Feria International de Los Pueblos, Fuengirola 2019

Feria International de Los Pueblos is one of the most loved festivals on Costa del Sol, with thousands of participants and more than a million visitors who come together to celebrate culture, traditions, diversity and gastronomy over the course of six days. This year, Feria International de Los Pueblos took place between the 30th of April and the 5th of May, between 1PM and 4AM, at the Recinto Ferial in Fuengirola.

This year, over 30 countries were represented at the festival: Serbia, Turkey, Senegal, Brazil, Ireland, Colombia, Morocco, Germany, Argentina, Belgium, Ukraine, United States, Chile, Grecia, England, Australia, Cuba, Paraguay, India, Hawaii, Finland, , Venezuela, México, The Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Jamaica, Bulgaria, Uruguay, South Africa and Japan. For the first time, Estonia and Canada took part in the festival.

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One of the most memorable events of the festival was the parade of the folkloric groups belong to each participant country. Starting in Piazza Espana in Fuengirola, the parade followed the Avenida Condes de San Isidro, turning left on Calle Alfonso XIII and then right on Paseo Jesús Santos Rein when it stopped at the ferial grounds. The parade stated at 11:30 with the representatives of Bulgaria, who processed along the road performing traditional dances from the country. For over two hours, each country has shown their best performances on traditional music.

One of the most impressive groups of the parade belonged to Bolivia. Hundreds of traditional dressed performers, both men, women and children, gathered all around Andalucia, danced on Bolivian music. Another fascinating display belonged to Chile and their Puku Rangi Tea cultural ballet from the island of Rapa Nui – in the Easter Islands.

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Tukey paraded with a fantastic Tanoura dancer surrounded by women belly dancers. Tanoura is a spiritual type of dance in which the performer spins around dressed in a multi-coloured type of skirt, without getting dizzy. It is both intriguing and delightful to watch the patterns on the skirt become one, and the dancer immersing himself inside of the fabric.

Belgium had a group of Smurfs followed by some bizarre masked characters throwing confetti into the crowds. After researching, I found out that they are the Blanc Moussis, traditional icons of the carnival of Stavelot, who have carrot-shaped noses and wear long white capes. They love playing practical jokes on the people attending the festival, so that’s where the confetti poured onto people’s heads came from.

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Some countries brought some famous people that represent their countries. As an example, the United Kingdom not only paraded with the queen sitting in a carriage pulled by horses but also with Marry Poppins, Harry Potter, and even James Bond. The United States has John F. Kennedy together with his wife, Nancy, slowly moving through the crows in their convertible car. And not to forget mentioning Finland, who came with Santa Clause himself, straight from Rovaniemi.

Spain ended the parade with a fun game of bull chasing, where two men wearing massive costumes portraying the animals recreated the famous Running of the bulls from Pamplona.

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Over the 6 days, the ferial ground from Fuengirola transformed into a giant joyful celebration of diversity. Every country showcased the best from their traditions, music and cuisine. Uruguay and Argentina started massive barbeques with the finest steaks available. Cuba brought the authentic Mulata Rom and started the party with thousands of mojitos. Australia enchanted the public with a Kylie Minogue tribute, whist South Africa demonstrated their skill in drumming. Bolivia’s cakes were mouth watering whilst India’s tikka masala spread aromas of exotic spices. Belgium showcased how craft beer is made, whilst Spain taught visitors how to sing and dance sevillanas.

Below you can find the best photos from Feria International de Los Pueblos:

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59 Comments

  1. This would be so awesome to go to in person and especially see the different cultures, as well as try out their country’s food too. I think it’d be an awesome learning experience for kids too, not just adults.

  2. Oh my gosh, that food. I’d be all about it. I love trying food from other countries. I would love to see this in person.

  3. What an amazing multicultural event! I can only imagine all the yummy food on that festival. I love trying new dished and meeting people from different cultures. I need to visit this festival some time.

    Candace Hampton

  4. These types of local color events are so much fun to me! I love being immersed in the culture of a place I have never been! Oh and of course, I love to sample ALL THE FOOD too because, THIS GIRL loves herself some food!!

  5. What an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in many different cultures all at once! I would love to expereince this for myself one day

  6. I was in Spain last winter and I can’t tell you how much I love about this country, the architecture, the food and the culture. Feria International de Los Pueblos looks like such an interesting festival, so colorful and other countries too participate in this festival, awesome. The pastries look so delicious and I am already missing the pastries in Spain looking at your picture.

  7. I really love learning about different countries and cultures around the world. Your images are amazing and they tell a very interesting story, very cool!

  8. What a fun and colorful festival! Lots of food choices, too. My mouth is watering just by looking at the photos. 🙂

  9. Wow, what an incredible festival! This looks like the most amazing experience. Those burgers have got my mouth watering!

  10. Wow this looks like such a fun cultural experience! I love seeing things like this all over the world. This one looks so fun and colorful.

  11. That’s a fun-filled color festival and that food makes me want to have a bite. It must be so much fun down there.

  12. wow thanks for bringing us to such colourful multicultural event through your blog! Your photos are not only pretty…. they also tell a story!

  13. Bet you has the time of your life! It seems like an awesome festival, thank you for sharing these lovely photos too.

  14. I love cultural street parties like this because this is the occasion everyone gathered to celebrate, all smiling good food, etc. This is a true feast!

  15. I didn’t know about this festival so it was a great piece of information. I couldn’t help going back to the pics of the cakes a couple of times. lol.

  16. Oh wow! This event looks AMAZING! I love the cultural diversity and um, can we talk about HOW AMAZING all the food looks too!! I would have a hard time picking what to eat.

  17. I have never been there but you are giving me a chance to experience how much fun this festival is while reading this article and seeing these photos

  18. Wish I could visit Fuengirola to enjoy this show. It looks an absolutely awesome festival to see in person.

  19. Such beautiful photos! This is completely and utterly spectacular!
    I would love to see this festival so much. Thanks for sharing

  20. It definitely seems worth it to me! What a beautiful festival it is! I’d love to visit someday in the future, perhaps when my children are a little older.

  21. This must be a fun and a great experience to those people who are been there and every food look so delicious!

  22. I love these type of festivals. So nice to witness different culture costumes and those delicious foods. Some of the pictures have been captured nicely.

  23. I really love exploring different countries through internet. It’s great to know more of the culture before visiting the country.

  24. How fun! The colors and food are awesome already, but it’s a nice place for cultures all over the world to come together and celebrate each other.

  25. What a wonderful and beautiful event you got to experience and share with us. Had it not been for you i would have never known about this. I love others cultures and how beautifully different they each are.

  26. What a wonderful celebration of diversity! I especially loved the engine grill lol. That was a really cute idea. Thank you for bringing information about the Feria International de Los Pueblo into my world.

  27. Wow this looks a fun and yummy festival to attend and so many different countries represented. Very impressive. Thanks for sharing

  28. What a neat festival to attend. It is nice to see the different cultures and clothing. Looks like it would be fun to check out as a family.

  29. What an amazing post! This is so great and close to me! Next year I want to be part of it, colours and smells will be amazing. Spain is unique!

  30. I really enjoyed scrolling your post. Your photos are so great, I love that you included the people when you shoot for the food. Hahaha. It makes it looks more festive, seems like I’ve been there cuz of your pics. 😊

  31. This is really fun. I love to go this event, I can enjoy the the food from various countries without spending money on flight ticket. You are lucky.

  32. I love how diverse the culture is and how everyone seems to accept everyone else. I wish the world was more like this. It would be fun and a much better place.

  33. The pictures are absolutely awesome. It is pretty obvious you had an awesome time with your trip. I am quite jealous actually.

  34. I love that in a little time you can go from city to somewhere that you can get in touch with nature, culture and a less advanced way of life. Such an awesome festival!

  35. Wonderful..Glad you shared this amazing festival. I am a travel bug and looking forward to experiencing Costa del Sol later this year this list will help me out.

  36. Well this looks like such an amazing festival and a great time! I love all the colors, things to do and culture shown here

  37. This looks like an amazing festival! I love how so many countries and cultures are represented! This is now on my bucket list!

  38. Wow, this festival looks so great and fun.. 😂
    I love how the food is served in a large size here. Perfect for big appetite.

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