Feria de Malaga: Fiesta en Espana

Feria de Malaga: Fiesta en Espana

Samia El-Balawi

Malaga in Spain is the birthplace of Cubist painter Pablo Picasso and if that’s not enough reason to visit this region of Spain, then the Feria de Malaga held across ten days each August is another. The event is Malaga’s largest annual celebration, which runs from morning all through the night, and commemorates the taking of the city in 1487 by Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon; Catholic Monarchs who presented the city with a statue of the Virgen de la Victoria, now the patron saint of Malaga.

The festival traditionally opens with the Pregón de la Feria, an official announcement given by a local celebrity. Last year’s festival was opened by Spanish singer, Javier Ojeda of pop group Danza Invisible. The main shopping street of Marques de Larios plays host to Feria de Día’s daytime activities, which kick off at noon and continue until about seven in the evening. Open air bars tempt passers-by with Spain’s national drink, sherry, while flamenco music plays in the background; a perfect combination to see you through the city’s daytime party atmosphere.

As is the tradition in Spain, albeit later than usual, a short siesta period is had before Feria de la noche, the night fair, held on the outskirts of the city in Real de la Feria; running from nine in the evening until the break of dawn. Here you will find hundreds of booths scattered throughout the fairground where you can enjoy drinks and tapas to the sound of copla and flamenco music. From the sights of women adorned in bright and beautiful flamenco dresses to the sounds of street music and the smell of Andalusian cuisine, this is Spanish culture at its best.

Malaga is a city in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Steeped in history it is one of Spain’s best kept secrets. With archeological remains dating back 3,000 years, Malaga is one of the world’s oldest cities and has been inhabited by a number of peoples; the ancient Phoenician civilization, Romans, Arabians and finally by the Spaniards. Visit the Alcazaba for a lesson in history where you can walk through the fort which was constructed back in the 10th century and has the remains of a Roman theatre at its entrance. Within the fort you can also go to the Archaeological Museum where you will find treasures such as ceramics and sculptures of Arab and Roman origin, once hidden within Alcazaba and discovered upon its restoration.

There are several tributes in Malaga to one of the 20th century’s greatest artists, Pablo Picasso. The Museo Picasso has a collection of over 200 pieces of his artwork, from pencil sketches such as Bull to paintings like Woman with Raised Arms and Mosketeer with Sword. The Plaza de la Merced, a public square, is the location of Picasso’s birthplace and an ideal spot to watch the crowds pass by. The Picasso Foundation is another gallery holding a number of the artist’s works and also plays host to various avant-garde exhibitions throughout the year.

There are numerous accommodation choices throughout the city of Malaga. Centrally located is the  Room Mate Larios Hotel, a 4-star hotel with a garden terrace, café and fully equipped rooms. The beachside town of Estepona provides luxury seaside accommodation at the  Kempinski Hotel Bahia Estepona with a host of on-site sport and leisure facilities. And if golf is your thing, check into the  Antequera Golf Hotel which is adjacent to the picturesque 18-hole golf course. HotelTravel.com also has more  Malaga Hotel Promotions as well as travel tips and transport information.

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