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Seville Spring Fair, the feast of feasts

Can you hear the sound of castanets in the distance? Spring has finally arrived and Andalusia fills with festivities and color. First for the Easter Holy Week, and two weeks later again for the famous Feria de Abril, this yearly attracts thousands of visitors (Both foreign and domestic) to the Andalusian capital.

seville spring fair

This party, which has a long tradition – it is more then 150 years old – is not just one of the most typical festivals in Seville, but in all of Spain. Starting from April 20 , for one week long life in Seville is about dance, tradition, food and drink. Blend in with the locals, enjoy the relaxed and cheerful character of Andalusia and get ready for one of the most emblematic holidays of the year.

Again, as has become tradition, the festivities begin with the ceremony of the “Alumbrao”, when at midnight thousands of lanterns are lit on the festival site. What follows is the preparation of a delicious dinner: pescaíto.

The Spring Fair attracts nearly 1.5 million visitors, and the fairgrounds are an exact replica of the city, constructed near the neighborhood of Los Remedios. Booths are being build in the form of little houses, and decorated with lanterns, colorful ribbons, etc. In fact, the City Council encourages this ‘decoration contest’ by handing out an award for the nicest or most original booth. The streets of the site are named after famous bullfighters or popular Spaniards.

These days you can expect lots of food and typical drinks, incredible bullfights, traditional dances such as sevillanas, horse parades, flamenco dresses and lots of fun. The festivities come to an end on Sunday with an extravagant firework. Fun is guaranteed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, since the party starts early in the morning with the horse parade, followed by a good lunch and bullfights. You might want to make a siesta, because after dinner there is still a long night of dancing ahead of you.

Are you going to miss out on this? Take this opportunity to discover the real Andalusian traditions of the flamenco and much more. And to find the best accommodation, rent Apartments in Seville. We guarantee you an unforgettable stay. Olé!