Medieval Market returns to Castillo

Medieval Market in Castillo

Once again the Castle in Castillo de la Duquesa and its surroundings are the setting for this summer’s Medieval Market.
From wednesday 30 July, until Sunday 3 August you will transported back to the middle ages with events and activities reminiscent of that era, along with various stalls selling food and drink, arts and handicrafts, etc.

The market is open from 9 pm until the early hours of the morning.

Medieval market Poster

IV Full Moon Festival in Sabinillas

Full Moon Festival Poster

Manilva celebrates its annual Full Moon Festival on the beach in Sabinillas on July 12 from 8 pm.

The event celebrates the first full moon of the summer and sees many of the local residents an visitors take to the beach for a relaxed evening of music and other activities.

This year there will be an ‘exotic’ market with arts and crafts, etc., which starts on Friday 11th July and runs until the 13th. Everyone is encouraged to join in and dress all in white.

For photos of Luna Llena 2014 see HERE

Noche de San Juan 2014

Hoguera San Junan 2014

All is set for this year’s San Juan celebrations on Monday 23 June. The theme this year is the popular Spanish cartoon characters Mortadelo y Filemon’. For details of what it’s all about see Noche de San Juan.


Music starts at around 10 pm with the group ‘La Tentacion’.

From 11.15 pm there will be a presentation by the Commerce Department in recognition of one of the local hostelries.

At midnight the bonfire is lit which is followed shortly afterwards by a fireworks display.

‘La Tentation’ then return to the stage for music and dancing into the early hours of the morning.

For pictures of the preparations see the San Juan 2013 album on our Facebook page. Don’t forget to ‘Like’ our page if you haven’t already.

IV Classic Car Rally in Manilva

IV Classic Car Rally

This year’s IV Manilva Classic Car Rally will be held on Saturday, 21 June.

The vehicles will gather at the Castle in Castillo de la Duquesa before setting off around 10.30 am for Manilva gathering in Plaza de la Vendimia, next to the Wine Centre, from 12 noon to 1 pm.

At 1 pm they will return to Sabinillas where they can be viewed by the public in Plaza El Cali in front of the statue.

Pictures from a past rally HERE

Manilva awarded the distinction of ‘The Manilva Beaches Blue Trail”

Sabinillas - view from Duquesa Port

The Environment Ministry and the Biodiversity Foundation have awarded Manilva’s coastline the distinction of being a designated ‘Blue Trail’, the first of its kind in the Province of Malaga.

The title ‘Blue Trail’ is given to routes that link Blue Flag beaches and ports and contributes to the sustainable use of the coastline, and recognises the work carried out for the improvement and restoration of the natural and ethnological heritage of the coastal strip. These Blue Trails will play an important part in providing the opportunity for residents and visitors to enjoy the rich natural and cultural heritage with the minimum impact to the environment.

They also provide an important recreational and social resource for the benefit of all who use it.

The Blue Trails will come to have the same prestige as the Blue Flags awarded to beaches and marinas, and will require the same level of commitment to retain them.

The Councillor for the Tourism and Environment Departments, Emilio López Berenguer, has stated that his vision for the Manilva Beaches Blue Trail is that it becomes a management to the enhance coastal conservation, knowledge, and recreation for residents and visitors to enjoy the spectacular scenery in such a way that respects the natural environment.

Date announced for full moon festival

Full Moon Festival

This year’s Luna Llena (Full Moon) Festival will be held on July 12, and this year it will be a full moon on that day.

Along with the regular events and activities there will also be a Mystical Market in the streets adjoining the promenade.

More details as soon as the full programme is available.

Cruise operators include Manilva as a shore excursion


After some three months of negotiations with a number of tour operators Manilva has struck a deal for visitors from cruise ships stopping in Gibraltar to visit Manilva as a shore excursion.

The first of these excursions is on Friday 25 April and will involve some 150 Japanese tourists who will enjoy an itinerary which includes visits to the Wine Centre, Castle, Duquesa Port, and the Paseo Maritimo in Sabinillas.

According to the press release some of the visitors who will be enjoying a day in Manilva are survivors from the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshimo.

Classic Car Club visit this Sunday

Classic Car Club

Manilva’s Councillor for Tourism, Emilio López Berenguer, has announced there will be visit by the Classic Car Club this Sunday, from 12 noon and visiting Sabinillas, Manilva and Castillo de la Duquesa.

He has also mentioned that on this occasion there will be fewer vehicles than in previous visits.

Dia del Turista

Manilva Tourist Day

Manilva celebrates its visiting tourists on Thursday August 15 with the annual ‘Dia del Turista’.

Manilva’s Tourism Department has organised an evening of entertainment in Plaza Vicente Espinel, Sabinillas, with music and dancing from the groups ‘Mala Manera’, ‘Asabam’, and the Cristina Seguin Dance School.

All those dressed in traditional Andalucian costume will be entered in a draw, first prize being a holiday.

Manilva Full Moon Festival 2013

Full moon festival

Manilva’s Tourism Department has announced the date for this year’s ‘Full Moon Festival’ which will be held on Saturday July 20 from 8.30 pm on the beach in Sabinillas.

Come and enjoy the music, fireworks, and relaxed atmosphere which marks this summer festival. All festival goers are invited to dress all in white, but it’s not obligatory!

For more events this summer visit The Big List on Manilva Life

Full Moon Festival