You don’t need to go far to get into the spirit of Christmas here in Andalucia. Whether the sun is shining or there are a few raindrops you can enjoy a little Christmas shopping and purchase a few novelty gifts at some of the loveliest markets from Malaga to Estepona.
Alternatively, we are blessed with some great places to shop for Christmas. From the upmarket shops and boutiques of Marbella to the sprawling shopping centres of Miramar and Centro Plaza. You can also take a trip into Gibraltar for a few VAT free goodies and excellent prices on gold from one of the many jewellers on Main Street.
If you love the idea of a Christmas market here’s a list of some places you can find them.
One of the most popular in the whole province, the capital’s market runs from November 24 to January 7 at the Pier One in the port.
Find food stalls, popup restaurants and more at the Plaza de la Constitucion. Open from November 15 to December 14 (10.30am to 2.30pm and 5pm to 9pm)
This year’s Torrox market runs from December 5 to 10 (from 5pm) and from December 6-10 11am to 9.30pm at Restaurante Horto-Malaga
This is a one day event at the La Virginia on December 8 so catch it whilst you can.
BENALMADENA TRADITIONS FESTIVAL
This too is a one-day affair on December 9, at Plaza de la Mezquita, Arroyo de la Miel
Running on the Avenida de la Constitucion from December 1-10.
In the centre of town there is a huge Christmas atmosphere with performances by choirs and nativity scenes and a Christmas concert, Christmas sweets contest and a Christmas market until January 5. The start date of the market has not yet been confirmed.
Further along the coastal highway in Manilva, this year there is a Gastronomic Fair being held this weekend. You can try and buy local produce and watch the lights switch on.