It is a well-known fact on the Costa del Sol that the San Pedro feria is the last one of the year. It is always held in October, and this year runs from the 16th through to the 21st of the month.
The opening ceremony on the 16th will as always feature a magnificent fireworks display on San Pedro beach. This starts between 9.30 pm and 10 pm. After this ceremony, everyone moves to the feria grounds, which are now adjacent to the new boulevard, towards the hamlet of El Ingenio.
The night-time feria, which starts daily at 7 pm, is quite different to the daytime events. It is a riot of bright lights, fairground rides, stalls selling an astounding assortment of sweets and souvenirs, as well as a host of bars where you can enjoy the traditional drink of the ferias—a very cold fino sherry. The carnival atmosphere attracts all age groups and the fun carries on until the early hours of the morning.
During the day, the streets are filled with families parading in traditional finery, and it is quite a sight to behold. Beautiful Andalusian horses are proudly displayed, creating a memorable sight for residents and visitors, as well as upholding a noble Spanish tradition. There are parades and events organised especially for children, involving a wide variety of entertainments, but all ages enjoy the performances of flamenco dancing, the stalls selling everything from fino sherry to mojitos, and those offering tasty traditional tapas, which are the ideal accompaniment to sherry in particular.
The 19th October is the day when the Feria celebrates San Pedro de Alcántara, the town’s patron saint, with parades and church services. This is a holiday for everyone in the Marbella area, which is another reason to love the feria tradition. This year, it concludes on 21st October.
For more details about this year’s feria, we suggest you visit the San Pedro Guide for the most up-to-date information.