15 THINGS YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT LA FERIA DE MÁLAGA
The Feria de Málaga (Málaga Fair) is the most important Andalusian fair of the summer. Its origin goes back to the 15th century. It was created to celebrate the entry in Malaga of the Catholic Kings, in August of 1487.
The open character of the Malaga people turns the Málaga Fair into a cosmopolitan party. A celebration accessible to all who want to live the August Fair in Malaga. You do not need an invitation or formal dress. Just have fun with each of the events that take place during fair days.
The Feria de Malaga begins with the proclamation, a pyrotechnic-music show and a concert on the Malagueta Beach. These events take place on the first Friday of the fair, shortly before midnight.
The Pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of the patron saint of the city, the Virgen de la Victoria, is another of the traditional acts of the beginning of the Feria de Malaga. It is celebrated in the morning, on the first Saturday of the fair. In the evening, there is the inauguration of the Real de la Feria in the Cortijo de Torres. The lighting of the artistic lighting of its facade.
The historical center of the city is the day’s enclosure of the Feria de Malaga. The meeting place of locals and visitors who enjoy the fair in the morning. Have drinks, tapas and dance. Verdiales, Sevillanas, rumbas and any style of joyful and danceable music. The day fair usually comes to live from 1:00pm.
The Real de la Feria is a meeting and fun place for the August Fair by day and at night. In its numerous booths, activities for all tastes and audiences are organized. In the calle del infierno, or rides area, old and young also meet, throughout the afternoon and night.
The Municipal Auditorium is another nerve center of the Feria de Malaga. Where the music concerts of outstanding national and international artists take place.
The Bullring is another of the places of interest of the Feria de Malaga where bullfights of the Bullfighting Fair are celebrated. Main figures of bullfight come together in the Malagueta.
1. Proclamation of the Feria de Malaga (Málaga Fair)
The first official event of the Feria de Malaga is the reading of the Festival Proclamation. The crier is usually a local noted for his/her professional prestige. Manuel Bandera, Estrella Morente, Antonio Banderas, Diana Navarro, Julio Iglesias, María Teresa Campos, Pasión Vega and many others have already had the honor of occupying this position.
2. A lot of fireworks
The Málaga Fair opens every year with an impressive fireworks display that bathes the Málaga sky in colour. Neighbours from across the province, and national and international visitors come to enjoy this launch in style. This year, this pyrotechnic work of art will take place on the night of Friday, August. The reflection of the cascades of light and fire at sea is the best picture that you can take to begin the great days of the capital of the Costa del Sol.
3. Concert on the Malagueta Beach
It is the first concert of the numerous that each year are programmed for the Feria de Malaga. After the proclamation and the pyrotechnic-music show.
4. Pilgrimage to the Basilica Sanctuary of Santa María de la Victoria
The pilgrimage is part of the Paseo del Parque, where chariots, horses and pilgrims concentrate. It is headed by “the standard-bearer” for the wreath to the patroness of Malaga. The Standard-bearer of the Fair of Malaga is usually a prominent figure for its professional or social work.
5. Inauguration of the artistic lighting of the Real de la Feria
The inauguration of the Real de la Feria de Malaga takes place each year with the lighting of the artistic lighting of its facade. It is one of the most anticipated moments for the Malaga people. On the night of the fair’s first Saturday.
6. The Fair Day downtown
The Málaga city centre becomes a hive of people who go out on the streets of the old town to share the joy of these holidays with friends. Singing, dancing and fun are the stars until the early hours and this is the best place to socialise and meet people. Everyone is happy and there is lots of conversation. Businesses are decorated with lanterns and the streets are dressed according with the spirit of flamenco. Definitely a place to have fun safely.
7. Clothing: polka dots and hats
If you decide to go to the centre of Málaga on the day of the fair, make sure you wear a flower in your hair if you are a woman or a Cordovan hat if you are male. Some locals will be dressed in gypsy suits or dresses in the case of females, but remember to wear something small related to the fair. Manila shawls, sashes, and above all, polka dots make up the Málaga aesthetics of this party. Make sure you wear light clothing; the heat can take its toll and although there are systems to cool people down, it’s always better to be prepared. Fight high temperatures in the most traditional fair way: the hand fan. Comfortable shoes are another important factor if you’re going on the day of the fair.
8. Sweet Málaga wine
Málaga is famous for the high quality of its sweet wine and the fair makes the most of promoting and drinking it. Cartojal is the most common form these days and the bottles are passed from one person to another. A nice chilled glass of this delicacy leaves a nice taste in your mouth and brings you closer to local traditions. It is not difficult to find locals dancing with a drink in hand. You can also try the Rebujito, a very traditional local cocktail, and any other drink you fancy.
9. Verdiales Festivals
The traditional music and dance of Málaga are verdiales. During the August Fair, the streets of the city centre are filled with verdiales festivals where men in white shirts and black pants with flowery hats and bows sing a kind of fandango (palo) accompanied by guitars and tambourines. The women dance to the music dressed in peasant skirts. Don’t miss these shows which bring you closer to the culture of Málaga. Also, you can visit the museums which are open to the public.
Locals from Málaga don’t forget good food at the fair; on the contrary, the palate is refined and you should take advantage of that. Typical dishes include fried eggplants, peppers, tortilla chips, fried anchovies and fish. A selection of food, mostly seafood, often includes a good plate of ham and cheese. Here you will see the meaning of the tapas and you simply have to taste them in the best party atmosphere. Feel free to accompany them with a good local wine. We are confident that your memory of the city will be excellent if you experience the fair for yourself.
11. Concerts in the Plaza de las Flores
Among the many musical activities organised on the day of the fair are the stages that are mounted along the old town for live music. One of the most popular spots is the Plaza de las Flores, parallel to the famous Marqués de Larios street, where you can hear all kinds of music, not just flamenco. The happiness is contagious and the dancing is the star.
12. The Night of the Fair
In Málaga, the fair is divided into Day & Night, and during the latter, the party moves to the Cortijo de Torres fairground. Booths of all kinds come together in this space where the dance continues. Salsa, sevillanas or disco music, among other styles, come together in this space where you can choose the option you like best. On the streets, you can find the typical stalls with sweets, including toffee apples and cotton candy, a good choice to sweeten the palate within the celebration.
Children enjoy the fairground the most because there are all kinds of attractions there. If you are travelling as a family this is place to take your kids to ride on the bumper cars, the grasshopper or the train. Older children can also have fun in this regard as there are rides that defy gravity and give you a rush. Don’t leave the fair without having tried at least one of its attractions. The lights and the unmistakable sound of the tombola are the most unique features of this typical view.
14. Concerts in the Auditorium
The August Fair is the setting of artists who come to Málaga to play in their latest tours. You will see quality shows in the auditorium. Local artists also have a place here and each year, the final of the MálagaCrea Rock music contest is celebrated. This is good option for seeing the latest news and the talents of this country. Then you can move onto the dances until dawn or until you drop.
15. Bullfighting fair of Malaga
The Plaza de Toros de La Malagueta welcomes bullfighting leading figures during Malaga festivals. Novilladas (bullfights with young bulls), bullfights and corrida de rejones (bullfight on horseback) make up the line-up of the Bullfighting Fair of Malaga.
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