We are working on a calendar of major events in Andalusia
The streets of the different towns and cities of the area are dressed in colorful and bright Christmas lights to celebrate this festivity. Its inauguration is usually at the end of November and they are usually on until mid January, approximately. The closest and most beautiful illuminations you can visit are in Ojén, Marbella and Malaga.
There are few places on earth where you can ski in the morning and go to the beach in the afternoon. The Sierra Nevada in southern Spain, Andalusia is one of these fantastic places. Although it is only a 2 hour drive from the Costa del Sol, Sierra Nevada has the best snow in Spain. The Sierra Nevada is Spain’s number one ski destination.
Choose a hotel in the Sierra Nevada
La Posada del Angel can advise you in finding a nice hotel for 1 or 2 nights in Pradollano and rental of skis, allowing you to visit Ojen and spend a few days in the snow. And with a little luck ….. you can see the Mediterranean from the top.
Holy Week, Semana Santa, in Andalucia is an event that literally transforms towns and cities across this region. Processions of elaborately decorated floats with Jesus and Mary statues, groups of pointy-hood wearing Nazarenos (penitents), and shrill brass bands, walk slowly through the streets, from their parish church to the cathedral and back. It is an amazing experience, and a great time to come to Andalucia if you want to imbibe some deeply-held traditions that have less to do with religion than with social groupings and rituals. Many people avoid this time of year to visit Andalucia, but if you come prepared, both for the crowds and the inflated prices, then it is well worth the effort. You will never see anything like it again.
The Seville Fair takes place just two weeks after Semana Santa, in a huge area in Los Remedios, in south-west part of the city, next to the river. This is a week of serious dancing, drinking, eating and socialising. The sheer size of the April Fair’s spectacle is extraordinary. From around midday until early evening – especially on Tuesday, the first official day, there are parades around the fairground in carriages or on horseback. There are also daily bullfights , generally considered the best ones of the season.
More information at: http://www.sevilla.org/council-city/areas-and-municipal-delegations/empleo-economia-fiestas-mayores-y-turismo-eng/town-festivals/feria-de-abril-april-fair/feria-de-abril?set_language=en
The Cordoba Fair is usually held at the end of May, to mark the feast of Our Lady of la Salud (Health). The special fairground in el Arenal is very easy to get to and horse-riders and men or women in gypsy dress can be seen in the casetas (individual enclosures belonging to each association) which are laid out in orderly rows in the different streets of the fairground. All the casetas are public, and the doors are open for visitors to enter any they like, which is half the fun of it all. More information
Every year at the beginning of June, Marbella pays homage to its patron saint San Bernabe (Saint Bernard) with a weeklong fair. The Marbella feria includes all the traditional elements of an Andalusian fair: food, drink, dancing, entertainment and of course, the trademark “casetas” that are set up just for the fair.
The actual date of the Marbella fair is determined by San Bernabé Day, which is June 11th. This is always a local holiday and the fair takes place during the first or second week of June depending on where the 11th falls and how the Town Hall thinks it best fits with all the festivities.
La Noche de San Juan, or San Juan Night, is a festival marked by ritual and celebrated throughout Spain commemorating the shortest night and longest day of the year. The festival of San Juan is held on the eve of June 23 and lasts until the wee hours of June 24th. It traditionally marks the beginning of the summer solstice and has its roots in pagan rituals. The elements of fire, water and light are all embedded in the tradition.
Massive bonfires are built on the beaches in Marbella and the Costa del Sol, which represent purification of the spirit. Huge papier mâché figures and faces are then burned through the night, sometimes starting only at midnight There is also a tradition, which states that if you jump over the bonfire three times on San Juan Night, you will be cleansed and purified burning all your problems away.
OJEANDO Festival is one of the main events of the province of Malaga
It is an independent pop-rock music festival with its own personality with three stages situated in the city centre.
Ojén is a typical Andalusian village with white walls and narrow streets, but during three days this bucolic image becomes a more modern and avant-garde one.
OJEANDO Festival is an anti-crisis festival that gathers high quality of veteran groups with new groups from Malaga and the rest of Andalusia.
OJEANDO Festival has become an essential meeting point for those who love good independent music with its own personality.
OJEANDO Festival turns up the volume www.ojeando-festival.com
Don’t miss it and get your tickets for Ojeando Festival beforehand. Last year, more than 15,000 visited the Festival.
*We don’t know this year’s performers yet*
The annual Malaga fair in August is an exuberant week-long street party with plenty of flamenco and ‘fino'(sherry).The fair commemorates the re-conquest of the city by Isabella and Ferdinand in 1487 and traditionally runs from Saturday to Saturday on the third week in August. The 2017 Málaga Feria dates are 12th to 19th August.
Feria de Ojén 2017
9-12 october 2017
Between the 9th and the 12th of October, the Feria of Ojen is celebrated. San Dionisio Aeropagita, patron saint of the village Ojen, covers with its cheerful cloak the fair of the village. The festival takes place mainly at the main square of the town and tradition dictates that this party has to begin with a fanfare in the streets and the procession in honor of San Dionisio.
Orchestras play pasodobles, sevillanas, malagueñas or verdiales eevry night very close to many traditional tapa bars. During the day, there are traditional games and dance performances.
Feria ends on October the 12th with the procession of the Holy Virgen del Pilar and fireworks.