The Malaga feria, a week of Spanish-style festivities

The feria de Málaga is undoubtedly the most impressive Andalusian fair of the summer. Dating back to the 15th century, it commemorates the arrival of the Catholic Monarchs in Malaga in 1487. Tourists from all over the world come here every year, making it a cosmopolitan festival. No need to buy an invitation or a ticket, the festivities are accessible to all. It's a place to meet and celebrate, with a great atmosphere both day and night. Activities are organised at the countless stands, with food to suit all tastes and entertainment for all ages. In the municipal auditorium, artists from all over the world perform on stage. The bullfights of the bullfighting fair also take place in the town's arenas. The leading figures in Spanish bullfighting meet here in Málaga. More than a week of festivities not to be missed.

Fireworks to launch the festivities.

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Feria de Málaga, a symbol of Andalusian culture

The feria de Málaga is a festival that attracts tourists from all over the world every year. For eight intensive days, day and night, the city gives way to festivities in every district. The feria, which is always held in August, is open to everyone: couples, friends, families and children. There are two types of feria in Malaga. The day feria takes place on Calle Marqués de Larios, the city's main street, and the night feria on the huge Recinto Ferial esplanade.


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Traditional atmosphere at the night fair

The night fair takes place on the huge Recinto Ferial esplanade, where more than 250 stalls (casetas) and attractions are set up. The charm of the night fair lies in the food, dance and music stalls... In the casetas, you can enjoy nights set to the rhythm of flamenco or reggaeton. Some are private, others public.

Night fair.

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Multicultural atmosphere in the city centre

The daytime fair in the city centre takes place on Calle Larios, the city's central street. It will be decorated for the occasion with a host of entertainment, street concerts and flamenco dances improvised by tourists from all over the world. It's an unforgettable experience!

Daytime Feria.

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Admire the fireworks

Every year, the Feria de Málaga kicks off with a spectacular fireworks display that lights up the city's skyline. Tourists and locals alike flock to enjoy the kick-off to 8 days of festivities. The reflection of the fireworks lights on the sea is breathtaking. An event not to be missed.

Fireworks on the port.

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Taste the typical Andalusian feria drink

Cartojal is a white wine produced in the province of Málaga and has been the most popular for years during the fair. Bottles are passed from hand to hand and served in traditional fuschia-pink glasses. It has an alcohol content of 15º. On the nose, it offers notes of flowers and citrus fruit. It is fresh, smooth and fruity on the palate. It is best served between 6ºC and 8ºC. The rebujito is also a typical Málaga cocktail made with manzanilla wine and lemonade.

Le Cartojal

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🚌 Getting there

The fair takes place in the middle of August, a time when all the tourists flock to Malaga in droves. It is therefore difficult to get there by private car. The best option is public transport, or even taxis. The Malaga bus company (EMT) provides a large number of buses linking the central feria with the Recinto Ferial esplanade. New routes are sometimes introduced during the festive season to improve transport. More information on their website.

Where to sleep?

⭐ Los Galvez flat

The Los Galvez flat is the best accommodation close to the Recinto Ferial esplanade.With a surface area of 60m² and located 10 minutes' walk from the festivities, it includes free parking and is ideal for a stay with 4 people.

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