Fuengirola Feria – one of the best on the Costa del Sol!
If you are lucky enough to be planning a trip to the Costa del Sol in October, make sure you visit between the 6 and 12 October for the fabulous Fuengirola Feria.
Held annually in honour of Our Lady, the Virgin of El Rosario, the Patron Saint of Fuengirola this huge festival takes place in the main fairground at night and through the streets of the town during the day. Bars are festooned with flags and decorations and the Plaza de Constitucion (Church Square) is a riot of colour, music and dancing on the first day of the Feria.
Horses & Sherry at Fuengirola Feria
A horse procession through the streets of the town is one of the highlights of the Feria and locals dress in traditional costumes, with many of the women wearing flamenco style dresses and riding side saddle, sipping sherry as they go. Local people are proud of their annual feria and rightly so. Elegant horsemen wear the traditional short grey jackets, cravats, boots and hats.
A huge firework display heralds the start of the celebrations on 6 October. The main fairground is situated between Fuengirola and Los Boliches end of town. During the day the bars and restaurants are open and the fairground is packed with horses and colourful carriages. During the evenings the fair lights up with rides, stalls, music and dancing until the early hours.
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Transport to Fuengirola Feria
Visitors arriving from Malaga, Torremolinos or Benalmadena can take the local train, which only costs a few Euros and will drop them in Los Boliches or Fuengirola centre (both around a 10 minute walk from the fairground).
Further into the fairground, as noise levels increase, visitors are sucked in by the vibrant atmosphere and the live music and dancing. Pupils from dance schools perform in lively marquees, known as casetas.
Prizes are given for the best-presented horses, and don´t miss the events at the bull ring where carriage displays take place.
If you are looking for details of what is happening on what days during Feria week, pick up a leaflet at one of the tourist information offices in town or from the Casa Cultura. Many of the local shops and bars will also have free information about events during the course of the event.
Whether you are staying in Malaga, Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Marbella or Puerto Banus, Fuengirola Feria is within easy reach, and is well worth a visit. The feria gives visitors a taste of ´the real Spain´ which they so often miss during the warmer months.
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The dates of the Fuengirola Feria are the same every year, 6-12 October.Back to blog