New Year´s Eve in Nerja
New Year´s Eve, December 31In Nerja we can celebrate with the locals at the Plaza Balcon de Europa, where the City council is distributing cava and lucky grapes(you have to swallow 12 of them before the clock strikes 12 times) to the participants. In addition there are performances and fireworks. A good reason to spend a special night by the sea.
Noche del Vino (Night of the wine) in Competa
A very popular celebration of wine, Noche del Vino (Night of the
Wine), is held each 15th of August. The celebration is a very old traditional
party, but was made official in 1975, and is now a perfect opportunity for
visitors to get in touch with local traditions and try the famous, locally produced
wine. There is a free lunch of Migas (fried breadcrumbs), salad and most
importantly a glass of the locally produced muscatel wine for eveyone in the
wine square (Plaza Vendemia). There is a medieval market on the various winding
streets of Comepta running down to the Plaza Almijara. The party starts in the
morning of August 15th with various events and continues into the evening until
the early hours of the next morning with music and dance around the village.
Seats to the performances in the Plaza Almijara can be bought from the Town
Hall (Ayuntamiento). The performances in the wine square are free of charge
Feria de Competa (The Competa fair) in July
Considered one of the most important events in the village, and a must do if you have the chance to be in Competa in late July. There is everything you would expect from a fair, with live performances and dancing and also many cultural events during this time or why not join the foam party, making it well worth a visit for the whole family.
Virgen del Carmen15-16 July. Celebrated in towns along Andalucia’s coast. The Virgen del Carmen is the patron saint of fishermen. The statue is taken from her church in a procession through the streets of her town, and then goes around the harbour to bless the fishing boats.
San Juan in Nerja
The festival of San Juan is celebrated on
the evening of the 23rd of June each year with people staying out late and even
camping on the beaches. This yearly event is filled with rituals which are
still popular today amongst many of the Spanish partly because of their
religious roots but more likely because they're just fun.
The roots of this festival as you may have
guessed are pagan, falling very close to the summer solstice, which technically
comes a couple of days before. The Catholic church sought to Christianize
popular pagan festivals and so blended the solstice with the celebration of St
John the Baptists birthday which, officially at least, is on the 24th. As a
result this festival is really a bit of a mishmash.
In Nerja preparations begin days in
advance with people staking their claim to their favoured spot on the beach by
pitching their tents. El Playazo is very much a favoured beach over this period
as campers can stay here for a few days and so whole families tend to turn up.
As you can imagine there is a very social atmosphere with lots of music and
wine. Most official events take place on Burriana beach with a bonfire, live
music and fireworks and normally begin around 10pm.
Markets in the Area
Monday: Torrox Costa, Marbella, San Enrique, Taraguilla
Tuesday: Nerja, Salobrena, Antequera, Fuengirola, Puerto Banus, Trapiche
Wednesday: Algorrobo Costa, Rincon de la Victoria, Estepona, Alhaurin de la Torre, La Cala de Mijas, Malaga (Avda Juan XXIII)
Thursday: Frigiliana, Torre del Mar, Torremolinos, Velez-Malaga, San Pedro de Alcantara, Alhaurin el Grande, San Roque, Calahonda, Torreguardiaro, Puente Mayorga, Malaga (Cruz de Humilladero)
Friday: Almunecar, Benalmadena, La Herradura, Manilva, La Cala del Moral (Rincon de la Victoria)
Saturday: Competa, La Caleta de Velez, Torrox Costa, Puerto Banus, Coin, Malaga (El Palo), Nueva Andalucia, Algarrobo Costa (Ecological Market, 1st Saturday each month)
Sunday: Fuengirola (Flea Market), Malaga (Flea Market), Nerja (Car Boot), Alhaurin El Grande (fortnightly Car Boot), Cartama, Benagalbon, Pizarra, (Car Boot), San Roque, Sotogrande Port, Sabanillas (Flea Market), Ronda
The Three Cultures Festival of Frigiliana in August
Frigiliana’s three cultures festival (las tres culturas) is an event that engulfs the village each year, celebrating the cultures that have inhabited the region over the centuries and that have left their mark in so much of what you see in this part of Spain today.
At the end of August each year since 2006 thousands of people have descended on this pretty, white walled village in an open air festival encompassing, food, music and traditions reflecting different aspects of what the Christian, Arabic and Sephardic cultures have brought to the village. Restaurants create special menus for the event, musicians playing exotic music roam the streets and costumed street theatre performers put on shows to entertain the masses. The normally sleepy streets of Frigiliana come alive with a buzz of activity.
Competa Art Walk every year at Easter
Every year at Easter artist a exhibiting their works all over the village of Competa.
Over 4 days, from 11AM to 7PM, you get to see a wide variety of art in different locations in this historic town. The artists will be delighted to meet you, and talk about their work, inspiration, vision, and techniques.
This art walk is growing every year, and it’s an event many people look forward to. Some of the participating artists live in or near the village, while others fly in especially to take part in this art event. 37 artists, from more then 10 different countries, are participating in the 10th Art Walk.
There is really so much to see and to experience! Paintings, drawings, textile art, ceramic art, bronze and glass sculptures, turned wood and silver jewellery will be on show.
Not to mention Cómpeta itself - a special kind of town. Perched high in the foothills of the Sierra Almijara, this traditional ‘pueblo blanco’ combines stunning sea & mountain views, winding streets, a broad variety of excellent cuisine and an adorable community. Come spend a few days with us, and discover all that Cómpeta has to offer.
This year, there will be another creative workshop for children, hosted by a selection of the artists, with the works to be shown at various locations.
If you are looking for high quality arts & crafts & a fantastic atmosphere, the Cómpeta Artwalk is THE place to be!