The Marbella feria started this week and this weekend is promising to be a fun-filled way to enjoy the soaring temperatures. Each year, Marbella pays homage to its patron saint San Bernabe (Saint Bernard) with the Marbella feria, which lasts for a week. It is an event not to be missed and there is something for everyone – children, adults, Spanish or foreigners alike, as the residents of Marbella and the surrounding areas of Benahavis, Estepona and Nueva Andalucia unite.
Throughout the week, everybody heads out onto the streets dressed in their finest flamenco outfits, the buildings are decorated and there are many events organized, such as concerts and festivities during the daytimes, as well as at night. The traditional Andalucian elements of the town look better and more beautiful than ever, and during the Marbella feria, the town becomes more Spanish, more authentic and friendlier.
The Marbella Feria By Day
This year, the Marbella feria is being held in the old town- a tradition that had been lost in the last few years and had left the celebration a little soulless. Along the narrow streets of the centre, restaurants and bars sell their drinks outside for people to enjoy sherry, manzanilla, beer and much more and the music of sevillanas and rumbas invading the atmosphere with happiness and joy, the party is not to be missed. Many people make the most of the Marbella feria by eating tapas at one of the several stalls, going from one bar to another followed by some well deserved siesta time giving you enough energy for the night ahead.
The Feria At Night
The ‘night’ fair is held in the ‘recinto ferial’ on the outskirts of the town near the La Cañada shopping centre. It is a large open-air esplanade where the trademark “casetas” are set up for young, as well as old people to enjoy. Everyone dances flamenco, eats local food, and drinks to their hearts content. There is also a funfair including rollercoasters and rides for the kids to enjoy.
Throughout the week there are several concerts, most of them free, horse riding shows, popular paellas, passacaglia with giants in different parts of the town, as well as bullfighting shows in the local bullring. There are also religious acts which are well worth watching, such as pilgrimages and masses, and the procession of Saint Bernabe on June 11 marks the end of this fabulous week.