Warning: Spring

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Spring has arrived. Good weather, longer days, blossoming flowers, outdoor fun, fresher and more colourful clothes and general happiness came with it, but also did allergies.

This time of year many of us are affected by spring allergies. The level of allergies inland is much higher than here in the coast, so it is unlikely that your visit to Costa del Sol gets spoilt because of them. In fact many doctors recommend their patients to go on holiday to the coast during the spring.

In Malaga, even if less affected than other parts of Spain, the most common allergies are to olive tree, grass and pine pollen.

As you know Andalusia is one of the regions with more olive trees in the world. In the Malaga area there are less olive trees than in Jaen or Córdoba, but the number is still large. Its pollen is in the atmosphere mainly in April, May and June, reaching its higher level the first fortnight of May.

Grass also causes a lot of problems to people with allergies around Europe. Its pollen is present in the Malaga atmosphere mainly in spring and beginning of summer, reaching its peak point in May and early June.

Regarding pines most allergists confirm pines do not produce many allergies though their high amount of pollen is present in our air from February to June.

Doctors claim that prevention is key to fight against allergies, so in order to help you we would like to share a few tips with you:

  • Close your windows and put the air conditioning on.
  • Stay indoors as much as possible on windy days and when the level of pollen in the air is higher.
  • Wear sunglasses.
  • Eat products high in Omega3.
  • Avoid doing activities outdoors before 10 A.M and from 7 P.M to 10 P.M as these times are the ones where the level of pollen is higher.
  • Visit a Spa regularly, its warm and humid environment is really good for asthma.

In a few words…there is no better place to get away from allergies than Hotel Florida Spa, your hotel in Fuengirola.

Its amazing spa will make wonders on you! Visit us and enjoy spring without worries! 

Beatriz Muñoz
Guest Relations

CAC Malaga

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Are you interested in modern art? Would you like to have a relaxing stay, and at the same time cultural, at Hotel Florida Spa? If so we recommend you to visit the Contemporary Art Centre of Malaga (CAC).

The CAC is one of the most popular and visited museums in Malaga. It is located in calle Alemania, by the river and beside the “Malaga Centro” train station, in what now is known as the Malaga Soho.

It is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 A.M to 8 P.M, its entry is free and its exhibitions, both temporal and permanent, are really good.

This museum is not only an exhibition centre as film seasons, conferences and different activities also take place in there, which means that there is always something cool to do or see. For example on Tuesdays in April they have organized a Hindu film season and its attendance is also free of charge…great, right?

About a month ago it was its 10th anniversary and among the many activities programmed to celebrate this important date is a very interesting exhibition called “At home I’m a tourist”.

This collection is quite enjoyable and fun and can be visited till the 16th of June, so try not to miss it. It is a selection of very urban and personal pieces belonging to the German collector Selim Varol, owner of around 15.000 pieces from several famous artists, being this one of the biggest collections of toys and artworks in the world.

“At home I’m a tourist” portrays the 80s and 90s and is influenced by urban and pop-art. Last year it was displayed in Berlin and after being in Malaga it will be exhibited in the United States.

Don’t miss this unique exhibition in Costa del Sol! Make the most of your stay at Hotel Florida Spa, your hotel in Fuengirola, and visit Malaga and its amazing museums! There is no better place to enjoy art as Malaga is the hometown of the great Picasso!

Beatriz Muñoz
Guest Relations

Experience Holy Week in Malaga

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Holy Week is one of the best times of year to visit Costa del Sol, not just because we have lovely spring temperatures but also because of the beautiful processions that can be seen not only in the city of Malaga but also in other towns of the region.

Processions in Malaga city no doubt are more impressive and much more popular than the ones in towns as people from all parts of Malaga and visitors, year after year, are eager to see their beloved Virgin and Christ.

The Holy Week of Malaga was declared as International Tourist Interest more than 30 years ago, and although most people think it is a religious celebration, it is also a cultural and social thing.

Processions start every year on Palm Sunday (This year on the 24th of March), they take place daily till Good Friday and they finish on Resurrection Sunday, being Saturday the only day when the thrones are not taken out.

In Malaga each procession tends to consist of two thrones, one with a figure of a Christ and another with a Virgin. The thrones are carried on the shoulder by men and accompanied by a music band, penitents and people with a promise to god.

“Saetas” are also very important in our processions. A “saeta” is a religious chant which is part of the Andalusian folklore and which tends to be improvised. They use to be sung from a balcony and it happens in the last part of the route, when the throne is getting close to its temple.

Beautiful, right? Holy Week is very special and also very different to anything you might have seen before, so experiencing it is well worth it. If you have the luck of being at Hotel Florida Spa right now, do not hesitate and visit Malaga. The spectacular nature of our thrones will delight you and its magnificence will surely leave you speechless. Enjoy it!

For more information about the itinerary of processions in Malaga and Fuengirola please click on the links here provided.

Beatriz Muñoz
Guest Relations