Annual Feria in Nerja

Now who hasn’t spent time in a Spanish town, right, bang, smack, next to what feels like the noisiest place on earth? Well it’s that time of year again for popular sea resort, Nerja as they celebrate their annual feria!

Kick off is at 9pm this Wednesday 9th October, so don’t even consider contacting anyone in the town before 12 midday during the remainder of the week because doubtless, they’ll be nursing serious festivity-related headaches!

Along with music and dancing, drinking and eating, this first night sees the crowning of the Feria Queen and partner, as well as a spectacular firework display, and of course, the proverbial switching on of the feria lights (watch out for the dip in power throughout the rest of the town, as energy surges towards maintaining the celebrations at maximum volume).

On Thursday, you can look forward to a packed programme, including children’s events starting from 12 noon, with the selection of Infant Feria Queen (5-10 year olds, resident in Nerja are welcome to participate and the final award will be decided randomly out of a hat, so drag out those ‘gitana’ dresses and hook up your pony!).

You can also follow the procession of Our Lady de las Angustias accompanied by the Archangel Michael from San Salvador Church through to the Chapel, directly after the 8pm Mass.

After practically an all-nighter, festivities officially begin again from 12 midday on Friday 11th with the now popular Feria del Dia (as if the evening celebrations weren’t enough!) in Nerja’s famous Tutti Frutti Plaza. From there, things swiftly move on to focus on the more senior residents of Nerja (but for goodness’ sake, don’t be confused into thinking that they have any less stamina!), with you guessed it, the Feria Queen of this category being voted in as well as her doting partner.

Following this, at 3pm in Tutti Frutti Plaza, you can discover who the top tortilla chef in Nerja is, with the winner taking home a princely sum of €200, which can certainly buy a lot of eggs and potatoes…. And just when you thought that the feria might be drawing to a close, festivities abound throughout the weekend, with a picturesque parade of horses and costumes starting from the Verano Azul park at 1pm on Saturday and proceeding to the Balcón de Europa and throughout the streets of the town, ending up back at the Feria zone.

Lots more merry-making, a great children show at 6:30pm on Saturday and all working up to a frenzy on Sunday. Finally, to cap it all off, a huge 80’s tribute (go on – you know you remember this golden era!) at 6pm on Sunday in Calle Antonio Millón, with music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, just to make sure they cover every possible taste!

So, as for resting and taking it easy in Nerja during this coming week, you might as well forget it and just go with the flow.

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