Torrevieja May Fair
May Fair in Spain is an Andalusian tradition with huge celebrations in Seville that attracts thousands of visitors each year, although its popularity has spread to other towns and cities and visitors to the sunny Costa Blanca can enjoy a smaller version at the Torrevieja May Fair. Torrevieja holds a variety of fiestas and festivals throughout the year, its extravagant Carnival being one of the largest and lasting for almost a month over January and February.
The Torrevieja May Fair grows in popularity each year and is usually held from the first Wednesday of May to the following Sunday. The main events take place at the Torrevieja fairground situated beside the marina with the inauguration of the fair and switching on of the fairground lights taking place on the Wednesday evening. This is followed by a colourful firework display, usually ending in a street party with more than a few sore heads the next morning. Entrance to the fairgrounds is free and marquees are erected where visitors can enjoy delightful traditional Andalusian cuisine and wines.
The program of events makes for superb family fun and gives young and old the chance to dress up in flamenco dresses and men's traditional costumes. Magnificent Andalusian horses perform dressage shows and parades, and a variety of dance groups, clubs and associations thrill the crowds with mesmerising Sevillana dancing.
Saturday morning starts with a traditional church service held in the city's Parroquia Arciprestal de la Inmaculada Concepción followed by a wonderful parade of horses and carriages down to the fair ground. On the Sunday the Torrevieja May Fair continues with further shows, horse parades and general partying which goes on until around midnight when the fair's revellers are all pretty much ready for a good night's sleep.