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Arab souk evoking Benalmádena’s Moorish past

ByMary M. Ward

Aug 23, 2022

Visitors enjoy an old Arab souk in Benalmádena. / ON

The traditional market, which will be held from August 25 to 28, will feature typical cuisine, spices, teas and handicrafts, as well as buskers, juggling, archery, street theater and parades.

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Benalmádena City Hall has announced that the popular Arab souk will return to the streets of the Pueblo for the first time since the pandemic hit from Wednesday August 24 to Sunday August 28.

The traditional Arab market, which will be located between the Jardines del Muro and the Plaza de las Tres Culturas, is organized to showcase the city’s illustrious Moorish history. The candlelit streets are filled with tents offering Arabic-style cuisine, fragrant teas and spices, as well as stalls selling sweets, pastries and desserts, handicrafts and clothing.

The five-day event, which the town hall says will ‘be appealing to the whole family’, will feature traveling musicians, dance performances, street theatre, parades, juggling, archery and typical activities of Benalmádena in medieval times. There will also be activities for children, including an ecological carousel.

In order to facilitate parking in the area, the Feria de Los Nadales will be open from Thursday to Sunday from 6 p.m.

Councilor for Commerce, Javier Marín, said: “After the hard years of the pandemic, we have resumed recreational activities to promote commerce in the municipality with initiatives such as the souk, which represents the roots of Benalmádena: its Arab past, its people and their customs.