Jazz En La Costa 2016

Jazz En La Costa – Almunecar 2016

Tickets for one of the key “Big Ticket” events have just gone on sale, and once again the programme looks like it’s going to be a cracker, with Stanley Clarke headlining.  Yes, this year’s Jazz En La Costa has been confirmed and will be running from 17th to 23rd July, with supporting “fringe” events from the 15th.

Jazz En La Costa 2016
Jazz En La Costa 2016

Held every year in Majuelo Park, in the shadow of the Castle, this is a superb night out, with some fantastic music.  Originally started in 1998, this has grown each year to become one of the key dates in the jazz calender.

Part of the Granada International Jazz Festival,  these form a week long series of events and concerts held on the coast, with Almunecar’s Jazz En La Costa being the prime series of gigs, attracting world class musicians and singers.

Ticket Sales

Tickets are again available on-line through Ticketmaster this year, and NB that returns are limited on the door from an hour before each concert so advance purchase is highly recommended to avoid being disappointed.  Local agencies here in Almunecar are: Viajes Ecuador. Paseo del Altillo, 2 and Halcón Viajes: Calle Madrid, 1 – other agencies in Granada, Antequera, Fuengirola, Estepona, Marbella & Malaga are listed on the main Jazz En La Costa site.

Prices are 18 euros (internet) – 18.50( agency or phone bookings) per concert.  A limited number of Abonos, or series discount tickets, are available at 95 euros for all 7 concerts which also includes a CD entitled “Cinema Jazz” – The Granada Film Project de Michael Mossman Band.

New this year is a Spotify page with samples of all the performer’s tunes, so if in doubt as to whether the band in question is to your taste or not this may be a good place to start.

2016 Jazz En La Costa Programme

The full programme is as follows at present, but full details and any updates can be found on each gig on the main Jazz En La Costa site.  All concerts start at approx. 22:30 – but check details on tickets

Sunday 17 July
Jorge Pardo, flauta y saxo
Rycardo Moreno, guitarra
Tony Romero, teclados
Josué Ronkio, bajo
David Bao, batería
Dj. Toner, scratch y sampler
Artista invitada: Alana Sinkey, voz

Monday 18 July
Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah, trompeta y fiscorno
Lawrence Fields, piano y teclados
Kriss Funn, bajo
Corey Fonville, batería
Joey Dyson, batería
Braxton Cook, saxofón
Dominic Minix, guitarra
Elena Pinderhughes, flauta y voz

Tuesday 19 July
Richard Bona, bajo y voz
Ludwig Afonso, batería
Osmany Paredes, piano
Luisito Quintero, percusión
Roberto Quintero, percusión
Rey Alejandro, trombón
Dennis Hernandez, trompeta

Wednesday 20 July
Erik Truffaz, trompeta
Marcello Giuliani, bajo
Arthur Hnatek, batería
Benoit Corboz, piano y Fender Rhodes

Thursday 21 July
Kenny Garrett, saxo alto y soprano
Corcoran Holt, contrabajo
Rudy Bird, percusion
Marcus Baylor, batería
Vernell Brown, piano

Friday 22 July
Invitada especial: JANE MONHEIT
con Vicente Archer y Gregory Hutchinson
Nicholas Payton, trompeta, piano y Fender Rodhes
Jane Monheit, voz
Vincent Archer, contabajo
Gregory Hutchinson, batería

Saturday 23 July
Stanley Clarke, contrabajo
Beka Gochiashvili, piano
Michael Mitchell, batería
Cameron Graves, teclados

“Fringe” / Free Concerts

A series of supporting “fringe” concerts which are free admission are again scheduled:

Friday, 15 July. A partir de las 23.30 h. Plaza Nueva. La Herradura.

Saturday 16 July. A partir de las 22.30 h. Plaza del Ayuntamiento y Bajos Paseo del Altillo. Almuñécar.

From Sunday 17 to Sat 23rd July. A partir de las 00.00 h. Trasnoches de Jazz. Parque El Majuelo

Activity Holiday Vacancies

We only have limited availability left now for this week, so if you want to combine a first class activity holiday with some world class jazz music, get a  quick quote now.

San Isidro Romeria Almunecar 2016 – Update

San Isidro Almunecar 2016

As forecast today was a lovely warm 21 to 22 and sunny all day for the San Isidro Romeria.  The procession left the temple after the Mass, and was in full swing by 11:00 with a steady stream of pilgrims following the ox cart and effigy to make the trip up Rio Verde to Torrecuevas.

Romeria de San Isidro 2016 in Almunecar

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The new route seemed to work very well, especially as town was very busy with the Sunday Market as well.  Very nice to see was the increased numbers, with this some 40 decorated carriages and many more riders accompanying them this year (another dozen or so joined in from around the Carbonell’s area after the photos were taken).

Diving Seminar May 2016

13 to 15 May this year sees an important date for all the diving community.  Equilbriomarino are hosting an open conference and “get together” to address conservation, pollution and all matters of concern to the underwater community – as well as to enjoy some of the best diving for over 100km in any direction..


As you probably already know, the protected marine reserve right on our door step between La Herradura and Maro is of immense importance, with a wealth of indigenous fish as well as important soft corals to enjoy.

We’re really lucky with all that right on the doorstep, and with the wealth of sea life to see our shore based PADI Trial Dives are immensely popular with our clients, as they give an excellent opportunity to try diving “for real” in a safe, controlled environment.

The outline agenda is as follows:

-Welcome meeting and free dinner

Free -Diving (book with partnering dive centres).
-Photography And underwater video
-Beach activities Beach for non-divers
-Group meal
-Conferences And debates:
Marine Protected Areas Management
Balancing social movement Marino
Promotion of Ecotourism & Diving
New Marine Protected Areas

Dinner and party Marino Balance

– Inauguration: Puerto Marina del Este (The Marina)
-Boat diveswith guide, tank and weights.
-Shore dives
Group Photographs
-Draw  thanks and gifts
-Giant Paella
-Conclusions and farewell

Weekend. Price: 67 €, including Saturday: food, conferences, dinner, party – Sunday: scuba center from boat + guide + bottle + weights, participation concentration and paella.

Weekend. Price: 55 €, including Saturday: food, conferences, dinner, party – Sunday: diving from beach with own equipment, participation concentration and paella.

Only Sunday. Price: 27 € includes participation from diving centers boat + guide + bottle + leads and paella.

Only Sunday. Price: 15 €, for divers from beach or companions, including participation and paella.


More details on equilibriomarino or check out our  diving holidays in Spain.


Almunecar – Romeria de San Isidro 2016

Romeria de San Isidro

Local Romerias and pilgrimages are always pretty spectacular, and our local San Isidrio is gathering pace after a quieter period.  15th May this year will see the fifth Romeria de San Isidro taking place.  This custom has been recently resurrected here in Almunecar, and has grown each year in attendance and popularity, with colourful flamenco dresses and, of course, horses & riders in traditional clothing.

Horse & rider at Romeria

This year the first part of the route has been slightly revised, so that the crossing of the A340 will be more controlled and easier for both the procession, and motorists.  As before proceedings will start, after Mass, from La Iglesia del Salvador at 09:30 with the procession ending at Torrecuevas.

San Isidro (now the Catholic saint of farmers) was born in Madrid around 1070 and died 15 May 1130.  He was a humble farm worker and was well known for his good works and support of the local poor and animals.  Religous parades and pilgrimages (Romerias) are held in his honour and are especially prevalent in Andalucia, with those in Malaga province being particularly large and well supported.

Romeria de San Isidro 2016 in Almunecar

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Almunecar – Romeria San Isidro 2016

The planned route is as follows: (09:30) Iglesia del Salvador (P4), Calle Tetuan, Mariana Pineda, Avenida Rey Juan Carlos I, Carrera de la Concepción, Carretera Suspiro del Moro, Calle Molvízar, Camino de la Vega Prmera, then down to Rio Verde.

14/05: Latest news is that the organisers are expecting some 40 odd decorated carriages along with around 30 horses, so this is shaping up really well.

The procession then follows up Rio Verde, to end underneath the Roman Aquaduct where the other pilgrims will gather.

In order to ensure a smooth running of the day, most of the local authorities have been involved in the planning and will be supporting the procession, including the  Policía Local , Protección Civil and the Bomberos de Almuñécar.   Trafico have also been enlisted to control traffic on the A340 where the procession will cross by the traffic lights, close to the Repsol petrol station.