The annual feria in Fuengirola starts today (Friday) and continues until Thursday 12 October. It starts at 9.30pm, with a dance spectacular performed by several local dance troupes. This is followed by the official turning on of the fairground lights and the opening of the casetas.
This is one of the more traditional-style ferias that adhere to the ambiance of the 1960s and 70s. The celebrations are held in honour of Nuestra Señora del Rosario, patron saint of Fuengirola, and the quaintness of the celebrations has made it one of the most prestigious in Malaga province. It includes an extensive programme of activities, during which horses play a significant role.
The horse and carriage parade will start in the Plaza de España at 12pm on 7 October and equestrian shows and demonstrations will take place throughout the afternoon.
During the daytime, the casetas will be full of revellers dancing to Sevillana music; during the evening, the fairground comes alive with traditional flamenco and copla.
Saturday is a local holiday in honour of the Virgin and a special flamenco mass will take place in the Plaza de la Constitución at 10am.
Lovers of flamenco will enjoy the El Jabegote Flamenco Festival on Thursday night in the Palacio de la Paz. Marina Heredia, Francisco Bonela and Azabache will headline the festival, which begins at midnight.
There are more than 30 casetas to choose from and the feria is famed for its welcoming and friendly environment. There are also several live concerts in the Palacio de la Paz auditorium, which is situated at the top end of the fairground. These will include a performance by Spanish crooner, Bertine Osborne, on Sunday, and flamenco-pop heartthrob Manuel Lombo on Tuesday. Tickets for both concerts, which start at 10pm, cost 10 and 15 euros.