The Three Kings Parade in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol is an event not to be missed. If you have headed down to the sunny Costa del Sol in early January to escape the gloom of back home then make sure you take in the Three Kings Parade in Fuengirola.
The Three Kings parade celebrates the arrival of the Kings Melchior, Baltazar and Caspar who brought Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh to baby Jesus in his stable.
Whilst the idea of Father Christmas has been adopted in Spain all the little Niño’s, look forward to a visit from the Three Kings on the night of the 5th of January. The children then open their presents on the 6th of January.
All over the Costa del Sol, on the 5th of January, parades of varying sizes are held but one of the most renowned and well organized is the Three Kings Parade in Fuengirola.
To get to the site of the parade we recommend that for ease of access and parking that you take a taxi to the ‘Tres Caballos’ (Three Horses) roundabout in Fuengirola. This is extremely well known so your taxi driver will get you there.
On arrival walk down in the direction of the Sea front and you will come to the street ‘Ramos Y Carvajal’. If you arrive around 6pm there will already be lots of people lining the streets so there is no chance of missing it.
If you have children or even if you don’t we highly recommend the simply named Ice Cream Café. This is wonderfully designed as an Alpine Lodge completed by a white dusting to the roof. All manner of ice creams are served although the ‘Resolution Breaker’ is one to watch out for. Whilst you wait for the parade, which generally passes at around 6:30pm, you can sit inside on comfortable armchairs and sofas or head to the impressive terrace. Adults can enjoy hot drinks or a range of beers, wines and spirits.
Feeling fully refreshed head out onto the street for the parade. The police escort is a good 5 minute warning of the parades arrival.
You will first see the band and the Kings themselves before the first of around thirty floats. Each float has a children’s theme such as Cinderella, Shrek, Jungle Book, Star Wars, Aladdin, Tinkerbell and many more.
Each float is laden with local children with beaming faces who gleefully distribute sweets by throwing them into the crowd. The children who haven’t made it onto the floats line the streets with bags and boxes in hand ready for the night’s bounty. Some of the children are fully prepared and wear helmets. You can hear the sweets ping off the helmets as they are distributed.
The parade takes about 45 minutes to pass through. At which point you can decide to head out for the night or head to the nearest taxi rank at the Fuengirola bus or train stations and head home to your Holiday Villa.
Either way you are sure to have enjoyed the Three Kings Parade in Fuengirola.
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