Go wild in Malaga during the Feria de Malaga
Anyone with a sweet spot for Spain undoubtedly knows the “Semana Santa”, the largest and most famous party in Spain.
But did you know that the Feria de Malaga is just as popular? From the 11th till the 18th of August, you can completely go crazy during this not-to-be-missed city festival full of music, colour and culture.
The origin of the Feria de Malaga
The origin of the Feria de Malaga lies in 1487, at the end of the Moorish domination. The city came into the hands of the Catholic Kings after the reconquest.
In 1491, the first commemoration of this reconquest took place. It was celebrated with a procession that eventually became an event under the name of Feria de Malaga.
Traditional opening and closing
Officially, the feria always starts on the Saturday, but on the Friday evening there is already some animation. At around midnight, people throw fireworks and several parties are already taking place. The women are often dressed in flamenco dresses and the men are in full costume.
Romería de la Virgen de la Victoria
On the Saturday, the favourite activity of the locals takes place, namely, the Romería de la Virgen de la Victoria.
This is a parade with horses and carriages, and ladies in traditional costume. The parade departs from the town hall and heads to the basilica. It is considered a pilgrimage to the patron saint of the city, the Virgen de la Victoria.
The Romería de la Virgen de la Victoria is considered the official opening of the Feria de Malaga.
The closing of the festivities takes place on the Sunday, a week after the start of the Feria de Malaga. It is the occasion of a historical parade.
What to do during the Feria de Malaga?
Various activities and parties take place both in the afternoon and in the evening.
Day parties in the city centre
In the afternoon, the centre of Malaga is the main place to be. Tapas stalls, bars serving Cartoja (a sweet and fruity wine), Tinto de verano, dancing and singing, partying locals between tourists … The city is buzzing with life all day.
The craft market on the Plaza de la Merced certainly deserves a visit during the Feria de Malaga! You will find different music and dance groups performing the traditional “Verdiales”. This is a type of music from the hinterland of Malaga.
At the flamenco museum Peña Juan Breva, you can also listen to live flamenco music in the basement. In the “casetas” on the Feria ground, you can attend several performances.
Evening parties in the outskirts
From 9:30 pm the party moves to the outskirts of the city. A big funfair, tents of associations, discotheques, restaurants, bars… Give your eyes a treat and enjoy Malaga as you never have before!