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The International Fair in Fuengirola

This May Day weekend extravaganza promises to be a lively affair, full of music, dancing, food and drink.  On this weekend each year Fuengirola fairground, and the streets that surround it, turns into a carnival with sights, sounds, smells and tastes from all over the world.

The International Fair attracted almost 1 million visitors to Fuengirola in 2015.  People travel from all over to soak up the party atmosphere and sample tasty cuisine from countries such as Paraguay, Nigeria, the USA, Egypt and Germany.  You can dine on bratwurst sausage for lunch and an Argentinian steak from the BBQ for your dinner!  There are also delicious kebabs form the Middle East, pulled pork burgers from the USA, curry from India and fish dishes from Finland…you will certainly not go hungry.

German Bratwurst
German bratwurst sizzling on the barbecue

Each of the 34 countries that are taking part in the festival have their own caseta which is decorated in the country’s flag and with other memorabilia typical of that country.   People running the casetas are dressed in traditional dress, music plays from every angle with samba, flamenco, rock and roll, and polka all making for a very collective dance party.  You will see people dancing on the square and out into the streets.

Dancers from the Dominican Republic
Dancers from the Dominican Republic entertain spectators at the fair

The highlight of the weekend is the official procession that starts at Fuengirola Town Hall at midday on Saturday and heads towards the fairground where an afternoon of dancing and music ensues.  There are colourful floats, dancers and musicians all taking part in the procession and the crowds really get into the party atmosphere.  It is a great spectacle for all the family to enjoy.

Carnival atmosphere
Everyone gets into the carnival atmosphere

The festival is open daily from 12:00 to 04:00, so you can enjoy a full fifteen hours pf partying if you can stand that pace!  All the main attractions open at 1pm and it is a very family-friendly environment throughout the day.  Of all the annual festivals on the Costa del Sol this is perhaps the most fun, so make sure you head to Fuengirola and experience it for yourself.

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