MAY – THINGS TO DO NEAR BENAHAVIS
With the May bank holidays, tourists start to come to the Costa del Sol, especially as the weather becomes more settled. Here are some of our choice things to do near Benahavis at this time of year.
THE FEAST OF SAN ISIDRO ESTEPONA
15 May 2017
The feast of San Isidro in Estepona is one of the most popular events in this town, which is just 20 minutes drive away from Benahavis. The streets of the old town are covered with ferns and palms, and houses are decorated with pots and farm products. There are street vendors selling traditional food and drinks, with music and in the evening there is a parade of decorated carriages.
Romantic Ronda fair
25 to 28 May 2017
This wonderful event is held every year in the historic town of Ronda. For four days the residents of Ronda travel back in time to when the Royal May Fair took place, back in the sixteenth century. They wear fantastic costumes, and the streets and shop windows are decorated with garlands and oleanders, as well as all sorts of antique furniture and objects. Pennants and banners are hung from the lampposts.
To re-create even more atmosphere, restaurants prepare traditional dishes, but can only cook and prepare food in stoves or portable cookers. There will be no electric light, it will be obtained from oil lamps, kerosene lamps or candles.
There will be horse parades, re-enactments of battles, street theatre and live music. A great day out for all the family. Might even be worth booking a hotel for the night so you don’t have to do the 1 hour drive from the coast.
CONIL TUNA FISH FESTIVAL
5 May to 5 June
We love visiting the Costa de la Luz, it’s not far but you feel like you’ve gone to a different country. A beautiful, less developed coast line of stunning beaches and windier climes. Conil Tuna Route is held each year from May 5th to June 5th. It is a celebration of local gastronomy and restaurants, featuring the bluefin tuna as the main ingredient. Conil is located about 1.5 hours drive away from Benahavis.
The “Almadraba” tuna is famous for it’s quality, and from way back in time it has been fished using traditional methods from the shores of Conil, Barbate, Zahara de los Atunes and Tarifa (Cádiz, Spain). It is possible to go and see the techniques that are still in use today.
Some of the events this year include:
I Festival Alma Flamenca (1st Flamenco Soul Festival) at Casa de la Cultura de Conil (Conil House of Culture), on Fridays May 5th and 19th, and on Saturday May 27th. from 22:00 each evening.
I Jornada del Oro Rojo (1st Red Gold Conference) at Pub Pirata, on Saturday May 6th and Sunday May 7th, from 12:00. It includes performances, tuna cutting and tapas.
Ruta Almadrabera por Conil (Almadraba Tour around Conil) every Saturday of May, starting at 11:00. This tour is designed to show participants the history of Conil revolving around Almadrabas. If you wish to join in, you have to sign up in advance at the Tourism Office.
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