Entertainment > > >
Conj. Buena Vista
Avenida de Espana
Sitio de Calahonda
(+34) 952 930 200
(+34) 651 759 711
ENTERTAINMENT: Flamenco, Horse shows, Bullfights, Tivoli World, Ferias, Going out
Flamenco today is made up of the song (cante), the dance (baile), the guitar (toque) and extra elements of rhythmic accompaniment, such as handclapping (palmas), finger snapping (pitos), tongue clicking and even knuckle bashing on a tabletop. Castanets - a Spanish-classical influence - are also played in some dances and performers often shout words of encouragement known as jaleo. During quieter moments and with a bottle of sherry on the table, there may be recitation of poetry with or without guitar accompaniment. The modern influence is to add more instruments - flute, bass guitar or cajón.
Flamenco for the Andalusians is a way of life, rather than simply a folk art. It does not have to be staged. It can just happen.
Costa del Sol offers many places where you can enjoy life flamenco guitar & dancing. The best shows you can visit are:
The most spectacular International Show (by Jose Montes) & Flamenco show (by Carmen Mota) is in Sala Fotruna in the 5* hotel Torrequabrada, Benalmadena. Open in the evenings - from Tuesday till Saturday. You can choose Dinner & Show or Show only.
In the late evenings on Thursday, Friday and Saturday you can visit Bona Dea Spanish Classic Ballet & Flamenco.
On Wednesday you can have dinner and see professional flamenco show in Hacienda Romeral del Rocio. (Combined with Horse Show in El Ranchito).
Every night in the summer you can see andalucian folk dances, flamenco ballet & the Andalucian show in Tivoli world.
EL RANCHITO HORSE SHOW If you don't have the opportunity to go as far as Jerez to see the famous dancing horses, you can see a smaller, but still very impressive version of this Andalusian horse spectacular at El Ranchito near Torremolinos. The show includes displays of all aspects of Andalusia's passionate relationship with horses, from dressage, the ferias, the use of horses for herding fighting bulls and, of course, the dancing horse demonstrations.
Visit El Ranchito on Wednesday. Free bus service available.
Feria del Sur - the best value for your money!
El Ranchito & Hacienda Romeral del Rocio offer a longer programme for your Wednesday evening.After the horse show you go on with dinner and flamenco show at "Hacienda Romeral de Rocio". Free bus service available.
CARTUJANO HORSE SHOW - Enjoy the magic of the andalucian horses. Riders and Horses working to the choreography of the highest equestrian level - The high airs of "Alta Escuela" - With traditional spanish costumes and music. Enjoy this show from March till November every Thursday. Free bar - sangria, beer and soft drinks.
Bullfighting is certainly one of the best known, although at the same time most polemical Spanish popular customs.
Whether you love it or abhor it, there is no doubt that bullfighting is a a tradition with extremely ancient roots. While these have not always been so apparent there are those who believe that bullfighting goes back further than anyone has imagined.
Bullfighting as we know it today, started in the village squares, and became formalised, with the building of the bullring in Ronda in the late 18th century. From that time, it began to follow a particular sequence of events: the entrance of the bull, the picador, the banderilleros, and finally the matador (bullfighter). The Fiesta could not exist without the Toro Bravo, a species of bull of an archaical race that is only conserved in Spain. To face a raging bull not only requires courage but also precise movements. Those who saw a bullfighter in the arena can confirm that his graceful rotations resemble the masters of ballet.
The event is filled with pagentry, danger, and death. Many of the picadors' horses were injured in the early days, so these heavy horses now wear protection.
In most Bullrings there are marked differences between the seating in the shade and the seating under the hot sun.
Visit the best bullfights on the Costa del Sol every Sunday. Free bus service available.
Tivoli World - The Show and Amusement Park on the Costa del Sol
Tivoli World is situated in the beautiful town of Arroyo de la Miel-Benalmádena, in Málaga, in the heart of the Costa del Sol. Under the new management, the park has increased the number of the rides to over 40.
An entertainment centre with a complete offer of attractions with musical shows, restaurants, expositions, exhibitions and many others to amuse yourself and your family.
Fun, all year around:
Enjoy the shows in the park: Flamenco, Western & cabaret, etc.
January, February, March - Sundays from 12.00h till 20:00h
April, May - Daily from 4.00 pm to 1.00 am
June Daily from 5.00 pm to 2.00 am,
July, August - Dialy from 6.00 pm to 3.00 am,
September - Daily from 5.00 pm to 2.00am (To 16th September), Daily from 4.00pm to 1.00am (From 17th September)
October - Daily from 4.00 pm till 1.00am (Till 28th October),
November, December - Sundays only: from 12:00 till 20:00h
A special second hand market which takes place on Sunday morning (except winter time, July and August), from 11am to 2pm. 1€ each person
This time-table is based on the advertising brochure of the park. Please, check the exact opening time before your visit.
Throughout Spain and particularly in Andalucia, the year revolves around the annual ferias and fiestas. The main difference between the two is that a feria is a general and usually lengthier celebration while a fiesta celebrates a specific event or day. Some of the fairs and fiestas can be traced back to ancient pagan celebrations, although most are firmly rooted in the traditional calendar of the church.
For the Spanish, feria time is far more than a holiday from work, it is the very reason and justification for the year and immersed in passion and commitment.
The Andalucian feria will bedazzle you in every sense of the world. Apart from a mass of fair rides, there will usually be casetas (beer tents) as far as the eye can see, some large enough to hold concerts ranging from performances from the local dancing school to excellent flamenco and live music. The tipical feria drink is fino (sherry) or manzanilla.
In the Costa del Sol capital of Malaga, the annual fair takes place at the height of the sizzling summer - August - and if you can take the temperature this is an exuberant Rio style street party.
ROUGH GUIDE TO THE FAIRS: Sevilla - May, Churriana - May, Marbella - June, Alharin de la Torre - June,Estepona July, La Carihuela (Toremolinos) - July, Los Boliches (Fuengirola) - July, Rincon de la Victoria - July, Casares - August, Benjavis - August, Malaga - August, Benalmadena Pueblo - August, Antequera - August, Ronda - September, Torremolinos - September, Fuengirola - October, San Pedro - October
Throughout the Costa del Sol, there are some great venues for a night out, ranging from a classy restaurant with views of the Med to a boisterous karaoke bar. Casinos, clubs, 'chiringuitos', English pubs, Spanish bars, discos, flamenco shows and more...
We can suggest the Highlander - Scottish Bar & restaurant. Traditional Culinary delights, Thursdey night - Karaoke, Friday Night is Fish Night, Sunday - Roast from 1:00 p.m. Sky DIgital Live Events. It's situated next to Camping Los Jarales, SItio de Calahonda.
we can recommend the spanish restaurant VENTA el CAMINO. It is situated on the main road 340, between Puerto cabopino and Sitio de Calahonda on the sea side of the road. It offers menu of the day with wide choice of fish and meat spanish specialities.
Not far from Calahonda, just outside of the pretty spanish village of La Cala de Mijas, VIBES has a nice atmosphere combined with the latest in interior design to make your night go with a swing.