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Five Spanish customs and traditions to enjoy on the Costa del Sol

As we explained in our last post, Spain is rich in culture, heritage and traditions. The Costa del Sol has a lot to offer on that front as well, but it can be easy for the average tourist to miss. So, we wanted to offer you five things to experience on your next holiday to the Costa del Sol so that you can really have the true Spanish experience, while still making the most of all the tourist attractions.

Eat Tapas – One of the best ways to explore a Spanish town is to “tapear” or explore the area by visiting its tapas restaurants. You can do this on your own, with a tour group, or as part of organised tapas events, where you can follow a set route with a booklet and a map to try out different tapas and find hidden corners. Marbella, Malaga and Estepona all have yearly tapas events, as do many other towns, so ask in your local tourist office. You can also check out this great website with articles about tapas in Marbella, Nerja, Antequera, Malaga, Torremolinos and Ronda to find out more.

Experience Flamenco – Andalucia is the birthplace of flamenco, with Jerez, Cadiz and Seville all hubs for this passionate art form. The unique sound, music, singing and of course dancing is central to ferias on the Costa del Sol, with people breaking into spontaneous song and dance at local bars, and hundreds dancing in traditional dress in large dance areas. There are also flamenco shows at hotels, restaurants and bars – some more traditional and authentic than others, but all amazing to watch. There are also many schools and teachers who can help you to learn flamenco […]

The Best Costa del Sol Ferias in 2017

Whenever you visit the Costa del Sol during the summer season there’s usually a feria taking place that you can enjoy. These ferias are week-long celebrations which each town and village has to celebrate their patron saint, or a significant date and are a great excuse to party! For the whole week there are day time and night time activities involving loud music, flamenco, great food and free flowing drinks and an amazing party atmosphere. It’s a chance to see the Spanish spirit at its best, so seek one out when you visit. Here’s a great list of all the Costa del Sol ferias, so you can look at where the nearest one is to you.

If you want to time your visit to fit with the best of these celebrations, here are three highlights for you.

Marbella Feria 6-12th June – Marbella’s feria is one of the first one of the season, taking place in the first week of June. The feria begins on the 6th with an amazing firework display which you can enjoy from one of the bars in Marbella’s port. Then the day fair opens, which takes place centrally at the Paseo de la Alameda, the pedestrianised area running from the main road by the Old Town, down to the seafront promenade. This is a new development from last year and really makes for a great atmosphere. From 1pm to 8pm, there’s stalls selling great food and drinks and playing music, dance performances and a party atmosphere. For the evening, there is a fair by the La Cañada shopping centre, where you can enjoy the rides and there’s more music, food and drinks to enjoy. It’s a wonderful party.

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Looking ahead to Easter on the Costa del Sol

We have just over a month before Easter is upon us, with Semana Santa or Holy Week starting on the 9th of April with Palm Sunday and then going through to Easter Sunday, or Resurrection Sunday, on the 16th of April.

Easter is a great time of year to take a short break, with several bank holidays so you won’t have to use so many precious holiday days. Good Friday is on April 14th and Easter Monday is on April 17th, both of these are bank holidays, so you can have a wonderful long weekend break. Have you decided where you’re going yet?

Why don’t you consider Spain? Semana Santa is a really important time of year for this catholic country, and rather than just have an Easter egg hunt and stuff yourself on chocolate, you can immerse yourself into the culture of catholic Spain by watching the amazing parades. They may look a little sinister with the Klu Klux Klan style headdresses, but there’s nothing to be afraid of, these parades are simply a way of telling the Easter story and worshipping. For the onlooker, they are full of pomp and ceremony and display the most wonderful statues on heavy floats depicting different scenes from the Easter story. These enormous “tronos” are carried through the streets by bands of devotees and followed by hundreds of worshippers and are really spectacular.

Some of the processions are joyous, but most are solemn and powerful. Many are held at night and lit by candles for added drama. As well as the hooded figures, you may also see women in black holding candles, these are known as the widows of Christ and are very striking.

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Costa del Sol’s Best Party 15-22 August

If you’re at a loose end and need a holiday this August, why not come and experience the Malaga Feria, one of the best events on the Costa del Sol! It is a week-long extravaganza in the capital of the Malaga province which celebrates Malaga being regained by the Catholic Kings on 19th August 1487. You may think given the history it would be quite a stately affair, but the Spanish really know how to party and the date has been appropriated as a massive summer party where the whole city comes to celebrate day and night.

We recommend that you find a good place to watch the fireworks for the inauguration of the feria which takes place at midnight the night before and are really amazing. You can also enjoy processions of people dressed in their flamenco finery on horseback processing through the streets.

Unlike many ferias, they bring parts of it into the city centre, where you can enjoy wine tasting, tapas and live music in the beautiful streets of the old town. We would highly recommend this as a great way to explore this city, which really knows how to have a good time and buzzes with life all year round.

Then there is the festival area itself, outside the city centre, but linked by public transport, where you will find hundreds of “casetas” which are little houses which each have their own music and special atmosphere, plus an amazing fair in the evening for thrill seekers young and old.

Check the official website for the full programme and ask at the tourist office for transport options and other activities related to the feria – http://feria.malaga.eu/

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How to experience the longest night of the year Spanish style!

Noche de San Juan is the night of 23rd June – the longest night of the year, and is celebrated in style in on the Costa del Sol. There are parties on the beach where everyone builds bonfires, or barbecues, hangs out with friends and parties until midnight when it’s time for the rituals of running into the sea and jumping over the fires. The whole idea is to purify and have a lot of fun.

 

 

Where to spend San Juan

There’s stuff going on all along the Costa del Sol, but here are some highlights for organized activities:

If you’re in holidaying in Marbella they light bonfires on the beach (Playa de la Fontanilla) and the beachfront chiringuitos are packed with revellers enjoying special set menus. We recommend La Red and Europa for their location and amazing atmosphere.  Booking is essential!

If you are around Elviria then Nikki Beach holds a super glamorous San Juan party at their legendary beach club, with entertainment. This is not a cheap option, but will certainly be one to remember

If you are renting a holiday apartment in Duquesa on the Western Costa del Sol, they hold an incredible party in Sabinillas on the beach with a mega bonfire/statue that is a work of art and looks too good to burn. Thousands of people descend on to the beach, there are rides and stalls and live music – it’s really worth a visit

 If you’re lucky enough to be on holiday anywhere on the Costa del Sol on the 23rd June and want to make your own party, here are a few tips to making the most of this special night like the locals –

Get a group of friends together (Spanish only operate in crowds)
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Happy Easter from HolidayRentalontheWeb!

Today is Good Friday, a sombre day in “Semana Santa” (Holy Week) where Spanish Catholics mark the day of Jesus’ crucifixion and the penitents (those who have done wrong) parade through the streets in a silent procession, often barefoot, or even on hands and knees. These processions are striking and powerful, very different from how Easter is celebrated in the UK.

If you are in Spain over Easter, and this sounds a bit too serious for you, we’d recommend Sunday’s events, in Marbella or Malaga, where the whole area celebrates the resurrection of Christ with joyous parades through the streets. Please beware that if you’re planning to go to Malaga you will be joining thousands of other holiday makers and residents, so parking and getting around can be a problem, so you’re best to take the train or bus in if you can.

One question we get asked from holiday makers with children here during Easter is where are the Easter Eggs! This is not a Spanish tradition, so for a good range of recognizable brands we’d recommend trying out Iceland in Fuengirola, Puerto Banus or Sotogrande or the more internationally minded supermarkets – Supersol, Aldi and Lidl are all good bets.

If Easter in Spain sounds like fun, but you didn’t manage it this year, then get planning! Easter 2016 starts on Palm Sunday on March 20th and runs through to Easter Sunday on March 27th. If you want to be in the most desirable holiday rentals in Malaga or Marbella they can book up fast. Contact us and we’ll give you a list of Costa del Sol Holiday Rental properties within walking distance or easy public transport reach of the parades so you can be […]

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Planning your Easter holiday on the Costa del Sol

After half term, the next opportunity to get away, for those with kids, is the Easter holidays. It’s an excellent opportunity to enjoy the wonderful combination of weather, culture and family activities that the Costa del Sol has to offer.

The weather starts to really hot up at this time of year, so strolls in the warm sunshine are great to enjoy, and if you’re lucky you’ll even get some time on the beach. Easter marks the start of the tourist season and the atmosphere really ramps up, beach bars start to reopen and there are loads of events and special activities.

Palm Sunday marks the start of Semana Santa or Holy Week and throughout this week you can see stunning displays of the catholic faith which is so important to the Spanish people. There are daily parades through the streets featuring striking religious statues carried by devotees, some very sombre and some celebratory, but all fascinating and very different from the commercial side of Easter. You can get an Easter programme with all these activities from the tourist information office in the run up to the holiday or view it online www.marbella.es

In addition to this there are many Easter activities such as parties at the play centres like Galaxia in San Pedro, special Easter Egg Hunts and many sports and activities camps which will be announced shortly. Keep your eyes peeled on Marbella Family Fun for upcoming activities.

Demand for holiday rentals on the Costa del Sol really increases during this period, so bookings are advised in advance to avoid disappointment.

Fuengirola is set to party

The Feria del Rosario, or Fuengirola Feria starts next Tuesday, 6th October and continues until October 12th and is one of the highlights of the feria calendar. It starts with a huge firework display and then the party starts, going on till the early hours of the morning. The expansive fairground is lined with little houses or “casitas”, where you can drink, dance and be merry. Plus there are activities for the kids and young at heart with the spinning and rolling rides and all sorts of stalls with games and shooting galleries, interesting religious processions and a generally lively and fun atmosphere.

If this all sounds like your kind of fun, plane tickets have gone right down in price and there’s more accommodation available so now’s a great time to visit. We have some great holiday rentals in Fuengirola with 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments including a lovely one just across the road from the beach at Los Boliches. Please let us know if you need any information on things to do in Fuengirola or accommodation options in the area.

Celebrating the Three Kings in Spain

One of the great things about going on holiday to the Costa del Sol during the Christmas period is that you get to do it twice! The celebration of the arrival of the three kings who bring gifts to the newborn baby Jesus Christ is the most important day of the Christmas holidays in Spain.

The three kings are celebrated pretty much the same as Father Christmas. The children leave a little snack for the kings and camels on the night, similar to us leaving out sherry and a mince pie for Santa and they even write letters to the kings telling them the toys they wish for. Many cities even set up a special post box where children can leave their letters for the ‘royal mail man’ so your children could even join in too! If the children have been good that year they receive presents from the three kings during the night just like Father Christmas!

The Spanish commemorate the arrival of the three kings on the 5th January every year with a festive parade and gift giving, however as the children usually go back to school on the 7th it doesn’t leave them with much time to play with their new toys, so many families have also started to celebrate the 25th December to give them more time. The children usually receive half of their presents on Christmas day and the other half on three king’s day.

The arrival of the three kings on the 5th Jan brings much excitement to cities all over Spain and the big parades (la cabalgata de reyes) are major events and usually attended by the whole family. Some of the big parades are even televised. During the festive […]

Enjoy the Malaga Feria this August

If you are looking for something fun to do while on holiday on the Costa del Sol, why not spend a family day out in the delightful city of Malaga at the Malaga Feria, an intercultural festival of music and dance. Taking place between the 11th and 19th August this historic event has something to offer everyone.

For the foodies there are many stalls where you can sample local products including fresh fish and delicious tapas while watching some traditional flamenco dancing or listening to some soul and Jazz music.

There is a daily Medieval Magic fair for the children, where theatre, music and animation are combined to create a fun and playful afternoon.

For those who prefer more modern music there is a DJ tent, featuring many up and coming DJ’s playing a range of dance and techno music.

A swimming competition and Seine boat race takes place at the Malaga port on Saturday the 18th August followed by the closing parade on Sunday the 19th which takes place from 7.00PM, through the streets of Malaga to mark the 525th anniversary of the cities seizure by the Catholic Monarchs.

This is a great way to begin or end your summer holiday, and allows you to take a break from the beach. For more information on the Malaga Feria, click here 

If you would like more information about holiday rentals on the Costa del Sol, please visit our website or contact us on UK, 0208 123 58 53, Spain +34 952 83 95 95 or email info@holidayrentalontheweb.com