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LA FERIA DE SEVILLA

THE MOST POPULAR PARTY IN SOUTHERN SPAIN

La Feria de Abril

La Feria de Abril in Seville is a grand festival with the humblest of roots. What began as just a simple livestock fair in 1847 has now turned into a weeklong party filled with some of Seville’s liveliest traditions. We’re talking dancing Sevillanas, bullfights, exquisite horse-drawn carriages, beautifully bright flamenco dresses, incredible lights. We’re talking about tradition. Wander your way through the fair, soaking up the livelihood and take in the amazingly dressed locals. La Feria de Abril is a must-see spectacle while visiting Seville, of course, but before you show up at the city’s fairgrounds, there are a few things you should know. And keep in mind that if you choose to experience la Feria de Abril with Andalucía Inside, our local travel experts can help along every step of the way.

Las casetas

Casetas is Spanish for the little private tents that line both sides of the little streets of the fair. The casetas in Seville are private, and generally speaking you can only get in by invitation only. Each caseta has its own name, its own theme and its own members – it’s quite the private affair, and the more people you know in Sevilla, the more you can caseta hop your way around. Inside the casetas, you’ll find a bar where you’ll be able to order drinks and food, chairs to sit and relax, and, of course, the flamenco music known as Sevillanas will overwhelm the place as Spanish couples sporadically get up to dance the steps they know so well. 

  

The dress

Feria is a time to go all out. Put on your finest dress, buy a new suit and don’t leave the heels at home. To be at feria is to see what everyone is wearing and to let yourself be seen, too. Dress to the nines or, even better, choose the traditional route and wear a colorful traje de flamenca or suit. Women spend months (and up to thousands of euros) prepping their dress – making sure it’s the right fabric, the perfect color, that it’s fit snugly to their body and that they have all the perfect accessories to go along with their stunning dress. Women generally have a flower or little comb (or both!) in their hair, a fan in their hands and a beautiful shawl draped around their shoulders. Because we focus on the details and make sure to take care of every little step for you, Andalucía Inside would be more than happy to set you up with a one-of-a-kind outfit for your Feria de Abril experience.

The food and drink

At the Feria de Abril de Sevilla the most popular drink in people’s hands is rebujito – a deliciously refreshing mixture of manzanilla wine and a lemony-lime soda like 7-Up.  More refreshing than beer and tastier than most alcoholic beverages, this it the perfect answer to a hot Sevilla day spent at the fair. As the night goes on, Spanish people move on to copas, or mixed drinks, and the casetas get a bit rowdier. And if you’re at the feria for the long haul (like most Spanish people are), you’ll want to stop for a minute to eat. All of the casetas dish out traditional fare like cured ham and cheeses, little sandwiches filled with juicy slices of meat and other gems, tortilla de patatas, fried padrón peppers and so much more.

The decoration

To commemorate the very first night of the Feria de Abril in Seville, you simply can’t miss the Alumbrao, which is when more than 22,000 lights get switched on and shower every inch of the massive fairgrounds as well as the main entrance, making the entire feria come alive. Once you enter the feria, you’ll see paper lanterns strung from one side of the street to the other, creating a magical atmosphere.What else to do: Besides going to the fair, people watching and taking in the beautiful dresses and giving Sevillanas a go, there are lots of other activities going on during feria. There are beautiful horse-drawn carriages that will carry you through the fair, high above the rest of the crowds. There is an entire section of the fair filled with rides, games and prizes. And, of course, there are the best bull fights of the year taking place at Seville’s bullring.

 

2014 Dates: La Feria de Abril de Sevilla will actually take place in the beginning of May this year, from May 5 until May 10, 2014..

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