Feria de Mijas
Feria de Mijas Reviews
Feria de Mijas Sep 09, 2011
The Feria is an annual fair held in the village and lasts a week starting on the 8th September.
The whole thing is in celebration of the 'Virgen de la Peña' - the patron-saint of Mijas.
As per usual with all Spanish celebrations, many restaurants, shops, etc will shut for the entire week to allow the locals to get into the full swing of things and have fun. The Spanish enjoy a good festival and you will see many of them in traditional flamenco dress.
As for the village, the main square is shut off, as are many of the roads leading into it and lots of stalls, bars and rides for the kids are set up around the outside. Everywhere is elaborately decorated with huge, fancy lights and even the horses get the magic touch!
On the opening night, the dancing and music doesn't actually get underway until about 11pm because first, a floral offering is made to the Virgen de la Peña and then, the big procession takes place where various associations, bands, brotherhoods, and the ladies of honour of the respective local regions parade through all the main streets of Mijas all elaborately dressed in full regalia. There is a great, community feel to the whole thing and everyone is invited to light a candle and follow the procession to the sanctuary. The whole procession does take about 1 1/2 hours, so be prepared to walk if you do join in!
If you manage to get down on the Saturday afternoon, you should have no trouble in finding the giant paella that is being cooked up in the square and as a generous touch, it is completely free for everyone to have a taste.
Overall, it is a brilliant night out and even if you don't watch the procession, there is plenty to keep you amused in the square itself with flamenco dancing and traditional Spanish bands playing until the early hours of the morning.
TIP: Unless you are coming from relatively far away, do NOT take a car. Parking is practically non-existent, especially when most of the roads are shut - even the backstreets are full. So definitely get a taxi in. (As my grandparents live in Mijas, I keep a scooter at their house, which is very handy for parking).
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