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Culture

CULTURE IN FUENGIROLA

 

Fiestas or Festivals are celebrated throughout the year in Fuengirola, beginning with The Eve of Three Kings Day, Fiesta de los Reyes. Every year at dusk on the 5th January the Three Kings make the annual parade tossing sweets to the children waiting in the streets. Three Kings Day is on the 6th January when families get together to eat and exchange presents.

 

Holy week or Semana Santa is a celebration of the Crucifixion of Christ where there are solemn processions in all towns and cities of Spain. The floats with images of Christ and the Virgin Mary are not to be missed.

 

In early April there is an International Fair La Feria de los Pueblos held on the Feria ground in Fuengirola. This festival lasts one week. The best in food, music and dance is represented by up to 50 countries.

 

St John�s Day or La Fiesta de San Juan is a celebration of St John the Baptist. It is held on the night of 23rd June on the beach in the company of friends and family. Lots of fun, bonfires, drink, food and then at midnight everyone ventures into the sea.

 

The Day of the Virgin Carmen or La Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen is held on 16th July. On the evening of the 16th the Virgen del Carmen is carried around the streets of Fuengirola by dozens of men followed by locals carrying candles. The men carry the Virgin into the sea at Los Boliches where she is placed on a boat which returns her to Fuengirola harbour. This is accompanied by a band and fireworks.

 

The medieval market at the Castle Sohail, site of the Battle of Fuengirola during the Peninsular War in 1810, is held on the 17th - 20th August and is set up inside the castle walls. Food and drink of the middle ages are on offer and people are dressed to suit the occasion. It lasts all day and continues into the night.

 

The Fuengirola Fair or La Feria de Fuengirola is held on 6th - 12th October in honour of Our Lady the Virgin of El Rosario, the Patron Saint of Fuengirola. The processions starts in Constitution Square in the centre of town and ends at the feria ground where fireworks mark the opening of Fuengirola�s most colourful event. There is a huge fairground and at the far end of the feria ground over thirty casetas offer food, drink and flamenco dancing and singing. This event lasts all day and night for one week.

 

There is also a wide variety of music and theatre in Fuengirola at the English speaking Salon Varieties and Palacio de la Paz. The town�s Casa de Cultura organises many cultural events and Spanish classes.

 

Fuengirola has plenty to offer the holiday maker and is definitely worth the visit. For a general view of events follow the link Calendar of Events.