Fiesta del Conejo (Rabbit Festival). Parauta. November. Unique Festival
This festival has been declared to be of Tourist Interest by the Provincial Council of Málaga.
Please check with the local Town Hall or Municipal Tourism Office for the festival date before planning any sightseeing activities.
Parauta is located on the southern slope of the Sierra del Oreganal, north of the Genal Valley. The municipality is part of the Parque Natural de la Sierra de Las Nieves, designated a biosphere reserve by UNESCO for its outstanding ecological value. Its landscape contrasts sharply with the grey hills covered in scarce vegetation, except for the mountains coated in pines, holm oaks, and chestnut and olive trees that stretch out into the Genal Valley.
This white village preserves its Al-Andalus past in its narrow, steep and cobbled streets boasting whitewashed houses topped off with Arabic tiles. Also, it is of great botanical interest and has a sparkling beauty, known for its Spanish fir forest and natural environment. Lush green woods with hiking trails make this destination a favourite for nature lovers.
The local cuisine is another perk of visiting this region. Here, residents strive to keep culinary traditions alive over time and make them known to all visitors. The classic ingredient in Parauta has always been rabbit meat, once considered a fundamental element of its gastronomy.
Rice, rabbit meat and verdiales performances are the main components for the Rabbit Festival. The dish is cooked differently every year while following the traditional recipes. From the earliest hours of the morning, the villagers start preparing the food that will be handed out during the celebration. The event also offers a traditional verbena (street party), flamenco, and the chance to taste typical pastries