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Fira d’Indians (Begur, Spain)

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City: Begur / Country: Spain / World Region: Europe

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      30.04.2010 19:26
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      great cuban festival

      Fira d'Indians festival is held round about the 1st weekend of each September in the beautiful city of Begur. The festival is in honour of the local merchants who made their fortunes in the American colonies and of the benefit it gave to the local area. During this festival the whole town of Begur becomes alive and honour their heritage by opening up buildings of architectural and historical interest. Tourists and residents are allowed to enter the buildings and take a look around and also there are plaques on the outside which show pictures and also some information about the architect and the families who lived in them. The town itself is very atmospheric with a ruined castle overlooking the tiny winding cobbled streets

      The main part of this festival though is the street party. There is a dress code of white and both residents and tourist dress all in white to honour the merchants and it is great to see everyone making the effort to participate. This also gives the tourists a real sense of belonging to what is after all a locals party! There are live bands in the squares with organised music where people can dance or just watch and enjoy the sights and sounds. However we saw musicians just start to sing and dance or play an instrument, starting their own little party. They then encouraged passers by to join in which was great and individuals were dancing and singing as they felt a need to join in and strut their stuff. It was a fantastic feeling and a great sight to watch, it was very bohemian and we had a great sense of welcome and belonging. Mojito stalls are every two steps and it is impossible not to join in with the street party. The streets are crowded with revelers but it is a safe place both for adults and children. I didn't see any hassle like you get in the UK, I may have seen a few people stumbling due to the strength of the statutory mojitos but everyone is in a party spirit and enjoying the whole experience. Locals encourage the tourists to participate in the celebrations and we felt totally welcome and part of this fantastic small town.

      There are food stalls in most squares, serving traditional Spanish food, however there are lots of restaurants and tapas which also serve food but be warned these do get very busy so it is best to book especially if with a group.

      The temperature is warm and it is a fabulous feeling to be outside dancing in the streets downing a very potent cocktail with the dark night and lanterns lighting up the traditional streets.

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