Last Friday the 21st of September Hotel Florida Spa hosted a verdiales party. We know that maybe some of you weren’t in Fuengirola and didn’t have the chance to attend it, so for this reason we have wanted to dedicate this post to this traditional music and dancing from our region.
Verdiales have a rural origin and they come from the Mounts of Malaga and the Axarquía area which are zones in Costa del Sol not that well known by visitors. Nobody really knows when they started, but it is certain that they are the oldest musical expression in Málaga and possibly one of the most ancient in Europe, being even older than flamenco.
They are a type of fandango, sung and danced, accompanied by a small orchestra of instruments like guitars, tambourines, violins, castanets, bottles and other common objects.
Verdiales groups are known as “pandas” and each of them has a “mayor”. The “mayor” is the person who leads the group and who carries a stick with colourful ribbons. The other members of the “pandas” are known as “tontos” (“fools”) and they tend to wear hats decorated with ribbons, flowers and many other ornaments.
The fact that they are called “tontos” (“fools”) can be a bit shocking so I’m sure some of you might be interested in knowing the reason. It seems that they are called like this because the big day in verdiales is the 28th of December, which is the Spanish equivalent to “April fool’s day”…how interesting!
Here in Hotel Florida Spa we really hope you enjoyed our party and that thanks to this post now you might know a little bit more about verdiales.
If you had the chance to attend the party or you have found this interesting we would love you to share your impressions with us though our facebook page.
We are looking forward to reading your comments!!