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Feria de Nerja 2017

Visiting Nerja during the week of the feria is without doubt one of the most exciting times to be here with events, music and celebrations happening all over the town. Traditionally the feria is held during the second week in October which can occasionally cause it to experience some early spots of rain but that never dampens the atmosphere or the ‘fiesta’ spirit of the locals and visitors who take over the streets in this good natured family friendly celebration in honor of the towns patron saints "La Virgen de las Angustias" (Virgin of Anguish) and San Miguel Arcángel (Archangel Saint Michael). Take a look at the photos below or watch our video to see what you’ve been missing and read on for more information about the Nerja feria.

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Although many of the annual fiestas that take place in Nerja can be felt throughout the town none of them quite meet the heights of the feria. With two separate sites, one to the east and one to the west of the town centre you’re sure to stumble upon one event or another. The next edition of the Feria (2017) will begin on Saturday 7th of October and will end on Sunday the 12th. The timetable of events becomes available only a few days prior to the feria actually beginning and will be published here but if you'd like to get an idea of the kind of things you can expect from Nerja's largest annual celebration take a look at the program for the last feria below.

Events Timetable 2016

Saturday 8th October

  • 11:00 - The Feria gets underway on the Balcón de Europa with a concert by the Norwegian band "Faerder Musikkorps" and the Nerja municipal band.
  • 13:00 - Opening speeches by local officials and invited speakers.
  • 13:30 - Official opening of the Nerja Feria 2015. Feria activities begin with attractions and fairground rides opening to the public.
  • 16:00 - Children's party on the Balcón de Europa begins with entertainment from La Carpa Teatro.
  • 19:15 - At the Balcón de Europa arches there will be a concert given by "Los Majaretas".
  • 20:00 - On the Balcón de Europa there will be ceremony to turn on the feria illuminations.
  • 22:30 – Gala for the election of Feria Queen and Feria 'Caballero' (Gentleman) in Plaza de España. This will include various performances by local musicians and dance groups.

Sunday 9th October

  • 12:00 - The Zurrapas Band will set out from the Balcón de Europa to play music in the main streets of the town.
  • 12:00 - On the Balcón de Europa the Elena Gálvez and Daniel Romero dance academies will be performing.
  • 13.00 - In Plaza de España in the main marquee a tribute lunch will begin for the village elders with musical performances by various local groups.
  • 13:30 - The Flamenco dance academy of Daniel Romero will once again be in action performing their show “Duende” on the Balcón de Europa.
  • 15:00 - Brass music from "Vaso Largo" on the Balcón de Europa
  • 16:00 - The "Los Majaretas" band will begin to travel the town bringing music to the streets of Nerja.
  • 16:30 - A children's show called "Superheros and Princeses" will begin on the Balcón presented by clowns Rickypin and Candy.
  • 18:30 - A display of the typical culture of the region from its folklore to traditional dances such as fandangos and verdiales.
  • 19:30 - The doors of El Salvador church will open for people to enter and make floral offerings to the towns patron saints.
  • 00.00 - In the main marquee in Plaza de España a pop concert by the musical duo "Los Rebujitos" will get under way.

Monday 10th October

  • 11:00 – Starting form the Balcón de Europa the “San Miguel” brass band will march through the main streets in Nerja playing music in honour of Saint Michael archangel.
  • 12:30 – The parade of decorated floats through the town starting from the Verano Azul park and ending on the Balcón de Europa.
  • 13:00 – "El embrujo andaluz" will be performed on the Balcón de Europa, a Flamenco show celebrating the escence and history of the Flamenco culture.
  • 16:00 – A concert by Proyecto Mandarina fusing classic pop hits with more modern styles.
  • 17:00 – In the Plaza de España marquee a children's show called "El bolso de los días felices" will be presented by La Carpa party and theatre group.
  • 19:30 – Mass in honour of the towns patrons accompanied by the Peña Nerjeña choir.
  • 20:30 – Procession of the figures of the towns patrons through the streets returning to the virgin to her year round resting place at La Ermita.
  • 00:00 – In Plaza de España the Spanish pop group Fangoria will give a concert.

Tuesday 11th October

  • 12:00 - The Zurrapas Band will set out from the Balcón de Europa to play music in the main streets of the town.
  • 12:30 - On the Balcón de Europa a children's dance concert will get under way with performances from the María Elvira dance academy, Peña Flamenca Alboreá dance group and various other local dance schools.
  • 15:30 - The "Los Majaretas" band will begin to travel the town bringing music to the streets of Nerja.
  • 16:30 - Children's party on the Balcón organised by Costillita y Amapola.
  • 17:00 - Lively brass music from "Vaso Largo".
  • 18:00 - Las Carlotas, two sisters who almost define the world of modern Flamenco music and Sevillanas, will be giving a free concert in the main marquee in Plaza de España.
  • 18:00 - On the Balcón de Europa. The Rociero and Flamenco de la Peña choirs will give a performance.
  • 00:00 - At the Caseta Municipal in Plaza de España the Cordobes singer and winner of "The Voice - Spain" Antonio José will be giving a concert of Spanish hits.

Wednesday 12th October

  • 12:00 – Starting form the Balcón de Europa arches the Zurrapas Band will walk the towns main streets playing music.
  • 12:00 – Mass in honor of the Virgin of the Pillar, patron of the Guardia Civil.
  • 12:00 - Various dance performances by local groups including the Ángela Muñoz school, Zumba Kids and the David Callejón dance group.
  • 12:30 - Horse parade with music from the Málaga Tamborileros school starting from the Verano Azul parque and continuing along the following route: Antonio Ferrandis "Chanquete", Mérida, Chaparil, Castilla Pérez, Diputación, Plaza Cavana, Carmen, Balcón de Europa, Puerta del Mar, Pintada, Angustias, San Miguel, Cantarero, Ruperto Andues, Torrox, Los Huertos, finishing in calle Frigiliana.
  • 13:00 - On the Balcón de Europa a meeting of choirs from the region will give a concert including participants from Marbella, Vélez Málaga, Torrox and Nerja.
  • 15:30 - The "Los Majaretas" band will begin to travel the town bringing lively music to the streets of Nerja.
  • 16:00 - At the Mirador del Bendito. “Sentimiento” will be performed, a typical display of horsemanship from the region.
  • 16:30 - Residents of the neighbouring village of Frigiliana will perform Fandangos y Verdiales typical of their community on the Balcón. Followed by performances from the Rociero and Peña Nerjeña choirs.
  • 00:00 - In the Caseta Municipal in Plaza de España the final concert of the feria will get going with music from Sergio Contreras.

The Nerja Feria in 2 minutes

Of course you can only tell so much from pictures and the timetable so we’ve put together a short video to really give you a taste of the sights and sounds of the Nerja feria, whether they be at the fairground, dance tent, day fair or from the procession of the towns patron saints through the streets.

Feria Sites

The feria tends to take over the whole town but there are two areas officially set aside for events. The day fair, with its competitions and partying takes place in Plaza Tutti Frutti and Calle Antonio Millon. The fairground rides and Casetas for the paid concerts are located on the site of the ‘Los Huertos’ car park. If you feel like visiting Nerja whilst the feria is in town you'd be well advised to choose accommodation away from the main event locations shown on the map below.