Meet us : Juan Carlos Pedraza


This October Hotel Florida Spa has the pleasure to introduce you Juan Carlos Pedraza, one of the members of our maintenance team.

Juan Carlos is from Fuengirola, and he started to work with us almost 5 years ago.

He says that he likes his job because he has the chance of meeting many guests of different nationalities and also it makes him happy to see them coming back as this means they are satisfied.

When we asked him about the funniest thing that has happened to him during these 5 years he says: “Once I got called because it seems that a guest had just arrived and he said there was no tv in his room. When I got to his room the tv was there, but he hadn’t realised that the tvs at the hotel are flat screen and they are on the wall”.

Juan Carlos likes Spanish pop and flamenco fussion, also in his spare time he loves going fishing and having nice walks around Fuengirola.

When talking about his ideal holiday he mentions that he would love to go with his wife anywhere they haven’t been before because they love discovering new places, getting to know new cultures and getting to try new cuisines.

His favourite restaurant in Fuengirola is “La Casa Rústica”, located in calle Moncayo. This street is right in the city centre and it is commonly known as “Calle del hambre” due to the amount of restaurants it has. According to him the meat with rustic sauce you can eat there is unique…Thanks a lot for the recommendation Juan Carlos we will have to go and try it!

To finish off as a good connoisseur of Fuengirola he also recommends us to visit an observation deck over “Parque de la Cantera”, a lovely park in Los Pacos, because in his opinion the views are amazing, though he also says that the views you can enjoy from Hotel Florida are as beautiful.

What are you waiting for? If you want to enjoy the beautiful views Juan Carlos mentioned come and visit us!

Beatriz Muñoz
Guest Relations

Vocabulary for the fair


As all of you know right now we are celebrating the fair of Fuengirola, one of the most important in Costa del Sol, and for this reason this week Hotel Florida Spa has organised a few activities for our guests. We wanted to share our fair with you because as we have said in many occasions we really love to share our festive feeling and our culture.   

One of the activities we have organized is a vocabulary lesson about the fair. In this lesson the attendants not just learnt useful words but also facts about the traditional flamenco mass, the beautiful flamenco dress and about what to do when you visit the fair.

If you didn’t have the chance of attending it, do not worry, here you have some of the most typical words we explained:

  • Olé
  • Traje de gitana / Traje de flamenca / Traje de Faralaes = Flamenco dress.
  • Traje corto = “short suit”. Typical costume for men
  • Misa flamenca = Flamenco mass
  • Caballo = Horse
  • Cacharritos = Fair attractions
  • Caseta = Construction consisting in one big main room typical in Andalusian fairs.
  • Peña = Association of people. They have to pay a membership fee.
  • Farolillos = Colourful paper lanterns
  • Sevillanas = Typical singing and dancing from Andalusia.

And also some useful vocabulary about typical food and drinks to be consumed in the fair:

  • Jamón Serrano = Spanish ham
  • Queso = Cheese
  • Tortilla de patatas = Spanish omelette
  •  Paella = Paella
  • Flamenquines = Deep fried rolls of pork meat.
  • Pinchitos = Skewers
  • Pescaíto = Fried Fish
  • Vino fino = Sherry. Dry light coloured wine.
  • Manzanilla = Sherry. Dry very light coloured wine.
  • Rebujito = Vino fino or manzanilla mixed with sprite.
  • Cartón de Tickets = tickets card.

We would also like to thank all the guests who have shown special interest about the fair and have participated in the activities we have prepared. We really hope you have enjoyed the experience as much as we have…Olé!!

Beatriz Muñoz
Guest Relations

Fair of Fuengirola 2012: Sevillanas


We can already feel the festive atmosphere in Fuengirola…why? Because, like every year, the fair starts on the 6th of October.

This fair of Fuengirola is one of the most important in Costa del Sol, it is hold in the fairground which has more than 32 “casetas” open to all visitors and it lasts till the 12th of October.

When we think about the fair, we can’t imagine it without the sound of “sevillanas” playing in the background and without people enjoying while dancing; this is why we have wanted to dedicate this post to this typical dancing and singing heard and danced in all fairs and festivals in Andalusia.

Its origin is set around the Catholic Kings times and nowadays it is the most danced regional dance in Spain and abroad.

Sevillanas are divided in 4 parts and they tend to be danced in pairs. Their lyrics can talk about many different topics like everyday life or important religious and love events among many other things.

As you well know here in Hotel Florida Spa we love to share our culture and customs with you, so during our festive week we have decided to organise some classes related to the fair. We really hope you are eager to participate! The experience will help you to understand and live the fair and we promise you that you will have lots of fun.  Pay attention to our Facebook page as we will inform you there about what we have on hold for you. Do not miss it, come and enjoy with us!

Beatriz Muñoz
Guest Relations