While the clear blue skies and balmy temperatures will still be attracting sun worshippers from across Europe, autumn is also the perfect time to visit Malaga province as a foodie. Thanks to a riotous string of harvest and culinary festivals across the region, food lovers from across the globe will be basking in gourmet delights – as well as delightfully warm sunshine – in southern Spain during the next few months.
Nobody does a fiesta quite like the Spanish, so here are our picks of the best to give you a flavour of what you’re missing. (Note: some of these festivals start in early September, but if you’ve missed one of them, make a note in the diary for next year’s timeshare break!)
One for the Wine Lovers
Malaga Province has been world-famous for its sweet Moscatel wines since the Roman era, so it’s only natural that the region celebrates this local treat. The “vendimias” are festivals dedicated to the grape harvest, with Malaga Province, including the region of La Axarquia, home to the very best.
Grape harvest festival, Manilva, 5th September
Wine makers’ festival, Moclinejo, 13th September
Festival of raisins and wine, Viñuela, 13th-14th September
Raisin festival, El Borge, 20th September
Many people don’t realise that Malaga is a massive producer of almonds. In fact, it’s virtually impossible to walk into any tapas bar without being offered a bowl of sea-salted almonds alongside your drink. Autumn is the time to harvest almonds, meaning there are plenty of fiestas to celebrate. There’s even the “ajo blanco” gazpacho made in its honour – a local cold soup created from ground almonds and garlic, and traditionally served with sweet grapes or raisins. In spring, the pretty pastel flowered autumn trees look like snow falling on the hillsides (Mallorca is a great place to see this!)
Almond and garlic soup festival, Almachar, 5th September
Almond festival, Almogia, 27th September
From the sea…
Set alongside the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, Malaga province boasts some of Spain’s prettiest fishing ports from Cabopino near Marbella to the real deal at Malaga harbour itself. Another local delicacy to try while you’re visiting is the “boqueron”, a type of white anchovy preserved in vinegar or lightly fried with lemon. Why not take some home as gifts (although they’re probably best enjoyed in the Andalucian sun!)
Anchovy festival, Rincon de la Victoria, 25th-27th September