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Noche en Blanco in Malaga 2024

One of the best cultural events of the year, the Noche en Blanco in Malaga is just around the corner. Celebrating a long evening of dozens of free cultural events at over 100 venues), this is a must-do if you’re in Malaga.

On Saturday 18 May 2024, the whole city gets ready for a full evening of performances, installations, exhibitions, concerts and fun. Based around this year’s general theme of magic (La Magia en ti), the action starts at 8pm and continues until 1am  Best of all? Everything’s free.

There’s lots and lots on during the Noche en Blanco in Malaga, all based around the same theme. The theme for 2024 is magic (easy in Malaga!). Read on to discover our highlights and for more information on planning your evening.

Did you know? Noche en blanco means ‘a sleepless night’.

Where to find information

Every cultural venue, lots of tourism businesses and many individuals are organising events for the Noche en Blanco in Malaga. The list literally runs into the hundreds. The dedicated website (in Spanish only) lists all events (in Spanish only) here.

Top tip – you need to sign up for some activities in advance usually by email and from 10 May. Most will be oversubscribed so send your email in plenty of time!

If you’re looking for information at the time, there will be a Noche en Blanco office on Calle Larios. Open on Friday 17 May noon till 2pm and 8-10pm, and Saturday 18 May noon till 2pm and 6pm-midnight. All Malaga tourist offices have information and programmes. 

Our highlights

Deciding what to see and do in Malaga for this special event comes as a bit of a challenge when you’re literally spoilt for choice, but to give you some ideas, we’ve highlighted the following:

Calle Larios

The street is usually the main focus for installations and this year is no exception. The Magic of Dusk will recreate Mediterranean sunsets on the street. The photo below shows last year’s installation.

Noche en Blanco Malaga installation on Calle Larios 2023
“Air of Good Life” on Calle Larios in 2023

Plaza de la Marina

This square is another focal point for events this year:

  • Light shows – on all evening.
  • Music – The Symphonic Pop Orchestra performs at 8.30pm and La Guardia at 11pm.
  • Tourist bus – tours around the city cost €3, last an hour and leave every 20 minutes.

Muelle Uno

Stroll by the sea and discover the following magical events:

Mariner’s Chapel – the façade will be lit up with a light installation.

Dance performances – next to Pompeu Shop at 8.30pm, 9.15pm, 10pm, 10.45pm and 11.30pm.

Magical spaces – another light installation in the passageway next to the Pompidou Centre.

💡 Why not combine this with a self-guided walking tour of La Malagueta?

Malaga Museums

All the museums open until midnight and offer free entry. This is your chance to see that exhibition – temporary or permanent – and there’s something very special about a night time visit. Extra highlights at the museums include:

  • The chance to visit a magical cave at the Pompidou Centre.
  • The magic of pixels at the OXO Videogame Museum.

 

Music in Malaga

You’ll see musicians on many corners and stumble on concerts throughout the city. We like the sound of these:

Plaza del Obispo – a full musical programme for almost the whole evening.

Patio de las Cadenas (entrance to the Cathedral on Calle Císter) – piano recitals and opera from 9.15pm.

Plaza de la Merced – numerous recitals such as gospel and classical choir plus piano performances during the evening.

Eduardo Ocón Auditorium (on the Paseo del Parque) – Rockschool Malaga and Indie Rock from 9pm.

Pianist during the Noche en Blanco Malaga 2023
Pianist during the Noche en Blanco 2023

Malaga Monuments

Night tours of the Alcazaba – one of our favourites because it’s atmospheric and romantic!. Tours (in Spanish) take 50 minutes and leave every 15 minutes between 8pm and midnight. There’s also a tour in English at 8pm. To be sure it’s fully dark when you visit, choose a tour after 10pm. Tickets are available online, with different links depending on the time you choose for your visit. The links are available in the programme.

Cervantes Theatre – a guided tour of the theatre and a talk about the opera Manon Lascaut. The tour takes place at 10.15pm and you need to get a ticket, available from 11am on 10 May from the box office

Nereo Shipyards – yet another of our favourite spots. The shipyards (Callejón de Marina 8, right at the west end of Pedregalejo seafront promenade) have pulled out all the stops for the Noche en Blanco in Malaga with guided tours of the boats in the yard including a replica of the Phoenician fishing boat, trips on the typical jabega boats and rope-tying classes. Sign up by email museovivo@astillerosnereo.com or phone 952 294 049 from 10 May. Note that boat trips will depend on the weather and the sea.

San Miguel Cemetery – a dramatised visit with magic tricks included at 8pm, 9pm, 10pm and 11pm. Sign up via this link from 10 May onwards.

English Cemetery – another magical spot has dramatised visits at 8pm, 9.30pm and 11pm. Sign up from 10 May onwards via the links in the programme.

Other activities we like the sound of

Real-time graffiti murals – watch artists create 11 murals on Plaza de la Merced during the evening.

High-up Magic – the rooftop terrace at the Hotel Salles (Calle Mármoles 6, west of the river) will have live music, acrobats and a magician performing every 15 minutes.

Real Club Mediterranean – the pool at this club (next to the lighthouse) has synchronised swimming performances with lights and live music from 8 to 9.30pm.

Our dos for the Noche en Blanco in Malaga

Do be prepared for crowds – Malaga takes to the streets for this event so the city centre will be packed. Venues out of the city centre such as the Russian Museum and Muelle Uno tend to be quieter.

Do choose your programme in advance – everyone wants to go to everything so if you can, sign up in advance or be very specific about what you want to see.

Do take your kids – this is family-friendly event and there are lots of children’s activities. Click on ‘Nochecita en Blanco’ on the website (scroll down a bit to find it) to find out what’s on.

Do book a table – if you’re planning to eat out at one of the restaurants in Malaga during the evening, book your table now.

Do enjoy yourself – even if you can’t get into a specific venue, there’s lots going on in the streets and squares.

Do keep an eye on your stuff – this is a safe event in Malaga but keep your valuables close and watch your children don’t get lost in the crowds.

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