Manilva Full Moon Festival will be held on August 1

The Full Moon Party is to be held on Saturday August 1st. This was confirmed by the Councillor for Tourism, Francisco Becerra, whose department is putting the final touches to the programme of events.

Once again the event will bring thousands of revellers to the beach in Sabinillas to celebrate this festival which has been recognised by the provincial authorities as an important event on the tourism calendar.

The festival begins as the daylight ends with many of those attending dressed in white and includes plenty of musical entertainment including the Seeking Soul Band, playing soul and funk, along with Av drums and Saxo House, Roberto Cantero from Chambao as well as djs Diego Robles and Jose Seron, and local dj Pajaro.

There will be no shortage of colour and spectacle this year with a programme packed with parades, stilt walkers, jugglers, fire dancers, and once again the facades of the buildings on the paseo and plaza Cali will be the canvas for a sound and light show.

Following advice from the local police and fire service the Chinese lanterns will not be released due to the fire risk they present, but there will be an alternative safer spectacle to take their place.


Full Moon


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

Casares Performing Arts Festival to be held on July 10 and 11

Artes Escenicas in Casares

On the Friday 10 and Saturday 11 July the town of Casares will become a mecca for lovers of the theatre and performing arts.

Over the two days various corners of the historic town centre will be turned into stages with performances of theatre, dance, acrobatics, living statues, and parades.

Completing the programme of activities will be an arts and crafts market in the streets between the town’s two main squares, Paseo de la Carrera and the Plaza de España.

Artes Escenicas Programme

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


Nilva puts Manilva back on the wine list


As you gaze across Manilva’s rolling hillsides, covered in grape vines you must have wondered what happens to the town’s grape harvest. Well most of it is sold for eating or dried on the hillsides to make the famous Malaga Raisins, whilst some of it is pressed to make wines which are sold in the local greengrocers and bars.

There is a small corner though that is striving to put Manilva on the map as a producer of fine wines and is beginning to see the fruits of that labour.

This project centres around the town’s CIVIMA Wine Centre which opened a couple of years ago and is now managed by the concession holder Nilva Enoturismo SL, directed by Argimiro Martínez Moreno.

Originally from Albacete, Argimiro’s family has been growing grapes for decades, but it was as an agricultural engineer that he came to this area in 2004. After a few years he looked into the feasibility of creating a bodega for his family’s product but the financial crisis made this unfeasible, it was then that he was approached by the Manilva Development entity, Funmades, to be a teacher for the Winemaking foundation course they were running. When this finished the Town Hall decided to invite bids for the concession to run the Wine Centre, its vineyard, production facilities and museum. Putting into the action the business plan he had drawn up for his original idea of a bodega, Argimiro was successful and won the concession.

There are three main areas to the business, the first being the growing, harvesting and production of the wine. Nilva has some 1.8 hectares of vines on the Peñoncillo site which as of this year have been officially declared as organic.

Peñoncillo vineyard

The grapes from these vines are then pressed, fermented, racked and bottled in the Centre’s production facility which has a capacity to produce 6,000 bottles of wine annually, with the first year’s harvest producing 2,650 bottles and the second 4,500. Whilst they still produce the sweet wine for which the local Muscat of Alexandria is best known for, Nilva have gone for a more easily marketed young dry white wine aimed at the hotel and restaurant sector.

Given the small capacity, Nilva are looking to produce a more high end product, and with this they have put in motion the process of being granted Denominación de Origen status, similar the French appellations, which would protect the Manilva Wine brand.

Nilva’s mission is also to develop wine tourism to the area for which they are perfectly equipped to offer guided tours to groups of visitors by appointment. There are number of options ranging from a guided tour of the centre’s museum, exhibition area, audio visual presentation, production areas, etc., after which there is an opportunity to sample the wine. Or there is the option to include a visit to the vineyards as part of the tour. Prices start at 8 euros per head for groups of ten or more, or ten euros for a minimum group of four.

The CIVIMA wine centre also boasts a 240 seat auditorium for music and theatre as well as corporate events and presentations, which is available for bookings.

For more information or to book send an email to or you can call in to the Centre on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday from 11 am to 2 pm. You can also purchase a bottle of Nilva wine from the shop.

Nilva Wine

A White, dry, young wine produced from the Muscat of Alexandria variety. ABV 12.5-13%
Appearance: Straw yellow with green hues, clean and bright.
Aroma: Fruity with powerful aromas, elegant and floral characteristic of the variety.
Taste: A full wine, silky yet powerful, dense but fresh and dry at the same time.
Serve very cold (6 degrees C) Perfect for fish, seafood, rice dishes, pasta, salads, oriental cuisine, etc.

Nilva Wine from ManilvaNilva wine is available to purchase in the Wine Centre’s shop at just 9 euros a bottle.

Manilva Wine Museum opens its doors

The Manilva Wine Museum located in the CIVIMA Wine Centre in Manilva, will be open to the public every weekend from 11 am to 2 pm.

The Museum is being operated by the wine tourism company Nilva Enoturismo and there are two options for visitors.

  1. – Unguided visit (no need to book). Entry is 3 euros per person (Free for residents of Manilva).
  2. – Guided Tour by reservation. Visitors can include the winery and the Peñoncillo Vineyard in the tour. Visit includes wine tasting and snack. Call 609 290 370,or email: for details and prices.

The Wine Centre also includes a theatre with seating for 240 persons for various events and a shop where visitors can purchase wine and other related products produced in Manilva.

Call 609 290 370, email: or visit the Facebook page for more information.

CIVIMA Manilva Wine Centre and Museum

An evening of traditional Spanish song on Friday

Manilva’s Tourism Department, headed by Emilio Lopez, will close its busy summer programme of events with a concert of traditional Spanish song or ‘Copla’ at the Manilva Wine Centre theatre on Friday evening, 26 September, from 9 pm.

Performing on the night will be popular singers such as: Kimera Campos, May Vargas, Javier Ferrera, José Santiago, Yolanda Figueroa, Charo López, David Cordobés and Tomás Rivera.

Tickets can be purchased in advance priced 6 euros from Lorbell Viajes or by calling 617 594 196 or 952 897 434.


La Mecedora Hotel and Restaurant

La Mecedora Hotel and Restaurant

Recently opened after a full refurbishment La Mecedora Hotel and Restaurant is situated in Sabinillas just off the N340 opposite the entrance to Pueblo Mexicano.

Formerly Rorys Bar, La Mecedora offers traditional Spanish cuisine, with the emphasis on providing a rustic ambience and a homely atmosphere, which the restuarant’s quirky layout, with its separate rooms and courtyards, is well set up to provide.

La Mecedora offers weekly entertainment on Saturdays with some of the Coast’s most popular artists performing, along with a barbecue menu for the diners.

La Mecedora also caters for private parties and functions, which along with its hotel accommodation, featuring ten rooms, makes it the ideal venue.

Room rates are very reasonable, with high season rates of just 40 euros for a single, and 55 euros a double, and reductions out of season. La Mecedora also has a room especially adapted for disabled visitors.

All in all La Mecedora Hotel and Restaurant is a great addition to the Coast’s gastronomic and tourism infrastructure.