The San Bernabé fair in Marbella got under way on Tuesday and the town is now celebrating six days of continual partying.
Tourists and locals will enjoy the charm of this traditional and colourful event, which is held next to the La Cañada shopping centre in Marbella.
This popular frenzy of gaiety, noise and colour is a time for celebrations and the main objective is to relax and enjoy a few days away from the strains of everyday life. During the afternoon and early evening, the casetas will be packed with exuberant revellers, who dance to the music of the local Sevillana groups.
One of the attractions of the fair is the elegant carriages drawn by pure-bred Andalusian horses that parade through the streets during the daytime. Cordovan hats and tight pinstriped trousers with obligatory cummerbund are the attire of most men, while the women are arrayed in a multitude of traditional flamenco designs.
Marbella town hall has organised a series of events to coincide with the ‘feria’ and these include the ‘concurso de pasodobles y sevillanas’ (pasodoble and Sevillana competitions) the traditional bullfighting and feria music.
A series of free concerts will take place in the municipal auditorium at 11 pm each night. Friday night’s concert will present popular Spanish pop band Funambulista, while on Saturday, top flamenco singer José Mercé will perform the purest flamenco, together with the catchy flamenco-pop music he has become known for. On Sunday night, the auditorium will host the Festival de Rock Andaluz, a festival featuring the popular Andalusian rock bands, Triana, Medina Azahara and Alameda.
The fair will continue until Monday 12 June.