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Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Flamenco at the Fuengirola Feria

David Pleasance wrote on the Gomarbella Facebook page:

Hi, we are arriving in Malaga on 10th October and staying in La Carihuela for 3 nights. I believe there is an annual "Feria" taking place between 6th -12th and being huge fans (aficionados) of flamenco we would welcome information about this feria as I am sure there must be plenty of things going on. I have searched the internet and surprisingly can not find any kind of agenda or indeed much at all about what sounds like a wonderful event. Can you help us with any information, and indeed anything to do with "real" Flamenco in the area? We will have a car and are prepared to travel wherever. As a matter of fact, when we leave the Costa del Sol on Thursday 13th we are heading to Jerez de la Frontera to feed our flamenco hunger further. Any advice or information would be hugely appreciated. Thanks & regards.

I wrote back to David:

Hi David, I think you are looking for the Fuengirola feria, it fits the dates you mentioned. The afternoon from 2 to 6 is a good time to visit and for the evening action any time from 9pm through to the early hours the next day. You'll find flamenco every night in the casetas.

The feria in Fuengirola which runs from 6 to 12 October, the Nerja feria from 7th - 12th October followed by the smaller Ojén feria and the San Pedro de Alcantará feria from 17- 23 October are the last four ferias for the year in Andalucia.

If you are looking for flamenco festivals, you would look for a festival de cante not baile. These flamenco dedicated events generally take place in the summer as they run from 11pm to 6am. Here's a good link to a dedicated flamenco site, showing regularly updated flamenco events and you might like to plan your next visit to fit in with their calendar.

Jerez de la Frontera is a great place for flamenco of course and I am sure you'll see some top dancers even though it is slightly out of season.

I hope that helps David, have a great time and enjoy your visit.

PS: I'm showing you the shapely street dancers in the photo above to give you an idea of the vibrant international atmosphere at the Fuengirola feria. The real flamenco takes place inside the casetas!

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