The Costa del Sol has a lively festival calendar all year round. Music festivals for every taste as well as a number of other festivals dedicated to film. The Málaga Film Festival, Starlite Marbella and the Nerja Caves International Festival of Music and Dance are must-sees.
Different strokes (and songs!) for different folks. The province of Málaga is musical all year round, and you’ll be able to enjoy music at a number of different festivals. The Ojeando festival kicks off the season of summer festivals on the Costa del Sol. It’s held at the start of July in Ojén (Sierra de las Nieves natural park), and it is a national benchmark for pop and rock music.
One week later, the Weekend Beach Festival kicks off on the beach in Torre del Mar (in Vélez-Málaga). This festival has a camping area, and it has sealed its status as one of the summer festivals on the Costa el Sol. Los Álamos Beach Festival is another one that takes place by the sea, and it’s perfect for fans of electronic music.
In Marbella, luxury and music come together in the form of the Starlite Festival. For a good part of the year, the Nagüeles Quarry becomes an exclusive stage where the world's elite gather to enjoy distinguished shows and concerts.
The Terral Festival is the city of Málaga’s own summer festival. The concerts held during the festival take place in the Cervantes Theatre and a number of other open-air spaces. Another great place for music is the Nerja Caves International Festival of Music and Dance, which takes place in the caves themselves.
The music doesn’t stop when summer ends. Autumn sees the International Festival of Jazz take place in Málaga, which boasts a line-up of American and European musicians alike. Every two years, and for a good portion of the year, the Flamenco Biennial takes centre stage – a unique opportunity to witness the most authentic art form there is on the Costa del Sol and in Andalusia.
Film and theatre festivals on the Costa del Sol
A major date on the Costa del Sol's festivals calendar is the Málaga Festival of Spanish Film. For a whole week, Málaga rolls out the red carpet to welcome the biggest names in film, creating a cultural, festive atmosphere in the city for everyone to enjoy.
The Fuengirola Film Festival, the Fantasy Film Festival and the French Film Festival (the latter two take place in Málaga) are good options for the film buffs out there. From the start of January until February, Málaga holds the Málaga Theatre Festival, which offers a tremendous programme. This is a unique opportunity to see big names on stage in their element.