Lonely Planet Writer

Disconnect and immerse yourself in nature at Spain's Pause Festival in the Malaga mountains

A new Spanish festival is set to take place from 18-22 August in the stunning surrounds of the Málaga mountains. An invitation to disconnect from technology and the pressures of everyday life, the event will see five open-air concerts take place at a spectacular retreat in the hills.

Pause Festival runs from 18-22 August in Malaga
Pause Festival will take place at La Donaira, Malaga later this month. Image: Pause Festival Facebook

Pause explores man’s relationship with nature by bringing music out of concert halls”, say the organisers. “Thanks to the wild setting, it provides the opportunity to simply relax, reconnect, realign and recharge your natural batteries too.”

The festival promises to be an intimate affair. “It’s organised by a small professional team in collaboration with Finca La Donaira, each of us with a specific area of expertise, but sharing a passion for nature and culture. The site is huge and the artists are international, but tickets are limited to just 100 each night because Pause is all about peace, relaxation and escape.”

The setting is certainly hard to beat. La Donaira is a 250-hectare sustainable farm, equestrian centre and smart design retreat in the mountains above El Gastor, on the border of the Malaga and Cádiz provinces in Andalucía. Guests can choose between one-day tickets and a five-day pass for evening concerts only, or go a five-day package which includes luxury accommodation, the evening concerts, access to pool and spa, and plenty of delicious locally-sourced, organic food.

The concerts will feature the Partitura Movement, an international collective of musicians whose ethos ties nicely into the festival’s aim. “They have a mission to perform to new audiences in non-traditional venues, so we realised we all shared an interest in breaking down boundaries. And we loved their music too.” There’ll also be performances by cellist Camille Thomas, flamenco cantaora Mayte Martin, composer and pianist Rupert Huber, and composer and jazz pianist Juan Ramón Veredas Navarro.

It’s not just music though; there’ll be other rejuvenating activities on offer to guests too, like shiatsu; horse whispering; horse-riding and various spa treatments. See Pause for more.