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 8 October 2022, the whole city gets ready for a full evening of performances, installations, exhibitions, concerts and fun. Based around this year’s general theme of the four elements (fire, water, earth and air), the action starts at 7pm and continues until midnight. 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 2022 is the four elements – air, fire, earth and water. 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 the pdf of the programme (in Spanish only) here.
Top tip – you need to sign up for some activities in advance usually by email and from 9am on 1 October. 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 7 October noon till 2pm and 8-10pm, and Saturday 8 October noon till 2pm and 6pm-midnight. All Malaga tourist offices have information and programmes.
There’s also a mobile phone app (in Spanish). Download Noctiluca for Android or iOS for the programme, maps and other information. You’ll also find the Noche en Blanco passport on the app so you can collect stamps from the events as you visit them. The passports enter a prize draw and the visitor with the most stamps will be next year’s ambassador.
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:
The street is usually the main focus for installations and this year is no exception. Students from Malaga Architecture School have created an installation using ribbons to represent the four elements.
Plaza de la Marina
This square is another focal point for events this year:
Four Elements in Malaga – what the four elements represent in the city at 8.15pm, 9.25pm and 10.35am.
Tourist bus – tours around the city cost €2, last an hour and leave every 20 minutes.
This pretty street off Calle Granada will be decorated with 1,000 windmills.
An installation of white trees made of helium balloons and LED lighting will illuminate part of the walkway.
- The chance to go up the 1948 control tower and see the air strip at night at the Aircraft Museum.
- The chance to put your signature on your own street art at CAC Malaga.
There are lots of dance performances. We’ve picked out these highlights:
World dance and kpop – performances of typical dances from around the world plus a kpop competition on the Guadalmedina riverbed (near CAC) from 7pm to 11pm.
Women dancing the world – in the lovely patio at the Carmen Thyssen Museum at 7.50pm, 9pm and 10.40pm.
Music in Malaga
You’ll see musicians on many corners and stumble on concerts throughout the city. We like the sound of these:
- Plaza de la Constitución – the Provincial Symphonic Orchestra plays from 9 to 10.30pm.
- Plaza del Obispo – a full musical programme for almost the whole evening.
- Plaza Carmen Thyssen (in front of the museum) – choir performances at 7.30, 8,30 and 9.30pm with jazz from 10.30pm.
- Calle Alcazabilla – Gospel concerts at 7 and 9.35pm, piano recitals at 7.40 and 9.05, and choir performances at 8.10 and 11.05pm.
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 7pm 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 from 1 October at 9am, with different links depending on the time you choose for your visit.
English Cemetery – another of our favourite places in Malaga and nicely atmospheric on an evening. The tours leave at 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11pm (tour in English at 8pm). Tickets available from firstname.lastname@example.org from 1 October at 9am.
Star gazing from Muelle Uno – telescopes in place from 9 to 11.30pm.
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, rope-tying classes… Sign up by email email@example.com or phone 952 294 049 from 1 October at 9am.
Los Mártires Church – take the chance to see this newly-restored church from the inside while you enjoy an organ concert at 8.15 and 9.15pm.
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 the Car Museum 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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