2019 HEAD 12 Non Stop Ski Endurance Race

Sierra Nevada is hosting a 12 hr endurance race on Sat 26th January from 08:00 to 20:00. 

Sponsored by HEAD, the race is open to teams of 2 – 3 entrants, and simply consists of a 12hr endurance race passing through set control points.  The winner will be the team that successfully completes the most descents during the 12 hrs.

A full support infrastructure, with entertainment, food & drink, and evening prize giving dinner at 20:30, raffles, music  and more is on the cards, so this should be a good spectator sport as well as one for the keen skiers.  Entries are €60 per team.

FFI see the HEAD site or Sierra Nevada  web site

Tango Spectacular

The next few days the town goes Tango mad, with over 400 participants in a 2 day frenzy of passionate foot stomping.  Tonight, Friday 18th, the weekend starts at 19:30 at the Casa Cultura, with Instantes de Vida, which promises theatre, dance, music, songs and poetry, along with the most famous tangos, vibrant melodies and the occasional “world-famous surprise”.

This is followed with a spectacular on Saturday night, La Noche Que Me Quieras,  showcasing several well known names in the tango world  and honouring Carlos Gardel.  This show premiered in Valencia and it is a great coup for Almunecar for it be performed here.







The two main concerts are supported by Milonga dancing in Parque de Majuelo.  This is a form of Tango which originated around the River Plata in Argentina & Uruguay and was at its height in the 1870s.

Hotel Almunecar Playa is also  hosting a series of exhibitions and workshops over the weekend, with over 60 registered dance partners.

Tickets are available at the Casa de Cultura, or at Viajes Ecuador as well as on-line at bravoentradas.com

Local Champion Ice Cream Maker

Anyone who has been here will know of the fabulous heladerias / geletarias around the town and sea front with their fabulous displays of home made ice-creams.  One of our local ice cream craftsmen,  José Muñoz Frontana,  of Heladería Daniel on Paseo San Cristobal, has got through to the final 12 of the national “Best Ice Cream Maker Of Spain” competition.

The finals are being held in Madrid from 23 to 26 February.  Each contestant will have 9 and a half hours per day to create their entries, with the judges looking at their skills, flavours, composition, texture, decoration, techniques and creativity .

You can skip the advert in the video when the text in the video reads  “Saltar Anuncio” – or if the video does not work try this direct link: 2018 Ice Cream Championship. and the interview should start after the advert finishes (small timer at bottom right).


Almunecar Christmas Events 2018

The official Christmas events agenda for this year is now out, with a great choice of festive flamenco, the ever popular Belens (or Nativity scenes)  as well as the Tres Reyes processions, ballet, musical evenings, street processions and more.  The agenda (below) runs to some 6 pages so may take a while to load, but can then be downloaded onto your phone / tablet to refer to off line if you wish.

Merry Christmas!!



Fiesta de San Miguel Fiesta, Barrio del Castillo, 2018

The San Miguel fiesta for the ‘Barrio del Castillo’ area (the neighbourhood up around the castle in the “old town”) has it’s annual fiesta this year staring on Friday 28th and running until Sunday 30th Sep.

Probably main points for everyone over on riding holidays are the flamenco concert at 21:00 on Friday, and the procession at 20:00 on Saturday.

Running order for the all the events is as below:



Viernes 28 septiembre.

9 Horas Alegre despertar con cohetes como inicio de las Fiestas 2018

12 horas Apertura de barras en la Feria de Día

17 horas Juegos infantiles populares en la calle de San Miguel, ofrecida pro Jorge “Spiderman”

19 horas. Zumba con Evi Martin

21 horas. Espectáculo flamenco de Ricardo de la Juana y su grupo

22,30 horas. DJ Marcos Cortes (en la caseta oficial)

23 horas. Elección de la Reina de las Fiestas 2018

Sábado, 29 setiembre

9 Alegre despertar con cohetes

12 horas Apertura de las barras de la Feria de Día

12 horas Carrera Infantil San Silvestre. Organizada por el Club Sexitano de Atletismo. Colabora el Patronato Municipal de Deportes.

13 horas. Charanga

15 horas. Actuación de Kaña Sur

17 horas Concurso de Tortilla, a cargo de la Peña Bética San Miguel. Premio a la mejor tortilla: una cena en el Restaurante “La Flor”, y para la tortilla ”Más Bética”, cena en el Restaurante “Calabré”. Presentar las tortillas a partir de las 17 horas en el Centro Cueva 7 Palacios.

18 horas. Grupo de Baile Flamenco “Alma Marinera”

18 horas. Solemne Misa en Honor a San Miguel Arcángel, en el Centro de Día.

20 horas. Tradicional Procesión de la Imagen de San Miguel, con salida desde el interior del Castillo.

21 horas. Verbena popular amenizada por la Orquesta “Quinteto Da Vinci”

Domingo, 30 septiembre

9 horas. Alegre despertar con cohetes

12 horas Apertura de las barras

12 horas. Zumba a cargo de Eva Cervilla

12,30 horas. Gran Fiesta de la Espuma

16 horas Juegos Populares de mayores

16,3 horas. Pachanga de Fútbol en el Polideportivo.

19 horas. Zumba con Paco Zumba

21 horas Hipptamos

22,30 horas. Castillo de Fuegos Artifíciales en las murallas del Castillo.


Almunecar Fiesta 2018

The itinerary for this year’s annual town fiesta in the honour of the Virgen de la Antigua has now been published and this years runs to a  full fun packed 32 page issue!


The whole running order of the main events, as well as the supporting music & bands and full events programme is contained within.  The link to it is here:  Almuñecar-Fiestas-2018 – and the easiest thing to do is to download to your phone to refer to as you wish during the fiesta.

The main cultural events agenda is also now out for August.  These run in parallel to the town fiesta and so this month there will be even more to see and do and do in your free time  – See below for a copy, which again is downloadable for easy use:




European Open Underwater Video & Photography Contest

The European open underwater still and video championship starts today, 14th and runs until Sat 16th June, in the bay next to the marina.  Open to professional, semi-pro and amateur underwater photographers the participants are competing for a variety of prizes this year valued at over €16,000 – A cash prize of €2000 for the best still, followed by €1000 & €500 for 2nd and 3rd placed with further prizes of €300.

In the video categories the prizes up for grabs range from  €1000, €500 & €300 ijn cash for as well as two trips to the Red Sea for one person (courtesy of Blue Force), a trip to Anilao in The Philippines (courtesy of Diving Philippines), a cruise in the MSY Ondina or MSY Oceanic and 50% discount for the companion, a professional diving course sponsored by the Andalusian Institute of Professional Diving ( valued at 1600 euros), as well as diving and beach equipment prizes.

Each dive is limited to 75 mins max, using 18l air only with a max depth of 30m.

2018 Gastro Fair

It’s that time of year again!  The 20th annual Feria Gastronomia  starts today, in the usual venue Majuelo Park, off Av. Europa.

The fair will runs as usual for 3 days – Fri 8th, Sat 9th and Sun 10th June.  The layout is key restaurants and tapas bars from Almunecar & La Herradura, showcasing signature dishes and wines to accompany them.

Amongst others we are expecting to see Mesón El Corzo, Gastrobar De la Flor, Restaurante La China, Yo como menú, Asador Casa La Parra, Mesón Mari y Miguel, Salitre Playa, Internacional Kelibia, Mesón Gala, La Despensa de la Abuela, Taberna Ayer, La Choza, Pizzería Da Mario, Puchero de Helena, Bar Bikini, Heladería-Cafetería Daniel and Distribuciones Gomezcor .

This year there are featured exhibitions, such as a Gin & Tonic seminar at 17:00 on Friday, 20:00 a dance group “Alma Marinera”, 21:00  a cocktail promotion and a tapas dish competition sponsored by Cruzcampo’s new “Ladron de Manzanas” cider.

On Saturday, at 13:30 there will be the prize giving for the tapas contest, 16:00 a cocktail demo and at 20:00 the dance group “Sabor a Mar” will take to the stage.

Finishing up on Sunday at 13:00 “Andalucía Baila”  will be performing before the event closes circa 18:00, at which point we can reach for the Rennies and start looking forward to next year..