If you're suffering from Brexit Blues, or just haven't got round to booking your summer hols yet, then a week in Malaga in August is quite possibly the best option.
A fireworks display on the evening of the 13th August (2016) will signify the start of the feria which incorporates wine, dancing and singing, local food, the Romería with the elegant Andaluz horses and horse-drawn carriages, a fairground and the colourful crowds in traditional flamenco dress.
The feria´s roots date back to 1487 when the Catholic kings – Ferdinand and Isabella – re-conquered the city which had been part of the Moorish empire for almost eight centuries. The first feria was held in 1491 on the 15th August (Assumption Day) with a procession of the Virgin Mary from the new cathedral to Santiago church. The Moorish castle of Gibralfaro and the Alcazaba still provide a stunning backdrop, along with the cathedral and Malaga´s other many and varied architectural wonders, for the week long celebration.
|Plaza de la Constitucion|
|Tourists and locals heading to the feria|
|A bit sweet for my taste, but very popular during feria!|
In the evening, the action moves to the Feria ground with casetas offering entertainment and refreshment, whilst the bright lights and booming music of the fairground entice people onto Ferris wheels and dodgem cars. The action continues until the early hours of the morning.
In my opinion, feria week is not to be missed.