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Malaga Nightlife

Malaga is often called the capital of Andalusia as its bustling size makes it the centre of so many activities. This also means that the stylish city has some of the finest in entertainment southern Spain has to offer. The nightlife is Malaga is varied, catering in musical tastes from rocking, modern dance floors to traditional Spanish flamenco. Pubs and bars adorn the streets, where you can idle away your time with a favourite ale, or enjoy an evening cocktail after a long day of sight-seeing.

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The Heart of Spanish Music

Cultural understanding usually begins with learning the language and history of a people, but it deepens with an appreciation of their music. The flamenco is a vibrant mix of dance, song and guitar, and flavoured with the contrasting influences of Jewish and Arabic cultures. Gypsies began arriving from India in 1450, adding their own versions and styles and continue to influence the evolving composition of the flamenco. Today, there is a wide demand and global interest in the lively, youthful “fusion”, a blend of flamenco with world music.

At the top of the list for clubs featuring flamenco music, is the Vista Andalucía. Opening to the celebratory styled music late in the evening, the party continues all night with some of the best flamenco performers in Spain. A favourite spot for both travellers and locals alike, you’ll feel like you’ve just been introduced to the heart and soul of Spain.

A Festival for Every Occasion

Coordinate your holiday with a Spanish festival, and take part in parades, carnivals and colourful flamenco dances. January opens with the celebration of the Epiphany. The two-day festival begins January 5th with the Kings arriving at the port, and a letter from a child requesting gifts for all the children of Malaga. After a parade, the festival begins in earnest, with performers, illusionists, singers, dancers and musicians.

The Malaga carnival takes place from February to March as a means of indulging in favourite pastimes before the restrictions of Lent. The decorative atmosphere is alive with costumed performers, dancers, characters in masks and street musicians.

In April, celebrate la Semana Santa. Celebrating the different stages of Via Crucis (the way of Christ), it is one of the most cheerful and optimistic celebrations. Giant images of Christ, and floats weighing up to five tonnes progress through the streets, accompanied by chants, bursts joyful singing and a parade of Malaga Gypsies.

The 23rd of June marks the summer solstice and the Night of San Juan. On the night of the 23rd figurines, which are caricatures of public figures, are burned, stuffed with flammable materials, such as paper and sawdust. A huge bonfire is created, and sometimes fed with pieces of old furniture and other wooden debris. As the fire dies down, a competition begins to see who can jump across the flames, while other festive partygoers continue to dance in a circle and cheer them on. Games and contests are arranged for both children and adults, along with performances and other entertainment. It also marks a beauty pageant, in which Miss Veladilla is chosen.

El Cantor de Jazz

You really wouldn’t think of Chicago in Malaga, but you can seep yourself in its steamy atmosphere. Thursday evenings are the time for live jazz, with a line-up of some of the best performers the region has to offer. While the music makes your fingers snap and your feet tap to the rhythm at El Cantor de Jazz, a warm, friendly crowd and an environment that feels suspiciously like Chicago surround you.

Some Like it Wild

If your preferences are for rocking down hard and joining the frenzied night with students and other youthful people, then you’ll want to head straight for the Liceo. The ghosts of owner’s past may be wondering who was raising enough racket to raise the dead, as the club is set in a grand old mansion. Occupying two floors, with a bar and reception area at the entrance, it’s separated into a number of rooms to match your style and mood while you listen to live music. With overhead chandeliers and high ceilings, as well as a staircase that gives you a great viewing spot, the Liceo delivers a passionate flamenco show with the robust taste of disco.

Hob Nob with Artists

Inspiration is never very far away in Malaga, and nothing is more inspiring than walking where great thinkers have walked and where great artists have made their impression on human achievement. The Plaza de la Merced is one of the best squares in Malaga to visit, with its numerous cafes and bars, and attracts the crowds of students, artists and visitors alike. You can walk in the footsteps of Picasso, for in one corner is his celebrated home, now a museum.

The Plaza de Merced 14 is a spirited cocktail lounge, complete with a dark, moody atmosphere, but a generally rambunctious crowd, especially during the weekends when the music and dance becomes exuberant. One of the most popular places in Malaga to party, it’s high on the list of evening nightlife entertainment.

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