Local Festivities

January

The Three Wise Men, January 5. In Málaga the Three Wise Men arrive every year around 5 pm at the Port, from where starts the traditional Parade through the streets of downtown. This parade is the largest in the province with many carriages, marching bands and tons of candy spread across a huge influx of children and families. The parade usually ends with a great festival with singers, magicians and other artists in one of the central squares. Each year there are available maps with the route and timing and location of the final show.

February

Carnival. For about ten days before Ash Wednesday take place events like parades, masquerades and fancy dresses. Carnival typically ends in the coastal municipalities with the “Whitebait burial”, accompanied by fireworks on the beach.

March / April

Easter. During the Holy Week in Málaga come together the profound Catholic devotion of Andalusia and the typical joyful character of the local people. During these days the streets of Málaga are filled with the scent of incense and spontaneous, highly emotional devotional chants. There coexist serenity and joy and bustle on the streets until late at night, since most of processions take place during the afternoon and late into the night. The downtown bars are filled with people, both locals and tourists, as during these days Málaga receives a large influx of visitors. Undoubtedly, it is worth getting immersed at least once in this experience. We recommend booking your hotel in advance, get a good map of the processions and equip yourself with comfortable shoes!

May

May Crosses, around May 1. A traditional festival in which the crosses are decorated with great care, with flowers, mantles and shells. The exact date varies by neighborhood. The May Crosses have originally have been celebrated “big style” in Granada, where the city council recently has banned the event qualified as excessive.

June

Corpus Christi. During this day are held religious processions in the city centre. Feast of San Juan, June 23/24. As in all municipalities of the Costa del Sol, friends and families gather on the beach and celebrate the beginning of summer until late at night; huge bonfires are lit to burn the rag dolls, called “Juas”.

July

The Feast of the Virgen del Carmen is celebrated on July 16 in all Costa del Sol municipalities. The sea procession takes place in honor of the patron saint of fishermen, which beautifully adorned with flowers is carried through the streets of the town and then taken out into the sea in a boat, accompanied by a large number of boats. (El Palo – Huelin)

August

The Málaga Fair in the second half of August is the most popular traditional festival which is celebrated every year with great enjoyment by thousands of locals and tourists. For a week there is a lively and colorful atmosphere in the city, with a lot of singing and dancing, despite the high temperatures at this time of the year. An important part of the Fair takes place at the fairgrounds with horsemen, beautifully decorated carts and a large number of booths to eat drink and dance until dawn.

September

Our “Virgen de la Victoria”, September 8. On this day is celebrated the patron saint of Málaga with a procession through the main streets of downtown, wreaths and singing and dancing groups.

November

Although alien to this culture, the celebration of Halloween in Málaga is gaining more followers every year, although with slight “Mediterranean variations” of the original model. The locals of Málaga are inherently predisposed to have fun and the most terrifying night of the year on the Costa del Sol takes on a carnival-colored touch; in recent years has become established the so-called “Zombie Walk” with a large number of undead taking the downtown streets in a march starting at the Plaza de la Constitution; fun is guaranteed!

December

Christmas in Málaga: The capital of the Costa del Sol is outstanding each year from early December for its spectacular Christmas decorations and lighting in the main streets and squares. Throughout this month there are numerous activities such as cribs, ice skating rink and concerts inviting for a walk through the bustling streets of the city. In December there are many days with a splendid sun which raises the thermometer considerably during the day and we can see both people walking around with scarves or short sleeves and some even dare sunbathing on the beaches of the city. The Holy Innocents and Verdiales Fair, December 28. During this day people tease each other (as in many other countries on April 1). But in Málaga is celebrated furthermoreVerdiales where meet many musical groups from neighboring villages and thousands of locals of Málaga for a day with lots of music, song and dance. Verdiales are a very old peasant musical tradition that dates probably even before Flamenco.