The history of Malaga is written through chapters that left their mark on its future and which are now remembered through picturesque festivals. The battles that took place during the Muslim period, characters who contributed to events that changed the course of history or the romanticism of the Ronda Bandits are some of the moments that will transport you to another era. We propose a journey through time, courtesy of some of the more curious events taking place in the interior of the Costa del Sol.
4 July Festival in Macharaviaya
United States Independence Day has a special value for Macharaviaya, a small village in the Axarquia. Each summer, its inhabitants remember the contribution of their countryman Bernardo de Gálvez to this historic event. His intervention was considered so decisive for independence that he marched next to George Washington in the victory parade. Every year, the village’s inhabitants celebrate by recreating some of the highlights of this chapter of history.
When: 4 July
Teba’s Scottish Days
Just as curious is the close relationship between Teba and Scotland. During the Scottish Days, the town recalls the exploits of Sir James Douglas, who participated in the conquest of the Castillo de la Estrella which was in Muslim hands. The Scot fought alongside the Castilian troops of King Alfonso XI and died in the battle. Teba commemorates this episode by recreating the medieval atmosphere with markets, shows, tastings and activities, all enlivened with Celtic music.
Frigiliana’s Three Cultures Festival
Throughout its history, Frigiliana has been an example of peace and coexistence beyond religious beliefs. Proof of this is the Three Cultures Festival, which is celebrated in this town every summer with representations of the three cultures that have lived together in the municipality: Arabic, Moorish and Christian.
Benalauría Moors and Christians Festival
Other celebrations that remember the Arab presence in the province are the Moors and Christians Festivals. In Benalauría they are remembered by a street representation of the Mudejar rebellion that took place in the Serranía de Ronda during the 15th century.
Ronda Romántica (Romantic Ronda)
One of the most curious festivals is the Ronda Romántica, where the town recalls one of its most iconic periods: the Ronda Bandits, in which the romantic travellers visited the city of the Tagus and were enthralled by it. During the festival, the inhabitants of the Serranía dress in typical 19th century clothes and the streets are decorated for the occasion, recreating a special and unique atmosphere.
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