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Newsletter 21 2019

Hola from Malaga! 

Hola from Malaga!

First of all, we’d like to welcome our new subscribers to the newsletter – thank you for joining and lovely to have you with us. ¡Bienvenidos!

Autumn has finally arrived and there’s an official nip in the air in the early morning and evenings. The Christmas lights are going up (switch-on is Friday 29 November) and we’ve noticed turrón and other festive feasts in the shops already. But away from the run-up to Christmas, there’s loads going on in Malaga over the next 2 weeks.

We’ve just compiled the November what’s on post and almost ran out of space 😉 because there are so many things going on. If you’re not looking for specific events, but do want some inspiration, check out our 10 things to do in November.

And just before November starts next Friday, there are concerts, Picasso’s birthday celebrations, free yoga, markets, beauty treatments for a good cause, Halloween … And so the list goes on. Check out our round-up below.

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Inspiration for November

10 inspiring things to do, see and try in Malaga next month.

November diary

Our monthly round-up of events - this time for November.


Ideas for what to do and see on the spookiest night of the year.

Dining recommendations

Our favourites for eating out in Malaga for all kinds of meals.

What's on  and what's new in Malaga over the next 2 weeks

Picasso’s Birthday – the artist would have been 138 today (Friday 25) and the city commemorates the day with several events. You’re just in time to catch open doors at Picasso’s birthplace (Fundación Picasso) on Plaza de la Merced. From 8 to 11pm, 2 actors representing his parents will meet and greet visitors on the first floor and recount anecdotes from Picasso’s childhood. Multi-coloured doves cover the façade until Sunday 3 November.

Lunchtime music – concerts in the chapel next to the Jorge Rando Museum (on Calle Cruz de Molinillo, off Calle Ollerías in the old quarter) take place every Saturday at noon. Free entry.

Strong & Beautiful – this year’s edition takes place tomorrow Saturday (26 October) on Plaza de la Constitución from 4 to 8pm. You’ll be able to get your hair and nails done, have a massage and enjoy some live music. Each treatment costs €5 in aid of the fight against gender violence.

Plaza La Merced Market – this Sunday (27 October) in Plaza de la Merced between 11am and 7pm. Great arts and crafts stalls – don’t miss the doves on the façades surrounding Picasso’s birthplace.

Free entry to the Picasso Museum – the art museum celebrates its 16th anniversary this year and has open doors on Sunday (27 October) – take the opportunity to see the Calder-Picasso exhibition.

Body Flex & Yoga – get your Sunday off to a vigorous or relaxing start with a free body flex session at 11am and free yoga class at noon. On Calle Tomás Heredia in Soho, Sunday 27 October. Free entry.

Public holiday – Friday 1 November is a public holiday for All Saints. Most shops, bars and restaurants will be open as usual, but don’t be surprised to find the odd small shop closed.

Day of the Dead – Malaga celebrates the first edition of the All Saints Fiesta from 31 October to 3 November paying homage to the departed in Mexican Day of the Dead style. Live music performances take place at the Eduardo Ocón Auditorium (on the Paseo del Parque). Dress in white to blend in. Full details in our Halloween post. 

Aztec Death Whistles – the Music Museum opens a new exhibition on Thursday 31 October with a collection of scary whistles used to frighten the enemy in war marches and to see the dead into the afterlife. Their howl/screech is seriously creepy and guaranteed to give you goosebumps. Entrance to the exhibition is included in the ticket price and MIMMA on Calle Beatas is open Monday 10am to 4pm and Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 7pm.  

New artInland Sorolla with over 100 paintings by the famous 19th century artist has arrived at the Bishop’s Palace. As well as the world-famous beach scenes, you can see works depicting rural Spain and the paintings Sorolla used as models for the giant panels in the library at the New York Hispanic Society. Monday to Friday 10am to 8pm, weekends 9am to 2pm.

Shining musicians – Musical Diamond, a group of the best young musicians aged 9 to 19 in Russia, perform at the Russian Museum on Sunday 3 November at 6pm. Entry is free, but you need to get a ticket from the museum, available from 9.30am on Saturday 2 November.

Jazz Festival – the 33rd edition runs from 5 to 11 November with the main concerts at the Cervantes Theatre and smaller performances at different locations around the city. Check out the full details here

Red Friday – November’s vintage market at La Térmica Cultural Centre takes place on Friday 8 November between 7pm and midnight. Usual ton of stalls, food trucks and live entertainment. Free entry. Get to La Térmica on the No 7 bus from the Alameda Principal.

Autumn menu – 1 of our favourite restaurants has just switched to its autumn menu. Araboka on Calle Pedro Toledo (off Calle Císter) takes local and seasonal produce to create some delicious dishes. Choose à la carte or go for one of the tasting menus, paired with wine. Find out more here

Wine tasting in English – 1 of Malaga’s top wine shops has started monthly wine tasting classes in English. The next one is on Tuesday 29 October at 8.30pm at the shop on Calle Cortina del Muelle (just up the road from AC Palacio Hotel on the way to the Museum of Malaga). For more information and/or to book your place contact or check out their website

A Chorus Line – finally! Tickets are now on sale for the musical running from 27 November to 19 January at the Alameda Theatre on Calle Córdoba. You can buy them online , from El Corte Inglés department stores or from the Theatre ticket office open Monday to Friday 10am to 1pm and 4 to 9pm. Prices start at €18, but if you want good seats be prepared to pay a lot more.

Best Russian salad – it’s a Spanish tapa staple and appears on most restaurant and bar menus in some shape or form. The best in Spain this year is made by Javier Hernández at El Candado Golf Restaurant in the east of the city. His secret? Great ingredients and plenty of olive oil.

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