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The multicultural Feria de los Pueblos gets under way in Fuengirola

The first day of the multicultural festival in Fuengirola.
The first day of the multicultural festival in Fuengirola. / SUR
  • This popular festival brings together the gastronomy, culture and folklore of the 32 countries and regions that are participating until Monday

The twenty-third edition of the Feria de los Pueblos kicked off in Fuengirola on Thursday and runs until Monday.

This popular festival, taking place on the fairground in Fuengirola, is a multicultural event promoting the gastronomy, culture and folklore of the 32 countries and regions that are participating.

The casetas are open from 1pm until 4am and visitors will be invited to sample the culinary delights of Europe, South America, Asia, Australia and Africa.

Among the countries that will be represented are Ireland, Germany, Brazil, India, Morocco and Thailand. Six regions of Spain will also be present including Andalucía and Castilla y León.

The casetas will be decorated with the country’s individual colours and many of the visitors dress in their traditional costume.

There will be live music and dance performances in many of the casetas, and these will include calypso, reggae, flamenco and some good old fashioned rock and roll. Strada, a professional skater, will give demonstrations of inline skates acrobatics. This exciting show will be repeated from 2pm each day of the festival.

One of the highlights of the event will be the colourful parade of the participating countries, which will make its way from the Plaza de España and onto the feria ground at 11am on Saturday 29 April. As with last year’s parade, the UK will be represented by the Fuengirola Scout group.

This festival promises fun-packed evenings where the whole family is catered for. While the adults sample exotic drinks and culinary specialities, the children can enjoy the various activities and attractions.

An official programme and map of the feria ground can be obtained from the tourist office.