Christmastime has long been known as one of the most magical times of the year, though the winter festivities in Spain are known to be a spectacular experience for everyone, whether you’re a Spanish national or one of Andalusia’s many visiting tourists.
As December approaches, we take a look at what the Costa del Sol has to offer throughout the Christmas season, as well as traditional food and drink for the festivities.
Traditional Christmas Food in Spain
While the British are used to roast turkey dinners with all the trimmings, food for the Spanish festive season is world’s away from it. Even when the holiday is celebrated is different in Spain, with their main celebratory meals taking place on Christmas Eve, and again on January 6th, Three Kings Day.
If you wish to celebrate Christmas in true Spanish style, you’ll be needing to indulge in some of the most popular delights throughout the festive season. One sweet treat you’ll particularly see a lot of, including big displays in supermarkets, are the famous polvorones and mantecados.
These small, powdery biscuits, colourfully wrapped, are made from lard and became popular during the 16th Century in Andalusia. Today, the best mantecados are known to come from Antequera (inland Andalusia) and Toledo. While they may sound somewhat strange to newcomers, be sure to give them a try, as you’ll be pleasantly surprised by their deliciousness and variety of flavours.
Another popular sweet throughout the season is turrón; a type of nougat filled with almonds or candied fruit. There are many different varieties on offer, including peanut and walnut bars, all with different flavourings.
The Spanish version of Christmas cake is, undoubtedly, the Roscón de Reyes. A Roscón is a ring-shaped cake, which is essentially sweet bread, filled with delicious whipped cream and topped with candied fruit. The Roscón is popular throughout the whole Christmas period, however, it will be on most Spaniard’s dinner tables on January 6th, Three Kings Day, which is more popular throughout Spain than Christmas Day itself. Three Kings Day is also when the children will receive their gifts from the Kings, as opposed to many other countries’ traditional belief of Santa.
And finally, no Spanish Christmas meal or celebration would be complete without Cava, Spain’s version of Champagne.
Christmas Lights & Activities on the Costa del Sol
Towns across the Province of Málaga will turn on their Christmas lights this upcoming Friday, November 20th 2018, including in San Pedro de Alcántara.
The joyous Christmas spirit will flood the town as locals and tourists alike will gather to see this spectacular event on Avenida Marqués del Duero.
New lights were displayed for the first time during the 2017/2018 Christmas season, including a large, 12-metre light display in the shape of a decorative Christmas tree bauble. It was displayed at the top of the town’s avenue and, with over 70,000 in this one display alone, it lit up the town and was the centre attraction for many people.
Many of the town’s roundabouts, trees and smaller trees are also to be decorated, though specific details of this year’s light display have been kept under wraps so far! While the Christmas programme hasn’t yet been released, we can expect once again to have Christmas markets, children’s activities, workshops and much more.