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Visit The Seville Feria April Fair

Posted at:11 March, 2017 in Blog, City guide, Festivals, general

Visit The Seville Feria April Fair

Visit The Seville Feria April Fair 2019 – six days of celebrations, music, dancing, drinking, and socializing until the early morning.  What more could you want from a trip to Spain?

This is the Spring Fair in Seville, know as the Feria, that takes place every April and ends with a big bang at midnight with a firework display. A Spanish tradition since 1824, expect to see the Sevillanos letting their hair down, dressing up, and partying all night long. The fair takes place two weeks after Semana Santa (holy week preceding Easter) – this year it’s from 4th May to 11th May 2019 – and the whole city sets up for a huge party that takes place all day and all night. Visitors and tourists are welcome – and you can get costumes too!

Spring in Seville has a special atmosphere, garlanded with the sweet scent of orange blossom and jasmine, and a frisson of excited anticipation, as the city’s two most important events take place – first Semana Santa and then the Spring Fair, the Feria.

When and where does it happen, and what it is?
The Seville Fair traditionally starts two clear weeks after Semana Santa, in a huge area in Los Remedios (map), to the south-west of the city, next to the river. This is a week of serious dancing, drinking, eating and socialising, with late nights – or all-nighters – the norm. The sheer size of the April Fair’s spectacle is extraordinary. From around midday until early evening – especially on Tuesday, the first official day – Sevilla society parades around the fairground in carriages or on horseback. There are also daily bullfights , generally considered the best of the season.

 

Fun and festivity at the Seville fair
What are casetas and what happens in them?
The “Real de la Feria”, where the Feria takes place, covers 1.2 km2 and includes the amusement park, `called ´Calle de Infierno’ (Hell Street), and the casetas, canvas tent pavillions of varying sizes arranged along 12 streets. Numbering over 1,000, they belong to eminent local families, groups of friends, businesses, clubs, trade associations and political parties. Most of the casetas are private and open only to members and their guests. If you have a Sevillano friend with a caseta, you could be lucky enough to receive a much-coveted invite. Alternatively, there are also seven public casetas – the “caseta municipal” and one for each of six districts of Seville.

Inside the tents, the drinks begin to flow, and tapas are served, from around 1:30pm till early next morning. Each caseta is equipped with a bar, kitchen and sound system or live entertainment playing Sevillanas. This is the official genre of folk music in Seville, which has its own set dance. It’s worth taking a few classes before the Feria so you don’t have to be a wallflower.

As a non-native, pay attention to how the authentic “Sevillanos” (natives of Seville) pace themselves in order to make it full-force right through to the end. Also, a little effort goes a long way – whatever your level of Spanish, make sure you use it (again, why not brush up a little before going, by taking some classes). You´re a guest at their party, so express your appreciation by joining in!

Flamenco in Sevilla,  

If you’ve been to the Andalusian capital before you’ll know that it’s full of sunshine, orange blossom (and the wine too..) and flamenco – and these are all ingredients to having a great time at this traditional Andalusian Fair. Expect to see some amazing costumes, dancing, traditional drinks, music, horse carriages parading around the fairground from midday until the evening – and bullfighting for those who are into the sport. Find out the timetable of events here

Visit The Seville Feria April Fair

Seville Feria

Take Part in the Seville Fair

To take part in the Seville Feria April Fair you need to head to the “Real de la Feria” which is a fairground with fair rides also and the famous ‘Hell Street’ (Calle De Infierno). The fairground is divided over 1,000 tent bars with food and music (casetas) that form a whole fairground of fun! A lot of these bars are private so make sure you find ones that are open to everyone and enjoy! Note – celebrating and drinking all night is an acceptable part of the celebrating, but you will need to pace yourself to enjoy the party! Olé!

 

Visit The Seville Feria April Fair

Seville Feria

Oasis Backpacker’s Hostel Seville

If you’re heading to the Seville Feria April Fair then why not stay at our Famous Hostel Oasis Backpacker’s Hostel Seville? They’ve got a fantastic location in the old town and a rooftop pool. What more could you want??

Visit The Seville Feria April Fair

 

[1.30pm]  Off to the Fair

Organize the journey well. We recommend getting to El Real by horse-drawn carriage, motorbike, bus or taxi. Don´t take the car unless it is absolutely vital.

[2pm] Horse parade

This is the best time to see this colourful spectacle, inside El Real and having something to eat at one of the marquees.

[2.30pm] First drink

On arrival at the marquee you will be offered the first drink of the day. This is usually sherry, beer or “rebujito” (sherry with lemonade). It is a good idea to eat something between drinks, because before you know it “lunchtime” could be over.

[3pm] Lunch

Time for the big lunches: companies, families, commitments? you have a date.

[6pm] The bullfight

Time to head for the Maestranza bullring. At this time, many bullfighting fans change their minds and are ready to give their tickets away to friends.

[8pm] A little afternoon flamenco

Some marquees have a flamenco group to liven up the afternoon. If you have the chance, try and pop into one.

[10pm] Dinner

Dive into one of the marquees to have something to eat. Your body will need it.

[Midnight] Fireworks

Only on the last night. They are the final culmination of this fiesta.

[2am] Churros or buñuelos? (different types of fritters)

One last bite before heading home.

[?] The return

It is time to go home. If there are lots of people waiting for taxis, try the bus, which usually runs pretty well.

 

Visit The Seville Feria April Fair
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