All's fair in Ondara
By Samantha Kett A FAIR to end all fairs – and that's pretty much how it translates – means Ondara is on the move for the next three weekends, keeping the festival spirit alive as the nights draw in and the brightness of Christmas still seems far away.
The Fira de Fires gets off the ground this Saturday and Sunday (November 10 and 11) with a dog show, a stunning exhibition of the Marina Alta's most beautiful countryside, and the opening of the food fair and fairground rides which will continue for the next two weekends left this month.
Mediaeval markets need little introduction and are always an excellent choice for a fun day out – art, craft and traditional food stalls where you can pick up unique, handmade accessories, household decorative items and Christ- mas gifts line the streets, with traders in typical Arab-style merchant dress to bring Spain in the Middle Ages back to life. Moroccan and Algerian tea tents, selling delicious, refreshing mint infusions in ornate glasses and traditional cakes from the Maghrib, along with birds of prey displays, Mediaeval-style live entertainment, craft workshops and demonstrations, music and fencing will pack out the Avenida General Bosch, the Plaza Vicent Andrés Estellés, and the streets between the bullring and the Plaza del Prado over November 17 and 18.
Also that weekend, a trade fair and shopping festival will spread out across the El Prado square as 31 retailers and businesses bring their premises into the open air: everything from hairdressers' to paint shops, motorbikes to furniture, travel agencies to opticians, plus adults' and children's clothing and shoes can be visited in one hit.
A morning motorbike rally and exhibition, food-tasting where you can try out an eclectic array of local dishes, and a classic car show round off the month's festivities over the weekend of November 24 and 25.
Fairground ride ticket prices are slashed to just €1.50 each on the next two Wednesdays, November 14 and 21.
Stalls are open from 10.30 each weekend, until 21.00 on Saturdays and 20.30 on Sundays, closing for lunch from 14.30 to 16.30.
Previous year's 'Fira de Fires'