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The Kings on the Costa

Melchior aboard his float as it passes through Malaga's streets.
Melchior aboard his float as it passes through Malaga's streets. / MIGUE FERNÁNDEZ
  • They came from the East, bearing presents and sweets for the area's children on Sunday night

The festive period finally drew to a close in Spain on Sunday night with the arrival of the Three Kings from the East.

While Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar brought Jesus the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, the good children of the Costa del Sol were brought much more modern gifts by the Magi who toured the area, arriving by various means including by boat or helicopter, then made their way through the streets of towns and villages on horseback, floats and even camels.

The cavalcades, escorted by many festive floats and bands, saw the Three Kings hurl kilos of sweets into the crowds with many people prepared with upturned umbrellas and carrier bags to collect them.

Children were especially happy in Fuengirola where 91,350 euros were spent on sweets - the most in the area. Less was spent in Marbella, 65,000 euros, but crowds were at least bathed in artificial snow.