|Flamenco outfits are a must for ladies at the Feria.|
Sevillle April Fair
Second fortnight in September 2020
On the 15th March the April Fair was postponed to September 2020. Exact dates to be confirmed.
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 de Abril.
When and where does it happen, and what it is?
This is a week of serious dancing, drinking, eating and socialising, with late nights - or all-nighters - the norm. The sheer extent of the April Fair's spectacle is extraordinary. From around midday until early evening - especially on Sunday, 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. Then the eating, drinking and fancing continues into the small hours.
|Fun and festivity at the Seville fair|
What are casetas and what happens in them? Can anyone go into them?
The "Real de la Feria", where the Feria takes place, covers 450,000m2 and includes the amusement park, Calle de Infierno (Hell Street), and the casetas, striped tents of varying sizes in 24 blocks arranged along 15 streets, as well as the car park (for special passes only).
Numbering over 1,000, the casetas belong to 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 invitation.
Alternatively, and essential for visitors who won't have access to the private casetas, there are a number of casetas with free entry - Fiesta Mayores, and one for each of six districts of Seville. You can also enter the political parties' ones (PSOE, PP, Partido Andalucista); the trades unions' (CCOO, UGT, USO); one called La Marimorena which serves vegan food; and the new tourist one. Here is our full list of Seville fair casetas open to the public.
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!
Feria de Abril Special Tour
Be surprised by the world famous FERIA DE ABRIL. The annual festival or fair of the Sevillians. We take you to the wonderful world of this special festival with all its legends and traditions. An experience that you simply can not miss if you are in Seville this period. Absolutely not!
Approx. 2hrs - 21 €
Feria de AbrilFeria de Abril
Get on our 4-hours Guided Tour to Feria de Abril (April Fair) in Seville. Meet the guide in the city center and have a cool jug of Rebujito at the pub just before you depart to the April Fair - to see many colorful flowering gitana's dresses dance sevillanas!
Feria de Abril Bar Crawl in SevilleFeria de Abril Bar Crawl in Seville
Enjoy the nightlife of the 'Feria de abril de Sevilla' with this 4 hour guided tour. You will start the tour in the Oasis Palace Bar, initiating the adventure with a first jug of Rebujito, the characteristic drink of the Feria made with Xerez wine and Sprite. Continue to the fair tents for more celebrating.
SEVILLE APRIL FAIR PRIVATE TOURSEVILLE APRIL FAIR PRIVATE TOUR
Enjoy the exclusive private tour for Viator customers at the Feria de Sevilla. Meet the most international Fair where flamenco and fiesta come together in a very peculiar origin. Sevilla dresses up in its big week. We will be picked up at the hotel by horse-drawn carriage to move to the fairgrounds. More than a thousand "booths" where gastronomy and folklore will be waiting for us. We will take a guided tour of the site and end up enjoying the Andalusian cuisine with a good wine from Jerez in a private "booth". At the end we will move to the hotel.
What do people wear, and what should I wear?
Some men, and many women, wear the traditional costume. For men - particularly those on horseback or driving carriages - this is the traje corto, or short suit consisting of fitted trousers and a short, fitted jacket with wide-brimmed hat. Women wear the traditional traje de gitano, literally gypsy suit or flamenco dress, often in bright colours, and accessorised with matching/coordinating flower in hair, comb, jewellery, manton (fringed shawl) and fan.
The dresses are pricey, but worth investing in if you'll be coming back again - nothing makes you feel part of an event like being dressed appropriately. For men, unless you have an Arab steed to convey you, and are svelte of figure, the traje corto is a less advisable option. Perhaps better a normal suit.
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