The 14th annual 3 Cultures Festival opens in Frigiliana on August 22. For four days the streets will be filled with a medieval market plus live music, dance, theatre, magic, fire eating and more.

The event celebrates the legacies left by the Christian, Judaism and Islamic periods of the Middle Ages and always attracts thousands of visitors to the Axarquía town. This year, 18 establishments are taking part in two different tapas routes, enabling visitors to wander round the old town enjoying local cuisine along the way.

Music is an essential part of the Festival and this year there will be nine concerts, as well as deejays playing music at four sites with the major event planned for the last night, Sunday, August 25. As usual, dancing will continue until dawn every night in the Plaza de las 3 Culturas.

Children will be catered for as usual with activities including lectures, films, workshops, music and fireworks displays. A zone for these will be set aside in the Parque de Andalucía.

Frigiliana has vowed to make this year’s Festival as environmentally friendly as possible, with the aim of reducing the use of plastics. In the youth areas, reusable vessels will be used for drinks, while those venturing along the tapas routes are being encouraged to take advantage of the reusable drinking cups on offer.

The full programme for he Festival will be available at festivalfrigiliana3culturas.com and on the official Facebook page facebook.com/FestivalFrigiliana3Culturas. Car parking in Frigiliana is limited and visitors are encouraged to use public transport. As usual, a shuttle bus service to and from Nerja’s bus station will operate during the Festival, leaving Nerja on the hour, and returning from Frigiliana on the half-hour