De Katedraal Van Malaga

De kathedraal van Málaga

De kathedraal van Málaga is één van de meest in het oog springende bezienswaardigheden van Málaga. Vanuit bijna elk punt zie je de kathedraal boven de stad uitkomen. Tijdens je verblijf in Málaga zal je de kathedraal waarschijnlijk meerdere keren passeren.

De Katedraal Van Malaga in de 1880´s

De Katedraal Van Malaga in de 1880´s

Voor de bouw van de kathedraal is veel tijd verbruikt, er is ruim 200 jaar nodig geweest om deze kathedraal te bouwen. In 1528 is men begonnen te bouwen op de fundering van een oude moskee.

De Katedraal Van Malaga Interieur

De Katedraal Van Malaga Interieur

Tijdens de bouw kwam steeds hetzelfde probleem terug, geld, hierdoor is de bouw in 1782 volledig stopgezet. Hierdoor is de rechter toren van de kathedraal nooit afgemaakt. Als je voor de kathedraal staat zal je dit ook heel goed kunnen zien, een complete toren en een halve toren. De kathedraal wordt hierdoor ook wel “La Manquita” genoemd, dit betekend “één-armige of manke dame”.

De Katedraal Van Malaga Chorus

De Katedraal Van Malaga Chorus

Door de lange bouwperiode zijn er verschillende stijlen verwerkt in de kathedraal. Het lage gedeelte heeft bijvoorbeeld een Gotische stijl. De Renaissancestijl kun je terugzien in een van de tempeldeuren en de Barokstijl komt terug in de decoratie van de lateien en de voorgevel.
Vooral aan de zijkant in de straat Calle Cister, zie je duidelijk verschil in stijlen.

Ook de binnenkant van de kathedraal is de moeite waard om even te gaan kijken. De kerk heeft vele kapellen met ieder een eigen betekenis. Het in de 17e eeuw gemaakte priesterkoor is ook prachtig om te zien, het is geheel uit hout gesneden door de beroemde beeldhouwer Pedro de Mena.

Een ander hoogtepunt in de kathedraal is het orgel uit 1871. Het orgel is gebouwd door Julian de la Orden, volgens musici en experts is dit orgel geweldig qua klank.

De kathedraal van Málaga is niet de grootste in Spanje, maar zeker de moeite waard om te gaan kijken.

By : Marianne Pape


The Three Kings of Christmas in Spain

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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

Malaga Feria 2015 : An easy Guide

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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).


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.

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.

Bobastro in El Chorro, Spain

Bobastro : A stronghold of the Christians against the Arabs in El Chorro

Access is from the road-Ardales Alora, about 2 km north of El Chorro and the south side of the Gaitanes Gorge and the Caminito del Rey. From here is a paved path that climbs the hill of Las Mesas de Villaverde.

Part of the ruins of Bobastro can be accessed by foot. At the top of the hill you can enjoy a magnificent view of the surrounding area and you will find there the remains of an ancient fortress. There is also a water tank, the water is pumped at the top to at night to get electricity for the daytime.


Bobastro in El Chorro, Spain

Bobastro in El Chorro, Spain

Omar Ben Hafsun fled to Bobastro in the late ninth century and rebelled against the Emir of Cordoba. He conversted to Christianity in 899 to build this church. The carved rock was probably performed in the late first century IX or X.
The Mozarabic church is the only known of al-Andalus. It was destroyed by Abdel Rahman III, when, after opposition as a separate kingdom it was conquered after more than 50 years by Cordoba kingdom. It was taken on January 19, 928.

Bobastro in El Chorro, Spain

Bobastro in El Chorro, Spain

Unearthed in Sand Stone there is a basilica with three naves separated by horseshoe arches, transept and three territories, the central horseshoe arch and the rectangular sides.
Perfectly situated on the east and has a length of 16.50 m long and 10.30 meters wide. In the area there are remains of other buildings that belonged to other people who sought refuge there for hundreds of years.


Visiting Bobastro can be done from the nearby town of Ardales and Alora. These are just 45 minutes from the coast.

The roads are good, but the signals ar not very clear if you’re not from there.

-By Car

We recommend that you take the route from Malaga on the A-357 and then take the exit of Pizarra-Alora. After passing through the beautiful town of Alora you will see the signs for Bobastro. Like everything else in Spain on the way to Bobastro there are many things worth visiting such as: El Chorro Lakes, Gaitanes Gorge and Caminito del Rey, the town of Alora, El Quiosco Restaurant, Restaurante El Mirador and more.

-By Bus

Time tables keep changing and it’s impossible to get an updated timetable for buses to El Chorro. Also, the buses from Malaga, for example, go to the town of Alora, and then you have to wait and change for a bus to El Chorro. With that in mind and as the village of El Chorro sits on a railway station I am going to recommend the train and forget the bus. (see above for trains to El Chorro)


The archeological remains are open all week as follows and though the guided tour is in Spanish the signs and information boards are also in English.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 3pm there is a guided tour Approximately every hour (in Spanish)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10 am to 3pm (no guided tours on these days).


You need a full morning to visit including the trip. Good thing is that there is plenty to see around there to fill the day. Good location, good walking areas and good food!

Remember that now the ruins of Bobastro are cared for and are only open to the public certain hours of the day. Previously you could just walk in there and do your own “discoveries”.

Ask a guide to what other things there are to see such as the fortress of Bobastro, the old city walls, the princesses house and several artificial caves that were used by hermits.


You can also visit other attractions such as: La Huma Mountain, Escalera de los republicanos, Caminito del Rey, Ardales, Alora, Gaitanes Park and the park of the Conde del Guadalhorce.

Bobastro in El Chorro, Spain

Bobastro in El Chorro, Spain

Corralones de Malaga

XIth Week of the Malaga Patios : Route of the Tapa and Wine

XIth Week of the Malaga Patios : Route of the Tapa and Wine
Saturday and Sunday the 6th and 7th of June, 12:30 till 16:30 in Málaga Center

This next weekend a very nice event is taking place in Málaga center. To celebrate the not many authentic Andalusian Patios still left, the Málaga Town Hall has created a “Ruta de la Tapa”.

Corralones de Malaga

Corralones de Malaga

Along this Route, you will be able to enjoy all the nice and typical Tapas and foods made by the locals in their own Patios, together with the best wines of Málaga. Prices are as cheap as 1,50 Euros per Tapa+glass of Wine.

You will discover corners of Málaga city you didnt know existed, and you will ahve a very pleasant experience surrounded by the Rela Spanish People in the Real Spain.

Corralones de Malaga

Corralones de Malaga

Entrance is totally free, and the inhabitants of the patios themselves will proudly show you around.

Corralones de Malaga

Corralones de Malaga



Corralones de Malaga

Corralones de Malaga


Dia del Caracol Riogordo 2015

Riogordo : 28th May Day of the Snails 2015

Snails Day in Riogordo

Sunday, 31st of May 2015

Riogordo is one of seven municipalities in the Axarquía that make up the Route of Oil and Mountains. Each May, the inhabitants invite you to try one of the specialties that characterize the cuisine of the municipality: the snails in broth. This unique dish is prepared the local way, cooked in its own juices and served with olives and wine ground.

Dia del Caracol Riogordo 2015

Dia del Caracol Riogordo 2015

Coinciding with this day, along with a big party enlivened with a parade of street musicians, bands and groups choir and dance, a cattle fair is installed, which for three days, following the tradition, you can buy and sell all livestock.

Dia del Caracol Riogordo 2015

Dia del Caracol Riogordo 2015

Tourist information: Town Hall, Plaza de la Constitución, 14 (29180). Phone: (+34) 952 732 154 Fax: (+34) 952 732 380

Rent a Car an enjoy the party !

Cruces de Mayo 2015 in Cordoba and Granada

May Crosses Festival in Spain 2015 : Colour and Faith under the Sun

May Crosses Festival of Spain (Cruces de Mayo) in Cordoba and Granada 2015



The Festival of the May Crosses (Cruces de Mayo) is celebrated throughout Andalucia though it is in Cordoba and Granada where the most impressive displays are on show. If you have to choose one then go to Cordoba. The festival consists of the construction of large crosses made of beautiful flowers in many of the city’s main squares.

Cruces de Mayo 2015 in Cordoba and Granada

Cruces de Mayo 2015 in Cordoba and Granada

In the true spirit of Spanish fiestas a temporary bar is built in the same square as the cross. This is where the locals congregate each evening for a good few drinks and tapas which inevitably leads to spontaneous flamenco style dancing into the early hours.

Cruces de Mayo 2015 in Cordoba and Granada

Cruces de Mayo 2015 in Cordoba and Granada

The celebration takes place during the first few days of May with the first weekend tending to be the busiest when visitors from all over Spain arrive to join in the party. The actual crosses which are around three metres high are made by the people of the neighbourhood and the local town council runs a competition to find the best cross (Concurso de los Cruces de Mayo). In Cordoba alone there are some eighty crosses to choose from.

Cruces de Mayo 2015 in Cordoba and Granada

Cruces de Mayo 2015 in Cordoba and Granada

In Cordoba some of the best neighbourhoods to head for are San Basilio, Santa Marina and San Augustin whilst in Granada it’s the Albaicín and the ‘barrio’ of El Realejo where the best crosses and most merriment is to be found. The temporary bars generate a good income during these few days which is used by local brotherhoods (cofradías) and community groups to finance various local festivals including Holy Week (Semana Santa) and the Cordoba Fair (Feria de Cordoba).

This is a typical Spanish fiesta you shouldnt miss !