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article imageInternational party-time again in Fuengirola, Spain (Video) Special

By Anne Sewell     May 1, 2014 in Travel
Fuengirola - It's that time of year again, when Fuengirola throws the biggest, tastiest and most colorful international fair ever. This year celebrating it's 20th anniversary, this is an event not to be missed.
The "Feria Internacional de los Pueblos" opened yesterday, April 30 and is running up until May 4, 2014. The writer decided to visit on opening day.
Fuengirola is quite possibly the most multi-cultural city in the whole of the Iberian peninsula with very likely every nationality in the world represented here. The event varies each year depending on which country's representatives can afford the rather steep rentals for premises at the prestigious "Recinto Ferial" or fairgrounds in Fuengirola.
In the past we have seen representatives from China, Russia, Israel, Palestine, Syria, Jordan and Iran, both parading in the streets together and with colorful stalls at the fairgrounds offering their wares. Vietnam, Peru and Chile have also been there in past years, but not this year. Peru did manage a couple of stalls selling their wares, but not a full-blown stand.
Despite this, there is a pretty darn good turnout this year, with some possibly new arrivals, like Hawaii and Jamaica. While some stalls were still setting up yesterday, there was still an array of fascinating colors and entertainment to see, and tasty food to munch on.
Of particular interest to the writer were the Indian and Moroccan stands, where a traditional and fascinating dance demonstration was happening in each, shown in the video above. I don't think I have ever seen Indians or Moroccans dance before.
The Australian stand is rather interesting offering, heaven forbid, kangaroo barbeque and a lively band. Hawaii is pretty interesting too, with an exciting fire stick display by some real Hawaiian guys. Turns out "other" Hawaiians, running the bar, didn't speak any Hawaiian other than "Aloha," so I showed off with my three whole phrases, "Aloha," "mahalo" and "a hui hou!" They hadn't heard of the famous Makana either!
Cuba was slightly less colorful yesterday. They normally have some pretty fancy costumes but when I visited, there were dance lessons going on — if only I had time, I would have joined in, "jiggy, jiggy."
Jamaica is lively with Bob Marley playing "irie" music very loudly and Brazil is a veritable Carnival in Rio with drumming, dancing and colorful costumes. The statuesque and lovely ladies put Miley Cyrus totally to shame with their, more original, version of "twerking!"
Many other stands are shown in the video above and in total, the following countries and regions of Spain are represented — the image also shows their location in the fairgrounds:
Countries participating in the 20th Feria Internacional de los Pueblos in Fuengirola  Spain.
Countries participating in the 20th Feria Internacional de los Pueblos in Fuengirola, Spain.
Feria Internacional de los Pueblos
There is also a full-blown fairground for anyone wanting to enjoy the rides and the bumper cars. You have until May 4 to get to Fuengirola and enjoy a real blast by touring the world in just a few days!
The following is a video showing a photo slideshow of previous events:
Sources of interest:
Feria Internacional de los Pueblos (Spanish)
Event program
Photo essay: Multi-cultural Fuengirola in southern Spain
Fuengirola travel guide
Life's a beach in Fuengirola, Spain (Video and photos)
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