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Malaga Christmas Lights 2017 : This will be the Christmas lighting of Calle Larios de Málaga 2017

This christmas,Málaga has welcomed Christmas to the rhythm of Boney M and The Boston Pops Orchestra. On an almost summer afternoon, thousands of people packed the Center yesterday to witness the premiere of a new light and sound show that did not leave anyone indifferent. The inauguration of the Christmas lighting began at 7:00 pm, although previously the company of Miguel Pino encouraged the children with the show of his famous puppet Peneque el Valiente. To the conclusion acted the Cadiz group Andy and Lucas.

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The opening of the lighting became a real phenomenon in the city. So much that half an hour before the start of the show and you could almost walk on the street and the crowd was concentrated until the roundabout of the Marqués de Larios mobile in hand to not miss a detail of the lights. Among them was Laura Mira and her husband Bernardo, who arrived at seven at the Center and already found all the mogollón. “We wanted to go for a snack, but we have stayed to take a place,” they acknowledged.

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Before the city was lit up, the balloons became the improvised protagonists of the afternoon, since the usual blues with the slogan Merry Christmas that distributes the town hall were joined by other reds scattered around the Ronald McDonald House and some white from the Lo Güeno restaurant. Miguel, one of the people who delivered them, said that the first spectators arrived around 5.30 pm. “At that time the street benches were already full of people waiting,” he recalled.

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The person in charge of lighting Christmas was the mayor of the city, Francisco de la Torre, who together with the mayor responsible for Fiestas, Teresa Porras, and different members of the government and opposition team, pressed the button that started the show of lights. At seven o’clock the large 18-meter-high tree lit up the Plaza de la Constitución and seconds later the music began to play on Calle Larios. Although in the first pass only two songs sounded, attendees who walk down the street will enjoy ‘Feliz Navidad’, by Boney M, ‘Christmas Festival’ by The Boston Pops Orchestra and ‘Wizards in Winter’, by Trans-Siberian Orchestra

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Like last year, the central street will host two shows every day: at 6:30 p.m. and at 9:30 p.m. and it will last about eight minutes, since the three songs will be played in a row. As could be seen in the premiere, for this year more Christmas songs have been chosen and the lights shine at a somewhat slower pace than the previous year.

Until next January 6, when Their Majesties the Magi of the East leave all their bags full of gifts in the houses of the people of Malaga, about two million points of light will illuminate the streets of the capital. All the bulbs are low consumption and have involved an investment of 573,211 euros in the emblematic areas of the city. On this occasion, Calle Larios, has been decorated with a vault with about 2,630 microled cords, two domes and 18 porticos with windows, stained-glass windows and cathedral-style rosettes that have been made looking as close as possible to that of Malaga.

Christmas will light up this year in Malaga for 44 days and to avoid traffic incidents as a result of the high number of people who come to see the lights, the City will restrict the passage of private vehicles through the Alameda Principal during Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays , holidays and vespers between 18 and 22 hours. As it happened yesterday, since the cars were diverted by Córdoba Street and Alameda de Colón.

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Malaga Film Festival 2017

Malaga Film Festival 2017

When : 17 March to 26 March 2017

Where : Málaga City, Costa del Sol, Spain

What : Malaga Film Festival 2017

The Málaga Festival, which this year celebrates its Nineteenth Edition, is a powerful contributor to the development of Spanish cinema presenting its best documentaries, short films, etc., as well as paying tribute to different personalities of the film industry and organizing numerous cycles, exhibitions and activities Parallel.

MALAGA FILM FESTIVAL 2017

MALAGA FILM FESTIVAL 2017

The Malaga Festival wants to reach all audiences and in its desire to present and promote a broad panorama of film culture that aims to be always attentive to training, creativity and innovation, framed within an activity that stands out for its dynamic character in continuous evolution and transformation.

MALAGA FILM FESTIVAL 2017

MALAGA FILM FESTIVAL 2017

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La Noche en Blanco Malaga 2016

La Noche en Blanco Malaga 2016

When : May 14 2016, from 8 pm to 2 am
Where : Malaga City Center
What : More than 250 activities held overnight, including free visits to museums, exhibition halls, and galleries.

In 2016 the Noche en Blanco in Malaga reaches its ninth edition establishing itself as the cultural event of greatest citizen involvement throughout the year. And this involvement has been highlighted since the early preparations because the thread has been chosen, for the first time by the public.

Based on four different themes: Somewhere in the Night (Homage to Cervantes), A night to sing, The Future, and The Night of the stars. The latter was the proposal elected by the citizens in an open ballot organized by the Townhall, in which 4,037 people participated.

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The ratings were both social networks through Facebook, as in person at ballot boxes installed in the 11 municipal districts and the Municipal Archives.

So, this year, the Noche en Blanco will be “Night of the Stars”. Therefore, most of the activities will be associated with this topic. As every year, again participation expectations have increased.

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Thus, some 250 different activities (there were about 200 last year), organized by 150 organizations, located most of them in the historic center of Malaga, although the districts also have their role.

In this ninth edition there will be 30 new entities. Of the activities the night of May 14 will be held, from 8 pm to 2 am, there will be 41 to be held in museums, 11 exhibition halls, 6 art galleries, 6 spaces scenic.

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As a novelty, there will be a specific section of activities for families as 20 activities will be exclusive for smaller and entitled “For the stars of the house” In addition, there will be other 50 activities aimed at all audiences in which the youngest may also participate.

The Three Holy Kings

The Three Kings of Christmas in Spain : Inland Traditions

The Three Kings (or simply The Kings) is the name by which the tradition calls to the visitors after the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, that came from foreign countries to pay homage and give gifts of great symbolic wealth: gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Over time, in Catholic countries like Spain , the custom of celebrating at the same time the day of the Epiphany (January 6th) and the Feast of the Three Kings was adopted, and showing the manifestation of Jesus to the non-Jewish world with these characters representing precisely this non-jewish world. Gradually, the true meaning was forgotten and the true meaning of the word ‘epiphany’,  and it became a synonym for Adoration of the Magic Kings.

Parade of the three Holy Kings on the 5th of January

Parade of the three Holy Kings on the 5th of January in Malaga

In some places, the authorities organized the so-called Three Kings ride on January 5, during which the characters often go on horseback or in carriages, dressed in robes and crowns, instead of the original dress which are unknown. In most places where the ride goes, apart from going on it the Magic Kings, there are also other characters. The next day, January 6, is a national holiday. That day the children enjoy their gifts.

Other Characters in he three holy kings parades

Other Characters in he three holy kings parades

In Spain, it is traditional that the Christmas gifts to the children are brought by the Kings the night of 5 to 6 January, competing with the recent introduction of Santa Claus on Christmas customs due to the influence of other cultures.

Before, children must send a letter to the kings listing the gifts they want and deserve credit for those who receive them. It is also tradition that the night of January 5, children leave their shoes somewhere in the house, near the door, in a window. Even sweets are left to give to the Kings and water or food for the camels. The next day there are gifts or, in the case of being bad, coal in place (it’s though a sweet coal). Lately also the adults get gifts.

Parade of the three Holy Kings on the 5th of January

Parade of the three Holy Kings on the 5th of January in Málaga

That day the breakfast is typical King cake that can be eaten in many places in Spain, for tea or as a dessert at dinner. In Spain these roscones usually contain a figurine, popularly known as “surprise”.

Itinerary of 2016 Three Kings Ride on the 5th January in Málaga Center

 

Guide to enjoy or survive the Feria de Malaga 2015

Malaga Feria 2015 : Guide to enjoy it or just survive it

Malaga Feria 2015 : The best climate and fair in the world, lots of fun, delicious cuisine and good music combined with sun, beaches, monuments, museums and cultural visits, but mostly fun and frolic in abundance. From 15 till 22 August 2015

The Feria arrives August and Malaga feria city is ready to live one of the most important fair events of the year for Malaga: Malaga Fair 2015 this year between 15 and 25 August. The Live shows are something unique and worth visiting even for clubbers, and difficult to survive because the party doesnt stop for 10 intense days … how ever you are and live with more or less intensity, it is important to enjoy the experience at one of the main tourist areas in Europe: Málaga and the Costa del Sol.

 

Fairgrounds. Diariosur.es image

Fairgrounds. Diariosur.es image

As I have lived more a few malaga feria (each time with less intensity due to the obligations and over the years …) I plan to do a basic guide of the malaga feria to guide our visitors at this time. Like any massive party you must know how to move, where to go, and there are things that can be improved. I hope you find my basic tips interesting and as I always say, with your comments, opinions and recommendations this article will be much more useful for everyone. Lets go to the malaga feria!

Malaga 2014 Fair poster

Malaga 2015 Fair poster

 

1. Origin of the Malaga feria

Summer festival in Malaga have their origin in the commemoration of the incorporation of Málaga to the Crown of Castile by the Catholic Monarchs, who entered the city on 19 August 1487. A few years later (1491) the City Council established the Start of festivities. Over the years they have been gaining strength and today is the big summer party in southern Spain.

Home lit fair Malaga. sobremalaga.com image

Home lit fair Malaga. sobremalaga.com image

 

2. Proclamation and Fireworks

The holidays in malaga feria break open at Friday night with the opening, close to the sea, by some prominent authorities and then, at 00:00 with fireworks that inaugurate the holidays in the city. That Friday night there is a concert of music by the Malagueta Beach, although many locals and visitors are enjoying the atmosphere and the bars of central Malaga.

malaga fair fires

malaga fair fires

 

3. Real de la Feria.

It has an area of ​​over 500,000 m2 and 179 trade show booths belonging to social malaga fair organizations, clubs, guilds and companies, the vast majority with free access. It also has all the infrastructure and services, not to mention the typical attractions of a fair for the enjoyment of young and old. The Real has several distinct parts: in the area of ​​the North booths have more room and animation and South are more familiar and where you can eat and be more relaxed. In the area of ​​youth and adolescents are many booths which have loud music, and finally, there is the area of ​​the fairground, a large area with fun for the little ones and not so small, great attractions, raffles and other entertainment.
During the day fair it is very hot and the sun mercilessly punishes the people reaching 35 degrees. I advise to use light clothes and hydrate well.

Fairgrounds. Diariosur.es image

Fairgrounds. Diariosur.es image

 

4. How to get to the exhibition center and the fairground

The council enables more than 5,000 parking spaces in the center for the day fair and almost 10,000 places around the actual so you can drive but some nights there is so many people that it is impossible to park. Therefore, it is best to use public transport, either bus, offering good service both to the center and at night the royal or taxis, more expensive than the bus but compensates when shared . By the way, if you stay in the capital you can also use the newly opened Metro Málaga. If you stay in a nearby village there are also buses with special services and trains that leave you in the center of Malaga (to Torremolinos, Benalmadena or Fuengirola).

Plano fairgrounds Malaga 2015

Plano fairgrounds Malaga 2015

 

5. Fair of the Centre

During the day people usually go to the historic center (although each year the real is more lively at day) to enjoy the party, music, tapas and drink. Larios Street, the busiest and emblem of Malaga pedestrian artery, is the epicenter of the festival, with the Constitution Square and surrounding streets of the historic center as a good place to feel the party atmosphere .

During the day there are often live bands of Verdiales in Calle Larios, brass bands and friends who encourage staff to decide to come. Of course you will hear many sevillanas and see women with beautiful flamenco dresses dancing to music. At sunset, the music in the streets must end by municipal side though people continue to party. And a warning: beware of crowds and fights between drunks (though very seldom) . Avoid the crowded streets if you really are overwhelmed by big crowds.

music and dancing in the show day.

music and dancing in the show day.

More than 7,000 cruise passengers arrive at the port of Malaga during the fair days. Surely the party and the atmosphere that they will find in the city center they will never forget.

 

6. Pilgrimage

The first Saturday of the fair at noon takes place the festival of the city, a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Victory, patron of the city. Riders on horseback, horse-drawn carriages and people on foot accompany the flagship of the malaga feria to this temple so dear to Malaga.

 

Pilgrimage of the Feria de Malaga. Diariosur.es image

Pilgrimage of the Feria de Malaga. Diariosur.es image

 

7. Music Fair

If something is not lacking in the malaga feria is the music playing all the time in the corners of the city center and the fairgrounds. Malaga traditional music as the party of the Verdiales at Calle Larios, sevillanas at all times, the typical “summer songs” or disco and pop music in the bars downtown and at the day Fair outside of Town. But there are also live concerts at the youth area (each day there are local groups) and the Municipal Caseta. Full list of artists HERE

 

Guide to enjoy or survive the Feria de Malaga 2015

Guide to enjoy or survive the Feria de Malaga 2015

During the fair in Malaga will be more than 200 free shows for all ages.

 

8.Bullfighting

The bullfighting is another of the attractions of the malaga feria and the Malagueta bullring hundreds of people will be going to enjoy this festival. The main bullfighters go through the fair in Malaga to the delight of bullfighting. All festivities begin at 19:00 pm.

malaga fair bulls

malaga fair bulls

 

9. Eat at the Malaga fair

For lunch at the fair in Malaga there are several details that you should know: the day you can eat well in the restaurants of the historic center (although there are many people and some lower quality) and also in the many stores that sell dishes like fried fish, ham, cheese, cooked shrimp or prawns.

Try if you have the opportunity a good gazpacho or garlic soup, a typical dish from malaga feria. I leave you some names of good restaurants and tapas places of the center: Bodegas El Pimpi. Alea, El Refectorio near the Cathedral, Meson Santiago, The Twins, La Reserva del Pastor, Reserve 12, Lo Gueno, Cortijo Pepe….Or if you want something more sophisticated  : Jose Carlos Garcia at Pier 1.

We like to go to the snack stands there right in front of El Corte Ingles, because there is quality and good price and if going into the Fair in the city center, its a relaxing location and sometimes they give free tapas :-).

 

malaga whitebait puntillitas

malaga whitebait puntillitas

To eat at night at the malaga feria fairgrounds things change and the truth is that it is difficult to eat well and be satisfied. The booths offer traditional foods like potato omelette, fried peppers, eggplant with honey, skewers, croquettes, sausages and fried fish. In all these years I remember not many places where you eat really well at malaga feria. Just use the fast food stalls that are scattered throughout the Cortijo de Torres.

Shrimps at Malaga Feria

Shrimps at Malaga Feria

You will eventually drink huge amounts of Cartojal at malaga feria (a slightly sweet Malaga wine with designation of origin) is taken very cold to relieve the heat of August (care that their effects may not be very beneficial). Another typical drink is called rebujito (wine with soda lime type chamomile lemon flavor), beer and all kinds of alcoholic drinks that you can imagine. But beware that it is important and fun to drink in moderation!

Cartojal at the Malaga Fair

Cartojal at the Malaga Fair

 

10. Culture

Although malaga feria is on holidays and most people come to have fun, it is worth taking a break and do something cultural because Malaga is growing a lot in this area. You can visit some monuments of the historic center or see a museum in Malaga. There are many good ones with good temporary exhibitions (Alcazaba, Cathedral, Castillo Gibralfaro, Roman Theatre ….): Picasso Museum, Thyssen Museum, Automotive, contemporary art ( CAC) … ..

 

You can not go without …

  • View the atmosphere of the malaga feria center, especially calle Larios, Plaza de la Constitution and Calle Granada. A one lifetime experience
  • Test the Cartojal wine, (drink with moderation 🙂 ).
  • Give yourself a night around the fairgrounds.
  • Listening to malaga feria Verdiales Music @ Calle Larios.
  • Eating fried fish in one of the downtown restaurants.
  • Take a break in malaga feria from the party for sunbathing and lounging on the beaches of the capital or the Costa del Sol.
  • To complement my advice and guidance, here’s the program : General Fair program 2015 .We hope your visit to my city for the August fair will be a pleasant experience. It is the great fair of southern Europe. We are waiting with open arms!

 

Maps and locationsof Malaga Feria

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Malaga Historic Ride Remembrance of the Reconquer of the Moors 2014

The historic ride in remembrance of the reconquer of Malaga  from the Moors

When : Tomorrow Sunday 240814 1900

Where : Alcazaba fortress in Málaga Center

The parade will start tomorrow 240814 with the handover of the city keys to the city at the gate of the Citadel at 1900 h

 

Isabel I of Castilla

Isabel I of Castilla

More than 50 extras, which are among the religious orders, jockeys, dancers and concubines to men fully dressed, recreate life in the times of the three cultures (Christian, Muslim and Jewish) by different passages to Malaga reach Alcazabilla Street.

Some Christian Knights

Some Christian Knights

The main novelty of this year is the celebration ceremony of symbolic keys to the city to Queen Elizabeth I and King Ferdinand, who would enter triumphantly into town 527 years ago after one of the bloodiest episode in the war ended by the Moorish conquest of the Kingdom of Granada.

The Moor Princess of Malaga

The Moor Princess of Malaga

The historical protagonists

The ride will feature professional actors playing the major historical figures: Catholic Majesties; Cardinal Mendoza, known as the Grand Cardinal of Spain; Pedro de Toledo, the first bishop of the province; Hernando de Talavera, confessor of Queen Elizabeth; Lady Moya, the lady queen of confidence; Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba, nicknamed in the Court of Kings as the “Great Captain” and one of the diplomats who negotiated the surrender of the Moorish kingdom of Granada and even acted as a spy.

The Moorish rulers of Malaga

The Moorish rulers of Malaga

Maceros soldiers who accompany the majesties; Dordux Ali, a wealthy merchant who was in charge of the shop owners negotiate -together with Omar Abenamar- the surrender of the city, after the hard siege that was submitted, and Muslim troops.

The keys to the city of Malaga

The keys to the city of Malaga

These characters, key pieces in the history of the city, will be accompanied at all times by the band of the Expiración, created in June 1992.

The Big Malaga week lays off in style with this historic parade, which for some is the best golden finish that will allow you to relax from the seven days experienced of party, and enjoying a different environment: the Muslim Málaga of the caliphs .

The Women of the Moor Prince Harem

The Women of the Moor Prince Harem

SUGGESTIONS / TIPS :

Take your time to park, or better use the public transport.

The main party is over, but there still be a lot of people in Málaga Center, so be patient and take your time.

This act is a remembrance, and tries to be as historically accurate as possible, but take it as it is. You will find a lot of information about the reconquer of Málaga on the Internet, and as every war, many crimes and horrendous acts where done by both parts.

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feria de malaga 2014 party and tradition

The origin of the Malaga Fair is the commemoration of the storming of the city by the Catholic Monarchs August 19, 1487, incorporating the Crown of Castile.

These gave the city the image of the Virgen de la Victoria. The newly formed City Council agreed to commemorate the capture of the city by the Catholic Monarchs, an annual feast is made ​​the day of the Assumption, to commemorate that fact.

fireworks at the night of 150814

fireworks at the night of 150814

One of the peculiarities of the Feria de Malaga lies in the division of areas of celebration, because although the fairgrounds  is in the Cortijo de Torres, the historic center of Málaga lives their particular “Fair Day”. Therefore it could be said to exist in Málaga two fairs, the “Feria de día” in the city center, and the “Feria de noche” in the Cortijo de Torres, although at the fairgrounds festive activity is maintained for all day.

Flamenco and tradition at the Malaga Feria 2014

Flamenco and tradition at the Malaga Feria 2014

By day, the city center is abuzz with people, largely due to the hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world that spend their holidays on the Costa del Sol. Streets of historic center are decorated with lanterns and floral decorations, booths are mounted, shows for children and adults, dances, parades with bands and endless events among which I would highlight the “Pandas de Verdiales”  walking the roads and squares showing their unique and ancient folklore, while the carriages and horses take to the streets of the city.

All People gather at LArios Street in Málaga Center for the Feria

All People gather at Larios Street in Málaga Center for the Feria

The Feria de Dia is paradise for young people, where they meet all nationalities, ages, religions, and cultures, to spend unforgettable days of laughter, dancing, and joy.

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Also flamenco and copla are present throughout the fair and we must not forget that Málaga and the province is a geographic area of singing. In addition to traditional music, in many places during the day and on fair booths at the fair in the evening you can hear different musical styles for every taste.

Mainly young people from Malaga, other parts of Spain and other Countries gather in Málaga Center for the Feria

Mainly young people from Malaga, other parts of Spain and other Countries gather in Málaga Center for the Feria

At night the party is concentrated in the Real Cortijo de Torres, where orderly booths, stalls and fairground rides for the amusement of all public are available. Here the young people gather, not so young, and families.

Entrance to the Night Feria of Malaga

Entrance to the Night Feria of Malaga

If you visit the Costa del Sol in Malaga in August, you have an appointment at the Feria. And do not worry about transportation. At this time intercity bus services are strengthened so that people can come to the capital from all tourist villages around with ease. Don’t forget also the train coming from the coast and the new Metro service.

Night Feria of Malaga in full

Night Feria of Malaga in full

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El Caminito del Rey in El Chorro : The most Dangerous Walk in the world

From the “Hidden Treasures of the Costa del Sol” series.

El Caminito del Rey is a Walk in El Chorro, in Malaga Province, Spain. Visited by climbers, mountaneers and nature lovers, this dangerous walk is 4 km long and connects the Guadalhorce Lake District with the Area of the Guadalhorce Valley, using for that the gorge called “La Encantada” . A very dangerous walk, it has seen many accidents and deaths since its construcion in 1903, as it has been in disrepair for the last 40 years. There are plans to rebuild and open it to the public starting the renovation at the end of this month of February 2014.

el caminito del rey in el chorro malaga

el caminito del rey in el chorro malaga

Since i have been there many times, and fear they will make the walk into another tourist attraction, i plan to walk it this weekend just before they close it and it changes forever, at least as we know it now….

But first a little bit of history :

HISTORY OF EL CAMINITO DEL REY IN EL CHORRO, ARDALES

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el caminito del rey in el chorro being built

The walkway was built to provide workers at the hydroelectric power plants at Chorro Falls and Gaitanejo Falls with means to cross between them, to provide for transport of materials, and to facilitate inspection and maintenance of the channel. Construction began in 1901 and was finished in 1905.

el caminito del rey in el chorro seen from the train station and campsite

el caminito del rey in el chorro seen from the train station and campsite

Twenty years after the pathway was completed, King Alfonso XIII crossed the pathway for the inauguration of a new dam. This led to the pathway’s modern name, “The King’s Little Pathway,” or “El Caminito Del Rey.” After the King’s crossing. However, the bridge began to fall into disrepair.

LOCATION OF EL CAMINITO DEL REY IN EL CHORRO, ARDALES

El Caminito del Rey is located in the natural park of the Lakes of the Guadalhorce, between the areas of Alora, Ardales, and Campillos. A map of the route can be found here.

el caminito del rey in el chorro malaga most dangerous part

el caminito del rey in el chorro malaga most dangerous part

WHAT TO KNOW

While it is not recommended to attempt a crossing (in fact it is currently illegal), there is a cable running the length of the path one can clip onto. However, the integrity of this cable is unknown. Between 1999 and 2000, four deaths occurred due to the instability of the path. As a result of these deaths, the government has closed both entrances.

el caminito del rey in el chorro malaga remaining parts

el caminito del rey in el chorro malaga remaining parts

In June 2011, the regional government of Andalusia and the local government of Málaga agreed to share costs of restoration (including car parking and a museum) of €9 million. The project will take approximately three years to complete. Many of the original features will remain in place and the new materials that are used will be in keeping with the old design.

el caminito del rey in el chorro malaga better condition

el caminito del rey in el chorro malaga better condition

WHAT TO SEE

Apart of the walk itself, there are many other things you will se on your way, both natural and historical.

It is considered to be of immense ecological importance. Its walls, which are up to 400 metres high, are home to a variety of plant and animal life, a clear example of adaptation to a vertical way of living. From the point of view of nature, this is a paradise for bird watchers, geologists, and nature lovers in general. Birds you will see here include  the falcon, kestrel and goshawk, as well as other medium-sized birds of prey

Historical : Apart form the story of the building of the path itself, the area houses examples of cave houses dating back to prehistorical times, and used up to the middle of the XX century, including the times of the Civil War. An interesting spot related to this period is the “Escalera de los Republicanos” or “escalera arabe

And dont forget the climbing !!!

TIPS AND THINGS TO CONSIDER

  • This is only a little part of the Natural Park fo the Condes del Guadalhorce.
  • Enter at your own risk. The walk was already dangerous twenty years ago, so imagine how it is now. Only experienced climbers should try it.
  • For the less intrepid you can walk the part of the walk that starts at Restaurante El Quiosco, at the lakes, and takes you through a beautiful forest to the back entrance of the “Caminito”.
  • Dont forget to visit the other wonderful locations in El Chorro, like the town of Ardales, Turón Castle, Bobastro, mesa de Villaverde, the burial site of Las Aguilillas, the old and the new dam, and the many restaurants and hotels in the area of the lakes.
el caminito del rey in el chorro old vs new

el caminito del rey in el chorro old vs new

LINKS

el caminito del rey in el chorro walking the walk

el caminito del rey in el chorro walking the walk

Spectacular images of el Caminito del Rey : http://www.elcaminitodelrey.com/

Video made in 2008 : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXrVG7aoizc

Video of 2012 : http://vimeo.com/82317824

News that they finally are going to repair the track (spanish) : http://www.diariosur.es/20140206/local/malaga/adjudican-sando-rehabilitacion-caminito-201402061348.html

MAP : ACCESS POINTS AND IMPORTANT LOCATIONS (Google Maps)

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caminito del rey el chorro map malaga (Click)

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caminito del rey el chorro map malaga 2

Full map with all the information : Here

  1. Point of Access to the first part of the caminito del rey. Cars can be parked here : Here, from the railway station
  2. (If you want, you can also go the way of the railway tunnel, which is safer. You will seen the Caminito in front, the access here)
  3. Start of first and most impressive part of the Caminito del Rey : Here
  4. End of first and most impressive part of the Caminito del Rey : Here
  5. Start of the second part of the Caminito del Rey : Here
  6. End of the second part of the Caminito del Rey : Here
  7. (there is also an acces to the railway tunnel so you can access the secret valleys safer. It quiet hidden. Location here)
  8. Entry to the one-man tunnel that takes you out of the valley into the Lakes and the Restauran el Kiosko : Here
  9. Exit point of the one-man tunnel bringing you from the back part of the Caminito del Rey : Here

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FINISHING…

Beautifull scenery, in the middle of an area with many places to visit. Advantage is that you can take different routes depending how experienced you are with climbing or walking ind the campo. Dont forget this will be the last days you will see it in its full glory, so be quick….. 🙂

Malaga, en eerste visite

English: Malaga Cathedral. Español: Catedral d...

Na het parkeren van de auto in de buurt van de Plaza de Toros de la Malagueta stapten we uit en liepen de straat op naa Paseo del Parque. Het eerste wat we zagen was een weg met een prachtig park in het midden.

Het was vol met bomen en palmen en gaf ons het gevoel dat we eindelijk aan waren gekomen in het zuiden van Europa. We voelden Spanje.

Voor ons een bosachtige ontspannen omgeving in het midden van de straat. Voor ons was de Castillo de Gibralfaro. In het licht van de ondergaande zon zag je de bruine stenen muren en het leek alsof we op reis waren in het verleden. “Je moet een prachtig uitzicht hebben vanaf daar!” Dat was het eerste wat ik dacht. Maar de berg zou moeten wachten tot een andere dag omdat de schemering al was gevallen.

Ik en mijn vrienden gingen voor een wandeling door de bomen op de Paseo del Parque maar uiteindelijk besloten we toen om naar de haven te gaan. We hadden geluk want het weer was er goed.

De promenade was groot en we hadden een prachtig uitzicht op alle schepen, restaurant en hotels in de buurt van de zee. In de verte kon je een cruiseschip zien varen.

Ik had medelijden met de mensen die nu moesten werken op deze prachtige plek met alle mooie bezienswaardigheden en attracties. We vervolgden onze wandeling in de richting van het centrum van de stad. We liepen recht in de zonsondergang.

Na het nemen van wat foto’s van palmen en de zee verlieten we de kust en staken de Paseo del Parque over om naar de weg genaamd Alameda Principal te gaan. Hier kun je een groot busstation vinden en zie je een heleboel mensen lopen.

Op dat moment was ik erg blij om mijn eigen auto te hebben zodat ik me niet hoefde aan te sluiten bij deze chaos.

English: Roman theater of Malaga Español: Teat...

Roman theater of Malaga

In het midden van de weg was er een vluchtheuvel hier konden we kijken naar de mensen die in de loop van de dag bloemen, kranten, souvenirs en nog veel meer aan het verkopen waren. Het werd al donker in Malaga een geweldig moment om een wandeling te maken door de winkelstraat Calle Larios.

In de schemering van het licht leken de winkels net goud en de mensen waren allemaal aan het praten en aan het lachen voor ze gingen dineren in een tapasbar.

De winkels zelf zijn open tot 21:30. Vervolgens gingen we naar Plaza de la Constitución. Hier vind u de grondwet die werd goedgekeurd door het Spaanse volk. Ze waren gemaakt van metaal en in de grond.

Calle larios malaga

Calle larios malaga

Na het lezen van een aantal van hen hebben we onze wandeling door de smalle steegjes die werden omringd door oude huizen met prachtige gevels voortgezet. Onze bestemming was de kathedraal van Malaga die heet “Manquita” door de Malagueños: De one-handed. Waarom? Omdat de architecten twee torens hadden gepland maar slechts een van hen werd gebouw.

De lucht was donker en er was een sterrenhemel. We hadden geluk en konden de maan zien direct vanaf de top van de kathedraal.

Het was dan wel nacht maar het was nog steeds warm en er waren nog steeds veel mensen op straat en in de restaurants.

We besloten dat het al laat was en dat we maar eens moesten vertrekken naar ons hotel. We merkten onderweg toen we al dat eten roken dat we best wel honger hadden. Dus gingen we terug naar Paseo del Parque die zelfs in het donker nog steeds mooi was.

Tot slot waren we erg blij dat we bij onze auto arriveerden. Altijd lekker als je comfortabel zit en terug kan rijden naar je hotel om lekker een hapje te eten.

Voor de volgende dagen was er zo weinig over Malaga en Andalusië omdat we alweer naar huis vlogen. We zagen nog alle mooie stranden van de Costa del Sol, andere steden maar we konden helaas niks meer bezoeken van dit indrukwekkende landschap.

Málaga : De hoofstad van de Costa del Sol

MalagaMalaga is de op één na grootste stad van Andalucía. Malaga telt dan ook zo’n 561.250 duizend inwoners. In de omgeving rondom Malaga wonen wel meer dan een miljoen mensen. De stad behoort tot de vijf grootste steden van Spanje. Malaga ligt aan de middelandse zee en behoort tot de Costa del Sol. Malaga heeft een Mediteranen klimaat maar beschikt niet over extreme hittes.

Veel mensen kennen malaga als de plaats waar ze op vliegen. Het vliegvel d ligt namelijk ook in Malaga maar niet in het centrum.  Het vervoer in Malaga is net als in andere plaatsen hetzelfde. Je kunt heel veel met de bus doen en als je naar de Costa del Sol wilt kun je gemakkelijk met de trein, dit is een uitstekende verbinding. Natuurlijk zijn er zoals in andere plaatsen heel veel taxi’s maar let wel op dat er verschillende tarieven zijn.

 In Malaga centrum zijn verschillende winkelstraten en bezienswaardigheden. Malaga beschikt ook over diverse museas. Een van de meeste bekende museums is het museum van Pablo Picasso. Dit museum is zeker een bezoekje waard. Ook kun je het geboortehuis van Pablo Picasso bezoeken je wandelt zo het leven van deze artiest binnen. Het ziet er uit als een alledaags geel hoekhuis maar let op, op verschillende gevels vind je nog zijn krabbels terug.

Als je een stukje geschiedenis wilt zien van Malaga moet je zeker weten het Alcabaza bezoeken. Het Alcabaza bestaat uit Ruines van een voormalig fort. Oorspronkelijk werd het fort gebouwd door de Romeinen maar later werd het gerestaureerd door de Moren. Alcazaba is het Arabische woord voor fort. Binnen in het Alcabaza kun je ook het Archeologisch museum bezoeken.

English: Birthplace of Pablo Picasso (the hous...

Picasso House

Natuurlijk zijn er ook veel kerken in Malaga met allemaal een ander verleden. Een aantal van deze kerken zijn het zeker waard om een bezoekje aan te brengen. Een van deze kerken is de Iglesia de Los Mártires. Deze kerk die middenin het historische hart van Malaga ligt combineert de Mudejarstijl met barokke elementen. Een andere kerk is de Iglesia del Sagrario deze ligt naast de prachtige kathedraal La Manquita. In deze kerk vind je een prachtig altaarstuk en het magnifieke gotische portaal.

Voor winkels hoef je niet ver te zoeken je hebt er genoeg in Malaga. De belangrijkste winkelstraat in Malaga is de Calle Marqués de Larios, hier heb je zowel nationale als internationale winkels zoals mango, zara, h&m, swarovski en nog veel meer. In deze straat vind je ook het warenhuis El Corte Ingles. Dit warenhuis is in Spanje erg bekend en in veel plaatsen te zien. Het bevat veel verschillende merken van o.a. kleding, make-up, sieraden, sportartikelen, speelgoed en nog veel meer.

Als laatste wil ik u nog een tip mee geven als u Malaga gaat bezoeken. Er zijn diverse restaurants en bar waar je wat kunt drinken of kunt eten. Maar één van de plekken waar je absoluut heen moet is El Pimpi. Deze bodega-bar is een symbool van de stad en de ontmoetingsplaats voor jong en oud.

El pimpi biedt de gelegenheid om lokale wijnen uit heel Spanje te proefen. Langs de tafels staan oude wijnvaten ondertekend door beroemde vrienden. De Picasso familie heeft ook een van de wijnvaten ondertekent. Dit is de plek waar je absoluut een wijntje moet gaan drinken! En al lus je geen wijn ga voor de sfeer heen.