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FUENGIROLA:

Young people, children and older people are guaranteed to have a good time in Fuengirola. Even just walking around its streets is a delightful experience. Moorish architectural & economical legacy, along with Fuengirola's own style and the Mediterranean sea makes wondering in its streets a pure pleasure.
As well as the many wider ranging festivals, Fuengirola has some particularly interesting dates worth noting:

April: The International Fair :
"La Feria de los Pueblos"

This is a wonderful fair, which is held in the main fairground of Fuengirola (between train stations of Fuengirola and Los Boliches) and lasts for a week. In just one day, you can visit up to 50 countries – or at least a microcosm of each one, since they are represented in full colour and flavour and sound. Each country is allocated its own caseta (stand or purpose-built area). For over 10 years, this annual celebration has grown and become increasingly popular with local residents and visitors alike. From mini German beer festivals, to Irish dancing shows and Cuban rhythmic music and dance, there is something for every taste. The typical dishes and drinks from each country are worth sampling, too. It is a very popular festival in Fuengirola and people come from all over, making this one of the highlights on the annual events calendar.

The countries represented are Paraguay. Belgium, France, Holland, Germany, Algeria, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Columbia, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, India, Ireland, Italia, Jordan,, Morocco, México, Norway, Palestine, Peru, Poland, Dominican Republic, Sweden, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Vietnam. The different autonomous regions of Spain are well represented by; Galicia, Asturias, Melilla and of course, Andalucia. This is a great opportunity to have fun, buy interesting handcrafts, clothes, foods and gifts, enjoy great entertainment and even dance the night away. It is like a world tour at a fraction of the price!

Easter Holy Week: Semana Santa The processions of Holy Week in Andalucia are spectacular. Each day during the week of that important religious festival in Fuengirola, as in all other Andalucian towns and villages, streets are cordoned off and massive, ornate icons are held high, with images of Christ and the Virgin at the different stages of the cross. Each church has a cofradía (brotherhood) of men who carry these enormous weights between them, shoulder high, proving their dedication and faith. Rehearsing for the processions at Easter goes on behind the scenes throughout the whole year and it is considered a tremendous honour to be involved in the proceedings.
The people of Fuengirola turn out to either watch or participate in the Easter processions and celebrations. Visitors are known to come to Fuengirola at this time of year especially towatch in this wonderful display of colour and religious tradition.

semana santa


June 24th St. John's Day:
La Fiesta de San Juan
The 24th of June is the day of St. John and as in other parts of Spain; this is a very special night of the year. The tradition is to build many bonfires, especially on the beach. It is said to be a night of magic. The background to the festivities comes from the first baptism given by St. John. Nowadays, it is a great excuse for night parties, particularly on the beach. The tradition is to be at the waters edge at midnight and to hold hands and walk into the sea backwards, while you make a wish. By 1:00 a.m. at various points along the Fuengirola beach, there are huge gatherings of people in party mood. There are bonfires at certain points along the sand and you will see that groups of people have set up open tents and the smell of barbeques and the many sounds of the fair can go on until very late into the night and early morning.

There is a specially organised Boquetillo neighbourhood (on the right, approximately way up Avenida de Mijas from the town centre) there is specially organized street party, with lively Spanish music and other entertainment and many children's attractions. The local restaurants and bars in this area offer excellent local dishes and stay open till the small hours of the morning. This small fair normally goes on for several days and nights after San Juan on the 24th. This is an extremely noisy few days and nights for the residents of this very built-up area, so they often join in rather than try to sleep through the bedlam. Joining in with the vibrant Andalucian party atmosphere is a good way to get you into the swing of things, especially since this is considered to be the fiesta that gets summer underway.

sanjuan

16th July The Day of the Virgin Carmen:
La Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen
On the night of the 16th July there is a colourful and very moving procession in Los Boliches neighbourhood of Fuengirola. An image of the Virgen del Carmen is carried in a procession all the way down to the sea, where a waiting boat takes the 'Virgin of the Seas', as she is known, to Fuengirola port. People wade into the sea (many fully clothed) to see the Virgin off on her journey. The virgin figure is later carried back again to the church in Los Boliches. Flowers and a blaze of candles decorate the procession and the boat. Along with this magnificent sight, there are fireworks lighting up the skies on this very special night of the year.

* Every tuesday & saturdays on the fair ground Los Boliches, you may enjoy from the well known Fuengirola's street market (flea market) filled with antiquities and all sort of imaginable things.

Fuengirola zoo Fuengirola zoo is situated right in the centre of Fuengirola, about a five minute walk from both the train and bus stations (see map and directions below).
It does not have cages and the animals are all kept in enclosures where you can look through glass walls or peer over the walls or through viewing points. Some zoos I have been to have left me feeling that it was cruel but I didn't feel that at Fuengirola. It is quite a small Zoo but we liked that, there are around 45 enclosures that house most of the animals that you would want to see, Tigers, Gorillas, Chimps etc, they also have a large window where you can look through into the water of a small crocodile infested lake, its really eerie when one swims by.
For more information you can ring Fuengirola Zoo on (+34) 952 66 63 01
or visit their website at

www.zoofuengirola.com
Avda. Camilo Jose Cela, No 6, 29640 Fuengirola.

Mijas Aqua Park This aquatic amusement park is the ideal place to go with friends or family, and enjoy a nice sunny day and loads of fun in the water.
The park has several offers that are updated each year, we recommend you to visit the Mijas Aqua Park's website to check them out:
www.aquamijas.com/principalIng.html
Tel: (+34) 952 460404.
Autovia A7, 209, 29649, Mijas Costa

TORREMOLINOS

Like all the towns in Andalucia Torremolinos celebrates numerous traditional festivals. Here are some of the more important.
• Carnivals (Feburary)
• Holy Week (March)
• Crosses of May, (early May)
• Corpus Christi (June)
• Saint John's Eve (23 June)
• Virgen del Carmen (16 July) Celebrated in La Carihuela
• Romaneria (end September)
• Summer Feria centers around Saint Michaels day (September 29) the towns patron saint.

The Day of the Tourist (end Sept) is a more moderate but equally important concept. The town hall will organise free events such as entertainment and the cooking of a huge Paella. An important annual event in Torremolinos is the Spanish Ballroom Dancing Championships which takes place in October in the Congress Palace.

Aqualand Torremolinos Is the largest water park at the Costa del Sol 5 minutes from downtown Torremolinos you can find Aqualand Torremolinos which is a place to spend a day of fun and entertainment with the best water rides imaginable for the whole family.
Aqualand is a world of water and fun, perfect for unforgettable moments with family and friends.
For more information you can ring Aqualand on (+34)952388888 or visit their website at www.aqualand.es/torremolinos/en/
Cl. Cuba nº10, 29620, Torremolinos

aqualand


BENALMADENA

Benalmadena is known for its full calendar of all-year-round festivities and cultural celebrations, from organized art and sporting events to traditional and religious processions - all of which give life and vitality to this cosmopolitan town.

April (Easter Week) - Semana Santa,
or Holy Week
Is a special time in Benalmadena. Apart from the usual religious processions through the streets Benalmadena Pueblo and Arroyo de la Miel, there is also a live presentation of the Passion of Christ in the old village - Benalmadena Pueblo. Known as 'El Paso' the procession, made up of locals, starts at sunrise on Friday of the 'Virgen de la Soledad'. This is one of the most traditional celebrations to take place in Benalmadena.

June - Corpus ChristiIs another celebration, which stirs up the people of Benalmadena Pueblo. One of the attractions of this event is the spreading of flower petals and herbs spread on the streets by the people of village on the eve of the procession. The aromatic perfume and the carpet of natural colour, transforms the village streets and creates an evocative atmosphere.

June 24th is the day of San Juan.Arroyo de la Miel celebrates from 24th to 29th June with its annual local fair. 2004 saw a record number of visitors when some 16,000 people attended the last night of the celebrations. This is also a favourite time because it is the start of the warmer nights on the coast. It is a popular fiesta all over Spain with bonfires and fireworks usually starting from midnight on the 23rd.

July 15th - 29th Benalmadena Summer Festival of MusicTheatre & Dance is held in the Auditorium of the Parque de La Paloma in Arroyo de la Miel.
More information and reservations - (+34) 952 44 11 63

July 16th Sees the evening procession of the Virgin Carmen down to the sea. This celebration is known as the 'Veladilla del Carmen' and has become more than simply the procession of the sailor and is now something of a favourite local tradition, with a special mass and then the carrying of the virgin to the sea, where the procession continues by boat. It leaves from Church Square, Avenida Bonanza after a mass at 19:30 and then continues at 20:30 down to Benalmadena Port, where it proceeds by boat. Many people jump in the sea and at 21:30 there is music and dancing till dawn. When the virgin reaches the sea, there is a big fireworks display from the Malapesquera Beach.

Mid-AugustSees festival of the 'Virgen de la Cruz' (The Virgin of the Cross). This annual festival of great traditional and cultural importance, is celebrated with a procession is through the streets of the Pueblo.

Selwo Marina Selwo Marina is a park of aquatic fauna situated in Benalmadena Costa. This park has a great big pool for dolphin shows and an icy penguinarium which is the only one in Andalusia. In Selwo, apart from dolphins, there are sea lions, penguins, exotic birds, baby crocodiles and snakes. It also offers the possibility of celebrating birthdays and other special events, all you have to do is phone up to consult availability or ask for further information :
For more information you can contact to the tel. number: 902 19 04 82 and visit their web:
www.selwomarina.es/en/
Address: Parque de la Paloma S/N, Benalmádena

Sea LifeSea life in Benalmadena is an aquarium situated at the entrance of Puerto Marina (Benalmadena's port. In this great aquarium you'll find a wide variety of sea species brought in from all over the world, like the Mediterranean, Pacific, Indian, Atlantic, and other places like the Amazon river and the Red sea.
We recommend you to visit their website:
www.visitsealife.com/Benalmadena/en/
Puerto Deportivo Puerto Marina s/n, 29630 Benalmadena Costa Telephone: (+34) 952 560150

Tivoli World The Tivoli World theme park is a small paradise of gardens and illuminated fountains with rides for the whole family, from kids to adults. It's a recommended place to spend the day with the whole family and enjoy rides like the rollercoaster, the twister, the passage of terror and many others that you'll have to discover. In Tivoli World we'll also find gondolas and big wheels for the kids.
Apart from everything previously mentioned, there are flamenco shows, magic shows, children's shows, juggling and great western shows in the wild, wild west. Occasionally, special events are organised like the motorbike day for example, or the Mediterranean food day. The park also has a service of theme restaurants for all tastes (pizzas, Chinese, ice creams, burgers, kids menus, etc.), as well as shops with souvenirs.

tivoli

For more information you can visit their website
www.tivoli.es/_english/index.html
Telephone:+34 952 577 016
Avenida Tivoli s/n, 29631, Benalmadena (Arroyo de la Miel)

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