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!!

 Beatriz Muñoz
Guest Relations

Meet us: Virginia Ureña


This month Hotel Florida Spa would like to introduce Virginia Ureña to all of you.

Virginia has been working with us since August 2008. She works as a waitress assistant in the Snack-Bar “Palm Beach” though before this she worked in our restaurant “Orlando”.

She says that the best thing about her job is to be able to interact with the guests and getting to know them better after a few days. She also adds: “once a guest made a flower with a napkin and he gave it to me” … What a beautiful gesture!  good work, Virginia, it is obvious this guest was satisfied with the service you provided!

Among her many funny anecdotes was the following: “Once I was preparing a cocktail that contained grenadine when the cocktail shaker exploded on me and I ended up with my face and my shirt, that was white, covered in liquid. When it got dry, the shirt wasn’t white anymore but pink”.

She confesses she has her funny little ways and that she can’t stand when tables or chairs are not placed straight. Among her recommendations is to visit “El Paso”, a well known Mexican restaurant located in calle Francisco Cano, in Los Boliches.

Her birthday is round the corner as she was born on the 12th of October, she likes pop music, and skating, though she says she doesn’t have much time to do it.

She also likes travelling and her perfect holiday would be with her family in a cottage far away from the city…how relaxing!

If you have the pleasure of knowing Virginia and you would like to send her a message, do it through our Facebook page.

Beatriz Muñoz
Guest Relations.

Parque de la Paloma


This week, Hotel Florida Spa recommends you to visit Parque de la Paloma.

This beautiful green area opened in 1995 , it is localed in the neighbour town of Benalmádena and it is considered as one of the best and most visited parks in Costa del Sol due to its beauty and its charm.

Parque de la Paloma covers a big area of land and it has an artificial lake in its centre, leisure and relax areas and some cafés.

The park is also home to a wide range of animals. Some of them walk around free like peacocks, hens, chicks and rabbits, while some others like ostriches or Spanish ibexes are kept behind a fence.

In addition to this, the lake is home of swans, seagulls, ducks, turtles and fish of a large size.

 It also has numerous trees like eucalyptus, palm trees, cypresses and a cactus garden with more than 450 different species. Beside the cactus garden there is a sculpture with a beautiful poem written by the Spanish poet Pablo García Baena.

There is not doubt that Parque de la Paloma is a different kind of park, it has a great atmosphere and it is a beautiful place to be in contact with nature while you have a nice walk. The best thing about this park is that its entry is free of charge and it is open daily from 9 A.M to 10 P.M.

The access to Benalmádena from Fuengirola in public transport is really good, as you can get there either by train (from Fuengirola train station) or by bus (from Fuengirola bus station).

Follow our recommendation and visit this beautiful park, we are sure that you will enjoy like a child! We would love you to share your comments about it on Facebook.

Beatriz Muñoz
Guest Relations