The best music festivals in the Costa del Sol this summer

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The festivals in the Costa del Sol are an ode to live music, great times with your friends and long summer nights. Something indescribable emanates from these events, enveloping you as you have a great time, living entirely in the moment. While the festivals in the province cover a diverse range of styles and philosophies, they all have one thing in common: they inspire you to make the most out of the summer. After all, what would the warmest and most light-filled season be without al fresco events? 

Music festivals are an important part of the Costa del Sol’s vibrant cultural life, which is defined by a diverse range of leisure and artistic activities. Traditional gastronomy, fairs, architecture and flamenco are just some cases in point. If you’re a fan of the latter, you’ll be interested to know that there are entire festivals dedicated to flamenco in the province of Malaga in the summer

Start thinking about your festival outfits and get excited about having an amazing time throughout the province of Malaga. With this selection of festivals in the Costa del Sol in 2023, your summer is sure to be a great one.


1. Cala Mijas Festival (31 August to 2 September) 

The 2023 Cala Mijas Festival line-up includes international names of the likes of Arcade Fire, Metronomy, Foals, The Strokes and Florence and the Machine as well as Spanish indie artists including Lori Meyers, Cupido, Cariño and Delaporte. The event runs from the 31 August to the 2 September in Mijas, one of the most beautiful whitewashed destinations in the Costa del Sol. Great music, beautiful weather and an incredible atmosphere: can you think of a better combination for a festival in the Costa del Sol?

summer festivals malaga Source: Festival Cala de Mijas


2. Festival de Música y Danza Cueva de Nerja (30 June to 12 August)

Running from the 30 June to the 12 August, Festival de Música y Danza Cueva de Nerja brings together a collection of events and concerts that give you the opportunity to see as many performances as your diary allows. With the first edition of the festival being held in 1960, the event – as its name suggests – is held in Nerja Cave, listed Spanish Historic Heritage and a Site of Cultural Interest. The 2023 edition features artists of the likes of Raphael, Vanesa Martín, Pastora Soler, Diana Navarro and Miguel Poveda. This is one of the most iconic music festivals in the Costa del Sol


3. Boombastic Costa del Sol (12 August) 

Boombastic Costa del Sol 2023 is bringing Bizarrap, Bad Gyal, Farruko, Fusa Nocta and more to Fuengirola on the 12 August. Featuring the newest urban music, the festival has become a must-attend for lovers of the genre and summer music festivals in the province of Malaga. The festival also has editions in Madrid, Asturias and Alicante.


4. CanelaParty 2023 (23 to 26 August)

Coming to Torremolinos festival site, CanelaParty has got just one goal: to get you dancing. Known as “the only festival in the world where people come to see the audience”, this fun-filled alternative music festival is filled with techno and festival-goers wearing incredible outfits. Biznaga, Triángulo de Amor Bizarro, Mujeres and Pony Bravo will be there for 2023.

festivals costa del sol 2023Source: CanelaParty


5. Starlite 2023 (June to September 2023)

If you’ve got eclectic music taste, Starlite Festival 2023 is for you. Filling Marbella with music throughout – yes, you read that correctly – the summer, the festival is running from June to September. On the line-up this year are Lionel Richie, Sebastián Yatra, Rod Stewart, Natalia Lacunza, Malú and Andrés Calamaro, to name just a few of the incredible artists that will take to the stage. This is one of the music festivals in the province of Malaga with the most diverse range of genres. Variety is, after all, the spice of life.

If you’re thinking about going to one of these festivals in the Costa del Sol, start planning your trip now and throw in some other activities like walks and cultural events to make your holiday one to remember. Find the accommodation that best suits your needs by downloading this map and get ready for an adventure.

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