Spanish Lifestyles

General interest articles for the Axarquia area, from Bull Fighting to a Malaga C.F football match. All providing an insight as to what the Axarquia has to offer.


As I write this article I have walked the first seven days of the Camino Mozárabe (Grapevine deadline 15th of the month) and as you read it on or after publication day on 1 May I will have walked for over three weeks of the six to seven week journey that spans 1,200 - 1,300 km, depending on whether I make it beyond Santiago de Compostela to Finisterre.

The Mozárabe has starting points in Almeria, Granada, Jaén and Málaga which converge just before Córdoba and continue to Mérida where it joins the Via de la Plata, the route from Seville. From here the camino continues to northern Spain in the city of Santiago de Compostela - the end point of a network of many ancient pilgrimage routes from all over Europe and the resting place of the remains of the apostle St James.


On Saturday May 9th at 2pm Action for Animals presents “Scruffs” our annual fun dog show at The Pavo Real on the Torrox-Cómpeta road.

It's a great day out and you don't have to have a dog to come along and join in the fun, so don't get in a sweat if you haven't got a pet! It's more than just a doggy do– there's lots going on for all the family. We'll have some great stalls for you to browse, plus tombola and lucky dip and a host of other activities, including tin can alley, pin the tail on the dog (not a real one of course!) guess the weight and many more. Last year, Freya Aswynn's rune readings were very much in demand and this year she's back - so if you missed her last year here's another chance to take a peek into your future. We've even got a hoola hoop competition this year, so if you fancy a twirl – get practising now! Our ever popular home-made cake stall promises to be as scrummy as ever, though if you're planning on entering the hoola hoop competition we suggest you do it before you stuff yourself full of cake.


Are you up for a Competa Challenge for Cudeca? If so we have a choice of three challenges as part of our “Day for Life” to raise much needed funds for Cudeca Cancer Care.

To celebrate our 5th annual “Day for Life” there are two new exciting challenges, the first, a Zumba Marathon, takes place on Saturday, 11th April in Competa Sports Hall with Nicola McEvoy who promises you two hours of fun Zumba from 11am – 1pm. The entry charge of only 5euros per adult and 3euros per child is all donated to Cudeca. The second new challenge is to see who can hold the body plank for the longest amount of time whilst gaining sponsorship for every ten seconds. You can obtain a sponsor form; see details at the end of article. This will take place on Day for Life at The Alberdini at 12.30 and there will be a prize for the winner, sponsored by Inez from The Alberdini.


Little Daisy, at just a few months old, was found abandoned in Archez.

A Spanish woman, Jesúsa, had rescued her and had been looking after her in the hope that she'd eventually be able to find someone to adopt her. Jesúsa came into our charity shop to ask if we could help. Thankfully we didn't have to look too far for Daisy's new owner, as Liz, one of our own shop volunteers, fell in love with Daisy and decided to offer her a wonderful new home. Here they are pictured together in the shop, just before Liz scooped her up and took her home to a future life where we know she'll be completely loved and totally spoilt. What a happy ending for little Daisy!


What is Purple Day? It is a day designed to promote a greater understanding of epilepsy on a global scale and to help reduce the stigma attached to epilepsy.

There are about 600,000 sufferers in the UK and almost as many sufferers in Spain. Nearly 3000 deaths occur as a result of epilepsy each year.

Charities such as Epilepsy Action and Sudden and Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP), work to improve the lives of sufferers, and donations go to research for a greater understanding of the condition, and the prevention of Sudden and Unexpected Death in Epilepsy.

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