Guaro Luna Mora Festival 2015

Festival Villa de Guaro
Dates: 11 and 12 September. Location: Guaro. Time: all day. Price: Free
Guaro’s streets will again be filled with candles for the Guaro Luna Mora 2015 in the coming days. This weekend we celebrate the nineteenth edition of the Festival of…

Noche en Blanco 2015 in Malaga : Free entrance to Museums

free entrance at museums : noche en blanco 2015 in malaga

Tonight 16th May 2015 Between 8pm and 2am on Saturday, Noche en Blanco, a city-wide night of culture, will submerge Malaga. With a total of 183 cultural activities planned over a six-hour period, the evening has become a mainstay in … Continue reading

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malaga reconquest reenactment 2014

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.

feria malaga 2014

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

periana banos de vilo

Baños de Vilo : The Lost Arab Baths of Periana

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

The old Moorish sulphur baths at Baños de Vilo (Baths of Vilo) are about three kilometres outside Periana.

The baths are sometimes described as Arab, Moorish or Roman and no-one knows for sure how old they are. Certainly they were in use during the latter half of the 18th century and fulfilled the Koranic obligations for Muslims which obliges them to wash before prayer. I n the 18th and 19th centuries visitors were the nobility and high society from all over Spain.

periana baños de vilo

periana baños de vilo

The medicinal properties of the spring water also attracted many people with skin problems and the brave can still bathe in the water which is a constant 21 degrees centigrade all year round. This temperature is about four degrees above the average for the area and means the baths can be classified as thermal.

periana baños de vilo

periana baños de vilo

The underground supply constantly refreshes the pool and its sulphurous smell can be observed from quite a distance. Recent studies have shown the waters to contain: sulphites, chloride, calcium, sodium and magnesium and has a flow rate of .3l/sec.

periana banos de vilo in disrepair

periana banos de vilo in disrepair (1980´s)

The baths and associated buildings fell into disrepair in the last century and it was only after the purchase of the property by the Periana Council, about twenty years ago that repairs were undertaken.

periana banos de vilo old sign

periana banos de vilo old sign

periana banos de vilo new sign

periana banos de vilo new sign

The authorities in Andalusia now promote these type of baths under the name “Thermaland” and have decreed that they will “work towards promoting the touristic exploitation of mineral and thermal springs, and to renovate other abandoned baths.”

periana baños de vilo after renovation

periana baños de vilo after renovation

The hamlet of Baños de Vilo is attractive particularly in springtime with the surrounding land covered with wild flowers and a short detour will bring you to Guaro the source of the river of the same name. The river Guaro is important for the area in that it is the main supply for Lake Viñuela which dominates most views of the valley surrounding Periana.

periana baños de vilo

periana baños de vilo

After a narrow entrance into the village of Guaro the road opens out and there is plenty of parking near the source of the river. A noisy waterfall at the base of the mountain wall directs the water flow down the river to the lake below.

There is one restaurant in this otherwise sleepy village where you can obtain refreshment and enjoy wonderful views of the valley.

periana banos de vilo access

periana banos de vilo access

To find the baths from Cantueso go to the village, turn right at the roundabout and then take the road towards Mondron. Just after leaving the village boundary there is a fork in the road and it is best to keep left signed to Mondron. After a short while you will see the turning right to Baños de Vilo which is signed, but not very prominently.

 

periana baños de vilo the spring

periana baños de vilo the spring

You will then find the baths on the left after a short while. The road is quite wide at this point and parking on the road is possible. To also visit the village of Guaro continue up hill and follow signs, about three kilometres more.

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