Malaga Fair 2023 from August 12 to 19
This year the Malaga Fair will be held from August 12 to 19, which means another day of celebration. So from the night of the 11th a non-stop week begins in which activities, performances and live concerts will make the city of Malaga the epicenter of Andalusian fun.
THE MALAGA FAIR IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ANDALUSIAN FESTIVAL OF THE SUMMER
The Malaga Fair is the most important Andalusian summer fair. Its origins date back to the 15th century. It came about to commemorate the Catholic Monarchs’ entrance into Malaga in August 1487. Malagans’ open nature makes the Malaga Fair a cosmopolitan festival. A celebration open to all who want to experience the Malaga summer festival. You do not need an invitation or formal attire, just the desire to have fun with each activity that takes place during the fair. The Real de la Feria is the festival’s meeting place and where much fun is had during the day and at night. Its numerous booths organise activities for all tastes and audiences. On the calle del infierno or at the attractions area, young and old gather all afternoon and into the night. The Municipal Auditorium is another nerve centre of festivals in Malaga, where music concerts featuring outstanding Spanish and international artists take place. The Bullring is another of the enclaves of interest at the Malaga Fair, where bull fights are held as part of the Bullfighting Fair. Key figures in bullfighting gather on these days at the Malagueta.
The Fair Attracts up to 1 million visitors in 8 days. It is very popular, exuberant and cosmopolitan. For example, the entrance to the casetas (areas of the night fair where you eat, drink and dance) is open to everyone and is free, which is not the case in Seville. Furthermore, Malaga is generally appreciated for its hospitality and openness to all.
The Málaga Fair opens every year with an impressive fireworks display that bathes the Málaga sky in color. Neighbors from across the province, and national and international visitors come to enjoy this launch in style. This year, this pyrotechnic work of art will take place on the night of Friday 11 of August. The reflection of the cascades of light and fire at sea is the best picture that you can take to begin the great days of the capital of the Costa del Sol.
THE FAIR DAY DOWNTOWN
The Málaga city center becomes a hive of people who go out on the streets of the old town to share the joy of these holidays with friends. Singing, dancing and fun are the stars until the early hours and this is the best place to socialize and meet people. Everyone is happy and there is lots of conversation. Businesses are decorated with lanterns and the streets are dressed according to the spirit of flamenco. Definitely a place to have fun safely.
If you decide to go to the center of Málaga on the day of the fair, make sure you wear a flower in your hair if you are a woman or a Cordovan hat if you are male. Some locals will be dressed in gypsy suits or dresses in the case of females, but remember to wear something small related to the fair. Manila shawls, sashes, and above all, polka dots make up the Málaga aesthetics of this party. Make sure you wear light clothing; the heat can take its toll and although there are systems to cool people down, it’s always better to be prepared. Fight high temperatures in the most traditional fair way: the hand fan. Comfortable shoes are another important factor if you’re going on the day of the fair.
Málaga is famous for the high quality of its sweet wine and the fair makes the most of promoting and drinking it. Cartojal is the most common form these days and the bottles are passed from one person to another. A nice chilled glass of this delicacy leaves a nice taste in your mouth and brings you closer to local traditions. It is not difficult to find locals dancing with a drink in hand. You can also try the Rebujito, a very traditional local cocktail, and any other drink you fancy.
Locals from Málaga don’t forget good food at the fair; on the contrary, the palate is refined and you should take advantage of that. Typical dishes include fried eggplants, peppers, tortilla chips, fried anchovies and fish. A selection of food, mostly seafood, often includes a good plate of ham and cheese. Here you will see the meaning of the tapas and you simply have to taste them in the best party atmosphere. Feel free to accompany them with a good local wine. We are confident that your memory of the city will be excellent if you experience the fair for yourself.
THE NIGHT OF THE FAIR
In Málaga, the fair is divided into Day & Night, and during the latter, the party moves to the Cortijo de Torres fairground. Booths of all kinds come together in this space where the dance continues. Salsa, sevillanas or disco music, among other styles, come together in this space where you can choose the option you like best. On the streets, you can find the typical stalls with sweets, including toffee apples and cotton candy, a good choice to sweeten the palate within the celebration.
Children enjoy the fairground the most because there are all kinds of attractions there. If you are travelling as a family this is place to take your kids to ride on the bumper cars, the grasshopper or the train. Older children can also have fun in this regard as there are rides that defy gravity and give you a rush. Don’t leave the fair without having tried at least one of its attractions. The lights and the unmistakable sound of the tombola are the most unique features of this typical view.
Are you going to the Malaga Fair? Well, pay attention to our recommendations and get ready to experience it as if you are a local.
- Choose a good meeting place, but it shouldn’t be the entrance gate because that’s where everyone will be, making it hard to find anyone.
- Wear comfortable shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
- If you are going to the Malaga Fair, you need to try rebujito (mix of sherry and Sprite). But take care because the heat makes it go down too easily…
- Use public transport. The Town Hall reinforces services on these dates.
- Before returning home, visit the booths to taste the buñuelos or a couple of churros. They are incredibly good!
A LITTLE SUMMARY OF THE 2023 MALAGA FAIR
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