Apart from being the forerunner to summer and time for first dips in the sea, May is one of the months that travel becomes an authentic pleasure, especially for those who try to avoid conglomerations and choose a destination in the south of our country. Of all the places Malaga is one of the most outstanding at this time of the year. The motive? The arrival of the May Crosses, and with them some good flamenco, family atmosphere and the fragrance of flowers in every corner. The plan sounds good, doesn’t it?
The May Crosses is enjoyed throughout the whole of Andalusia (on different days depending on the province). However, the main celebrations take place in Granada, Cordoba and Malaga, so if you have a booking at the Hotel Petit Palace Plaza Málaga make sure that you join in with this completely local “fiesta”, authentic and great fun that takes place in all the different neighbourhoods where a large cross is decorated with flowers, shells, crystallites and also sometimes material. Which are the most typical? The ones that are decorated by the neighbours with fresh red carnations.
This is a popular celebration (with a base of well known music and local gastronomy) that was created, according to the writings and traditions, to commemorate the discovery of Christ’s Cross in Jerusalem, and that is why the protagonist of the event is a large decorated cross. How to add even more colour to these days of fiesta? Exactly, do it the Andalusia way, with a little flamenco, some bottles of “fino”, a good family atmosphere and lots of fried fish as a “tapa”. What more can you ask for?
Although it is the suburbs that organise the decoration to celebrate this event, it is also true that the Town Hall decided, some years ago, to support this fiesta and open it to all visitors, celebrating the May Crosses in other points of Malaga city, such as the Northern Park. Every year the Town Hall offers to locals and visitors, the best of Andalusian gastronomy, excellent locally produced wine, together with live music including “Sevillanos” (which in Andalusia are never missing at any celebration).
A carnation in the hair for the women and another in the buttonhole for the men is more than enough for you to blend in with the environment of the May Crosses. Also if you are lucky and have good weather, we can guarantee that you will definitely want to repeat this wonderful experience in Malaga.