Irish communities along the Costa del Sol, as in the rest of the world, are gearing up for the biggest party of the year. St Patrick's Day celebrations will be taking place all along the Costa del Sol next weekend and hundreds of gallons of Guinness will be consumed by Irish nationals (plus those who assume the identity for the day) clad in coloured wigs and floppy hats.
Malaga will light up the San Patricio Church with green lights again this year as part of the global event in which dozens of monuments and emblematic sights are illuminated to commemorate the patron of Ireland.
The Irish Association of Spain has organised two events again this year.
Benalmádena's popular celebration will begin at midday on Saturday 17, with mass in the Parroquia de la Inmaculada Concepcíon in Arroyo de la Miel. This is followed by a procession from the church to the huge party that is held in La Paloma Park. The events start at 1pm and continue until 6pm, when many of the revellers head to the thriving party atmosphere of Montemar, where most bars present a day of traditional Irish music and fun.
Following the success of last year's party in Torremolinos, the Irish Association will also present another celebration in the Plaza La Nogalera in Torremolinos. The event will begin at midday will present live music, line dancing and children's activities.
Marbella's celebrations will take place on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 March, with Celtic music and traditional Irish dancing in the Constitution Park in Avenida Arias Maldonado. The party begins at 1pm and continues until 7 pm both days.
Fuengirola enjoys an afternoon of Irish culture and music in the Miramar Park while many of the Irish pubs in the town will present live music and typical Irish cuisine throughout the day.