Feria de la Mula (Mule Fair). Arenas. October. Unique Festival
This festival has been declared to be of Tourist Interest by the Provincial Council of Málaga.
Please check with the local Town Hall or Municipal Tourism Office for the festival date before planning any sightseeing activities.
For the people of Arenas village, the Mule Fair is a chance for them to recover the old farm work, traditionally carried out with the help of this noble animal. The fair aims to rescue this tradition and to pass it on to the younger generations in the village while paying tribute to all those animals that once contributed to wealth production by working on Andalusian farms.
The charming beauty of Arenas is marked by its urban architecture with Arabic roots—steep streets and sunlit squares with flowered, whitewashed facades.
On the 12th of October, the village dresses in its best to celebrate this unique fair. A great variety of activities involving these animals is offered, such as mule exhibitions, shoeing, mule pull contests, threshing, herding, burdening, mule, donkey and horse races. The event also features Verdiales band performances, flamenco dancing and singing, and the traditional tasting of the famous paella and locally produced organic muscatel wine.
Every year, the Mule Fair brings breeders, former herders, traders, blacksmiths and saddlers together to carry out exhibitions and competitions for the best harnesses, shoes, and burdens. Then, the Honorary Herder is elected.
The celebrations end with some folk dancing while residents and visitors are treated to delicious migas arrieras (“breadcrumbs” in Spanish) and excellent local wines.
It is also possible to get to know other tourist attractions in Arenas, where tradition, fun and cuisine are experienced at their best.
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