The Seville Fair is held in the Andalusian capital of Seville, Spain. The fair generally begins two weeks after the Semana Santa, or Easter Holy Week. The fair officially begins at midnight on Monday, and runs six days, ending on the following Sunday.
During past fairs, however, many activities have begun on the Saturday prior to the official opening. Each day the fiesta begins with the parade of carriages and riders, at midday, carrying Seville’s leading citizens which make their way to the bullring, La Real Maestranza, where the bullfighters and breeders meet.
We rented a car at Prima rent a car; which at the center of Malaga, so before we go to Seville we can visit Malaga first. We rented a small car for two of us; even it’s a small car but also has a lot of space. We paid money for one week of the car and 8 euro each day for a GPS, and 300 for the deposit.
The people works there are very friendly, gives us a map and very patient to explain how to get there, and what else should be pay attention.
Drive from Malaga to Seville it’s about 200 km, almost 2 hours and a half. It’s very hot when we go to Seville, thanks to the car’s air conditioning, we can’t get there without the air Conditioning.
We when arrived Seville it’s kind of difficult to park the car at the center; I suggest that you should park the car a little distance from the city center. You can walk to the fair, not far away.
The fiesta officially begins at midnight on Monday with the “lighting test”, the illumination of the thousands of multi-colored light bulbs in the fairground and adorning the main gateway, which is almost 50 meters high and has a different motif every year.
Once inside the gate you come to the “casetas”, and it is here where you really experience the fair. These tents belong to groups of friends and associates, and are a family space where acquaintances, relations and guests are welcomed in and plied with delicious food and wine; there is singing, good conversation and of course, “sevillanas”, the local version of flamenco dancing.
The lively and festive atmosphere spills over into the area outside the tents: people usually dance in the street, and the friendly personality of the Sevillian people will entice passers-by into the celebration.
Throughout the fair, people wear typical Andalusian dress: the men wear the typical outfit of the farm worker, and the women wear flamenco or gypsy dresses. By day the fair is filled with horsewomen, riders and richly festooned carriages.
This is what is known as the horse and carriage parade, in which you can take part by renting a buggy with a driver from the regular service. Next to the fairground is the Calle del Infierno (Hell’s Street), a lively recreational area with a host of attractions for children and adults, and stands selling cold drinks and snacks.
And after a week of merrymaking there is a spectacular fireworks display at midnight on Sunday to send off the April Fair for another year. We spent a wonderful week, thanks to the people there, thanks to Prima rent a car; I’m sure we will back again.