Like everywhere also in Andalusia all kinds of interesting things happen every day, such as fiestas and festivals, culinary gatherings, processions, special exhibitions, but there's also news on the housing market or changed regulations. To make it easy for you, we bundle some interesting articles in this section so that you have everything at a glance.


 Photo of mispero tree with fruits in the sun of southern Spain

The Axarquía region is known for its beautiful landscapes and charming villages. But also for the tropical fruits grown there in abundance, such as avocado, mango, chirimoya, pitahaya (tarragon fruit) and nísperos (also known as loquats). Around the white mountain village of Sayalonga, especially famous for its colourful valley, the fields light up every spring with the abundance of ripe nísperos. 

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A woman in black festive clothing at the Semana Santa in Velez-MalagaPhoto by Quino Alon Unsplash

Holy Week is one of the most beautiful in Andalusia, with a passion that is infectious for both visitors and members of the brotherhoods, through the music that touches us and the smell of incense and orange blossom in the streets. The processions and fervor of these celebrations in Vélez-Málaga, where we go every year, are almost impossible to explain in words and you really have to experience them in person at least once. This small capital of the Axarquía has a rich historical and cultural heritage in this area, 3,000 years of history which comes into its own in this year's 'Holy Week', which takes place from 24 to 31 March.

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Casa Al Azuytun Workshop for ceramics and cosmetics in Canillas de AceitunoPhoto credits: Lara Jackson

Since a while Cristina San Cayo and her partner Javier organize various workshop in Canillas de Aceituno. We have asked her the how and what of these creative events.

"Al Zaytun Ceramic Studio is a place to play with clay, so ceramics workshops are our main activity, but is also a place to get together to learn about traditions and sustainable living. That is why we started new workshops as Candle Making (December 2023) or Natural Cosmetics (starting on March 17th). We would like to expand to other fields like natural dye textiles or macrame. We are open to any ideas, we are makers. Let’s create!"

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Poster for Carnival in Malaga in February 2024

Spain is a country with a well-known Catholic tradition of which Semana Santa preceding Easter is the most important. But first, people have to fast for 47 days, which is why they have been celebrating for over 500 years before Lent begins. Some with a bit more abandon than others.

Most Andalusian cities organise a parade, there is dancing through the streets, they elect a Carnival queen or king and there are various singing competitions. Most cities start celebrating Carnival with parades on the weekend before Shrove Tuesday which is exactly 47 days before Easter Sunday. Some villages celebrate carnival on the weekend two or even three weekends later. In Andalusia, they consider the Carnival of Cadiz to be the most impressive and authentic but most recently in Málaga they really know how to celebrate it.

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With chilly sunshine here in Andalusia, Christmas and the New Year are slowly creeping up on us.
We wish you all the best for 2024 and thank you for choosing Second Home Andalusia.