There´s nothing that evokes more Christmas spirit than a festive quirky market! The aroma of spicy Christmas scent fills the air. You can buy nativity figures for your belen and turron to munch on. And you don’t have to travel to Northern Europe to enjoy it, Read on to find out what Malaga and roundabouts has to offer this year..

There are a number of markets in and around Malaga this year. In Malaga itself you have the garage market at Calle Casas de Campos 33 (in the Soho part of Malaga) with arts and crafts and antiques. It is indoors which is handy for the rainy weather we sometimes get here. Pier One (Muelle Uno) in the port has a cornucopia of clothes, foods and presents. There is a resident Santa Claus for the young ones in the “casita de navidad”. It has a lovely location with views over the city.

This year there is a new market in Plaza de la Marina (near merced). It has 25 stalls with Christmas decorations, clothes, jewellery. Gourmet market stalls might make for present purchases. There are rides for children with a Christmas theme. There are lots of bars and restaurants for you to rest in nearby. While there pop in to the market in the botanical market.

The long standing market in Passeo del Parque is famous for its nativity stalls. This is the place to go to get your firecrackers for New Years Eve. And there are lots of drinks stalls selling mulled wine and cocktails. The park´s trees and foliage provide a beautiful backdrop.

While you are in Malaga, don’t miss the Christmas lights in Calle Larios. This year the theme is a magic forest with 730,000 lights being used. The lights are internationally famous.

Other markets are located in Fuengirola central square which has spectacular Christmas lights, and Estepona, next to the children´s leisure park in Avenida de San Lorenzo.

Further inland you could combine Christmas shopping and sight seeing at Ronda, next to the famous bullring, immortalised by Ernest Hemmingway.

 All the markets run until Reyes. Which one are you going to see?!