Feria de Abril Seville is one of the biggest fairs in Seville. The event will take place two weeks after Semana Santa, from the 14th of April till the 21th of April. Seven days of dancing, music, food, drinks and a gigantic fair. Doesn’t that sound like heaven?!
History of Feria de Abril Seville
The first edition of Feria de Abril Seville was in 1847. It was organised by two councillors, José María Ybarra and Narciso Bonaplata. It was originally organised as a livestock fair, but this grew out to be one of the biggest events in Seville, with a lot of commercial interests. The fair reached it’s peak during the 1920’s and turned out to become the spectacle that it’s today.
What is going on during Feria de Abril Seville?
Feria de Abril Seville has been taking place on ‘real de la feria’ since 1973 and it’s spread over a surface of 450.000 m2, which is filled by more than a thousand stands. The fair starts at 00.00 (14th of april) with the ‘test of the light’.
There are several ‘casetas’ on the terrain, these are decorated tents of local families, groups of friends, companies, clubs or political parties. Be aware! You need an invitation if you want to enter a caseta. There are a few casetas that are public and you can enter them for free. They’ll play music and serve food and drinks day and night.
The Sevillanos (natives of Seville) are wearing typical Andalusian Costumes during Feria de Abril Seville, women wear flamenco or gypsy clothes and the men traditional clothing. The fun-fair is filled with hundreds of carriages, where you can buy a ride. There will be a bull-fight every afternoon and the week will end with a spectaculair firework-show. Feria de Abril Seville is definitely a party you want experience, so start planning your trip! Interested in the map of the fair? Click here.