What’s On in February
Are you ready to party? February in the Axarquia means one thing: Carnival time. Besides the parades of pre-Lent parties there are art exhibitions, hiking, concerts and flamenco. And on top of all of this, the countryside bursts into springtime bloom and love is in the air…
Fiestas (2020 dates)
Feria de San Anton, Archez – 2nd February
Carnival, Velez-Malaga – 7, 8 & 9th February
Velez celebrates its carnival in 2020 on Saturday 8th February. There’s a lively parade throughout the town from Cruz del Cordero to Parque de Andalucia. It starts at 17.30hrs – expect to see dancing, colourful costumes and a street party feel. One of the best places to view the parade is outside Peña Axarquia on Calle Salvador Rueda, 20. This is where the judges are to score each group before the prize giving at the end in the tent on Parque Andalucia.
What is it? Carnival marks the last celebration before Lent begins. The 40 days of Lent are supposed to be pensive and mournful in the Catholic calendar, so carnival is the last party before this period that sees us going into Spring.
Carnival, Nerja – 20th – 23rd February
If you haven’t had enough of carnival fun, Nerja’s celebrations are at the end of February. The last day isn’t to be missed with fireworks and typical Andalucian high spirits.
However, the highlight of the weekend is the burial of the sardine (Entierro del Chanque) on 23rd February (TBC). There’s a funeral procession from Plaza de Espana at 16.30hrs to Calahonda beach where the sardine is blown up!
La Molienda de Riogordo – 21st, 22nd & 23rd February
Poetry Recitals, Velez-Malaga – 11th February
Torrox Walks – 17th February
Several walks are scheduled over the next few months from Torrox, see the poster above for details.
Hiking in Sierra de las Nieves – 16th February
The town hall organises hiking throughout the year. You must enrol early as places are limited but it’s a great way to experience some of the routes around Malaga province.
Flamenco Abierto, Velez-Malaga – Last Weekend in February
If you want to experience authentic flamenco Flamenco Abierto is where you need to be. The first session of the next cycle is going to be Carmen Camacho on 27th, 28th and 29th February 2020.
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.
Address: Peña Flamenca Niño de Vélez, Calle Tejeda, 10, Vélez-Málaga
Mercado de San Francisco – TBC
Talks & Concerts
Various Talks & Concerts – MVVEL (Museum of Velez-Malaga)
This beautiful building is home to the permanent exhibition of the history of Velez. On Thursdays they have talks on history as well as classical music concerts. Entrance is often free.
The market at San Francisco in Velez has a arts and craft area at the back. Often there are workshops held with the lovely people who have shops there. This February there’s a stamp making workshop with Sabatha – more details are here and a cement doorstop workshop.
Our favourite place to eat in Velez are holding themed cuisine nights through-out Jan, Feb and March. Book here.
Eco Market, Mercado de San Francisco, Velez-Malaga – Last Friday of the Month
Once a month there’s an eco and organic market at the Mercado de San Francisco. There are stalls with fruit and vegetables, essential oils and cosmetics, preserves, jewellery, crafts, cheese, beans and pulses, olive oil, herbs and spices. Why not buy local and buy fair?
When: Last Friday of the month from 10-14hrs
Where: Mercado de San Francisco, Velez-Málaga
For more information on what’s on in the area, keep checking our Facebook page.