Everything you need to know to enjoy the Feria de Nerja as never before
Who said that Andalusian fairs were only held in summer? It is true that July and August are usually chosen to enjoy the larger festivals. However, some tourist cities do not get carried away by what others do.
We introduce you to Nerja Fair (Feria de Nerja). Nerja tourism not only differs from the rest by having the waters and beaches typical of the tropical coast of Granada, but also for celebrating its major festivals in the middle of autumn. During its days, this town radically changes its image and the Carabeo Fairground surprises us with a typical summer festival. In autumn, the weather still cooperates, so do not think about it anymore and enjoy this festival that will make us momentarily forget that winter is coming.
Where to park
Nerja is a typical Andalusian village with narrow streets, in the centre many streets are for pedestrians only and parking is quite difficult. For this reason, the City of Nerja has launched a new set of free parking that will be open 24 hours a day in calle Almirante Carranza. However, we also have a list with the car parks that you can find in the village.
El Chaparil Parking
It is also known as Parque Verano Azul parking because it is next to the famous Chanquete’s boat park. It has 273 parking spaces divided into three floors.
Paseo Nuevo Parking
This car park is located behind the Town Hall of Nerja, under the Plaza de España. It has 733 parking spaces distributed on three floors.
Burriana Municipal Parking
This municipal car park has capacity for 240 cars on three floors. It is located next to Burriana Beach, in calle Filipinas at the number 30.
The Nerja Fair
The Festivities in honour of the Virgen de las Angustias and San Miguel Arcángel are celebrated in Nerja by the end of September or beginning of October. The patroness is taken in procession from the temple that bears her name, to the parish of El Salvador.
The ground of the Feria de Nerja
The fairground is currently located in the parking of the Carabeo orchards and the official stand in the Plaza de España, all in the town centre, making the activities in the most central streets easier. All this connects and favours the movement of people in the Fair and makes everything feel alive and in motion.
The Fair begins
The fair of Nerja begins on October 8 with the proclamation, that usually takes place in the entrance of the town hall or in the main entrance of the fair. This year, Antonio Pozueco Pérez will be responsible for the proclamation. At the end, and to open the fair you can enjoy a great multimedia pyrotechnic and musical show “Nerja luz de pasión” (Nerja passion light), which will be completed with the lighting of the Real de la Feria and the Entrance Portal, as well as all the artistic lighting of the streets and squares of Nerja.
The big day
October 10 is the most important day of this festival, since after a Mass, the image of the patroness heads back to her chapel, but this time next to San Miguel. Several events take place in this procession to honour the patrons like the fireworks castle, the choirs and an endless number of moments carried out by the devotees, that make of this procession a crowed and very important event for this municipality. Around this ecclesiastical event there is also a flamenco festival with folkloric performances, cultural activities, sports, parades of floats, beauty contests and parties.
The closing of the fair
October 12 is the last day of the Nerja Festivals and it coincides with the Day of the Pillar. Military events are held such as the raising of the flag and the religious celebration of the Civil Guard together with a popular meal.
What to wear
If you decide to go to the Feria de Nerja, the traditional gypsy dress is the preferred option for women to enjoy the celebrations. And the short suit for men.
However, the fair has many days and we cannot always wear the same clothes so it is also usual to go dressed in street clothes but always wearing some fair detail like ruffles, fringes and flowers and polka-dots prints.
Comfortable footwear is another important factor if you’re going to be at the fair all day.
What to eat and drink
Every celebration has its typical cuisine, the Feria de Nerja is no different. At lunchtime, you have to taste dishes such as the fried fish, cheese, ham, cooked shrimp or prawns. In Nerja, there is quality and good price so enjoy. In the stands, you can taste more traditional options such as fried peppers, potato omelette, pinchitos, aubergines with honey or croquettes and scrambled eggs.
To drink, the cartojal is the star, a typical Malaga wine, very sweet that is taken cold. Rebujito, which is a manzanilla type wine with soda, is also consumed.
WHERE TO STAY
If you decide to visit the Costa del Sol and enjoy the Feria de Nerja nothing better than staying in a prestigious hotel such as Fuerte Calaceite Holiday Apartments, between Torrox and Nerja, typical Andalusian villages with the best climate in Europe.
This chain with more than 50 years of experience is leader in quality. Holidays with your partner, with your family or with friends, every travel choice fits perfectly in these hotels.