Posters of the last 10 years of Malaga Fair10-08-2012
The Feria de Agosto ("August Fair") or Feria de Málaga ("Málaga Fair") takes place every August in the city of Málaga, Spain. This year it will be held from the 11-19th of August.
The Feria de Málaga commemorates the taking of the city by the Catholic Monarchs (Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon) 18 August 1487 (five years before the completion of the Reconquista), at which time Málaga was incorporated into the Crown of Castile.
The Fair has had various locations in the course of its history since 1887. Initially, it was located along the water at the Muelle de Heredia, then in the nearby Parque de Málaga, the grounds of the Theatines, before finally settling in the Cortijo de Torres district, site of the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Málaga. Nowadays, the fair begins just before midnight on a Friday and runs ten nights and nine days, ending on a Sunday night.
The fair today has two entertainment zones. The main one is the Real de la Feria in the Cortijo de Torres district, active in the evening for the "Feria de la noche" ("Night Fair"). Separately, in the historic center of the city, is the "Feria de día" ("Day Fair"): by day, the city center swarms with people, in part because the festival coincides with the enormous summer influx of vacationers to the Costa del Sol.
During the Fair, the streets of the city center are adorned with paper lanterns and floral displays. Booths are set up, there are performances for children and adults, music and dance (especially verdiales, the most characteristic local variant of flamenco), and decked out horses and carriages attempting to make their way through it all. The sounds of flamenco and copla are everywhere, along with less traditional music.
There is bullfighting each afternoon at La Malagueta, and after sunset the fair continues at the Real. The city's public transit network is considerably reorganized during the fair, including the addition of several special buses to the fair districts from various parts of town.
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