Hello and welcome to the February edition of Soltalk. Well we’ve got January out of the way and before we know it Easter will be upon us! If only the politicians in the UK can decide what’s happening with Brexit we could even start to look forward to it!

February of course is the month for LOVE with Valentine’s Day on February 14th. If you are looking for a great range of Valentines Cards you’ll find them at Smiffs book and card shop, see page 49 for details. Or could it be time to treat your loved one to a romantic evening at the Haveli restaurant? See page 53 for their special Valentines menu. And on the same page find our recipe for delicious strawberry brownies which I am sure would delight your loved ones!

carnival-nerjaThe end of this month sees Carnival here in Nerja. Held this year from Thursday, February 28 until Sunday, March 3, Carnival is one of my favourite events in Nerja. Each year it gets bigger and better as participants impress the crowds with their spectacular costumes. The actual parade takes place on Saturday March 2 starting at 5pm and ending with the awards ceremony at Plaza de España. It takes the following route: starting in Calle Jaen then Diputación, Plaza Cavana, Granada, Plaza de la Ermita, Calle San Miguel, Plaza de Cantarero, Calle Pintada, Puerta del Mar and finishes back at Plaza de España. After the parade a big party is held in Plaza de España and the winners of the best costumes are announced.

The most unusual part of Carnival is on the Sunday which sees the ‘Entierro del boquerón’ (the burial of the anchovy or sardine) marked by a procession down to Calahonda beach and fireworks. People dress as mourners and carry the sadly departed fish effigy along with much wailing and sobbing. It is bizarre and very amusing in a black comedy way!

As always there is a stunning poster for Carnival as you can see. The poster’s artist, José Alberto Jiménez Pastrana from Linares in Jaén, has named his colourful creation “Soñé con ser Nerja, soñé con ser Carnaval”, I dreamed of being Nerja, I dreamed of being Carnival. It reflects many iconic spots in Nerja including the Nerja Caves, which is a reminder of the Caves 60th anniversary this year.

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We hope you have a great February and enjoy this magazine!


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