We at DEPinDEPendent love the celebrate, and now the interest rates in Spain have finally fallen and you have your free mortgage quote, now let’s get into the festive season! And here it is again, that time of year where people start to prepare for all kinds of enjoyable things, from finishing work, cooking up a feast, buying gifts for loved ones, drinking copious amounts of whiskey and sherry or watching festive movies for days on end with the family. Festivities aside, it is also an exciting time of year because of the promise of all things new and fresh. We like to think that next year things will be different somehow; not necessarily because the previous year was so awful but because human nature seems to dictate that there is always room for improvement.
There are many ways to experience the Christmas season in Malaga province. Of course there will be many parties of varying durations and levels of decadence, but we know this isn’t for everyone. Fortunately Malaga never fails to cater for different tastes and lifestyles.
If you have a sweet tooth, Christmas is the time for guilt-free indulgence. The Convent Sweets Fair (or the Feria del Dulce de Convento) in Torremolinos offers sweets and pastries made in convents – we guarantee you’ll never have seen so much confectionary in your life! Well, not in Andalucia anyway. It runs from 5th – 8th December at Costa del Sol Congresses and Exhibition Palace.
Twinkling lights and all things bright
For all round family fun, we recommend a visit to the gorgeous lighting display at Larios Street, where you will see a display of 600,000 light bulbs (low consumption for eco-friendly factor!). These will be switched on daily at 6.30pm and will continue for forty days. If décor is your thing, then you won’t be disappointed. Take a trip to Marbella, Estepona or Fuengirola and you will see decorative displays fit for a king! Here in the Malaga province they really know how to put on a good show.
Shop ‘til you drop in San Pedro de Alcántara
Christmas is a fabulous time to visit the streets of San Pedro de Alcántara, which become one huge outdoor market. At Christmas, festivities abound with live music, clowns, live statues, puppeteers, plenty of shopping opportunities and activities for all walks of life. This is named “Te esperamos en el centro”, which means “see you in the centre” and has made the entire city centre a vibrant melting pot of activity. The street market kicks off on 12th December from 8am until 5pm.
There are many other markets in the region over the month of December, so if that appeals to you, you will not be short of options.
New Year’s Eve
If you’re looking for a party, many local hotels offer events with a Christmas meal included. For an outdoor atmosphere, prefer, you can celebrate in one of the many main Plazas of Malaga, which never fail to attract crowds wanting to share the celebratory vibe together and see in the new year with a bang. If that’s your idea of fun, here’s where you can do it:
Marbella – Plaza de los Naranjos
Malaga – Plaza de la Constitucion
Benalmadena – Plaza de la Mezquita
Torremolinos – Auditorio Municipal Principe de Asturias
Fuengirola – Plaza de España
Not quite finished yet?
If you’re not quite ready to throw in the towel, don’t worry – there’s more! The Procession of the Three Kings 2016 starts at the City Hall on Monday 5th January and parades along the following route: City Hall Malaga, Avenida de Cervantes, Plaza General Torrijos, Paseo del Parque, Plaza de la Marina, Alameda Principal, Puente Tetuan, Avenida de Andalucia, Nazareno del Paso, Puente de la Esperanza, Manuel Jose Garcia Caparros, Pasillo de Santa Isabel, Carreteria, Alamos, and ends up at the Plaza de la Merced. We hope you put some good walking boots on your Christmas list!
New year’s resolve – will you join in the fun all year round?
What will your New Year’s resolutions be? If you’re lucky enough to be involved with any of the above festivities in the Malaga province this year, then you’ll no doubt already know of the myriad charms of the area; these charms are not necessarily down to the festive season alone but it certainly adds a bit of extra sparkle. If you already live here, you’ll know what we’re talking about. If you’re not here yet but you’re thinking about making the move then Christmas is a fabulous time of year to do it!
Competition is far less at this time of year, for a start. While many potential buyers are involved in Christmas events, this leaves properties sitting on the market inactive – if a seller is keen to move they may well let it go cheaper at this time of year – a fabulous opportunity for you to see in the first new year of many Malaga province! Agents will be bending over backwards to help you at this time of year too, for the same reasons – but at the end of January things generally get moving again. For you it won’t matter though, as you may well be seeing in the new year in your fabulous new Spanish home, with your feet up and a glass of Jerez sherry in your hand!
If you’re looking for some independent and friendly advice on how to get a bank loan on the Costa del Sol and sourcing a suitable property in Malaga province, come and speak to us at DEP inDEPendent. We will be happy to help you – at any time of the year!