You’re lounging on the patio of your home away from home on the sun-kissed shores of the Costa del Sol. The steadily rising temperatures over the past few weeks leave no room for doubt about the arrival of summer, and the sea-scented breeze from the Mediterranean gives just the right amount of reprieve from the heat – life is good.
But there’s a big chance you’re interested in complementing your pool-side idling with something more happening. So how do you get out and about?
Incidentally, the onset of summer also sees a significant increase in local festivities, fairs and events, all of them providing plentiful opportunity to immerse oneself in the flair of Andalusian culture and traditions.
The month of June kicks off with the annual Marbella Fair – a five-day festival in commemoration of the city’s patron saint, San Bernabé – which includes entertainment and performances, games and activities, and an abundance of local cuisine and cultural flavor to sample. Another highlight in June is San Juan Night, which is celebrated all over Spain to mark the turning of the sun – and the longest day of the year.
In July, activity ramps up further, with the Nueva Andalucia, Las Chapas, St. Maria and A.V.V. Trapiche Norte fairs. During the Virgen del Carmen festival, the bounties of the Mediterranean are brought ashore in commemoration of the fishermen’s patron saint. There will be no excuse for being bored!
August is the busiest month of the summer season in Marbella, with more than ten fairs, encompassing dance and music performances, food and drinks, carnivals and other amusements. Highlights, to name but a few, are the Verbena Popular de la Hermandad Sacramental del Nazareno, Verbena Divina Pastora, Festival de la Copla de Carnavalero, and Marbella Reggae Festival.
In short, if you’re looking to step out and sample some of the more vivid manifestations of the local cultural staples, Marbella is teeming with opportunities. Enjoy!