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!

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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!