CANDLELIGHT: The festival features 10,000 candles

THE Festival de la Luna Mora — the festival of the Moorish moon — kicks off today in Mijas.

This is the second year that Mijas will host the festival, which is traditionally celebrated in the nearby city of Guaro during the month of September.

The festival celebrates Spain’s three historic cultures: Moorish (Muslim), Christian, and Sephardi (Jewish).

Ten thousand candles will light the streets of Mijas during the festival.

Attendees of the festival can sample traditional Andalucian dishes, peruse the artisan street market, and enjoy shows by dancers and musicians representing the Moorish, Christian, and Sephardi cultures.

The festival takes place over the course of two weekends: July 17-19 and July 31-August 2.

Free bus transportation between Fuengirola and Mijas is provided throughout the duration of the festival.

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