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Malaga, Spain Annual Events
Cabalgata de los Reyes (Three Holy Kings / Wise Men) - January 5th, historic Spanish event which is held at many large cities and towns, including both Malaga and Marbella. Three locals dress in costumes and ride around on horses, followed by decorated floats, giving sweets and small presents to the crowds of children who watch this popular event.
Romeria of the Juanar Cross - early May, historic festival dating back to the end of the 19th century, with a range of events close to Malaga, centred around the Sierra Blanca Mountain.
Fiesta de San Juan (Feast of St. John) - mid-June, an enormous religious festival throughout Malaga, with street entertainment, large bonfires where people jump over the flames, fireworks and swimming in the sea at midnight, with similar festivities held all over Spain.
San Bernabé Fiesta and Summer Fair - mid-June, held on the week closest to June 11th in nearby Marbella, just 58 km / 36 miles west of Malaga, honouring Marbella's Patron Saint. This seven-day event features bullfights in the centre, horse and cart rides, food and all kinds of drink, and a fair ground, with many events held around Marbella's Old Town district, the Plaza San Bernabé square and also Alameda Park.
Feria de Malaga - mid-August, one of Malaga's biggest annual events, when the whole city parties, with fancy dress costumes, traditional Spanish music and Flamenco dancing, street entertainment, open-air concerts and general making merry. Many people choose to visit Malaga at this time of the year, to witness this colourful spectacle and the must-see festivities, when the Marques de Larios street is filled with paper lanterns and colourful decorations, together with a nearby fair ground, full of fast rides.
Fiesta del Tostón (Day of Toston) - early November, a notable religious festival which has long been an integral part of life in Marbella every November - 58 km / 36 miles west of Malaga, with All Saints' Day celebrations being held on November 1st, together with chestnut roasting and local dishes, overnight camping and partying until late.
Malaga.us - About Malaga, Spain
Malaga is one of the 8 provinces in Andalusia, in Spain. Its the capital of tourism for its unique climate and its famous holiday resorts on the Costa del Sol. A city of contrasts that when you visit once, you’ll want to return.
Top Things to See
La Alcazaba - The Alcazaba is a former 11th-century Arab fortress situated on a hill top, with fantastic views over the bay of Malaga and the old town. The Arabs built the fortress to protect the commercial port; the Citadel is one of the best preserved Arab structures in Andalucia, with more than 100 towers, 3 palaces and several gardens.
Gibralfaro Castle, built in the 14th century, belongs along with the Alcazaba to the well preserved Arab constructions of the Middle Ages.
Malaga's Roman Theatre is located within the old inner city within walking distance of other important historical monuments, the Moorish Citadel and Gibralfaro castle.
Malaga's cathedral is built on the former Great Mosque, after the reconquest in 1528. An architectural peculiarity of the cathedral is that it combines styles as diverse as a Gothic foundation, Renaissance facades and a baroque tower, as the construction lasted for several centuries due to lack of funding.
The Church of Santiago is the oldest church in Malaga, dating back to 1490. In this church was baptized Picasso in 1881.
The Malaga Bullfighting Ring is located in La Malagueta, near the Malaga Park, the Old Town and in the shadow of the castle Gibralfaro. This Mudejar-style bullfighting ring dates from 1876 and has capacity for 14,000 people.