From April 16th to 21st takes place in the capital of Andalusia one of the most spectacular festivals in Spain. The April Fair in Seville is the great fair of the spring and opens the time of good weather, ‘casetas’, ‘sevillanas’, ‘fino’ and ‘faralaes’ ruffled dresses.
Any traveler who wants to visit Spain in essence should not miss this annual event, along with Malaga’s Fair in August, because these two highlights events are the most important fairs in southern Europe.
During the week of festivities, fewer days this year than usual because of the crisis, the Seville people will take the streets to live intensely one of the most anticipated moments of the year.
At the fairgrounds, lanterns and light bulbs illuminate the stands that become points of encounter to the fair-goers to share ham, cheese, chamomile, ‘rebujito’ and songs and dances of Andalusia.
On the streets, already smelling of orange blossom, rides horses and wagons hitched and draped, climbed by knights with wide-brimmed hats and women wearing fine and elegant flamenco dresses.
It’s time of light and joy in April fair, so famous that it has its replicas in other parts of Spain, such as Madrid or Barcelona, where the Andalusian immigrants, as in other parts of the world celebrate their own fairs to join joy in the distance.
Of course, outside the stroll through the streets of the real and photographic tourism, which will bring us great snapshots, endeavor to visit Seville Fair with some Seville citizen because it is difficult to get into the stands, as most of them, in contrary to what is common in the fair in Malaga, restrict entry to members.
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