What’s On in April

Comares, Axarquia

After all the Easter fanfare of March you’d think that things might settle down a bit in April. Well, that’s most definitely not the case. Fun children’s events, food fiestas, flamenco, art and fitness are all on the agenda for spring-like April in the Axarquia.

Food

Velez-Malaga’s Tapas Route – 13th – 29th April

Ruta de Tapa Velez-Malaga, 2018

Grab a tapas route passport from Velez’s tourist office (Plaza Carmelitas) and collect stamps for every tapas you try, then vote for your favourite. A great excuse to visit all the bars and restaurants in Velez and sample their signature tapas.

When: 13th – 29th April

Dia de Morcilla, Canillas de Aceituno

Another one for the foodies is the annual festival of morcilla in picturesque Canillas de Aceituno. The festival, which is in honour of the Virgen de la Cabeza, revolves around the consumption of morcilla (‘black pudding’ in English) for free. For more information, read more.

When: 29th April from around 9.30hrs

Fitness

Torre del Mar Run ‘Carrera Color en la Playa’ – 8th April

Carrera de Color Torre del Mar

A charity fun run over 5km in Torre del Mar with added explosion of coloured powder for the competitors.

Cost: 10€ (1€ of which goes to ACTEA Axarquia).

More information: Facebook.com/colorenlaplaya

Torre del Mar Run ‘Carrera Urbana Ciudad de Torre del Mar – 15th April

A 10km run for adults and 800m for children. The children’s run starts at 10.00hrs and adults at 11.00hrs

Where: Vals Sport

Cost: 5-10€ depending on age

More information: Campeón Shop (Vals Sport Axarquía) and in Velez-Malaga, Bar Los Rombos or www.tiendascampeon.es.

Flamenco

Flamenco Abierto with David Palomar – 6th April

David Palomar in Velez-Malaga

David Palomar is a multi award-winning singer and recording artist, and something of a household name in flamenco circles. He’s also never sung in Velez before, so it’ll undoubtedly be a sell-out. Get those tickets early, in other words.

If you’ve never visited the flamenco club in Velez before, there’s a bar with subsidised drinks as well as a blackboard of food to choose from to nibble on before the flamenco or during the interval.

Entrance: 15€. To book your tickets, call 639 963 848 (Es) or 651 332 750 (Eng/Fr) or head over to the Flamenco Abierto Facebook event page.

Starts: 22.00hrs

Address: Peña Flamenca Niño de Vélez, Calle Tejeda, 10, Velez-Malaga

Flamenco Abierto with Juan Carlos Carranque – 13th April

Juan Carlos Carranque

Juan Carlos Carranque is a renowned artist from Malaga who performs, a little unusually, flamenco piano. Twisting jazz standards into flamenco palos using song, bass guitar, percussion and piano we’re in for a musical treat.

Entrance: 10€. To book your tickets, call 639 963 848 (Es) or 651 332 750 (Eng/Fr) or head over to the Flamenco Abierto Facebook event page.

Starts: 22.00hrs

Address: Peña Flamenca Niño de Vélez, Calle Tejeda, 10, Velez-Malaga

Dance Company of Antonio Guerra – En Buena Compañia – 20th April

The most technically accomplished male dancer (and dance school owner) from Velez-Malaga is putting on a full flamenco show in the main theatre. This will be a great evening of flamenco dance.

When: 20th April at 21.00hrs

Cost: 12€

Address: Teatro del Carmen, Calle Pancho Lopez, 1, 29700 Velez-Malaga

Things to Do with Children

Paleontology Workshop – 7th and 8th April

A children’s workshop on mummification and Egyptology for 4 to 10 year olds.

Where: MVVEL (Museo de Velez-Malaga, Calle Dr. Eduardo Jimenez Poey, 1, Velez-Malaga)

When: 7th and 8th April 10.00-13.30hrs

Cost: 10€ plus 1€ for materials

For more information and inscription visit: www.latermicamalaga.com

Puppet Show – Peneque El Valiente – 14th April

Peneque el Valiente

This entertaining puppet show of Peneque and his adventures get children screaming at the characters. It’s a great family show which leaves you smiling from ear to ear. Held in the central patio of Velez-Malaga’s museum there’s plenty of space for children and adults to enjoy the show.

Where: MVVEL (Museo de Velez-Malaga, Calle Dr. Eduardo Jimenez Poey, 1, Velez-Malaga)

When: 14th April at 12.00hrs

Cost: Free

Fiestas

Competa Art Walk – 1st – 4th April

Competa Art Walk

Enjoy walking around the beautiful white village of Competa and visiting different studios, homes, B&Bs and workshops full of art. Meet the artists themselves, get involved with a workshop and have a shop too.

When: 31 March – 1, 3, 4 April

Nerja Residents’ Day – 8th April

A month without a fiesta or feria in Andalucia is unheard of and April is no different. This festival is a afternoon for all residents of Nerja and visitors. There’s music, dance, food stalls, information stalls and it’s an all round great get-together.

When: 8th April, starts at midday and goes on all afternoon.

Where: Plaza de España, Nerja

Ongoing Events & Exhibitions

Plan A Tours

Plan A

Plan A are a local tour company who offer a variety of tours around the Axarquia. Their energy and enthusiasm is contagious, and we can recommend their tour of Velez-Malaga on a Wednesday. It’s a great introduction to the town, where you’ll visit most of the major sights, get a bit of history and meet people too. As well as town and village tours they do guided outdoor pursuits like hiking, cycling and horse riding in the Axarquia.

Cost: From 12€ per person

To book: Planamalaga.com

Eco Market – Every Saturday

Eco Market Axarquia

On Saturday mornings next to Lake Viñuela there’s an eco and organic market. There are stalls with fruit and vegetables, essential oils and cosmetics, preserves, jewellery, patchwork crafts, cheese, beans and pulses, wine, olive oil, herbs and spices as well as a cafe and snacks (in the form of truly delicious empanadas). Why not buy local and buy fair?

When: Every Saturday from 10-14hrs

Where: Urbanizacion Villas de Lago, 65, La Viñuela (near Hotel Viñuela)

For more information: Axarquia Eco Markets

Meriendas Flamenkas

A weekly Sevillanas dance class. If you’d like to join in with the dancing during feria here in Andalucia or fancy beginning the journey to learn flamenco, Sevillanas is a good place to start.

What: One hour dance class, a tapas and a drink all for 8€

When: 17.00hrs every Friday

Where: Bodega Mi Flamenka, Avenida Doctor Marañón, 1, 29740 Torre Del Mar

For more information check out their Facebook event, Meriendas Flamenkas.

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