The long awaited (especially by the kids) summer Fair of Manilva starts tomorrow and runs until Sunday.
As usual, the fair will be held at the fairground (where the Sunday market is held) on the road up from Lidls. The light are up, the rides are ready and the stage is built…..The fair will be officially opened at 11 pm on Thursday with the official switching on of the lights, after which the Feria Queen’s and their attendants are crowned.
As well as all the rides, there will be live music and dancing in the pavilion every night. This will go on until the early hours of the morning. It is not unusual for some revellers to return home at 8am after a night at the fair – I don ‘t know how they do it – my record is 4am!!!
Due to the “crisis” the town hall have agreed with the fair operators that all rides should be €2 so it wont hurt the purse quite as much. Many Spanish families, save all year for their annual Feria visit and it is definitely an established part of the culture.
As part of the fair, there are processions through the streets of Manilva, Sabinillas and Castillo. This consists of the Manilva town band, and several floats. If you’ve not seen it before, it’s work seeing..
The Manilva parade which generally starts by the sports centre, and end in the main street, is on Friday at 8pm (approx). It is usually late but don’t bank on it.. we missed it one year as it was early!!
On Saturday at 8pm (again approx) the parade is in Castillo. This will then move onto Sabinillas at 9pm.
Throughout the feria , from Thursday until Sunday, the tourist train will be running an additional route between the bus stop by Supersol in Sabinillas and the fairground from 10pm until 4am for a special price of €1 per person.
Don’t forget that, following the excess of the fair – getting home at 8am!!, Monday August 13th is a local holiday.
Here’s some pics from last year to get you in the party mood…