La Feria Celebrations in Málaga 2018
What is the reason for la Feria?
Five hundred and thirty-one years ago, on August 19th , the Catholic Monarchs King Ferdinand and Queen Isabel conquered the city of Malaga ending eight centuries of Moorish rule.
And we are still celebrating the Christian conquest of the city over 500 years later with the biggest street party in southern Europe- the Feria of Málaga! The only remnant of any religious commemoration during the fair is a colourful pilgrimage of horses and carriages on the first day of the fair which start at the City Hall and makes it way to the Iglesia de la Victoria where a mass is celebrated in honour of la Virgen de la Victoria- whose statue was presented to the city by the Catholic Monarchs in 1487.
When is the fair of Malaga?
This year’s fair will take place from Saturday 11th August to Sunday 19th- 9 days of partying and dancing in the streets of Malaga.
A massive beach party kicks off the feria on Friday evening (August 10th) for the official opening (the pregón) of the fair (from hereonin let’s call it by its Spanish name- THE FERIA), with a concert on the Malagueta Beach close to the city and an amazing fireworks display at midnight. This year the fair will be one day longer than the last few years- a sure sign that the local government thinks that we have recovered from the recent economic crisis which reduced the feria from 10 days to one week.
Where is the fair of Malaga held?
The feria of Malaga is unique in the fact that it takes place in two distinct areas of the city.
La Feria del Día (the day fair) takes place in the narrow streets and beautiful squares of the historical centre while La Feria de la Noche (the night fair) happens just outside the city centre in El Real Cortijo de Torres next to the Palacio de Congresos (Congress Centre). Despite its name, the night feria is open during the day as well as at night.
The Day Feria in general has a more traditional feel with the streets full of locals dancing to traditional music like Sevillanas and Verdiales as well as groups of young musicians walking around the streets with their bands playing popular songs and ‘paso dobles’ – inciting onlookers to break out into dance.
In the main plazas of the city centre (Constitución, Mitjana, Flores, Merced), there will be over 20 live concerts during the week. A must-see favourite of the feria is the FREE SOUL BAND- a great cover band that plays every afternoon in the Plaza de las Flores.
How can I get to the Night Feria?
There are extra buses scheduled that leave regularly from the Alameda Principal in the city centre and go directly to the fair grounds. Or you can take the Cercanias train from the Malaga Centro Alameda station next to the dry river. Get off just two stops later at the Victoria Kent station which is just across the street from the fair grounds.
For train schedules click here: http://www.renfe.com/viajeros/cercanias/malaga/
For bus info, click here: http://feria.malaga.eu/es/Movilidad/#.W1r7uNIzbIU
You can also rent a bike at our shop and cycle to the grounds in under 15 minutes.
La Feria de la Noche/ The Night Feria: the fair grounds are converted into a temporary town of streets filled with “casetas”- individual bars and restaurants selling typical food and drinks and many have live music and concerts. There is also a fun fair with all kinds of rides that goes well into the night. During the day, the streets of the feria are filled with horses and carriages parading up and down, with the señoritas dressed in the typical trajes de flamenco and the señores in their trajes de corto.
What else is there to do in Malaga during the feria? If you need a break from the festivities, why not rent a bike from us and take a relaxing ride along the coast? We will give you lots of routes, tips and maps on where to go, the best beach bars and sights to visit near Málaga.
As well, all the museums are open during the feria, many of which can be easily reached by bike.
Have a great feria everyone!