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.


Hispanic Day (Día de la Hispanidad) or National Day (Fiesta Nacional de España) is an annual national public holiday in Spain on October 12. It commemorates when Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas in 1492.

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The king of Spain supervises the raising of the Spanish national flag in the center of Madrid on Hispanic Day. He and the prime minister lead a military parade after that. The parade includes representatives from most of Spain's military units and various


This month we're very sad to be saying goodbye to one of our highly valued and hugely loved volunteers, Beth Mcavoy, as she leaves Spain to return to the UK.

Beth has been a member of our team from the beginning and over the years we've lost count of how many new born abandoned kittens and puppies she's hand-reared to become healthy young adults, ready for their new homes. She has worked tirelessly and selflessly to lovingly nurture each and every one of them, spending countless sleepless nights carrying out bottle feeds every 3 to 4 hours, dedicating herself to the task at hand. And she's still managed to turn up for work at the charity shop the next day, kittens and puppies in tow so they don't have to miss one of their vital feeds.
Her artistic and organisational skills are truly outstanding and have been invaluable to us each year at our annual Scruffs Dog Show. Who else could make a fortune-teller's tent from a beach parasol and a pile of old curtains? Or a brilliant banner from a plastic tablecloth and a pot of paint?


Twenty three years ago, MacMillan Cancer Support, UK held their very first World's Biggest Coffee Morning to assist their much needed fund raising activities. 2,600 people registered for the first coffee morning and in 2013; 154,000 events took place raising a record of over £20 million. MacMillan actively encourage corporate companies, clubs, groups, societies and schools to hold a coffee morning and it is something I participated in, during my corporate working life.

For the last two years


Bar fernan in conjunction with el recreo stage another superb sizzling summer night of funk, rock and soul featuring some of the very best talent from andalucia and beyond!

Last year some 280 people supped, dined, danced and partook in one way or another in Cómpeta.

Rocks helping raise 1880€ for two worthy and deserving charities. Such was its success and by
popular demand, we can now confirm the exciting news that Cómpeta Rocks lives on in 2014 and tickets will be on sale exclusively at Todo Papel, Cómpeta from July 1st. Demand was incredibly high last year so to avoid disappointment do not delay!


One Voice and CoraXalia treated Competa to an amazing evening of sacred choral music last month under the direction of Spanish Tenor Eusebio Pita. The show was held in the church with a perfect acoustic for such an event and was packed.

One voice opened proceedings and under the new direction of Eusebio I can only say they have entered a different league, giving an almost flawless performance, starting with an enchanting rendition of Psalm 23. The balance and clear diction between the members of One Voice was exceptional.

CoraXalia held the next section brilliantly with a beautiful arrangement of Ave Verum by William Byrd.

Eusebio Pita offered a solo of Ave Maria by Charles Gounod, which was incredible. His tembre was perfect and the power of his voice filled every inch of the venue. He received a richly deserved standing ovation for his performance.

For me the highlight of the show was when the two choirs came together for a spectacular finale. The different vocal sections of the choir were crystal clear and the harmony they achieved brought many goose bumps out amongst the audience! Entrances and finishes were perfect across the whole ensemble. They included a virtuoso performance of Bogoroditse Devo by Sergei Rachmaninov. Tom Robinson provided reliable piano support, though I have to say that the electronic keyboard can never do justice in such an environment. With singers of this quality we should seriously consider getting a good baby grand piano installed in the church. The audience response was rapturous and all monies raised go to CARITAS, supporting people locally. Well done to the organisers, more please soon.

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