The Spanish love to party and take advantage of the town’s patron saint day to have a week-long celebration. These town festivals are called “ferias” and are full of music, dancing, delicious food and cold drinks. They are held mainly through the summer months and are a great way to experience the culture of Spain and the wonderful joie de vivre of the people.
Insider’s Tip – There are typically two parts to every feria, the day feria and the night feria. The day feria starts at lunchtime and focuses on eating, drinking and dancing in the street until around 8 pm. The night feria is often (although not always) held in a different place and is a massive fair, with more music, drinking and dancing until the wee hours. If you’re going as a family to the night fair, look for the “Día de los Niños” (usually a Wednesday) when all rides are half price and go early so you don’t have to queue and it’s not so hectic.
On the Costa del Sol there are ferias in every town and village, but of course, they vary in size and importance. The most important is the Malaga Feria in August, which is a huge event celebrated all around the town, as well as in the fairground area slightly out of the centre. Thousands descend onto Malaga for the feria and it’s crazy, noisy and hot but full of passion and Andalusian flair.
Marbella has another great feria at the beginning of June, which is a more manageable size for a visitor. They have been moving the feria around, but at the moment the day feria is based in the middle of town, in the Parque de la Alameda and Avenida del Mar. This is the square right opposite the Old Town on the main road through Marbella and the pedestrianised strip from there to the sea. There you will find stalls or “casetas” with bars, food, and music, plus performances and a buzzing atmosphere. From 8 pm, the action moves up to the fairground by the La Cañada shopping centre with dance performances from the local schools, loads of rides and yet more “casetas” to keep the party going late into the night.
If you are staying in a Marbella vacation rental, other dates for the diary are the Nueva Andalucia Feria in the third week in July and the San Pedro Feria in the third week of October. Another great party date is the 23rd of June for the Noche de San Juan where huge bonfires are lit on the beaches and everyone celebrates the longest day of the year. This is a great event in Marbella and all along the coast.
The Bonfires of Saint John (Spanish: Hogueras de San Juan, Galician: Noite de San Xoán) is a traditional and popular festival celebrated around the world during Midsummer, which takes place on the evening of 23 June, St. John’s Eve.
If you choose an Estepona vacation rental there are two main ferias, San Isidro on May 15th and the main feria—Feria de Estepona—which is held in the first or second week in July and is a lot of fun. The night fair is great, with a brand new fairground area close to the centre of town, with plenty of space, and an excellent one for the kids. They also seriously go to town for San Juan in nearby Sabinillas, and it’s well worth a visit if you’re in Estepona the 23rd of June.
Finally, if you are in a Torremolinos vacation rental, you are close to the action of the Malaga fair in August, as well as being able to enjoy the Torremolinos Feria de San Miguel in the last week of September or the first week in October.
These are just some of the Costa del Sol’s amazing ferias and there are many other saint’s days and special events where we take to the streets to party. Here’s a comprehensive list of all the Marbella Ferias through the year and if you let us know you’re interested in the ferias when you book your vacation rental, we can let you know if there’s anything going on near you for your dates. We hope you can come and join in the fun!