We have the details of all the food, facts and activities that you need to know about the Seville Spring Fair.
Seville April Feria 2022
- When: 1st May – 7th May 2022
- Where: Seville, Spain
- Website: www.feriadesevilla.com
La Feria de Abril facts
Seville’s Feria de Abril is back in 2022, after previous editions were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Seville Fair is a Spanish festival which lasts for a whole week and is part of the tradition of the city of Seville, Andalusia. Both locals and tourists from all over the world travel to the city to celebrate the April fair (called the Feria de Abril in Spanish even though the 2022 dates are in May!). There are horse-drawn carriages, mythical costumes and lots of other activities that are sure to delight the whole family at the Seville fair in 2022.
The origins of the Seville festival date back to 1846, when an entrepreneurial businessman and his wife asked for permission to hold an annual fair in April. Since then, the Feria de Abril in Seville has continued every year, becoming one of the most popular international festivals in Spain and in the world.
Tourism in Seville
The city of Seville has an impressive Arab legacy, with a range of emblematic buildings declared World Heritage Sites, as well as neighbourhoods like La Macarena and Triana having a very long history.
With fairground rides, museums, art centres, clubs, theatres and much more in Seville, the fact is that there is an unlimited range of leisure activities on offer during the festival and throughout the year. One of the most popular activities in Seville which you can’t miss is the Spanish pastime of “el tapeo”, when the bars, taverns and terraces fill up with people eating tasty tapas and drinking refreshing beverages.
The Giralda, the Cathedral of Seville, the Archive of the Indies, the Alcazar, the Plaza de España and the Torre del Oro – all of these monuments stand out in Seville, as does its historical centre, one of the largest in Spain and Europe. It’s unthinkable to go on a getaway to Seville and not visit its most notable monuments, incredible neighbourhoods and beautiful streets. Why not take a trip to enjoy both the city and it’s annual fair at the same time?
What happens during Feria de Sevilla?
The Seville April fair is usually held a week or two after Easter, which means that in 2022 it is being held from Sunday 1st May to Saturday 7th May. It is a truly unique festival and the dancing, food and music are part of the festive atmosphere of the city.
The history of the Feria de Abril in Seville began in 1847 as a farmer’s cattle fair. Over the years, the festival has constantly changed and now has over a thousand well-organised stalls that are set up on the fairgrounds to welcome both locals and visitors alike.
These booths and stalls are central to the Feria de Abril and are places where you can eat food from Seville, such as the typical calamares con salsa aioli (fried squid with garlic mayonaise). You can drink also local sherry and dance until the early hours of the morning. Inside, one of the most typical Seville festival activities is watching the sevillanas, the famous flamenco-style dance that originates from this part of Spain. Soak up the atmosphere where men are dressed in a traditional country style, while the women steal the show in their traditional colourful dresses, as they dance wildly together to the beat of the cajones and the strumming of the guitar.
Another one of the interesting facts about the Seville April feria is that it begins with the so-called “prueba de alumbrao” (lighting test), the lighting of the fairgrounds and the main gate. From here on, the horses with jockeys, riders and carriages stroll gently through the streets, and colour and joy flood the city. Tourists can rent their own horse-drawn carriage and take advantage of the many attractions for children and adults to enjoy this incredible festival to the fullest.
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