August in Spain is the main holiday season for the Spanish and they like to celebrate in style, this makes it a fabulous place to be for EXPATs and Tourists alike.
Andalucia is known as the party region of Spain and in August it does not disappoint, with lots of Ferias and festivals to go to.
Costa Blanca this August has many festivals including the Moors and Christians which is quite dramatic when you watch the procession, as the big drums beat the whole air vibrates with the noise… a must to watch.
So what is happening on the Costa del Sol this August?
Now one of the largest festivals in Spain, the Feria de Malaga lasts for for one week and hosts all kinds of is events held through the city. The festival rages all day and night on a large purpose built park located close to the exhibition centre just 15 minutes from Malaga International airport.
The Malaga fair is usually held during the middle of the month and features music, shows, dancing, horses, fireworks and daily processions through the historic the centre of the city.
Although the main party is held on the outskirts of the city we would highly recommend you visit all the events held around the old quarter in central Malaga where you can enjoy a traditional stroll around decorated streets prepared for the annual festival.
During this week-long festival, the people of Malaga commemorate the re-conquest of this city by Ferdinand and Isabella in the year 1487.
Feria de Benahavis – Andalucia
The feria de Benahavis pays tribute to the towns patron Saint the Virgen del Rosario usually held around the second weekend of August. Benahavis is located in the foothills behind Marbella on the Costa del Sol.
A picturesque village in a stunning setting, specially during festival time where the whole village comes to life with street processions, parties, dance, live music, great wine and even better food.
Live concerts at Sohail Castle – Fuengirola
The Arabin Fortress is set in an amazing landscape, situated on a hill a few meters from the beach. The Castle has great reputation for hosting some of the best live bands, including Beach Boys, Sting, Jamie Cullem, Scorpions and Europe.
So if you are looking for some of the best entertainment then you won’t be disappointed.
Concerts in August
Saturday 3rd August – Joana Serrat as guest and Izal in concert.
Sunday 4th August – Cantajuego, an event for children.
Thursday 8th August – Jennifer Lopez
Saturday 24th – The Pink Night (la Noche en Rosa) a festival with Spanish bands from the 80’s
Ojen Festivals – Andalucia – Mid August
Enjoy the ancient culture of Flamenco singing during the Ojen festival, normally held during at the beginning of August each year this is a perfect opportunity to see some of the top renowned singers and dancers in Spain.
Top artists in the past have included Farruquito, Maria Toledo, David Palomar, Miguel de Tena, Cancanilla de Malaga and Julian Estrada.
July & August - Due to the higher level of the mountain village than down on the coast, the hot summer months are a wonderful time to enjoy balmy nights at the many festivals and concerts on offer. Amongst the many things to do are:
VIVA MIJAS in Mijas Village can be enjoyed every Tuesday (flamenco) and Thursday (Caribbean music) during July & August in Mijas Village with the "Ruta de Tapa" ... a craft market in the Plaza Virgen de la Pena and musical performances.
The Flamenco Dance Festival in July, when you can see wonderful traditional dance displays by local and national groups. A special Latin American Night in August turns the village square into a South American dance festival. You can join in the music and dancing for a hot summer night.
The Spanish Theatre Festival is also held in August in the Mijas Open Air Theatre. There is also a Rock night in the village, with music for the young at heart.
So what is happening on the Costa Blanca this August?
La Tomatina Valencia
Bunol in Valenica is home to the La Tomatina the famous battle of the tomatoes. Tons of ripe tomatoes are thrown by locals historically from warring towns and villages – followed by music and dancing. Each year the party gets bigger and better and is celebrated on the last Wednesday of August.
Many thousands of people now make their way from all over Spain and abroad to battle it out in the worlds largest food fight . Around one hundred tons of ripe tomatoes are used in this unique street festival.
Alicante Jazz Festival
This festival attracts many great musicians to Alicante. The Jazz festival begins in July and ends in August. There are various Jazz performances allocated around the city in bars and entertainment venues.
Moors and Christians in Dénia
Of all the festive displays of Moors and Christians in the Community of Valencia, it may well be that the one that takes place in Dénia every year between the 13th and 16th of August is the most ancient, as it is referred to in documents that date as far back as the 16th century, to 1599 to be exact.