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Semana Santa in Malaga

The Incense and Essence of Malaga at Easter

The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances. ~Robert Flatt

The whole Semana Santa experience on the Costa del Sol is steeped in over 500 years of traditional history. It’s acted out before your eyes on the streets, as if it were live theatre, in the weeklong event.

Semana Santa in Malaga

The procession is incredibly emotional.

You cannot fail to be emotionally moved during the Easter Week on the Costa del Sol. All over towns and villages, represent the festival with passion and religious devotion. Holy Week is one of the most important religious and cultural events in Costa del Sol and a huge drive for Tourism in these parts. Some of the most spectacular parades in Spain are in Andalucía. The weeklong event begins with Palm Sunday processions and ends the week later on Easter Sunday. This year the dates for your diary are from the 13th April, Palm Sunday until the 20th April, Easter Sunday. Although on the Sunday there is no procession. Let’s hope the weather holds out, this time of year is notorious for rain and has sadly seen the event cancelled.

Malaga Passion

In 1921 the “Malaga Holy Week Brotherhoods Association”, was created. Political and social reasons of unrest put a stop to the procession in 1931, a few they named ‘the brave’, reformed in 1935, only to stop again at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. A slow recovery, but none the less a triumphant one as of today. It impacts hugely on the income of tourism. Visitors amounting to over one million people flock to Màlaga for Semana Santa (Easter); this includes the Spanish as well as foreign visitors. Màlaga demonstrates on a grand scale the level of seriousness of the whole event. The music sombre and the scent of incense filling the evening air. It literally is a spectacular event full of ornate and luxurious works of art, depicting scenes of THE PASSION, the suffering of CHRIST, before and during Crucifixion.

Antonio Bandaras, son of Malaga

Antonio Bandaras takes part in processions at Easter in Malaga.

Members of Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza are dressed in robes depicting different religious brotherhoods. The Nazareno is a tunic and hood, hiding the face of the person wearing it, others in cloaks or uniforms not dissimilar to that of soldiers of ancient Rome. On the shoulders of generally between 24 and 48 men the floats (tronos), of religious icons are transported through the streets. Don’t underestimate the weight of this feat, some of these floats weigh in over 5,000 kilos and carried in total by over 250 men. From balconies you will witness the singing of ‘saeta’, the religious song sung by the saetero, with elements of Flamenco; translated as ‘arrow’ ‘, ‘bud of a vine’, ‘hand of a clock’ or ‘magnetic needle’. The intensity of the emotion is not hard to miss; it fills you with an overwhelming sorrow. Antonio Bandaras, a son of Màlaga himself has been known to participate and share the load of these floats on his shoulders.

Resting Place

For a more insightful explanation and to see all the glory of the floats up and personal you can head off to Málaga to the ‘The Holy Week Museum’ (Museo de la Semana Santa). The building itself has an Andalucían patio and within the Church itself you can view the 17th century Baroque works of art, by the Málagueño artist Juan Niño de Guevara and the costumes worn throughout the processions. There is also a viewing room with videos of the processions, in English & Spanish.

About Spain, Maxestates Costa del Sol

How much do you know about Spain and the Costa del Sol?

A popular destination for many when it comes to holidays, but how much do we really know about Spain?

Today there are 50 provinces in Spain that have been in place since the territorial division of the country laid out in 1833.  The country has undergone many transformations before this time. It has a dramatic history of numerous colonies trying to take power over much of Spain.

Spanish Coast, Estate Agents

The Spanish Coast – Miles of Beaches

Present day, Spain has a lot to boast about.  From rocky pebbled stones to the soft sand and clear waters; Spain has over 8000kms of beaches to choose from. Many of which are nudist beaches!  Currently there is no law against nudity, anywhere! You could, by law, walk down the high street in nothing but your birthday suit.

You may, however want to put something on when entering one of the many bars Spain has. It is known that Spain has more bars than any other country in the EU! Although drinking a pint of San Miguel naked by the bar is frowned upon.

It is somewhat surprising how many bars there are in Spain when you discover the religious history. It was once ruled by the Muslims for over half a millennium. After their reign the Roman Catholics would be in power.  Spain was to become a population of 98% roman catholic, present day 76%. It’s a substantial amount.

When not in bars or on the beach, the Spanish over the years have produced other interesting things. Such as Chupa Chups! The famous and very much loved lollipop, now a worldwide brand. Did you know that Salvador Dali designed the logo for Chupa Chups? Other names that Spain can also be rightly proud of, as well as Dali, include Picasso, Gaudi El Greco and Goya, whom all contributed fine works of art, which still inspire today.

If you have travelled the world you will inevitably hear different languages along the way. Being the second most spoken language in the world after Mandarin, you wont be far from hearing one of the 329 million native Spanish speakers.  It is not surprising that over 100 million people speak Spanish as a second language and that there are more native Spanish speakers than native English speakers.

From using our mouths for speech, now lets use our mouths for taste.

Spanish Cuisine

Spain surpasses when it comes to the delights of delicious cuisine. Using fresh colourful ingredients for their dishes and world renown for their Mediterranean food. Did you know that it is Spain who distributed the likes of tomatoes, potatoes, avocados and cocoa to all of Europe? Brought from America, the produce was sent out to Europe. If that wasn’t enough, Spain is the only country in Europe who produces bananas. And people love bananas!

Paella on the Costa del Sol

Whether a fan or not, when talking about Spain, it is only a matter of time before football is mentioned. I will keep it brief and to the point.  Football in Spain is like a religion. Not only the preferred sport of the Spaniards, but a way of life for many. The first official football game was played in Seville in 1980 March 8, between Recreativo de Huelva and Sevilla FC. Present day, the two main rival teams are Real Madrid (most popular football club with over 228 million supporters) and FC Barcelona (the national football team). To go in more details about football in Spain would need an article in itself to do it justice.

About Spain – Quick Facts

Quick facts for you to keep as you’re own, and repeat in public to make you look “oh so cosmopolitan darling”:

The name Madrid comes from the Arabic “magerit” which means ¨place of many streams”.

The Spaniards invented the mop.

Spain was not part of the first or Second World War.

The name “Spain” comes from the world Ispania, which means the “land of rabbits”.

And finally, be careful when eating the traditional and well loved dish Paella, as some variations of the dish do indeed have rabbit in there. Taste great, but don’t tell the kids if they are fans of Bugs bunny.

Long live España! So much to tell, but it is time for a siesta. Which in actual fact is not just a Spanish custom, but also very popular in China, Taiwan, India and Italy, Greece and even France (no surprise there).

Puerto Banus Tourism

The Costa del Sol – Why should you invest?

The Costa del Sol: The property investment hotbed of the Spanish coast

Costa Del Sol simply translates to the Coast of The Sun; and as its name suggests, the Costa del Sol represents an impressive stretch of beautiful beaches, and impressive properties. The south of Spain is indeed the tourism and property investment hotbed of the Spanish coast. It is a melting pot of various cultures that began over 3,000 years ago. The fact is the Costa Del Sol is the quintessential beach life split into various towns and villages, all preaching a message of lazy tranquility and great food.
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But the Costa Del Sol is big, massive in fact, and can be a bit confusing for any intrepid tourist wondering where to begin his or her adventures of the sunny coast. But that’s a problem were about to solve, simply keep on reading.

Firstly, it doesn’t hurt to know that Costa Del Sol has 15 major cities, and the Puerto Banus marina as well, which is the region’s equivalent to Beverly Hills (designed in fact by the very same architect, Noldi Shreck). Each city has a unique piece of history, style of fun and sand to offer visitors, but they all share the same great food, great weather and great sun. So feel free to plop your bag and umbrella anywhere if the sun and surf are your destinations.

The biggest city and heartbeat of the region is Malaga, a perfect place to spend the winters and keep busy, enjoy a more relaxed and homely holiday or even settle. Malaga is basically the region’s cultural melting pot, with nominations for European Capital of Culture 2016 pouring in left and right. Sporting an amazing amount of greenery but surprisingly few palm trees, Malaga is the perfect destination for lovers of museums, paintings, ancient cathedral architecture, history, good food and relaxing strolls under the Spanish sun.

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Next up we have the city of Marbella, which is more friendly towards the adventures types and a golfer’s paradise. Hiking trips, boat rides, world class golf clubs and some of the best food in the region are all centered in Marbella. The night life is also considerably colorful, with music lovers easily finding a worth while concert or festival to sway away the nights too. A tip for foodies: the best food in Marbella is generally found in beachside bars, which happen to provide a great view, a warm seaside breeze and cheap prices for some insanely tasty Andalusian dishes. Also, the beer is good.

However, hardcore party animals have an entire marina dedicated in their honor, Puerto Banus. Built in the 1970’s as an exclusive village for the rich and famous, this small strip of beachside property host some of the longest, wildest and most varied parties the coast can host. The high-end shopping malls and luxury apartments appeal quite strongly to investors interested in opening up nightclubs or shops. Buying and selling apartments is also a major business in Puerto Banus. Just remember one thing, Wednesdays are relaxation days, so don’t make any mid-week party plans.

Puerto Banus Tourism

Then there is the climate lovers’ home away from home, the tiny municipality of Torrox. Mostly visited by tourists from Britain, France and Germany, Torrox is the perfect place to enjoy some hot tea or cold lemonade, read a good book and inhale the city’s great weather–which was awarded the title of “Best Climate in Europe.” Basically, people looking for a calm, quiet, relaxed and friction free holiday in sunny Costa Del Sol, Torrox is the place for you.

So there it is, we’ve covered the major holiday types and the major cities that cater to them, but keep in mind that there’s a lot more Costa Del Sol has to offer for those willing to nose about and walk off the beaten track. Just remember, no matter the city or cities chosen, it isn’t a true Costa Del Sol holiday unless there has been a trip to the beach, so don’t forget to pack some suntan lotion, a bathing suit and towel when enjoying the coast.