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If you’re renting long term in Spain, or looking to rent here, you may have picked up some of the local traditions, learnt some of the Spanish language, got used to their hours of eating and sleeping, and generally be getting used to living in the life. Fiestas is what the Spanish do well, and a good place to visit if you really want something fun and traditional is the Malaga festival – Feria de Malaga.
One of the biggest on the national calendar, which can be traced back as far as 1487, Malaga Feria still remains very Spanish with surprisingly not many overseas visitors. The festival begins with a famous local celebrity giving the official announcement from the balcony of the town hall.(This year it’s Sandro, a Malaga FC football player). This is then followed by a massive firework display, and 10 days of partying Andaluz style with plenty of alcohol consumption, and flamenco dancing in the streets.
During the day, the activities are focused in the heart of the city centre, Marques de Larios. The Spanish will dress very traditionally, taxi drivers even decorating their cabs with colourful ribbons and wearing costume, and the beautiful women and daughters stroll around in their flamenco dresses. Music in the streets, combined with sherry and dancing, it’s a fun event to attend for everyone. Just to be around the Spanish people in their traditions is nice to see, especially if you are planning to live here and want to experience their culture. The Feria de Dia lasts from around midday to 7pm, then it’s a quiet period before it all starts in the evening.
At night, the festivities move to the Real de la Feria on the outskirts on the city where a huge fairground and over 200 marquees (casetas) are put up especially for the festival, which sell lovely food and tapas. The night festival starts around 9pm and finishes around dawn so you should have plenty of time for a wander round and try some local food and drink whilst enjoying the party.
There are shuttle buses which takes you to and from the city centre to the fairground throughout the night. Taxis are also available, but will of course be busier than usual. Malaga is a very underestimated city with a lot of potential, and close to many other lovely areas of Southern Spain. For more information on long term rent in Malaga or surrounding areas take a look at our website www.homerentalontheweb.com