Whenever you visit the Costa del Sol during the summer season there’s usually a feria taking place that you can enjoy. These ferias are week-long celebrations which each town and village has to celebrate their patron saint, or a significant date and are a great excuse to party! For the whole week there are day time and night time activities involving loud music, flamenco, great food and free flowing drinks and an amazing party atmosphere. It’s a chance to see the Spanish spirit at its best, so seek one out when you visit. Here’s a great list of all the Costa del Sol ferias, so you can look at where the nearest one is to you.
If you want to time your visit to fit with the best of these celebrations, here are three highlights for you.
Marbella Feria 6-12th June – Marbella’s feria is one of the first one of the season, taking place in the first week of June. The feria begins on the 6th with an amazing firework display which you can enjoy from one of the bars in Marbella’s port. Then the day fair opens, which takes place centrally at the Paseo de la Alameda, the pedestrianised area running from the main road by the Old Town, down to the seafront promenade. This is a new development from last year and really makes for a great atmosphere. From 1pm to 8pm, there’s stalls selling great food and drinks and playing music, dance performances and a party atmosphere. For the evening, there is a fair by the La Cañada shopping centre, where you can enjoy the rides and there’s more music, food and drinks to enjoy. It’s a wonderful party.
San Juan Sabinillas 23rd June – The festival of San Juan celebrates the longest day and is marked with the burning of bonfires on beaches all over the Costa del Sol. It is always a great party lasting until the early hours of the following morning and you can spend it at one of the beach restaurants, beach clubs, or just do your own thing at the nearest beach to your holiday rental. The most spectacular San Juan celebration is held in the seaside town of Sabinillas, between Estepona and Sotogrande. A local artist constructs an incredible sculpture come bonfire, there is live music and a fantastic firework display at midnight where people dip their feet into the sea to purify and ask for wishes to be granted. Thousands flock to the Sabinillas beach for this party and parking can be tricky, so you’re best to base yourself nearby if you want to make the most of this celebration. This two bedroom apartment in Sabinillas is right on the beach, in a lovely complex with pools, playgrounds and tennis courts. It is modern and stylish, with a fantastic terrace and is an easy walk to all the celebrations.
Malaga Feria 12-19 August – The biggest feria of them all is the Malaga Feria in August, which is legendary across Andalucia, with over 100 free performances around the city, music and dancing and activities taking place in all the businesses from art galleries to bars during the days of the feria. There is a massive feria ground for the evening festivities including a fair, food, drink, dancing and lots of music. Malaga is absolutely packed during the feria and is pretty hectic, so we’d recommend you base yourself just outside, where you can take the train and bus to get in, but can also get away from it all. This 2 bedroom apartment in Torremolinos is a good choice, as it’s in a great location within an easy walk of the main road and the sea front and everything that Torremolinos has to offer, but is also a very short train ride from Malaga and an affordable taxi away from all the action at the feria.
We hope you can come to the Costa del Sol this year and experience all the fun of an Andalucian feria, it’s mad, noisy and unforgettable! Let us help you to find the perfect holiday rental property and advise you when and where to go for the perfect summer holiday this year.