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Marbella celebrates reconquest

File photo of last year's festivites.
File photo of last year's festivites. / SUR
  • The popular Feria de San Bernabé takes place from Tuesday 5 until Monday 11 June

Marbella is getting ready for its annual feria, a celebration that pays tribute to the town’s patron, Saint Barnabas. The popular Feria de San Bernabé takes place from Tuesday 5 until Monday 11 June - which is a public holiday in Marbella and one of the most important days on the town’s cultural calendar.

The festivities commemorate the reconquest of Marbella by the Catholic Kings in 1485 and it is an event that offers all the charm of a traditional and colourful Andalusian festival.

The feria starts on Tuesday 5 June at 8pm, with the official opening of the fairground attractions. The inauguration speech takes place at 10pm, followed by a spectacular firework display on the Playa del Faro.

The inauguration of the day fair takes place in the Parque de la Alameda on Wednesday at 1pm. During the afternoon and early evening, the casetas will be packed with revellers enjoying this truly Andalusian experience. The gaily decorated marquees will present a daily programme of entertainment, which will include flamenco, pasadoble, copla and sevillanas.

The day fair offers locals the opportunity to dress up and let loose. The women wear the traditional vestido gitana, usually polka dotted dresses, silk shawls and decorative hair combs, while the men don Cordovan hats and wide, satin cummerbunds.

Various local dance academies will offer performances throughout the afternoons, while free live music and dance shows can be enjoyed in the municipal auditorium each night.

Acts include popular children’s theatrical group, Pica Pica; local flamenco trio, Los Piratas; copla singer, Eva Piñero and Spain’s 1988 Eurovision contenders, La Decada Prodigiosa. www.marbella.es