Hidralia opens a customer service office in Sabinillas

The municipal water company Hidralia have opened a new Customer Service office in Sabinillas. The office in Calle Miguel Delibes was inaugurated this morning by the Mayor of Manilva, Diego José Jimenez, Deputy Mayor, Antonio Barragan along with senior officials of Hidralia.

The head of Hidralia in Andalucia, Matilde Mancha, stated that “to begin with, the office will be open every Tuesday from 9 am to 1 pm, depending on the demand for customer services.

The office will deal with all enquiries except new contracts, which will continue to be dealt with at our office in Manilva. Also, for security reasons customers will not be able to make payments in cash”.

Hidralia office

Vendimia de Manilva – Grape Festival

Vendimia grape treading

Every year, on the first weekend in September, Manilva celebrates its annual grape harvest. This festival was founded in the early ’60s and has become an important part of the local calendar, drawing in visitors from all across the region.

Friday September 4

Flamenco aficionados can enjoy and evening of music and song with some of the best flamenco singers and musicians with the traditional annual Flamenco Festival kicking off Manilva’s Vendimia celebrations.

The Festival will be held at the Pablo Picasso School from 10 pm and is presented by Manilva’s Flamenco association in collaboration with Manilva Town Hall’s Cultural Department.

Saturday September 5

Activities begin on Saturday morning with the competition at the Manilva Wine Centre to find the best bunch of grapes. At seven in the afternoon there is a Holy Mass after which the Virgin will be borne through the streets accompanied by the Manilva Town Band to the Plaza where she will receive an offering of grapes. After the offering the winners of the best bunch of grapes will receive their prizes.
Finally there will be an evening of live music and dancing with the band ‘Latidos’.

Sunday September 6

Sunday is the big day with the party starting at 1 pm with live music from the bands ‘Latidos’ and ‘Malakai’. During the afternoon there will be plenty of opportunity to sample the local wine.
At 4 pm there will be a performance by the band ‘Mala Manera’.
At 5 pm the local riding club will parade along Calle Mar-
At 7 pm there will be the ceremonial first treading of the grapes, after which the party continues into the early hours of the morning.

Public Holiday

Monday September 7 is a public holiday in Manilva.

You can find some images of a previous Vendimia here: Manilva Vendimia 2013

Manilva’s Vineyards

Along with the Axarquia and the Montes de Malaga areas, Manilva is an important centre for the production of the Moscatel grape which, when dried on the local hillsides, provides the world famous ‘Pasas de Malaga’, the Malaga raisin, as well as a range of wines from dry to the sweet ‘Malaga’ wine.

There have been vineyards in Manilva since the 16th Century but the industry enjoyed its heyday during the 17th and 18th centuries when Manilva was a major producer of wines and brandies.

Unfortunately the local vineyards saw a decline during the 19th century which culminated in the destruction of the vines by the Phylloxera epidemic which decimated vineyards throughout Europe in the 1860s.

It wasn’t until after the Spanish Civil War that Manilva took up grape growing as an important economic activity centred on the sweet Moscatel grape which is ideally suited to Manilva’s climate, situation and soil type.


Sabi Street Party 2015

This year’s Sabi Street Party will be held on Saturday 22 August and is raising funds for the Kunkajang Nursery School, Knombo North, The Gambia on behalf of The Nyland Charitable Foundation with the support of the Duquesa Charitable Society of St George and the Manilva Foreign Residents Department.

Starting at 6 pm in the Plaza Los Naranjos, Punta Almina, Sabinillas, there will be a packed programme of live entertainment including a performance from members of the local handicapped charity Luisana.

There will be craft stalls, raffle, bouncy castle, face painting, etc., and food and drinks will be available in the bars adjoining the square: Casa Juan, La Barca, Toni’s, O’Callaghans, Cathy’s Clown, and Graingers.

For more information, to donate, or to book a stall please contact on of the event organisers: David Harmston on 603 524 795 or Angela Welch on 693 731 478.

Sabinillas Street Party


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

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


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

Manilva to elect Santa Ana festival Queen

Manilva’s Nuestra Señora de los Dolores y Nuestro Padre Jesús Nazareno brotherhood has organised the election of the Queen and her attendants for this year’s Verbena Santa Ana, celebrating Manilva’s patron saint.

This is part of an initiative to restore some of the town’s old traditions and will take place on Saturday 25 July, on the eve of Dia Santa Ana on Sunday 26.

There are two categories: ‘Juvenil’ – girls born in 1996 or 1997; and ‘Infantil’ – girls born in 2006. Entrants must live in Manilva town and can register on the day of the election between 9 pm and 10 pm in the Plaza Martin Carpena by the football ground.

Manilva Feria Queens 2013