The Seville Fair 2024, also known as the Seville April Fair
In this article, you’ll find all the essential information about the Seville Fair :
- A few words about Seville
- The 2024 dates of the Fair
- The Fair programme
- Map of the Real de Feria
- Book accommodation
- Activities in Seville
- Some useful links (car hire, taxi, flight,…)
- The great ferias of Andalusia
A few words about Seville
Seville, the capital of Andalusia, on the banks of the Guadalquivir, is a city of outstanding beauty and well worth a visit in its own right.
This city with a prestigious past boasts an incredibly rich historical and artistic heritage. It takes several days to visit Seville … the Hispalis of Roman times…. the Isbiliya of al-Andalus.
During the Seville Fair, and to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, here’s a link to the most secret places and hidden gems in Seville.
You can also take the opportunity to discover the beautiful and popular Triana neighborhood as well as its fabulous covered market.
Finally, here is another idea for a walk, quite brilliant, in the Santa Cruz neighborhood, closely linked to the old Judaería.
The 2024 dates of the Seville Fair
Here are the dates for the Seville Fair: 14 to 20 April 2024.
The origins of the Seville Fair
The Seville Fair dates back over 150 years, when the city decided to organise an agricultural fair to promote the local economy. Since then, it has become a not-to-be-missed event, usually taking place two weeks after Holy Week.
The fair is held on a specially prepared site, known as the Real de la Feria, and is made up of hundreds of tents known as ‘casetas‘.
The Seville Fair has also become famous for its horse parade. Every day, elegantly dressed riders and their horses ride through the streets of the city, creating a majestic atmosphere. Andalusian horses, renowned for their beauty and grace, are a real attraction and an integral part of the fair’s tradition.
The Fair programme
The Seville Fair, also known as the Feria de Abril, is one of Spain’s most emblematic and festive events.
Music and dance are essential elements of the Fair. The sevillanas, a traditional Seville dance, are omnipresent throughout the fair. The women wear colourful flamenco dresses and the men elegant flamenco suits.
Sevillanas are danced in couples, in a circle or in a line, and everyone is invited to join in. It’s a unique experience to join in the dancing and get swept away by the festive atmosphere.
Below is the map of the Real de Feria, with all the casetas:
These are the heart of the Seville Fair. They are built especially for the occasion and decorated with care. Each caseta belongs to a family, a group of friends or a company, and is generally private.
However, some casetas are open to the public and offer a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Inside the casetas, you’ll find music and dancing.
As well as the dancing, the Seville Fair is also renowned for its gastronomy. The casetas offer a variety of traditional dishes, such as gazpacho, Iberian ham, tortillas and fresh seafood. Typical drinks include Jerez wine, rebujito (a mixture of wine and lemonade) and manzanilla (a type of sherry).
It’s the perfect opportunity to discover Andalusian cuisine and taste some unique flavours.
And here’s a video to get you in the mood for the Seville Fair:
The Seville Fair is a must for all those who want to discover Andalusian culture in all its splendour. From the festive atmosphere of the casetas to the intoxicating dance of the sevillanas, not forgetting the delicious gastronomy and the horse parade, the Seville Fair offers a unique and memorable experience.
If you have the chance to visit Seville in spring, don’t miss this incredible celebration, which will transport you to a world of colour, music and tradition.
Here’s a link from Seville City Council to find out more (in Spanish) about this festival, the Real de Feria and the famous Calle del Infierno.
Booking accommodation in Seville
If you want to book accommodation in Seville at the best price, it’s best to do so well in advance.
Book activities in Seville
Some useful links for coming to and staying in Seville for a few days
Here’s a link to Avis car hire at Seville airport for example.
From Seville airport or train station, book a taxi. It is possible to book a taxi from the main stations and airports.
Book a plane ticket, find the best flight prices from 500 airlines.
Here’s a link to a visit that combines the sea and a beautiful city, for anyone staying in the area for a few days: what to see in Cadiz. This is your chance to discover the oldest city in Europe, steeped in history and lined with beautiful sandy beaches.
Here’s another idea, this time in the province of Huelva, just 45 minutes from Seville, for visiting two incredible sites in one day: the town of Niebla, with its incredible two-kilometre circular wall,
and a walk along the Rio Tinto – the red river – . This day is guaranteed to make your trip one to remember!
The great ferias of Andalucia:
The Malaga 2024 Feria in August
Antequera Spring Fair in June
The Romeria Pilgrimage El Rocio in May
Patio Festival in Cordoba in May
Cadiz Carnival in February
Ronda Romantic Fair in May
The Horse Fair in Jerez,
Discover more of Andalusia’s beautiful sites in the Andalusia blog pages.
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