APRIL – THINGS TO DO NEAR BENAHAVIS
At last the clocks have gone forward, we’ve got longer evenings and warmer, brighter days. Which means there are more things to do near Benahavis – in fact the tourist season starts now. You cannot avoid Semana Santa (Easter Week) in Spain, that’s for sure.
So here’s our potted guided to a few things we like to do in April.
Semana Santa (Easter Week) in Benahavis
9 to 16 April 2017
Although nothing in comparison to the Easter parades held in the towns and cities, Benahavis does have its own quirky take on proceedings. Each year two women and two men are in charge of ordering and “stealing” products from local orchards, such as fruits, vegetables and animals! On the Holy Saturday, they prepare a so-called “Orchard of the Child”, a cottage made of eucalyptus leaves, mimosas and a floor of mint leaves. They also make a doll representing Judas, who is hung from the trunk of a Eucalyptus tree brought up from the Capanes area, which is then shot at! It’s all a little complicated to follow but we love it none the less!
Semana Santa (Easter Week) in Malaga
9 to 16 April 2017
As mentioned, there are massive parades across all of Spain during Holy Week known as Semana Santa. In Andalucia the largest ones are in Seville, Malaga, Cordoba and Granada. We’ll tell you about Malaga as it is within an hours drive of where we live on Capanes del Golf in Benahavis.
The celebrations revolve almost exclusively around the processions of the brotherhoods or fraternities. These associations have their origins in the Middle Ages. The membership is usually open to any Catholic person.
A common feature is the wearing of the nazareno or penitential robe in the
processions. As the garment consists of a tunic, and a pointy hood concealing the face, it often gets likened to Klu Klux Klan, but has nothing to do with that. Although it has the same eary effect. The nazarenos carry processional candles or wooden crosses, and may walk the city streets barefoot. Some even wear shackles or chains on their feet as penance.
As well as this, the large groups of the brotherhood carry massive and magnificent floats which are designed around the Passion of Christ or the Virgin Mary. Some are quite ancient.
In Malaga the atmosphere is less sombre than some cities, with military bands playing processional marches or singing their anthems along the route. It’s a unique experience if you are visiting Andalucia at this time.
Fuengirola international Festival
27 April to 1 May 2017
We love this event, it’s a massive celebration of all things international, which is what the Costa del Sol is made of. Held every year in Fuengirola (45 minutes drive from Benahavis) the Feria Internacional de los Pueblos is a day not to be missed.
For five days ‘casetas’ or bars offer the best of food, drink, music and dancing from around 30 countries and regions of the world.
It also promotes products from as many as 20 different producers in the local province of Malaga.
There is a fun fair and all sorts of stuff for the kids as well.
It’s a feast for the eyes, ears and stomach! We particularly enjoyed the Brazilian stand’s mojitos, and Capoeira dancers. We came away with some henna tattoos as well from the Indian Caseta. A great day out for friends and family. Highly recommended by us at Capanes Luxury Living!
Golf in Spring in Benahavis
If you’re a golfer, April is a fantastic time to visit what’s commonly known as the Costa del Golf. It’s not too hot, and there are so many golf courses to choose from. For beginners or anyone wanting an easy warm up to other golf courses, our development Capanes del Golf is surrounded by one of the few 9 hole golf courses in the area, El Higueral. The course is very affordable, even though it is connected to the famous Marbella Golf & Country Club. It’s a 36 par course with beautiful views to the surrounding countryside, beautifully manicured greens and elegant lakes.
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