Ten essential things you should know about the Feria de Málaga
The Málaga Fair in August is the most important summer festival in Andalucia. Polka dots and ruffles mix with wine and tapas which are divided between the historic centre in the morning and the fairground at night. Concerts, dance, attractions and a lot of fun are the keys to this fair’s success. If you travel to the Costa del Sol, don’t miss this chance to see first-hand typical Andalusian folklore. Here we are ten essential things you should know about the Feria de Málaga.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
10. 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.
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