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Last updated: 29 May, 2023
Expert travel writer: Dana Facaros

Every 3rd week in August, Malagans (and their millions of guests) take to the streets for an exuberant week-long street party. It’s the largest part in the Costa del Sol, and one of the largest fiestas in Spain.

Expect sevillanas street dancing, colourful flamenco-style dresses, castanet-clicking, an opening firework display, concerts and plenty of sherry.

The fair commemorates the re-conquest of the city by Isabella and Ferdinand in 1487.

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 6+
Frequency: annually
When: 3rd week August
Duration: 1 week

Getting there & doing it

The fiesta opens with a massive firework display near the port at midnight on the Friday night, before the official start on Saturday the next day.

During the day, the festivities centre around the Old Quarter, where there are numerous free concerts and shows, and countless food and drink stalls.

Night time sees revellers move to Real de la Feria, a fairground west of the city for more serious partying.

When to do it

The fair is held each year during the 3rd week in August.

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