Top things you can do a rainy day in Malaga

rain_cloudThis morning we woke up with a rainy day in Malaga, if you have to work it will be fine but if you had plans like walking around or you just came for a short holiday then don’t let this rainy day to mess your day, there are many things you can still do even if it rains, the ideas below can apply to other municipalities.

Some of the proposals below like visiting city centre may require a vehicle if you live in places such Marbella or Puerto Banus, if planning your rainy day from Benalmadena, Fuengirola or closer you can take the commuter train which is a fast transportation mean.

Going to drink a tea

This is one of my favourite during rainy days, there are many places in Malaga where you can drink a tea, a coffee or an ice-cream milkshake (im a vanilla milkshake fan). During a rainy day meeting a friend for going to drink a tea is a fantastic idea.

Going to mall or cinema

If you need to do some shopping or just feel like visiting the shopping area in a mall a rainy day is the perfect moment to do, it will be dry inside and you can even watch a film if you like.

Doing some tourism on city centre

You can take an umbrella and going for a stroll in Malaga city centre, visiting Gibralfaro Castle or the Cathedral sounds like a good plan if not raining much, you can join to this proposal the first one and make a round day.

raining-in-houseStay at home

Last one, a good option if raining really hard is to stay at home where you can watch a film or order some food from your favourite restaurant. There are many days ahead and it will not rain much longer in Malaga. Just let’s hope it doesn’t rain inside home, it can happen…see the image.

Just checked an older post about what to do a rainy day, do you have any other suggestion to add?


Festival Artesano November 24 and 25 in San Pedro, Marbella

If you come during the next weekend to San Pedro de Alcantara in Marbella

San Pedro Alcantara

San Pedro Alcantara (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

, you can discover first hand an alternative universe, in the eco-holistic event of the 5th Festival Artesano which takes place during the 24th and 25th of November.

In this fair you can approach various exhibitors of green products, artisans, bio-builders, alternative medicines and therapies, health-related products and enjoy numerous workshops, lectures and free classes on personal development, spirituality or the environment; there are healthy and tasty food stalls and Ethnic music concerts.

Do you find all this interesting? Well, then keep reading! In the market there will be stalls of ethnic clothing, home accessories, Shiatsu, La Chispa magazine, handmade instruments, artisan bread and biscuits, chiropractitioner, face painting, balloon modelling and painting, essential oils, Argan oil, handmade sweets, Aloe Vera products, Personal Development, vegetarian food, organic fruit and vegetables, environmental resources, organic drinks, handmade pottery, alternative therapies, Tarot, Clairvoyance, Kirlian photography and more …
Activities, lectures and workshops as well as the area for children are located in three rooms; since the program is very comprehensive, we mention only a few; many have a second session in English: Astrology, raw vegan food, Biodanza, infant massage, vegetarian food, Shiatsu, Tarot, EMF Balancing Technique, Family Constellations, Meditation, Yoga, Salsa, Tai Chi, Pilates or Belly dancing …

Surely among so much on offer you will find something interesting! This is the link to the Festival Artesano website, where you can find complete information.

Venue: Carpa municipal, fairgrounds San Pedro Alcantara, Marbella
Opening hours: Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 of November from 11 am to 9 pm.

How to get to the Festival Artesano in San Pedro, Marbella:
The Fairgrounds of San Pedro are located next to Ronda road, A-376, between the national road N-340 and AP-7 motorway.

Around 28.000 cruisers will be arriving at Malaga during the Fair

A total amount of 27.796 cruisers will be arriving at Malaga city on eight different ships during the Fair of the capital city, which will be taking place from the 11th to the 19th of August. To be precise, 21.382 passengers and 6.414 members of the crew, which means a 35% increase compared to the Fair last year.

Furthermore, one day after, on the 20th of August, local bank holiday, another two cruises will be reaching the city with 7.923 travellers: the Independence of the Seas and the Azura, according to the information provided this Thursday by the Tourism, Culture and Sport councillor.

The councillor reminded everyone that the Tourist Board will be scheduling a new program of cultural activities with the aim of motivating the visit of the tourists that arrive at the city.

Campaign during the Fair

Malaga town hall’s Tourist Board has launched a special campaign to face the increased informative demand during these days due to the large amount of tourists and visitors that arrive at the city coinciding with the celebration of Malaga’s August Fair.

Also, during this festive week, more than 15.000 fans will be shared out with all the necessary information to fully enjoy the Fair and more than 10.000 flyers.

Tourist Information points

The tourist information points will be reinforced with specific promotional material as well as specialised staff. In this sense, Caneda has explained that the tourist information office situated in the Plaza de la Marina, that as from the following 1st of August will be thematised and decorated with elements related to the bullfighting fair, will be open every day of the week during the Fair, Sundays and bank holidays included, from 9 o’clock in the morning right through till 8 o’clock in the evening, nonstop.

As for the office situated in La Casita del Jardinero (the gardener’s cottage), recently opened, wil be open from Monday to Sunday from 9am to 6pm, except on Friday the 10th of August that, coinciding with the inauguration of the Fair, will remain open right through till 8pm.

The tourist information points situated in the Avenida de Andalucia, Alcazabilla street, Maria Zambrano train station, Malaga airport, the port’s maritime stations, have also been reinforced, as well as the bicycle information service, that will be attending the visitors in different strategic points around the city.


The promotional strategy of the Fair will be completed with the launching of a microsite hosted in www.malagaturismo.com, from where all the Fair-related information can be consulted, from the general program to the different thematic activities that will be taking place during those days.

This microsite will contain sections in which we can also check out the bullfighting fair program, the timetable of the musical events, the activities for the little ones, the audiovisual content of the destination, tips to spend an unforgettable day at the Fair, the situation of the huts in the ‘Real del Cortijo de Torres’, useful information about the entrances in public transport or private vehicle and the exhibitions that can can be visited in the museums and exhibition areas of the city.

The communication via social networks like Twitter and Facebook will also be a key factor so that the tourists can check out what’s going on in the city every day.

Muelle Uno shopping centre at Malaga port held its first Sunday market

Vista de Málaga

Malaga port overview

The Muelle Uno (Dock One) shopping centre, situated by Malaga port on Paseo de la Farola, held its first open-air market yesterday, that from now on will be held on the second Sunday of every month, from ten o’clock in the morning to four o’clock in the afternoon.

Hundreds of people visited over ninety stands of food products, craftsmanship, decoration, fashion, etc. that were exposed along the whole pier, under the awnings of the Muelle Uno’s shops to protect the clients from the heat.

Vintage furniture, kids clothes and personalised baskets were a few of the articles you could find there. In July and August, this Sunday market will change its hours from 6pm to 11pm.

The Orange Festival in Coín

Last Sunday the 13th of may, the village of Coín held the XVI edition of the Orange Festival. Quite an attraction for the locals and the tourists that visit this town located in the province of Malaga

Municipio de Coín

Municipio de Coín (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

, that yet another year participated in masses. Over five thousand people had a great time and participated in the tastings, different activities and samples of the festival, battling against the suffocating heat by grabbing plenty of drinks and searching for a shady spot in the park where the event took place.

The star product of the festival was obviously the orange, that was shared out amongst the participants in many different ways. In the morning, from very early, many people made their way to the San Agustin park to visit the many different food exhibitors that had almonds, cheese, bread or sweets, as well as traditional ceramic of the area or flowers. The participants were presented with refreshing orange juice which was very much appreciated due to the heat.

A total of 4.000 kilos of freshly squeezed oranges were served throughout the morning whilst enjoying several musical shows carried out by Pepi Fernandez’ dance academy and the ‘Old Rondalla Orchard’. Other activities took place throughout the day like the ‘solidarity shopping’ of the flea market organised as a fundraiser or the petition with signatures to oppose to the courthouse’s abolition. The 2012 Orange Award was also given out, that this year went to the artist Carmen Escalona for promoting the traditions of the area, as she has spent years making ceramics that gather the best traditional spirit of the village’s culture. Other awards went to the desserts elaborated with oranges. This festival is declared as Touristic interest and is traditionally attended by thousands of people.

Malagacar.com will release soon new discount voucher codes for the summer season

Our contact in Malagacar.com has told us they will soon release new discount code vouchers for car hire in Malaga during the summer season. Those waiting for the best deals should pay attention during this month of May.

How to get the new car rental discounts?

Just follow Malagacar.com in Facebook, Google+ , Twitter or subscribe to their newsletters and you are done.

What about car rental availability?

Malagacar.com has a fleet of more than 2000 vehicles and about discount voucher codes, it depends…sometimes are until end of existences and sometimes they release a voucher for the whole year.

What is the fuel policy for car hire in Malaga?

While other companies bill for a full tank of fuel, Malagacar.com offers half tank of fuel, enough for most of us.

Do I need my credit card for booking online?

No, under no circumstance malagacar.com will ask you for your credit card details online.

What about cancellation fees?

If you don’t have to pay in advance, that means…there are no cancellation fees! What if your holiday start a few days later, a new volcano erupts, or lollipops start falling from sky and planes can’t fly? it is good to know you will not have to pay any penalty.

Do I really need to hire a car in Malaga?

Well…you are not obligated!, but it is a good idea because in Malaga most popular destinations are not close to each other. Let’s say you are in Marbella, and want to visit Ronda (a must), or just visiting Malaga centre…distance is a bit large if not using a car.

Where can I subscribe to the car rental newsletters or check prices?


Updates (9-July-2012):

Malagacar just released a Press Release the last week:

The sailing ship company Sea Cloud consider establishing Malaga as one of their base ports

4-masted barque Sea Cloud. September 10th, 200...

4-masted barque Sea Cloud. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Malaga’s town hall has shown the vice-president in charge of the development of Sea Cloud products, Petra Quasdorf, the city’s tourist offer, with the aim of Malaga becoming the sea port base for this luxurious sailing ship company. The company, based in Hamburg (Germany), plans to make four stops at Malaga port this year and for next year another six. Furthermore, they are considering the possibility of establishing a base in Malaga city in 2014.

This company currently has a strategic importance for Malaga

, as it’s specialised in a certain tourist sector of high purchasing power. Their clients are mainly Canadian and, to a lesser extent, British and German.

The visit is a result of the meeting between the Tourist Area experts and the ship company’s management, held at the Sea Trade Fair in Hamburg last year, and was finally sealed at the past edition of the ITB (Internationale Tourismus-Börse) in Berlin.