Seville Feria - Practical Tips

Maria Luisa Park, during the Seville fair. © Michelle Chaplow
Maria Luisa Park during the Seville fair

How to get there

Car: don't even try to park near the Feria, unless you have a micro-car like a Smart which will fit into the smallest spaces. Instead, leave it at the Charco de la Pava car park, and catch the shuttle bus to the main recinto. Bear in mind that the police will be out in force with breathalyser checkpoints, so don't drink and drive.

Taxi: be aware that taxis hike their fares during the Feria. There's a taxi stop by the portada where you wait in a queue. If you don`t leave at peak time (from about 2am) you should be able to get one with queuing for too long; after 2am, you'll queue for at least an hour. Cabify and Uber both operate in Seville, but only official licensed taxis can collect fares from the taxi stop by the portada. Other taxi app services drop off and collect their passengers at the back of the Feria ground, or Avenida Juan Pablo II.

Bus: the best option, if you live, or are staying in, the centre. The C1, C2, 5, 6 and 41 lines all go to the recinto, and operate 24 hours a day during the Feria. A special direct Feria service leaves from the Prado de San Sebastian (the stop is on calle Jose Maria Osborne).

Many towns outside the city, in the Aljarafe area especially, operate special Feria bus services, which leave from next to Blas Infante metro station. This is the most economic option if you're not staying in Seville itself (some are free, thanks to their town hall), although be aware that these buses only leave once an hour.

Metro: this also operates 24 hours a day during Feria (from 7.30am on the first Saturday until 11pm on second Sunday), with some double trains to cope with the extra passengers. The nearest stops are Plaza de Cuba and Parque de los Principes; Blas Infante is good for Calle del Infierno amusument park. You can park your car at San Juan Bajo and San Juan Alto stations.

Horse and carriage: arrive in style, and pay through the nose for your ride around the fairground - you won't get much change out of €150, but you'll feel like a lord. Plus you can take along some liquid refreshment.

 

 

Practical dress tips for ladies

If you're wearing a flamenco dress, use its hidden pocket under the outer skirt layer (so you don't have to flash your knickers) for essentials such as sunglasses, keys, mobile phone, plus a map of the recinto to find your friends´ casetas - published in newspapers or available from tourist offices and information desks. You can also get a map from the information desks at the Feria itself, by the portada and at the other end, by Calle del Infierno.

Some people prefer to wear comfortable shoes, such as high-heeled esparto sandals, with their long flamenco dress; if you want to make a noise on the dance floor, then flamenco shoes are the thing. Be aware that if it rains, as the streets will soon turn to mud. You'll be dancing, and walking around, for many hours, and you´ll appreciate them even more as you join the bus queue at 5am. Obviously you won't be able to tap your shoes on the wooden floor as you dance sevillanas, but then you can't have everything.

Each caseta has a loo, but the queues can get very long, and the facilities aren't always well maintained, so be warned.

Seville Feria Dates:

The Feria starts on a Saturday night and runs seven days to the following Saturday night. Officially it kicks off at midnight on the Saturday night with the alumbrado

Seville Feria Dates

 

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