Annual Festivals in Andalusia
Spring season brings warmer temperatures and renewals after winter's intermission. The season brings an extraordinary ambience to the city of Seville, serenaded with the scent of orange blossom and jasmine. The new season begins with the Passion of Jesus Christ in Easter Holy Week and two weeks after begins the Feria de Abril de Sevilla (Seville April Fair), and other locations that follow. Every day of the festive occurrence, carriages and riders parade carrying Seville's leading citizens to make their way to the bullring, La Real Maestranza, where the bullfighters and breeders meet.
Despite the Seville April Fair being an internationally recognised phenomenon, history speaks of its origin in the north of Spain. Back in 1847, it was originally a livestock fair by two councillors, one born in the Basque Country José Maria Ybarra and the Catalonian Narciso Bonaplata. The Spanish monarchy agreed to their proposal and on April 18, 1847 the first fair was held on the outskirts of Seville city. Since then, Seville and the rest of the provinces in Andalusia adopted the fair and turned it to the event that it is today.
The crowd of people quickly visit their friends' or family's marquee tents called casetas, and dance to sevillanas, eat delicious tapas and drink merrily the typical sherry, manzanilla or rebujito of the region. Every fair has an amusement park with lots of fun and games for people of all ages to enjoy. The sheer size of the fair's spectacle is extraordinary, with a fairground serenaded with carriages, horseback riders, dancers, people singing and off ground there are daily bullfights. During the festive event, you will often see locals dressed in regional costumes and flamenco dresses, with men in classic suits (traje corto) and extra gel in their hair to last the day. It is a remarkable festive event that can not be missed if you want to learn further about the Andalusian's way of life.
The fair results in a lot of fun, and be well aware that they are extremely popular and can somewhat be overcrowded, especially in Seville. Hotel rates are high, reservations may need to be made, and cues may be longer. A simple hint of advice if you are going to Seville's April Fair, eat first in the city (will probably be empty) and then head to the fair to dance the whole day and night away! Other fairs across Andalusia have proven much calmer for families, but don't always get the same attention as in Seville.
Below you can find a list of most of the dates for fairs in cities and towns across Andalusia. These dates are for the year 2017, but differs mildly over the years.