The Feria del Rosario is celebrated every year in October in honour of the patron saint of Fuengirola.
This fair is, together with the Malaga Fair, one of the most important in Andalusia.
It is characterised by its great typicality and is very deeply Andalusian, and the horses and beautiful, decorated carriages that parade through the city are the main attractions.
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Pilgrimage in honour of the Virgen del Rosario
On the Sunday before the start of the fair, the popular pilgrimage in honour of the Virgen del Rosario takes place.
This is an urban pilgrimage from the town centre to the park El Esparragal, in Mijas.
This day starts at 10 am with the traditional mass in the Parroquia del Rosario.
After the mass, the pilgrimage leaves from Plaza de la Constitución, going along Avenida Condes de San Isidro, Hermanos Pinzón, Avenida de Mijas (to the municipal district of the neighbouring town), the road to Campanales, the road to Coín, and the bank of the river Fuengirola until it reaches the park El Esparragal.
The town hall reminds that once in the area it is not allowed to make fires or barbecues, but there will be a bar with drinks and food.
In El Esparragal in the afternoon there are usually several live musical performances.
Free bus to the Pilgrmage
Fuengirola Town Hall offers a free bus service to El Esparragal Park. It departs from the city centre every 30 minutes, from 09:30 am to 10:30 pm on the outward journey and from 10 am to 11 pm on the return journey.
- Busses from Fuengirola to Mijas: Avenida Condes de San Isidro (Pasaje Camboria – Plaza Reyes Católicos – Town Hall – National Police Station), Avenida Santa Amalia (opposite the Mezquita), Paseo de Poniente (in front of Skandia real estate) and the park El Esparragal.
- Busses from El Esparragal to Fuengirola: El Esparragal, Avenida Santa Amalia (Mezquita), Avenida Condes de San Isidro (National Police Station – Local Police Station – Lepanto), Avenida Matías Sáenz de Teajada (Moreno Rivera) and Avenida Condes de San Isidro (Pasaje Camboria).
When is the Fuengirola Fair 2023
In 2023 the Rosario Fair takes place from 6 to 12 October. The most important day of this festival is the 7th of October, when the procession of the Virgen del Rosario takes place.
This day is a local holiday in Fuengirola (and speaking of holidays, the 12th of October is a bank holiday).
Where takes the Fuengirola Fair place
During these days there is a great festive atmosphere throughout the city, both in its central streets and squares, as well as in the fairgrounds.
In fact, more than a few locals take a week’s holiday to enjoy this festival to the full.
There is dancing, singing, equestrian activities, horse-drawn carriage exhibitions, live music and of course all kinds of attractions for all ages at the fairgrounds.
Traditionally the Fuengirola fair begins with a speech, which is followed by the inauguration of the lighting of the fairgrounds.
In addition to the typical fairground attractions, there are the traditional “casetas” (large enclosures enclosed by fabric walls and roofed) where you can dance to popular music, Sevillanas etc.
At the Fuengirola fair there are also “casetas” for young people, for the elderly and there is also a “caseta” for children.
In addition, there are usually several live music concerts.
- When: From 6 to 12 October
- Where: Fairgrounds and city centre
- How to get there
The fair in Fuengirola is attended by thousands of people at all hours of the day and night. Around the fairgrounds it is very difficult to find parking.
If you don’t want to stress yourself out looking for parking, we recommend you to use one of the following public car parks in Fuengirola and walk to the fairgrounds.
Another very good option, especially if you plan to drink alcohol, is to use the local commuter train.
The Line C1 runs every 20 minutes between the towns of Fuengirola, Benalmádena, Torremolinos, Malaga Airport and Malaga city centre.
- Check here the timetables of the Malaga commuter train
Fuengirola local train station is conveniently located in the heart of the town. You can take a stroll to the fairgrounds (about 12 minutes) and soak up the atmosphere in the streets.
Fuengirola Fair programme 2023
In addition to many free activities, there are also performances by national artists like Diana Navarro, Taburete, Antonio José, Serafín Zubiri and Cantajuegos.
Tickets can now be purchased through the Website or in person at the travel agency Flores, at Paseo Marítimo nº 63. Prices vary depending on the performance between 5 € and 15 €.
Friday 6 October
9:30 am Proclamation of the Fair, by Don Javier Serrano Martín in the Palacio de la Paz. Free entrance. Afterwards, the artistic lighting of the fairgrounds will be switched on.
Saturday 7 October
10 am Flamenco Mass in the Plaza de la Constitución. Afterwards procession of Our Lady of the Crowned Rosary. The itinerary is: Constitution Square, Condes San Isidro Avenue, Marconi Street, Palangreros, Larga, Spain, Constitution Square and its temple.
12:45 pm Horse riders join the procession in Palangreros Street
10 pm Concert ANTONIO JOSÉ at Palacio de la Paz. Without seats: 10 euros. Box with seats: 15 euros.
Sunday 8 October
10 pm Concert DIANA NAVARRO at Palacio de la Paz. Without seats: 10 euros. Box with seats: 15 euros.
Monday 9 October
Kids day. Fair rides 50% off
6 pm Show CANTAJUEGOS at Palacio de la Paz. Without seats: 10 euros. Box with seats: 15 euros.
Tuesday 10 October
10 pm Concert TABURETE at Palacio de la Paz. Without seats: 10 euros. Box with seats: 15 euros.
Wednesday 11 October
10 pm Concert SERAFÍN ZUBIRI & the Fuengirola Municipal Band. at Palacio de la Paz. Without seats: 5 euros. Box with seats: 10 euros.
Thursday 12 October
11 am Baturra Mass in the Parish Church of Nuestra Señora del Carmen. María Josefa Larrucea Street
12 am Celebration of the National Holiday with the performance of the “El Cachirulo” group of joteros from Albalete del Arzobispo.
10:30 pm Flamenco Festival at Palacio de la Paz. Patio seating with chairs: 5 euros. Box with chairs: 10 euros.
What to wear for the Fair
The gypsy costumes have a great prominence in the fair among the female public, both during the day and at night.
You like this style or you are on holiday during the fair and you always wanted to wear a garment like this?
At this link to Google Maps you find two shops for gypsy costumes and accessories in the centre of Fuengirola. There’s still time to get yours!
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