There’s just one week to go! Next Friday the 12th August 2011, the city of Málaga celebrates its yearly “Feria” (Fair) in which citizens and visitors indulge in good old fashioned fun: Dancing, singing, drinking (in moderation!), eating all contribute to making this one of the most popular festivities in all of Andalucía, if not Spain.
Originally established to commemorate the re-conquest of the city by Isabella and Ferdinand in 1487, the “Feria de Málaga” boasts an average yearly attendance of 3 million people! (That’s some party ).
The fair officially starts on Friday 12th August at midnight with the “Pregon” (opening speech) which is usually carried out by a famous personality; this year the honour falls on local singing sensation, Pablo Alborán. Following the “Pregon” there will be a firework display and a free concert with Pablo Alborán. All the above takes place on theLa Malagueta beach.
“Feria de Dia” (Day Fair)
Saturday the 13th August is the first full “feria” day; the fun begins with the “Feria de día” or Day Fair which takes place in the city centre. The Calle Larios and surrounding streets are the place to be from around midday until the early evening (around 7pm). Expect lots of singing and dancing – you’ll probably end up joining in – as well as some great tapas, wines and sherry (referred to as “fino”).
Although you can expect warm temperatures – light clothing is highly recommended – the town hall has installed special canopies over the Calle Larios in order to provide some protection from the scorching August sun!
The Night Fair
After the madness of the day fair, the fun continues at the “Real dela Feria”, the main fairground located on the outskirts of the city, next to the Malaga Exhibition Centre. Here you’ll be able to enjoy the rides at the fun fair – a must-do if you have kids – and the traditional “casetas” where you will experience the best of flamenco singing and dancing. Throughout the whole week, the town hall has also organised over 200 free concerts which encompass a wide selection of musical styles and disciplines.
Not to be missed…
- The “Romería” – The traditional horse parade where hundreds of beautifully dressed fair-goers ride through the Malagueta area of the city on their horses and carriages, each decorated with beautifully coloured flowers and ribbons. This year, it takes place on Saturday the 13th August.
- Bullfighting – The Malaga Fair attracts some of the biggest names in the industry and every day, theLa Malaguetabullring hosts spectacular bull fights that will thrill all who attend. I understand it’s not for everyone but if you haven’t experienced a true bullfight, this might be your chance to see the real thing!
If you’ve got any questions about the “Feria”, feel free to ask your questions in the comments below or speak to our extremely knowledgeable team at the hotel leisure desk on the 6th floor.
Looking for accommodation during the fair? SunsetBeachClub is ideal as you can take the train in to Málaga when you want to visit the fair and, at the same time, enjoy the facilities of our 4 star beach front hotel. Please visit www.sunsetbeachclub.com to check availability and to book online.