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.
HOW TO GET TO LUNA MORA?
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.