Feria de Malaga 2016 : Events and General Info


Malaga Feria 2016 : The best climate and fair in the world, lots of fun, delicious cuisine and good music combined with sun, beaches, monuments, museums and cultural visits, but mostly fun and frolic in abundance. From 13 till 20 August 2016

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The Feria arrives August and Malaga feria city is ready to live one of the most important fair events of the year for Malaga: Malaga Fair 2016 this year between 13 and 20 August. The Live shows are something unique and worth visiting even for clubbers, and difficult to survive because the party doesnt stop for 10 intense days … how ever you are and live with more or less intensity, it is important to enjoy the experience at one of the main tourist areas in Europe: Málaga and the Costa del Sol.

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As I have lived more a few malaga feria (each time with less intensity due to the obligations and over the years …) I plan to do a basic guide of the malaga feria to guide our visitors at this time. Like any massive party you must know how to move, where to go, and there are things that can be improved. I hope you find my basic tips interesting and as I always say, with your comments, opinions and recommendations this article will be much more useful for everyone. Lets go to the malaga feria!

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1. Origin of the Malaga feria

Summer festival in Malaga have their origin in the commemoration of the incorporation of Málaga to the Crown of Castile by the Catholic Monarchs, who entered the city on 19 August 1487. A few years later (1491) the City Council established the Start of festivities. Over the years they have been gaining strength and today is the big summer party in southern Spain.

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2. Proclamation and Fireworks

The holidays in malaga feria break open at Friday night with the opening, close to the sea, by some prominent authorities and then, at 00:00 with fireworks that inaugurate the holidays in the city. That Friday night there is a concert of music by the Malagueta Beach, although many locals and visitors are enjoying the atmosphere and the bars of central Malaga.

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3. Real de la Feria.

It has an area of over 500,000 m2 and 179 trade show booths belonging to social malaga fair organizations, clubs, guilds and companies, the vast majority with free access. It also has all the infrastructure and services, not to mention the typical attractions of a fair for the enjoyment of young and old. The Real has several distinct parts: in the area of the North booths have more room and animation and South are more familiar and where you can eat and be more relaxed. In the area of youth and adolescents are many booths which have loud music, and finally, there is the area of the fairground, a large area with fun for the little ones and not so small, great attractions, raffles and other entertainment.
During the day fair it is very hot and the sun mercilessly punishes the people reaching 35 degrees. I advise to use light clothes and hydrate well.

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4. How to get to the exhibition center and the fairground

The council enables more than 5,000 parking spaces in the center for the day fair and almost 10,000 places around the actual so you can drive but some nights there is so many people that it is impossible to park. Therefore, it is best to use public transport, either bus, offering good service both to the center and at night the royal or taxis, more expensive than the bus but compensates when shared . By the way, if you stay in the capital you can also use the newly opened Metro Málaga. If you stay in a nearby village there are also buses with special services and trains that leave you in the center of Malaga (to Torremolinos, Benalmadena or Fuengirola).

5. Fair of the Centre

During the day people usually go to the historic center (although each year the real is more lively at day) to enjoy the party, music, tapas and drink. Larios Street, the busiest and emblem of Malaga pedestrian artery, is the epicenter of the festival, with the Constitution Square and surrounding streets of the historic center as a good place to feel the party atmosphere .

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During the day there are often live bands of Verdiales in Calle Larios, brass bands and friends who encourage staff to decide to come. Of course you will hear many sevillanas and see women with beautiful flamenco dresses dancing to music. At sunset, the music in the streets must end by municipal side though people continue to party. And a warning: beware of crowds and fights between drunks (though very seldom) . Avoid the crowded streets if you really are overwhelmed by big crowds.

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More than 7,000 cruise passengers arrive at the port of Malaga during the fair days. Surely the party and the atmosphere that they will find in the city center they will never forget.

6. Pilgrimage

The first Saturday of the fair at noon takes place the festival of the city, a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Victory, patron of the city. Riders on horseback, horse-drawn carriages and people on foot accompany the flagship of the malaga feria to this temple so dear to Malaga.

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7. Music Fair

If something is not lacking in the malaga feria is the music playing all the time in the corners of the city center and the fairgrounds. Malaga traditional music as the party of the Verdiales at Calle Larios, sevillanas at all times, the typical “summer songs” or disco and pop music in the bars downtown and at the day Fair outside of Town. But there are also live concerts at the youth area (each day there are local groups) and the Municipal Caseta. Full list of artists and events HERE

During the fair in Malaga will be more than 200 free shows for all ages.

8.Bullfighting

The bullfighting is another of the attractions of the malaga feria and the Malagueta bullring hundreds of people will be going to enjoy this festival. The main bullfighters go through the fair in Malaga to the delight of bullfighting. All festivities begin at 19:00 pm.

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9. Eat at the Malaga fair

For lunch at the fair in Malaga there are several details that you should know: the day you can eat well in the restaurants of the historic center (although there are many people and some lower quality) and also in the many stores that sell dishes like fried fish, ham, cheese, cooked shrimp or prawns.

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Try if you have the opportunity a good gazpacho or garlic soup, a typical dish from malaga feria. I leave you some names of good restaurants and tapas places of the center: Bodegas El Pimpi. Alea, El Refectorio near the Cathedral, Meson Santiago, The Twins, La Reserva del Pastor, Reserve 12, Lo Gueno, Cortijo Pepe….Or if you want something more sophisticated  : Jose Carlos Garcia at Pier 1.

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We like to go to the snack stands there right in front of El Corte Ingles, because there is quality and good price and if going into the Fair in the city center, its a relaxing location and sometimes they give free tapas :-).

To eat at night at the malaga feria fairgrounds things change and the truth is that it is difficult to eat well and be satisfied. The booths offer traditional foods like potato omelette, fried peppers, eggplant with honey, skewers, croquettes, sausages and fried fish. In all these years I remember not many places where you eat really well at malaga feria. Just use the fast food stalls that are scattered throughout the Cortijo de Torres.

You will eventually drink huge amounts of Cartojal at malaga feria (a slightly sweet Malaga wine with designation of origin) is taken very cold to relieve the heat of August (care that their effects may not be very beneficial). Another typical drink is called rebujito (wine with soda lime type chamomile lemon flavor), beer and all kinds of alcoholic drinks that you can imagine. But beware that it is important and fun to drink in moderation!

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10. Culture

Although malaga feria is on holidays and most people come to have fun, it is worth taking a break and do something cultural because Malaga is growing a lot in this area. You can visit some monuments of the historic center or see a museum in Malaga. There are many good ones with good temporary exhibitions (Alcazaba, Cathedral, Castillo Gibralfaro, Roman Theatre ….): Picasso Museum, Thyssen Museum, Automotive, contemporary art ( CAC) … ..

You can not go without …

  • View the atmosphere of the malaga feria center, especially calle Larios, Plaza de la Constitution and Calle Granada. A one lifetime experience
  • Test the Cartojal wine, (drink with moderation :-) ).
  • Give yourself a night around the fairgrounds.
  • Listening to malaga feria Verdiales Music @ Calle Larios.
  • Eating fried fish in one of the downtown restaurants.
  • Take a break in malaga feria from the party for sunbathing and lounging on the beaches of the capital or the Costa del Sol.
  • To complement my advice and guidance, here’s the program : General Fair program 2016 .We hope your visit to my city for the August fair will be a pleasant experience. It is the great fair of southern Europe. We are waiting with open arms!
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ronda sunset

Ronda, The Capital of the Spanish White Villages (III)


Ronda, The Capital of the Spanish White Villages (III)

It was a little scary to go down the dark stairs where so many years ago slaves had to carry the water. We were really happy to wear good shoes now because flip flops definitely were not appropriate for such a trip.  When we arrived almost at the end we could see a fortress which was created to defend the city’s water supplies. The walls here were built in a very strange way that made the sound go into different directions.

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Ronda-MinaGuadalevin

 

Sometimes we thought the other ones were talking from completely different places and sometimes it seemed as if the said words got lost… Interesting and somehow frightening! Seeing the river from down there so close was impressive. It was incredibly blue, even though it had looked differently from the bridges. The way back up was a real workout!

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Ronda-MinaGuadalevin

Now we wanted to visit Ronda’s main attraction. Finally, we would see the Puente Nuevo! It was the most promising one and the whole day we had been waiting eagerly to see it. There it was: an impressive building of huge stone walls with arches in it! Before arriving, we had already seen pictures in our travel guide, but none of the photos did justice to this breathtaking view. You just have to see it yourself! In the background we could even see some mountains which were still covered by snow up in the Sierra and underneath us the river was gurgling.

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ronda puente nuevo

The countryside fell away vertically right in front of us. It’s incredible what nature does sometimes. It was already afternoon, so we went to a café right next to the Puente Nuevo. We had a coffee on top of the gorge!

Then we wanted to visit the Plaza de Toros. It’s one of the oldest and one of the largest in Spain. In Ronda there is the origin of bullfighting: The Escuela Rondeña. The rules which are followed until today were created in Ronda.

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ronda plaza de toros

Even though none of us was in favor of bullfighting, we wanted to visit this to get to know better the tradition. Indeed: we had the possibility to stand in the middle of the bullring – luckily without a bull! The arena was huge and it was really interesting to see how it worked: we could see where the bulls are kept and how they are let into the arena. We were fascinated even though we really didn’t want to be because it such a cruelty to animals.

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ronda plaza toros museo

The sun was already setting and it was time for us to leave Ronda. It is really a picturesque town and definitely worth a visit. Many people don’t know about it and they only visit the more famous places like Granada and Marbella, but Ronda deserves so much more attention!

ronda sunset

ronda sunset

JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA BY PRIMA RENT A CAR

Jerez de la Frontera, Feria, Sherry, and Bikes (II)


Jerez de la Frontera, Feria, Sherry, and Bikes (II)

Jerez (II)

The bodega was already close; there were a lot in Jerez, but we decided to visit the Tío Pepe Bodega. Why Sherry? Such a British drink? The name of the drink sherry comes indeed from the city Jerez! This is because the city is famous for the production of this good. To get to know this tradition we visited one of the great sherry bodegas, the wineries, where we could see where and how the wines are made. The bodegas have a very long tradition: about 250 years ago Irish and Scottish entrepreneurs came to Jerez and established their own winery businesses. Because of the soil in the area around Jerez, a special sort of grapes can be cultivated there. This is what makes Jerez’ wine industry so special.

BODEGA TIO PEPE JEREZ PRIMA RENT A CAR

BODEGA TIO PEPE JEREZ PRIMA RENT A CAR

Out of this tradition, some sort of wine aristocracy was formed. The descendants of British emigrants ruled the culture, but in the past centuries somehow converted into a typical Spanish wine dynasty. Their love for horses is still visible until today and is shown by the Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre, the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. After just under 10 minutes in our rental car, we arrived at the area of the school. But before entering, we wanted to have a snack.

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ESCUELA ARTE ECUESTRE JEREZ PRIMA RENT A CAR

Unfortunately we didn’t visit on a Tuesday or Thursday so we could not attend to a show, but we still had the possibility to watch the stallions in training. It was amazing to watch and everyone who has a passion for horses will definitely melt away: beautiful harnesses for the horses and wonderful costumes for the riders. The animals were performing an interesting choreography and it looked as if they were dancing.

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MUSEO CARRUAJES JEREZ PRIMA RENT A CAR

After enjoying the show, we visited the Carriage Museum in which contains old carriages and attachments for those. The exhibits were very decorative and beautiful and it was a good experience, especially after seeing the horses’ performance.

Besides the sherry and horse culture, Jerez is also home to a typical Spanish, but very different tradition: The Flamenco. This is why we decided to have dinner at a restaurant called La Taberna Flamenco which offers local food and dancing shows. It was really interesting and a lot of fun; and of course delicious.

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TABERNA FLAMENCA JEREZ PRIMA RENT A CAR

Another aspect unique to Jerez would have been the race track a little outside the city: it’s a ground where many important teams, for example from the Formula 1, use to train and where a lot of important events were and are hosted. One of them will be the World Motorcycling Championship of 2013.

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CIRCUITO CARRERAS JEREZ PRIMA RENT A CAR

But because none of us was really interested in races and it was almost night, we skipped that point of interest and directly drove home to our hotel in Málaga; our head full of new impressions of a day that was definitely worth the long journey…

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Jerez de la Frontera, Feria, Sherry, and Bikes (I)


Jerez de la Frontera (I)

Being a nice trip in the winter, we went to Jerez.

Jerez, often called Jerez de la Frontera because of its past, is a city in Andalusia, which is close to the Costa de la Luz. So we were leaving the Costa del Sol and the Mediterranean Sea for one day to visit the Atlantic side of Spain, more precisely the province of Cádiz. It was a long ride: about 230 kilometers from Málaga to Jerez which meant two hours and 20 minutes in our rental car. Luckily it was very comfortable.

Jerez for a long time was a border town between the Moorish and the Christian Kingdoms; this is why it is called ‘de la Frontera’ which means ‘of the border’. There are still a lot of remains from the Moorish times like the Alcázar that we wanted to visit first. It’s a former fortress which now contains a park. It is located in the city center on a little hill.

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JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA TRIP PRIMA RENT A CAR ALCAZAR

Even though we had already seen a lot of similar buildings and parks, this one was still impressive. Ponds, trees and plantings surrounded by a Moorish building with horseshoe arches, fountains in the inner courtyards and star-shaped lights in the ceiling. And, because the Alcázar is on top of the city we had a beautiful view from up there.

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JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA TRIP PRIMA RENT A CAR STREET

 

We could already see our next destination: a bodega. But first we decided to go for a walk through the charming old town of Jerez. Beautiful narrow streets with small shops and decorative house entrances; some of the streets were even made out of mosaics.

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JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA TRIP PRIMA RENT A CAR BODEGA CELLAR

More to come……

ROUTE MAP TO JEREZ

JEREZ URBAN PEDESTRIAN ROUTE

Visit to Córdoba with Prima Rent a Car (III)


Córdoba (III)

FROM THE SERIES “TRIPS TO INLAND SPAIN”

Even though it was very cold in the large stone building, we spent a long time in it because there were so many tiny details to see: on the walls there were little chambers with relics, statues and treasures; not forgetting the Mihrab and the Choir.

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cordoba dome mosque

After taking so many photos, we all had to change either the batteries or the memory cards of our cameras. Then, we went back on the streets to heat up in the sun. We walked through the narrow streets of the Judería, the former Jewish district, where we visited one of the just three remaining synagogues in Spain.

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cordoba juderia

cordoba sinagoga

cordoba sinagoga

Later, we decided to go to the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, the palace of the Christian Monarchs. It was the residence of the Isabel I de Castilla and Fernando II de Aragón; the heroes of the Reconquista in the end of the15th century. There were beautiful gardens with fountains, trees and bushes cut in shape. Some of them were even jug-shaped. There also was a statue of Isabel’s and Fernando’s wedding, surrounded by beautiful planting.

cordoba alcazar

cordoba alcazar

We could enter the palace to visit some of the rooms and one of the towers from which we had a beautiful view. It was definitely a royal residence! I would have loved to live there at their times.

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cordoba alcazar isabel fernando

We went back to our car because we had one last activity on our list: The Medina de Azahara which once was a Moorish city. We wanted to arrive there before dusk and it was a little outside the city (7 km in the west), so we had to hurry up.

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cordoba medina azahara

The Medina was a big, almost rectangular area. It was a medieval masterpiece of city planning because it was built according to plan. This way, in the 10th century they wanted to create a new capital in the caliphate. We had an impressive view of Córdoba, the river and the countryside. The Medina is terraced and all the old buildings are stunning. The second time today that we had the chance to marvel at Moorish architecture! The buildings were full or horseshoe arches, just like the Mezquita-Catedral. Until today, only about 10% of the city was excavated so in the future there will be many more new things to see.

cordoba sunset

cordoba sunset

The old stones were reflecting the red light of the sunset and were indicating us that it was time to go home to our hotel. So we said good-bye to the beautiful city of Córdoba and drove back south, back to Málaga, direction Costa del Sol. It was a long and exhausting day, but it was definitely worth it!

Mijas, example of real Spain on the Costa del Sol


Mijas, in Málaga, Spain

Typical Street in Mijas

Today we visited another town : Mijas. By car it is about half an hour from Málaga and it’s close to Fuengirola.It’s an old city up in the mountains, which offers a wide range of activities in both culture and sports. The town is famous for its hotels, the villas and the many golf courses. We were lucky and our continuous good weather still lasted.

Entering Mijas, we had a beautiful panorama of the landscape around the city even from the road. Because Mijas is up in the mountains of Sierra de Mijas and about 400 meters above sea level, we could see the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains surrounding us. Fortunately our rental car was good and climbed up the hilly roads easily.

We were driving through the undulating streets until we found a parking space close to the Parque de la Muralla. Huge rocks were surrounding us and entering the park we found well cared gardens with trees, fountains and mosaics on the floor. Beautiful benches stood under the trees in the pleasant shadow, inviting the visitor to stop for some minutes to relax and enjoy the beauty of the nature.

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Views from Mijas.

There were also many viewpoints from which we had a perfect view of the Costa del Sol: mountains so close to the sea, incredible. We were far up in the mountains, just some minutes away from the coast. Following the path in the park, we changed our angle and the city lay in front of us with all its white houses. We saw some climbers on the rocks practicing, there was also a stand offering climbing for amateurs but we had already planned other activities.In the Parque there was also the Church of the Immaculate Conception, a building from the 17th century which looks impressive, because it combines both Baroque and Mudejar style (Mudéjares are the Moors who were allowed to stay after the Christian Reconquista of the Iberian Peninsula).

It was even more beautiful from inside.

Right next to the Parque de la Muralla, there was the Plaza de Toros, the bullring. It’s one of the strangest in Spain because of its shape: it’s square-shaped. But because now it’s not a summer month it was closed. Bullfights only take place in summer once a week each Sunday. So we decided to visit the Bullfighting Museum instead to get to know the Spanish culture. It was very interesting and we learned a lot about history and origin of this tradition. It would also be interesting to visit Mijas on a Thursday because in the Finca El Cartujano there is a horse and riders show. Andalusian horses perform choreographies in traditional Spanish costumes.

Mijas, in Málaga, Spain

Church in Mijas.

On our way to a restaurant in town, we saw some donkey-taxis crossing our way. They are typical of Mijas and one of the most famous tourist attractions. You can go on a trip around the town in a carriage which is drawn by at least one donkey. That might be a nice way to have a unique trip around town when you don’t have a rental car. But we also felt pity for the poor animals that have to stand there the whole day in the sun dressed in colorful clothes.After having lunch we decided to go for a walk in the Pine forests which can be found directly behind the town. Beautiful paths so close to the city – perfect. We parked our rental car close to the tourist office and asked for a map for walking. The paths were sign-posted perfectly so it was easy to find our way into the forest and back.

After returning there was one important place left for us to visit: the Virgen de la Peña, the Virgin of the Rock.

In the town’s legend it says that in the 16th century a young boy and a girl were in a grotto where the Virgin with Child appeared. After that, indeed a shrine was found in the rocks after it had been hidden for 500 years. Until that day the Virgen is the Patron Saint of Mijas.

Mijas, in Málaga, Spain

Ermita of Mijas.

After visiting the place which is famous for pilgrims, we drove down the hilly streets back to the sea and back to Málaga. During the ride we could enjoy the beautiful view for one last time, having the white city in our back.

By : Silja Kristin Rulle