros also houses a museum. This bullring is frequently in use.
The bullring of Estepona isn’t that old, it was built in 1972, but has typical asymmetric design and you can reach the upper terraces without climbing stairs. The feature that makes this plaza del toros unique are the museums that house inside the building: a bullfighting museum(of course), paleontology museum and ethnographical museum make the building still worth a visit. The best part: it’s free of charge!
I’ve done my bit, now it’s up to you. After a visit you can at least state you know what you’re talking about, without getting in to the animal rights discussion right away…Happy architecture gazing to you all!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The weather in Malaga in September

So, here we are, after the peak of the peak season. 

The traffic is more relaxed, the queue's are shorter, the beaches are calmer... and then there is that gorgeous weather of September and the first half of October. 

Sometimes warm, sometimes still even hot, but no longer suffocating. Sitting on the terrace of a tapa bar in smoothly calm square in Malaga, one can get the feel of an 'Indian summer'. 

Beach weather and lots of space... that is the autumn in Malaga. 
Marbella is never more pleasant than now. 

You know you are in a city, and you see the people pass by on the beach boulevard or have a drink or relax on the beach... but it is all so adorably calm and laid back. 

The occasional first shower doesn't disturb at all. It ads to the romantic feel of this season. 

Yes, when it comes to the weather and the ambiance, Malaga is never more beautiful than in September and October. 

If you have a rental car and can go to the more 'virginal' beaches, you are in for a great day. Because, yes, you can expect temperatures varying around 24 Centigrade, so tanning and going to the beach are still an option! 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Luna Mora festival in September

If you are in Malaga in September and you happen to have a rental car... lucky you.

It's that time of the year again... Luna Mora!

On the evenings and nights of Friday the 6th and Saturday the 7th, and again the weekend after, Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th, you have the opportunity to experience a truly unique festival:

The village of Guaro is being transformed into a little Marrakech.  
Lit by 25.000 candles, this small hilltop village becomes the centre of wining, dining and nightlife of inland Malaga. 
Luna Mora - or 'Moorish moon' - celebrates the Moorish heritage of the region, and how!
Belly dancers, Moroccan tea tents, hundreds of stalls offering typical products, a whole street turning into a restaurant, Flamenco concerts...

For a few nights Guaro really is THE place to be.

There can be up to 10.000 visitors a night, giving this village the feel of a rock concert, but then for singles, couples, families and children alike.

If you don't like crowds: don't worry, it is only on the main avenue and in the main streets that it is (very) crowded: take a turn to the right or left, into a small alley, and Guaro is as typical and tranquil as always.

If you do like crowds, wining and dining, or just a romantic night and a very friendly ambiance... Luna Mora is your festival.


You will find Guaro inland at half an hour from Marbella, or 40 minutes from Fuengirola or Malaga.

In Marbella, take the exit Ojen-Coin at La Canada. Keep following that beautiful mountain road until you see the sign Monda. Drive into Monda, and in the centre of Monda follow the sign to Guaro.

If you come from the other direction (Malaga or Fuengirola), drive to Coin and, in Coin centre, follow the sign to Guaro.

Take care! It can be so busy, with even coaches coming from Madrid or Barcelona, that you might end up in a crazy traffic jam for hours. So the best thing to do is to be there in time!! Before 5 PM the roads are still open and tranquil... but arriving after 10 PM will make you waste hours in trying to find a parking spot.

The alternative: park your car at the very large open air parking specifically created for Luna Mora, at 4 Kms outside Coin - and hop on one of the very many shuttle buses which will take care of the last 4 Kms. These shuttle buses continue the whole night.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Monk Parakeet in Malaga

The Monk Parakeet, or Wild Myiopsitta monachus, originally from Argentina, has been seen in large groups in Malaga.

This green Parakeet lives in palm trees on the coast and seems to survive very well in Spain. In fact, there are that many now, that the Town of Malaga has decided to sterilize the eggs and remove their nests to stop them to reproduce.

These bright green parrots from Argentina are becoming more frequent and numerous in Spain, living in large groups in the provinces Malaga, Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia. 

Although they make a pleasant sound for some and are beautiful to see, they can become dangerous for the population of Malaga.

All have the same origin: escaped from their bird cages. Since this bird is cheap to buy (about 20 euros each) many Spaniards bought one to keep as pets.

They estimate to have a population in Spain of more then 3000 nesting pairs, and increases at a great speed of 20 percent annually. No wonder that in Argentina these birds are considered a plague and cause severe damage to their corn and sunflower plantations. They seem to bread in large colonies on parallel power lines which causes damage and wildfires.

Last year they removed 91 nests in the city of Malaga in orderd to control the colony to expand. These birds build nests in trees, communication towers and power lines in Malaga, which are are composed of thorny branches tied together. With the removal of 91 nests, it will effect a larger number of birds because each nest is shared by multiple partners simultaneously.

The Monk Parakeet is the only parrot that builds a stick nest, in a tree or on a man-made structure, rather than using a hole in a tree.

This parakeet becomes about 29 cm tall with a 48 cm wingspan, and weighs about 100 g. 

Before its population gets a plague in Malaga also, we should consider twice before buying these birds, and then when we get tired of them, have the bad idea to 'let them free', we will just make things worse.


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Gazpacho, a history of poor people’s food?

Scrumptious! With the hot summer weather it’s not even a question what to eat when in Malaga: a nice big, ice cold bowl of Gazpacho! 

But as always, when I eat a traditional and local dish, I start wondering: who invented this and how did they come up with this idea? I know Gazpacho is made with tomatoes and peppers, so it can’t be that old of an idea, right?

After some research I did discover the word Gazpacho could be derived from the Latin word ‘caspa’ which means ‘tidbit’ or ‘left over’. But the Romans did not have any tomatoes or peppers… 

There are etymologists who mention de mosarabic word for poor men’s food, also ‘caspa’, still no peppers, nor tomatoes. Tomatoes came to Spain after Columbus discovered America.

José Briz tells us the Hebrew word ‘gazaz’ means ‘to break into pieces’ and might also be a good explanation for the derivation of Gazpacho. All these words seem to tell us something about the techniques used to make the dish or the purpose of the dish, not much about the ingredients. 

What’s going on here… is or isn’t this a very old dish, traditionally made for centuries in and around Malaga? It seems like no one really knows the answer, the origins are not documented, but there are theories!

A bit more digging learns us that Juan de la Mata published a book called ‘Arte de reposteria’ in 1747, in which he tells the reader about different kinds of Gazpacho… Okay, so there are several kinds?

It also seems that pre-Roman Andalucians made something akin to Gazpacho in Phoenician times, which isn’t that strange since something similar was made by peoples on the Italian peninsula in pre-Roman times, so it seems to be common Mediterranean dish. A cold meal of stale bread drenched in vinegar, olive oil and water, flavored with garlic was eaten by almost all cultures in the Mediterranean. There might even be hints in the direction of this kind of meal in the Old Testament (Ruth 2.14), just sort of describing the ingredients, not sharing with the reader the name that might have been given to this meal. Nowadays, everyone seems to make a different variation of Gazpacho. 

But of course I want to find some kind of ‘traditional’ recipe.As soon as you start digging up the past of Gazpacho, you will notice there are different kinds, as I mentioned before. For instance in Antequera they make Porra, which is a thicker kind of Gazpacho. The Moors while in Andalucia also made their own variations, for instance a white variation with lots of garlic and cucumber, sometimes with asparagus. It seems if though when the sailors set sail for America in the era of the big discoveries, they made the traditional cold soup for themselves during the trip and after discovering tomatoes and peppers, they added it to their original recipe.

Nowadays we still know a white kind of gazpacho: ajoblanco. Ajoblanco, literally white garlic, contains bread, almonds, sometimes grapes and of course the base of bread, olive oil and garlic. And then there is Salmorejo. Salmorejo is the kind that is popular in the Córdoba area. It’s more silky and rich than the regular Gazpacho. It is served with diced Serrano ham and chopped hard-boiled eggs. A lot like porra, I would say. And then we also have arranque with less water and bread than regular gazpacho… again, sounds to me like porra, but hey, what do I know? Best way to figure out which variation is the best, you might as well go out and try them all!

There is this place in Malaga, a tapas bar, called Ajo Blanco. It is located in the Plaza de Ucibay,8. Here they are supposed to serve the best Gazpacho in Malaga, so do go and have a try!

But, if you feel inspired and like to make some gazpacho of your own, here are some recipes:

Gazpacho Ingredients

  •        4 chunks/slices of stale white bread (crust removed)
  •        2 cloves of garlic
  •        olive oil
  •        1 onion
  •        500 g tomato
  •        2 red peppers
  •        0.5 cucumber
  •        50 ml red wine vinegar
  •        100 ml tomato juice
  •        salt
  •        fresh black pepper

Dice the bread. Soak the bread in a small amount of water. Gently remove and “squeeze” dry. Peal and chop the garlic and onion and dice the peppers, tomato, cucumber and place the tomatoes, bread, cucumbers, onions, garlic and peppers in a blender, bit by bit, adding the tomato juice and vinegar. Add salt and pepper and when everything is blended smoothly, place the gazpacho in a non-metallic bowl in the fridge for about 2 hours.

Ajo Blanco Ingredients

  •      200 g blanched almond
  •      4 chunks/slices of stale white bread (crust removed)
  •      2 cloves of garlic
  •      1.5 liters of cold water
  •      200 ml olive oil
  •      1 tb vinegar

Dice the bread. Soak the bread in a small amount of water. Gently remove and “squeeze” dry. Grind the almonds and garlic cloves. Mix bread, garlic and almonds until it becomes a white paste. Bit by bit add the oil, while stirring. After that add vinegar and water, again bit by bit until the mixture is nice and creamy (to your taste). You can add salt and pepper to taste. Place the gazpacho in a non-metallic bowl in the fridge for about 2 hours.


Friday, July 19, 2013

Visit the dinosaurto park in Torremolinos

During the summer of 2013, from July to September, the Torremolinos Exhibition and Conference center will be the host of a true Dinosaurios Park.

With 2,100m2  makes it one of the largest dinosaur events in Europe. In this exhibition you will learn  how dinosaurs lived, what they ate and many other interesting faqs about them. Some of the dinosaur replicas are 12m tall and look nearly alive, thanks to the movement and sound technologies used.

You can see over 30 species of dinosaurs in real size, moving and roaring in their natural habitat ... as in Jurassic Park ... There is also information about the dinosaurs, explanations of their habits, games, a sandbox to find dinosaur bones and pretend to be paleontologists and lots more ... a fun day out guaranteed for young and old!

Contact information:

Dinosaurios Park
Palacio De Congresos De Torremolinos
C/ México, 3

Tel: +34 627 632 338

Monday, July 15, 2013

This years Malaga Fair: 11-19 August 2013

Nearly time for this years Fair of Malaga! The fair will be celebrated from 11-19 August 2013.

The opening of the fair will take place at Playa la Malagueta during the night Friday  to Saturday (Malagueta beach on thr left hand side of Malaga Harbour), with music and fireworks at midnight. Live music from the Spanish group: Efecto Mariposa.

In the morning after, horses and carriages will come together around 11 o´clock at the "Paseo el Parque".

During the fair there is plenty activity in the entire city of Malaga, on the feria ground during the evenings and Malaga centre during day time. There are bullfights every day at 19.00hrs, be quick to buy tickets as usually they are sold out far in advance.
You will find food-stands, drinks, attractions, candy-stands, party, music, live music in the "Casetas" on the feria ground, in between the attractions and in the historical center of Málaga.

The fair with attractions has its official opening at 21.30 on Saturday 11th of August 2013.

Those who like to visit Flamenco dance and music, they should visit the: CASETA MUNICIPAL DEL FLAMENCO Y LA COPLA. During the fair there will be live music every night from 23.00hrs onwards.

For small children there is a CASETA MUNICIPAL INFANTI, open every day during the fair from 21.30 with shows and music especially for children.

The youth can listen to live music in the CASETA MUNICIPAL DE LA JUVENTUD open every day from 22.30, live music groups and DJ´s with modern music.


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Flamenco Museum

Museo de Arte Flamenco is a small museum in a side street of Calle Alamos. This small but informative museum  consists of 2 floors with detailed information about the history of flamenco dance and music in Malaga.

As you step into the building you see immediately a room with tables and chairs, this is the space where members of Pena Juan Breva meet. This club, named after the famous flamenco singer Juan Breva from Malaga, is also the manager of the museum. Guided tours are given  by a member of the Pena Juan Brava in Spanish. If you do not speak Spanish then the different objects and pictures will give you a good impression of flamenco in Malaga.

The first floor has a nice collection of different objects that belong to the flamenco culture of Malaga. You can see many old gramophone players and a large collection of old records with flamenco music. The second floor is going deeper into the history of flamenco in Malaga and the people who play an important role here. Personal belongings of the local population, who are or were active in the world of flamenco, are showed with pride. There is also a collection of guitars, scarves and dresses. 

The flamenco museum is not a large museum and certainly not one of the most famous attractions in Malaga. However, for only one euro you will get a good impression of the flamenco culture in Malaga. If you want to experience more of the flamenco culture, then you can visit the museum on Friday afternoon (in the same building) and listen to live flamenco music which is sometimes supplemented with dance. This is an activity of the Pena Juan Breva itself and not specifically designed for tourism. Pure Spanish and admission is free.