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Come and listen to the VERDIALES, local folk groups, or join them in the singing and dancing, you are sure to have a lot of fun.

In the Province of MALAGA the music is of Medieval origin called VERDIALES, in the Sierras they sing jotas or boleros, while in the towns in the Guadalquivir valley they perform regional dances with each Province having its own traditional costume taken from the dresses of the past.
The towns and villages of the Subbetica in CORDOBA Province are full of folklore, and in CABRA the Danza de las Mudanzas is danced at the end of the olive harvest, and in CARCABUEY, on Resurrection Sunday, street musicians, people in masks and fancy dress, and town criers all parade in the streets.

FUENTE TOJAR has a procession on 15th May, the Feria of San Isidro, where the Danzantes de San Isidro dance along in front of the procession dressed in printed skirts and colored hats.
Las Zambombas are a typical folklore group from LUQUE who sing Christmas Carols, and in RUTE the "Mochileros" go around the nearby farmhouses singing Christmas Carols, and characteristic of the town, are Poetas or Torvas evenings, with speeches in verse and songs of the Aurea.

In ZUHEROS the "Corros de Melenchon" go around the steep streets singing and dancing during CARNAVAL, and in RUTE, during the CARNAVAL, is the "Entierro de la Sardina", "Burial of the Sardine". RUTE also has an interesting dance called "Chacarral", a mixture of fandango and verdial and originated in the village of ZAMBRA.

PRIEGO DE CORDOBA locals dance a popular fandango and wear traditional dress.

GRANADA holds a FLAMENCO festival during the Corpus Christi festival each June and La Pena Flamenca Plateria, one of the most prominent flamenco groups, organises important shows.
MACHARAVIAYA in LA AXARQUIA holds the feast of San Bernardo during August where everyone is welcome to sing and dance the typical VERDIALES.

During the second fortnight of August the inhabitants and visitors of ALGARROBO gather around to dance to the traditional music and see the fireworks, whilst in COMPETA every 15th August thousands of people come to celebrate NOCHE DEL VINO knowing that in this typical Axarquian village they will spend some unforgettable hours with its popular dances, its singing and the free wines for the visitors.

COLMENAR, known as the Capital of the Montes de Malaga, has a number of traditional festivals in which the folklore of the VERDIALES has a prominent role.

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