It’s San Bernabe feria party time!

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MARBELLA residents and thousands of visitors will this weekend find themselves in extra party mood with the glitzy resort’s San Bernabe feria reaching its climax.

Among the most eagerly-anticipated Costa del Sol summer events, the festival includes daytime events on Paseo de la Alameda and Avenida del Mar near the city’s historic centre, where 16 temporary bars and a series of stages are set up.

By night, the crowds relocate to a massive fairground adjacent to the La Cañada shopping centre, where revellers dance the night away in a series of purpose built casetas, temporary wooden structures which house bars and DJs.

A free bus service is provided to ship partygoers between the two venues.

Traditional Flamenco dress, local music, wines and food also play key roles in the celebrations, with the best of Andalucian flavour on show.

The feria will also operate under video surveillance for the first time this year as council bosses up security in the wake of recent events in the UK and other countries.

It comes after the spectacular was opened by Spain’s national basketball coach Sergio Scariolo, the Italian spending much of his time in Marbella after buying property in the area.

He delivered a stirring speech missing sports and politics to a packed marina earlier in the week as he declared “Marbella was in the fourth division but has now returned to the first,” to huge applause before the traditional coronation of the festival’s king and queen and firework display on El Faro Beach.

The event continues until next Monday, with a full programme available at http://www.marbella.es/fiestas/fiestas/san-bernabe/12-san-bernabe/553/programa-de-san-bernabe-2017.html.

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