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Fair of La Linea de la Concepcion
The fair of La Linea is celebrated every month of July, the area has over 12 km of beaches and a mild climate, an ideal place to visit on our holidays. It’s situated next to Gibraltar and belongs to the Costa del Sol.
We’ll come across 150.000 squared metres of fair huts, lights and mechanical funfair rides.
History of La Linea’s fair
This fair, which is also known as 'La Velada', is celebrated since 1879 and has been declared of tourist interest, so if you happen to visit La Linea de la Concepcion in Cadiz between the 13th and 22nd of July, do not hesitate to pass by and enjoy all this fair has to offer its visitors.
The first location of the fair was a flat wasteland that today happens to be the Constitution Square and had to change its date as it coincided with the fair of Algeciras, which meant less attention and influx of people.
The complex of the fair in its new location finished in 1896, although it was in 1907 when the first town hall’s Committee of Festivities. The entrance arch was installed in 1910 and lead the entrance to the fairground for 37 years until was demolished due to its deteriorated condition.
The fair had great importance in the lives of the people back then and reached great popularity, even with an English Military Band, who was originally Gibraltarian, “The Royal Welch Fusiliers” participating in the celebration of 1934.
The end of the fair was in 1936 with the exit of the existing government and the entrance of a dictatorship that caused that the fair would not be celebrated again until 1939, with censors and forced celebrations in favour of the dictatorship every 18th of July until the end of it.
The fair has over 30 fair huts where we’ll find music and typical dances, gastronomic offer and drinks, amongst which we can highlight the 'Rebujito' which is sherry mixed with lime, a typical drink in Cadiz.
How to get to the fair of La Linea de la Concepcion
We’ll find the fair next to the Gibraltar border, near the Santa Barbara beach. You can park in the parking of the fair which is authorised for the occasion.
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