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Dutch community of Torremolinos ready to party for King's Day

The Dutch community celebrates King's Day in La Carihuela.
The Dutch community celebrates King's Day in La Carihuela. / TONY BRYANT
  • The festival will include a street market offering Dutch handicraft products and the traditional gastronomy of the Netherlands, like stamppot, a hearty stew of mashed potatoes, vegetables and meat

La Carihuela in Torremolinos will be decorated in orange to celebrate Koningsdag (The Kings Day), the national holiday of the Netherlands, on Friday 27 April.

The Festival, which begins at 3pm and continues until 8pm, is organised by the cultural department of Torremolinos town hall and the Voom Voom Club in La Carihuela. Dutch residents will enjoy an all-day street party in celebration of King Willem-Alexander's birthday. Orange is traditionally worn on this day to show respect to the country's royal family, and it is customary for Dutch nationals to adorn orange wigs, wacky outfits and face paint.

The festival will include a street market offering Dutch handicraft products and the traditional gastronomy of the Netherlands, like stamppot, a hearty stew of mashed potatoes, vegetables and meat.

There will also be shows, attractions, and music supplied by live bands and Dutch DJs.

With a population of 700 Dutch residents and more than 220,000 tourists in 2017, Torremolinos maintains strong historic ties to the Dutch community. This is the third consecutive year the festival has been held in Torremolinos.