Málaga Local Customs

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    SEMANA SANTA (EASTER)

    by xanaia Written Jun 4, 2004

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    El Cristo del Prendimiento

    I think that the most incredible thing about the Malaga customs is the way people celebrate Easter. If you have never been to this kind of celebration in the south of Spain before, I definitively RECOMMEND you to come here and see how amazing this is. I live in the north of Spain, and the way we celebrate easter has nothing to do with the way people celebrate easter in the south. You will see so many 'procesiones' every day!!! It´s impossible walking around without coming across with at least 3 or four procesiones. Each 'procesion' (i don't know how to translate it) consists of two thrones: Christ's Throne and the Virgin' throne. These thrones are very heavy, so about 100 people or so (i have not counted them but they are a lot!!!) are needed to carry it on their shoulders. The Christ's throne comes on the first position and behind him comes his mother who cries for his son. And between them there are lots of Nazarenos carrying candles, music bands...

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    PULPO A GALLEGA

    by LoriPori Written Feb 16, 2008

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    A delicious Spanish offering, PULPO A GALLEGA is usually found in bars and restaurants throughout Spain.
    Pulpo a Gallaga is steamed discs of Octopus, sprinkled with lemon juice and paprika. A sharp knife or scissors is used to cut the tentacles away from the head,
    We had a dish of this delicacy at the La Casona Restaurant in Malaga. The dish was prepared in front of us. It was quite a presentation if I may say so. The Senora used scissors to cut up the boiled Octopus and applied the different spices and then presented the finished plate to us. I did try a piece and it was actually quite tasty, if you can get by the thought of what you are eating. The tentacles were kinda creepy looking.

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    Learning the Lingo

    by Myfanwe Written Jul 15, 2006

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    Please don't confuse Malaga with the other 'British' holiday resorts along the Costa del Sol, Malaga is typically Spanish - you will not find a restaurant in the centre cooking 'Full English Breakfast' and unless you know some Spanish you will need to take a good phrasebook with you and swat up on the plane beforehand - just a few basic phrases will do!!

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    Tapas

    by RAINBOWWINGS Written Aug 3, 2006

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    Great tapas

    Tapas...those great little plates of food served at the side of a drink. The word "tapa" comes from th old, old days of when a local would go in an old bar, order his glass of wine or beer, and to keep the flies off, the barman would place, normally, a slice of chorizo or salchichon ontop of the glass to cover it (Tapar:to cover) Sadly this free offer of tapas hardly exists anymore in Malaga especially in the tourist areas. Lots of surrounding villages still carry on the tradition, but dont expect it everywhere. Its still widely practiced in Granada tho!

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    PREPARING A VISIT TO MALAGA AND ANDALUCIA

    by cbeaujean Updated Jan 21, 2004

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    ronda,puente nuevo

    interesting web pages:
    www.andalucia.org
    www.webmalaga.com
    www.granadatur.com
    www.turiscordoba.es
    www.promojaen.es
    www.almeria-turismo.org
    www.sevilla.org
    www.turismoderonda.es
    www.cadizturismo.com
    www.sierradecadiz.com

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    more about new congress hall....

    by cbeaujean Written Mar 28, 2003

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    congress hall

    inaugurated on 22nd of march 2003!
    has taken two years and eight months to complete.
    the building resembles an enormous fish...

    built with unusual materials:
    TITANIUM :covering area consists of thin sheets of tianium,treated like gold leaf.
    GLASS
    MARBLE.three different types of marble,giving
    a tremendous visual impact.
    WOOD.in ceilings of various halls.
    a NETWORK of GALLERIES allows electrical supply,sound,compressed air,water and communications systems to reach any part of the new trade fair and exhibition palace.

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  • Ordering a Coffee in Malaga

    by blint Updated Mar 23, 2008

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    Cadiz is only a couple of hours away by car, but I was astonished how much can change from one place to another. Simple things like ordering a coffee are different. I am referring to the names people call the different types of coffee and the sizes.

    In Malaga the size of your average cup (or should I say glass as they are usually served as so) of coffee is much larger than that which I am accustomed to in Cadiz or in fact other parts of Spain. Maybe it is the British or American influence but coffee here is milkier and weaker.

    You are often asked if you want a normal (large) coffee or a shorter one (smaller and to me more normal sized one).

    If you are offered a Sombra (shaded coffee) this is a smaller coffee, but still very milky. In Cadiz we would call it a manchado (stained coffee).

    For your general interest and that of our beloved president, a coffee here usually costs 1,40 euros. I didn't notice that it was cheaper to order a smaller coffee.

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    Tapas

    by Helga67 Updated May 31, 2007

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    Malaguenos like to sit in bars or pubs for hours sipping wine and chatting. Their drinks are mostly accompanied with a small snack (tapa).

    The actual name tapa comes from the word for a small plate which was often requested by customers to cover the drink for protection against insects or evaporation. Some small snacks were placed on these covers. In time it became so popular that they became standard.

    Some of the best tapa bars are located around Calle Nueva in the heart of the city.

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    worth knowing,before visiting granada alhambra

    by cbeaujean Updated Jan 21, 2004

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    alhambra from st nicolas church

    100km from malaga,frequent direct buses...

    TO AVOID:
    *queuing for hours at alhambra booking office...
    *an entrance ticket for hours later or...day(s) after!

    EARN TIME,BOOKING ON INTERNET,with a credit card,choosing yourself date and best moment to visit!

    with your internet copy,when in alhambra site,go first to the ticket office and change your copy into an entry voucher...

    YOU ARE READY TO VISIT...

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    Fiesta Time

    by RAINBOWWINGS Written Aug 3, 2006

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    Fiesta attire!

    August is Fiesta time in Malaga and the Malagüenos love the build up during the month. On the outskirts of the city a huge "village" is erected where the local businesses and the higher class resident will rent a Casita, a small marquee usually decorated in the family tradition, to hold their own party every night throughout the 10 days of Fiesta. They wil pasear up and down the central street of the village, in beautifully decorated horse and carriages, or on horseback with the señorita in full flamenco dress sitting behind her escort for the evening. In the city the locals will stroll the streets till the early hours dressed in their Malagüenan finery, stopping for a glass of malaga wine, a sweet sherry type wine, a plate of tapas and listening to the many musical groups playing throughout the town. Anything from Flamenco to heavy rock...theres something for everyone.
    Now the downside to this as any expat living in Malaga will appreciate is that come August Malaga closes as does the majority of other Spanish cities! Very few offices or professional services are operating, you cant order any furniture, book an appointment, get your house painted...because its August! But hey...enjoy!!

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    Eating time

    by Helga67 Updated May 31, 2007

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    icecream

    In Málaga, as in the rest of Spain, meals are usually eaten later than in some other European countries.

    Breakfast: between 9 and 11 am.
    Lunch: between 2 and 3 pm
    Dinner: between 9 and 10 pm.

    In the meantime you can eat tapas or taste the very good looking icecream!.

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    processions

    by call_me_rhia Updated Mar 14, 2008

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    Malaga is well knowns for its semana santa procession - but I guess that processions are quite a common thing for the city. We visited in early may 2008, and one night we just happened to catch a procession leaving from the cathedral... We bumped into it some time later near calle lario... a few men carrying a cross with a crucified Jesus on their shoulders, and many others just walking with torches. We never found out what procession it iwas.

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  • A person from Malaga

    by blint Written Mar 23, 2008

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    The Boqueron Cathedral

    Someone from Malaga is usually called a Malagueño, although affectionately they have another name which is Boqueron.

    A Boqueron is a type of small fish, Anchovies are normally made out of them. I have no idea why the people of Malaga are called so maybe it has something to do with the fishing tradition and the fact that Boquerones are very abundant in the waters.

    Is there a Boqueron out there who can explain why to me?

    It is not an insult and Malagueños will call themselves a boqueron freely.

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    intensive spanish curses

    by cbeaujean Written Nov 25, 2002

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    "cursos intensivos para extranjeros" of malaga university....
    among pupils,a lot of swedish girls???
    but,seriously,a jolly good teaching method.

    located opposite picasso's park,on avenida de andalucia.

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  • Malaga Slang (I will translate to English soon)

    by blint Written Mar 23, 2008

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    * Petao = Cuando algo está muy lleno. Cuando algo falla
    * Chavea = Niño pequeño
    * Chota, Perola = Cabeza
    * Irse la olla = Irse la cabeza
    * Perita = Guay
    * Jiñao = Cobarde, cagao
    * Pila = Pechá de algo; x ehemplo: una pila cocheh, una pila ente...
    * Chorraera = Tobogán
    * Piños = Dientes
    * Moña = Afeminado
    * Chorra = Suerte, potra
    * Pollón = Tenerla grande
    * Castrojo = Cateto de pueblo
    * Terral (terrá)= viento caliente procedente de Marruecos y de Ecija, causa de una muerte lenta en verano a los malagueños y fulminante para los guiris ( puto terráa, los pobres moros no tienen culpa de esto)
    * Guiri = tio mu blanco que lleva calcetines con las sandalias en pleno agosto que se empeña en estar 8 horas al Sol sin botijo ni boina ni na
    * Chusmón = De la familia del 'merdellón' pero con connotaciones delictivas
    * Tenis = Zapatillas deportivas
    * Gorrilla = Individuo que te vigila el coche si le das un euro y te lo raja si no se lo das.
    * Merdellón = Del francés merd de gens (mierda de gente), imposible de definir, hay que verlo!!! (la version femenina es imposible de no ver u oir)
    * Ehnortao, Empanao, Alobao, Apollardao = atontao, empaellao, agilipollao..
    * Engorilao = entusiasmao con algo, encariñao u obcecao.
    * Soba = dormío
    * Estar guahnío = Estar muy cansado
    * Nove = No veas, se usa para frases tanto afirmativas como negativas
    * Biznaga = Ramillete de jazmines en forma de bola
    * Portañica = Bragueta
    * Muerdeee er rooollo = Que curioso
    * Cenacho = Cesta de esparto con asas
    * Cenachero = vendedor ambulante de pescao
    * Caniho = Colega (vieeeeeo)
    * Pechá = Mucho/a
    * Nube, sombra, mitad, corto, semicorto, largo, semilargo, solo...= Tipos de cafés atendiendo a la proporcion de leche en el brebaje
    * Abe = Sabes, coletilla muy común (aaaaaaaabe, vieeeeo????)
    * Fosco = Caca
    * Hacer el gato = Dar gato por liebre, engañar, timar
    * Fiiite = Fijaté
    * Pitufo/Changüi mixto= Pitufo(un tipo de pan)/Changüi con jamón y queso
    * Campero = Bocadillo con un tipo de pan y con tantos condimentos que es imposible acabarlo
    * Piña = golpe
    * Piarda = No ir a clase, hacer pellas
    * Piardero = el que hace mas piardas que examenes (dejo de existir con la LOGSE ya que ni hay examenes ni control de asistencia)
    * Rosco = Flotador
    * Guarrito = Taladrador, viene de la marca Warrington
    * Mandanga = Guasa
    * Maharón = Chalao, majareta
    * Grillao = Loco
    * Chuminá = Tontería
    * Morcillona = La tengo Flácida y gorda
    * Tener más mala cara que los pollos del Pryca = No encontrarse muy bien
    * Aaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy que rrrriiiiiicahh... = Vendedor de almendras.
    * Chacina = Fiambre (para comer, jamón, salchichón...).
    * Moraga = como las pelis de surferos de California pero con sangria en vez de cerveza y boquerones en vez de hamburguesas.
    * Gazpachuelo = una sopita de pescao y mahonesa que viene mu bien cuando nieva en Cazabermea.
    * Niña = hembra humana menor de 35 años
    * Hacer la pirula = saltarse un semaforo, circular marcha atras por una calle en direccion contraria pa que no se note, girar en una rotonda donde no se debe,...
    * Calimocho = néctar de los dioses (en Sevilla y Cordoba no lo conocen :)
    * Jocántaro = el monstruoso hombre centollo de la Carihuela
    * Chícharo = guisante
    * Copo = el producto de pescar con red usease los pescaos que has pillao en el dia
    * Jábega = barca de pesca con ojos
    * Palo = un barrio mu leho der sentro
    * Sentro = donde se busca el aguinaldo de los 40 principales toas las navidades
    * Curiana = cucaracha generica
    * Chiringuito = quiosco
    * Trápala = individuo que hace negocios no con muy buenas intenciones, tendente al timo y/o a hacer las cosas de cualquier manera

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