Carnival; February/March: Carnival is one of the biggest events of the year. Enjoy the colourful street scenes as performers, dancers and mysterious masked characters make up a procession. Follow them as they travel from the Esperanza Bridge to Malagueta beach, where the ‘burial of the sardine’ symbolises the end of the festival.
Malaga Fair; August: This weeklong celebration marks the city’s conquest by Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand in 1487. Expect to see streets decorated with paper lanterns, women wearing traditional flamenco costume, dancing, drinking in the streets and bullfighting in the afternoon.
Raisin Day; third Sunday in September: An estimated 10,000 visitors descend on El Borge village some 20 miles east of Malaga for the Dia de la Pasa or Raisin Day. Spend the day sampling local food and wine, including gazpacho made two ways – traditionally, or with cucumber and broad beans.