Friday, March 20, 2009

Seville's April Fair


Spring is in the air and in Seville one notices that a festive atmosphere is fast approaching. Within a very short time (from 28th April to 3rd May), the April Fair in Seville will be held and is one of the most famous celebrations both in Andalusia and Spain. This fair dates back to 1846, when two men asked the City Council for an annual cattle fair for the city. Since then, it has changed a lot and it has become what we now know as the Seville April Fair.

This is the most relevant festival in Andalusia and the one that receives the most tourists together with the Holy Week or Semana Santa. It is also an indispensable meeting point for Sevillian people. For seven whole days people eat, drink, dance and have fun at the fair.

The celebration begins with the "Enlightened Monday" ceremony and with a traditional fish dinner. To close it, after seven days of intense fun, fireworks are launched and the traditional bull fights take place.

The fairground enclosure is a replica of Seville and it is established in the Remedios neighbourhood. The streets have names of famous bullfighters: Joselito El Gallo, Curro Romero and Ricardo Torres "Bombita". In addition, they put up lots of marquees or little tents decorated with rainbow lanterns and the Town hall rewards the most beautiful one.

In the mornings, the streets of the fairground are filled with people who want to see the horse drawn carriages, horsemen and "flamencas". Everyone eats the typical fried fish and drinks "manzanilla" or "fino" (sweet wine). In the evening the mythical bull runs are celebrated with the great bullfighting masters in the Maestranza bullring. Then the party continues until dawn.

The April Fair is the perfect place to eat, to drink, to dance "sevillanas" and to have a great time. There are many places to relax or have fun, plus a host of stalls selling all kinds of food and drink.

Are you going to miss this fabulous Spring Fair? Travel to Andalusia and rent Seville Apartments to find the best accommodation.

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