Manilva August Fair – Programme 2015

Once again Manilva celebrates its August Fair which this year runs from Wednesday 5 to Sunday 9 August and features a varied programme of events and activities, the programme for which can be found below.

A few things to bear in mind: many of the banks operate reduced hours during the Feria, and many businesses will be shut. Monday 10 August is a local holiday as is Friday 15 which is a national holiday so don’t expect anyone to have their ‘working heads’ on until the following week – just an observation!


Wednesday 5

Children’s Day at the fairground from 9 pm – All attractions just €1

Thursday 6

11 pm – Official turning on of the fairground illuminations.

11.30 pm – Inauguration address by the comedian José Moreno Hurtado “Josele”.

11.45 pm – Coronation of the Fair Queens and their attendants in the main pavillion at the fairground.

Midnight – Music and dancing begins with the traditional pasodoble to kick things off. Music by the ‘Dynamic’ group.

Friday 7 – Main Pavillion

10 pm – Performance by the Cristina Seguin Dance School.

11.30 pm – Performance by the Ana Guerrero Municipal Dance School.

Midnight – Music and dancing into the early hours of the morning with the group ‘Dynamic’.

Saturday 8

Feria parade through the streets beginning in Manilva at 5.30 pm; Castillo at 7 pm; Sabinillas (from La Noria) at 8.30 pm.

10.30 pm – Music and dancing into the early hours of the morning with the group ‘Dynamic’.

11.30 pm – Concert by the band ‘Jarillo de Lata’.

Sunday 9

10.30 pm – Music and dancing into the early hours of the morning with the group ‘Dynamic’.

11.30 pm – Concert by the band ‘Tarifa Plana’.

Manilva Summer Fair

IV Sendero Nocturno

On Friday 31 July you can enjoy a moonlit hike along the bike with Manilva’s IV Night Walk ‘Beaches of Manilva’ organised by Manilva’s Environment Office with the support of the Marina’s del Medterráneo, the operators of Duquesa Port.

The hike begins at the fisherman’s statue in Sabinillas and proceeds to the Playa de Los Toros taking in the nature reserve, Playa Negro, Cala Sardina, Playa Las Arenas and Punto Chullera, a total of 10 kms there and back.

Registration for the hike is open from 7 pm at the Plaza del Cali (by the statue) in Sabinillas, and the hike sets off at around 9.30 pm.

The degree of difficulty is ‘Easy’ and participants should wear appropriate footwear and clothing as well as bring water and snacks.

Manilva Night Hike

Sabinillas will have free parking for an extra 300 cars this summer

Manilva Town Hall has announced that it has made available 300 parking spaces located in the Sports Complex in Sabinillas.

Manilva’s population increases fivefold during the summer and places a heavy demand on local services including human resources and material. This initiative will go a long way to relieve some of the parking congestion in Sabinillas.

Free parking at the centre will be available until the 15th of September.

Councillor Manolo Gil commented, “the  local police will be patrolling both inside and the surrounding area of the car park”. He also noted that “this is a special measure for special circumstances, and it is highly unusual to offer free parking in the village centre especially during high season”.

Parking La Noria

Flamenco Fashion Parade in Sabinillas

Manilva’s Tourism Department, headed by Councillor Francisco Becerra, is putting the final touches to the Flamenco Fashion Parade to be held in Plaza Vicente Espinel, Sabinillas on Thursday 30 July.

On display will be some of the finest flamenco fashion from some of the top designers in the area, including Pepi Alonso who will be displaying the latest dresses and accessories.

The show begins at 9 pm and all residents and visitors alike are invited to attend.

Flamenco Fashion Show

Works begin in Sabinillas to install fibre optic network

The communications company Movistar (Telefonica) has begun the installation of the fibre optic network which will bring high speed internet connectivity to domestic users in Sabinillas.

The Mayor of Manilva, Diego José Jiménez, and the councillor for infrastructure and works, Antonio Barragán, recently met with technicians from Movistar to discuss the project and the impact local users. The main advantage is that this technology will enable download speeds of up to 300 meg and upload speeds of up to 30 meg, and will also allow local business to access services on ‘the cloud’ in a more speedy and efficient way.

Installation work is already underway in Sabinillas and requires the replacement of the current network of copper wires with fibre optic cable in every street and building.

Manilva Town and the urbanisations present a more difficult task and works there will begin in early 2016, and represents a considerable investment on the part of the operator.

Fibre Optic

Sign up for the V Corruco Run

Corruco Race

Manilva’s Athletics Club in collaboration with the Town Hall Sport Department has announced the date for the ‘V Carrera Popular Corruco Race’ which will be held on Saturday 22 August from 7 pm.

There are a number of categories with the main race taking in some 6 kms through Sabinillas, Duquesa and Castillo.

The categories are as follows:

Pre Benjamin – Girls and Boys born in 2008 and later. This race is over 400 m and sets off at 7 pm.
Benjamin – Girls and Boys born in 2006/2007. 400 m and sets off at 7 pm.
Alevin – Girls and Boys born in 2004/2005. 800 m and sets off at 7.15 pm.
Infantil – Girls and Boys born in 2002/2003. 800 m and sets off at 7.15 pm.
Cadete – Girls and Boys born in 2000/2001. 6 km and sets off at 8 pm.
Junior – Girls and Boys born from 1996 to 1999. 6 km and sets off at 8 pm.
Senior – Men and Women born from 1981 to 1995. 6 km and sets off at 8 pm.
Veterans A – Men and Women born from 1969 to 1980. 6 km and sets off at 8 pm.
Veterans B – Men and Women born in 1968 and before. 6 km and sets off at 8 pm.

Entry is 6 euros in the general categories, and 2 euros for children.
Registration is open up until 2 pm on August 20, 2014.
Participation limited to 550 runners.
There are T-shirts, trophies and prizes for competitors.
To register visit:

The Gecko Tour Manilva Open

Gecko Tour

The Gecko Tour to hold the first ever Manilva Open at La Duquesa Golf Club.

La Duquesa Golf Club is quietly hidden away behind the bustling port of Duquesa and being the only golf course in Manilva it was naturally chosen to host the event. This secret gem of a golf course is being bought back to its former glory, when it was once listed in the top 100 courses of the world.

Designed by Robert Trent jones Snr, the course opened in 1989 a good number of years after his earlier designs at Sotogrande, Las Brisas and Valderrama. La Duquesa might not be as highly regarded as the trio of top ranked iconic Spanish layouts, but it still displays a large number of RTJ design traits and spectacular views to entertain its players.

The Gecko Tour and the Manilva Town Council have joined forces to bring a top professional golf tournament to Manilva and hope to make it an annual fixture on the Costa Del Sol sporting calendar. The tournament will be held on 3 – 5th March 2016 and will witness foreign players from across Europe, many with European/Challenge tour credentials, taking on the cream of the Spanish professionals. Duquesa being the home course to local pros like the Canizares Brothers and the Quiros family, the level of competition is going to be as good as you will get on any major tour.

The event will be aired on Canal+ TV (golf Spain), screened four times a week to 600,000 viewers along with Manilva TV and all of The Gecko Tour media partners will be covering the tournament.

Duquesa Golf

The Gecko Tour Manager Calum Mcgregor actually lives in Manilva and is thrilled to have the players come to his home course.

“We are really excited about the event. I live in Manilva and of course working for the Gecko tour I wanted to bring something into my community. I spoke with the Golf course and they loved the idea and then my friend Dean Shelton got elected to the local council and they loved the idea, so we are all really excited to bring all our touring pros and introduce them to Duquesa. I play my golf here with the huge amount of Scandinavian members and they are really excited to be a part of the event. Our tour comprises of about 40% Scandinavian players so I am sure they will all have a great experience.

We have a lot of work to do over the summer to get everything into tournament mode but with everyone’s support I am super confident that we will be ready. I can already picture the locals cheering on the players, it’s going to be an amazing event. The final day is to be played on a Saturday and we are hoping that we will put on a good show for the locals who are golf mad.”

A prize giving ceremony and gala evening will round of the Saturday night and the following day the local residents will have an opportunity to play with the pros. The Gecko Tour will be holding a fun Charity Pro-Am day.

Eight injured in apartment fire in Sabinillas

Eight people were injured and twenty homes evacuated as a result of a fire in an an apartment in Sabinillas this morning.

The fire was reported at 7.35 am in a first floor apartment in Calle Zeus, Sabinillas on Monday 6 July. Emergency services were soon on the scene and immediately evacuated the whole block. The eight injured, which included two children aged 5 and 11, were taken to the health centre where they were treated for smoke inhalation and shock.

Fire Calle ZeusPhoto: Frances Beaumont

Sabinillas Horse Fair 2015

This year’s Sabinillas Horse Fair, organised by the town’s Tourism Department, will be held in Sabinillas on Saturday 4 July.

Beginning at around 7.30 pm with a horse parade through the streets of Sabinillas, the focus then turns to the beach at the La Noria end of the village where the riders will display their horsemanship with various tests with the lance, etc., as well as races along the water’s edge.

Spectators are welcome to come and enjoy this display of traditional Andalucian horsemanship.

Horse Fair