Local Music and Spanish Culture - Andalucia.
The Costa del Sol is located in southern Spain, in the region known as Andalucia, home to the Flamenco style of music, Bullfighting and many traditional Spanish festivals. If you like to "step into" the culture when on holiday, then Andalucia has plenty to explore and enjoy!
Flamenco dancing, flamenco guitar, traditional Spanish Guitar and local Spanish bands that play everything from the old, to the brand new, it's all here, you just have to find it! Let's show you some of the best traditional Spanish entertainment and venues that you can visit while on the Costa del Sol, plus the best times to experience one of the many Spanish "Fiestas".
One thing to be sure of is, the Andalucian Spanish are very hospitable, when attending local events like festivals and flamenco, then you are sure to be treated like one of the locals (with mutual respect, of course). The Spanish like nothing more than to share their culture with those who are interested.
From the Polished shows of Malaga and the Coast, to the rustic sing songs of rural Andalucia, music still plays a big part in Spanish life. During Spanish holidays, known as "fiestas", there is often plenty of entertanment to enjoy, from street processions, to Flamenco shows and beach parties.
Another Spanish "Icon", especially inland, is the Horse, this is the land where horse riding is still a huge passtime of the locals and there are many "festivals" related to this too. In rural Andalucia, there are still many small bars in the countryside, where the locals often arrive on horseback!
These local bars are often a great source of traditional entertainment, real Spanish food and a large helping of culture that you would never find in the more touristic areas. It is a good idea to pick up local newspapers, to discover what's on in the world of Spanish entertainment, but in Summer months, it's not going to be hard to find something going on! If you don't Speak Spanish, don't worry, the locals are used to getting through with pointing and sign language, but the ambience of a native Spanish party has to be Experienced, at least once!
Spanish "Fiestas" (Holidays & Festivals) 2012.
The Spanish have many holidays throughout the year, some national and others local, often to mark a religious occasion, or local tradition. Many holiday periods are accompanied by "fiestas" (parties), processions, music, dancing and in the case of "San Juan", huge beach parties! If you are looking to enjoy some local culture, then try coming here during these dates.
2nd Jan - Año Nuevo - New Years Day
6 the Jan - Epifanía del Señor - 3 Kings Day
28 th Feb - Día de Andalucía - Day of Andalucia
5 th April - Jueves Santo - Holy Thursday
6 de April - Viernes Santo - Good Friday
1 st May - Fiesta del Trabajo - May Day
24th June - Festival San Juan - Festival at Night
15 th August - Asunción de la Virgen
12 de Oct - Fiesta Nacional de España - National Holiday
1 st Nov - Todos los Santos - All Saints Day
6 th Dec - Día de la Constitución Española - Constitution Day
8 the Dec - Inmaculada Concepción - Immaculate Conception
25 the Dec - Natividad del Señor - Christmas Day
Love it, hate it or just curious, Andalucia is still the home of the controversial tradition of Bullflighting. Although opposed by some, the Spanish hold strong to their traditions and Bull Flighting is still a regular event on the Costa del Sol, especially in Malaga. There are still 70 Bullfighting rings in Andalucia, although, of late a few of these have been de commisioned.
Despite it's controversy, many tourists coming to the Costa del Sol, do choose to attend a Bullfight, even if only once, after all, when in Spain! In a Bullfight 3 banderilleros on horesback must stick a pair of banderillas (Barbed spears), into the charging bull's back. In the final suerte suprema the bullfighter uses the muleta, a small red cloth draped from a stick. He has to show his mastery to dominate the bull, and to establish an artistic symbiosis between man and beast. The corrida then ends the show with the torero, using his sword to kill the bull, attempting to plunge it through the shoulders, into the heart.
The Costa del Sol has the Diversity to make any kind of holiday a possibility, from the resorts and beaches, to the Andalucian countryside, there is something here for everyone to enjoy. If you are bringing a group of 4 or more people to the Costa del Sol, then why not book through Costa del Party, for extra savings! We can also provide for events and parties here, with Spanish or English entertainment, catering, Dj's and much more!
If you are interested in attending a Bullfight, Flamenco Show or other Spanish event while in Spain, we can provide tickets and private transfers to and from the venue.
Or feel free to contact us for information on events where you are staying, we are happy to help! Our friendly team are based in Spain and we speak Spanish, so you don't have to! .. Contact Us
Hiring Spanish Entertainers.
If you would like a traditional Spanish theme to your wedding or special event, then hiring a Spanish Guitarist, Flamenco Dancers, or band can bring you a truely Spanish ambience! Costa del Party can book from a range of traditional Spanish artists, in almost any region of the Costa del Sol in Spain. Contact us today and we will find the most suitable act to suit your taste and requirements.
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