August Open-air Flamenco Concerts

Some of the biggest names in contemporary flamenco will be returning to Velez-Malaga in August for the second summer of flamenco fusion – the Acompasao Festival.

And not only are they playing outdoors under the stars, but they’re doing so in the dramatic setting of the open-air theatre on top of the Cerro de San Cristobal.

Oh, and did we mention that it’s completely free?

Open-air concerts at Cerro de San Cristobal Velez-Malaga

Who’s playing – and when? A few true legends of flamenco fusion, basically. There are three events scheduled as part of Acompasao:

  • Friday 3rd August – Tomasito
  • Friday 10th August – Diego Guerrero
  • Friday 17th August – Javier Ruibal

Each concert will start at 22.30hrs. The gates to the park open at 21.00hrs and there’s bar with snacks onsite.

The first act is a huge deal – singer, dancer and arch flamenco experimentalist, Tomasito. Hailing from Jerez originally, this household name performer has played with everyone from Diego Carrasco, Los Delincuentes and Muchachito, at the more ‘fusion’ end of the spectrum, to classical flamenco artists like Chano Dominguez and Lola Flores.

Next up, the second week sees Diego Guerrero come to town. A Latin Grammy nominated singer, he’s renowned for his skillful blending of flamenco with Afro-Cuban and jazz flavours.

javier ruibal guitarist

Finally, Velez’s summer festival of flamenco fusion will come to a dramatic conclusion with a performance from Javier Ruibal (pictured above). This superb guitarist from Puerto de Santa Maria in Cadiz is well-known for his beguiling fusion of flamenco, jazz and North African music.

Where is it? The Cerro de San Cristobal is in the heart of the historic centre of Velez-Malaga. You can find your way to the open-air theatre by following signs from Plaza La Gloria and climbing up the Parque de los Remedios to the Ermita de los Remedios (a small church) at the top of the hill. (You can see a Google map here.)

Cerro San Cristobal, Velez-Malaga

How much is it? Free. So some of the biggest names in flamenco fusion music are coming to Velez. And the entrance fee is… nothing at all. That’s our August culture fix sorted, then.

velez-malaga flamenco fusion 2018

Other Useful Information

Getting to Velez: Couldn’t be easier. If you’re coming from Nerja or Malaga, the Friday afternoon/evening bus times that align with the concerts are as follows:

  • From Nerja to Velez: 16.15hrs (journey time: approx. 45 minutes)
  • From Malaga to Velez: 18.05hrs, 18.35hrs, 19.05hrs and 19.35hrs (journey time: approx. 1 hr 15 minutes)

(Find out more about getting to Velez-Malaga.)

Where to find parking

The nearest parking from the venue is:

  • On the hill leading up to the venue itself – Ermita de Los Remedios
  • Behind the old Mercado on Calle Arroyo San Francisco (just opposite the left turn to Calle Esperanza) there’s a covered/paid car park
  • Plaza la Gloria just off Calle Arroyo San Francisco
  • Roadside parking on the Calle Arroyo San Francisco

Just a little further afield – we’re talking all of 10 minutes’ walk away – there’s paid parking at the Plaza del Carmen (Calle Porteria del Carmen).

Alternatively, parking can always be found in the outskirts of town around the Maria Zambrano park (around a 15-minute walk away from the venue). For more information on parking, see our page.

Where to stay: Velez has a couple of great places to choose from if you’re travelling in from elsewhere to catch the flamenco. A couple of the better central accommodation options include:

  • Palacio Blanco – a boutique hotel in a stylishly refurbished old palace. Prices from €105 per double. (12 minutes’ walk from the venue.)
  • La Casa de Las Titas – pleasant tourist apartments clustered around a lovely old patio, with a swimming pool out back. Prices from around €70 per studio per night. (10 minutes’ walk from the venue.)
  • Hotel Dila – simple but perfectly comfortable, centrally located rooms from €70 per double. (9 minutes’ walk from the venue.)

(See more places to stay and book.)

Where to eat and drink: With the concerts not starting until 22.30hrs and the gates to the park not opening until 21.00hrs, there’s plenty of time to grab a bite and a couple of drinks beforehand. The two best places to eat nearby are El Convento and, in the shadow of the old city walls, La Sastreria. To find out more about each, check out our guide to Velez restaurants and tapas bars.

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