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The last of the Andalusian ferias signal the end of summer

Enjoying the last of the summer fairs on the Costa del Sol.
Enjoying the last of the summer fairs on the Costa del Sol. / T. B.
  • Torremolinos' fair draws to a close on Sunday, but the festivities will continue in Fuengirola and elsewhere in the coming weeks

Though the curtain is coming down on September, there is still time to enjoy the last of the traditional Andalusian summer fairs.

This week on the Costa del Sol is the Feria de San Miguel, which got under way in Torremolinos this week. The colourful festivities are set to continue until Sunday. The four-day event is divided between the day fair (where live music and cultural events take place in the town's main squares) and the night fair, when revellers head to the fairground next to the pine forests to enjoy the attractions of the fair and the delights of the casetas (bars).

The fun begins at 1pm, when dance academies, flamenco troupes and a mixture of local bands will perform in the large marquees erected in Plaza La Nogalera, Plaza Costa del Sol and Plaza de la Unión Europa. Night concerts will take place in the municipal auditorium from 11pm and will include celebrated artists such as Siempre Asi, Ziryab and El Canijo de Jerez.

The highlight of the feria takes place on Saturday, a local holiday dedicated to the town's patron, the archangel San Miguel. The events start with a midday mass held in the San Miguel church, which includes a performance from the Pilgrims Choir, followed later by the main procession of the saint himselve. This leaves the church at 7pm and is accompanied by the Spanish Legions Band and thousands of devotees on a journey around the streets of Torremolinos.

The feria closes down on Sunday afternoon, with a series of live music concerts supplied by The Money Makers, Ipop and Meskalina.

Fuengirola fair

Just a week later and Fuengirola will celebrate its popular Feria del Rosario from Saturday 6 until Friday 12 October.

This is one of the more traditional-style ferias that adheres to the ambience of the 1960s and 70s. It is one of the most prestigious in Malaga and includes an extensive programme of activities. During the daytime, the casetas are full with revellers dancing to Sevillana music and enjoying all the pleasures this fair has to offer.

During the dark hours, the fairground comes alive with traditional flamenco, while concerts by celebrated Spanish artists, which this year includes Isabel Guerrero, are held in the Palacio de la Paz theatre.

The traditional, pre-feria Romería (procession) will leave the Plaza de la Constitución at10.30am on Sunday 30 September.

The last of the remaining ferias on the Costa del Sol take place from 8 to 12 October in Nerja, from 5 to 9 October in Ojén, and from 16 to 21 October in San Pedro de Alcántara.