Starting in March, cities all over Europe will be celebrating the spring weather by way of festivals, parades and other events.¬† One of the most exciting of these events is the April Fair (or La Feria de Abril de Sevilla) held annually in Seville, Spain.
The festivities commence about two weeks after Holy Week at midnight (on Monday) with the official Lighting of the Lanterns.¬† Half a million tiny lights are illuminated at the same time, the majority of them at the main city gate.
During the festival, many events take place.¬† Local girls dress in traditional flamenco dresses and every day at noon, there is a procession through the city, in which these girls are pulled through the city by horse and carriage. It is quite possibly the most colorful parade there is!
Each afternoon at 5:30 p.m. an event that people from the world over come to Spain to witness ‚Äì Bullfighting! Top bullfighters from all over the country come to participate in this event which takes place at the Plaza de Toros de Maestranza .
The streets are full of colorful, lantern adorned tents (called casetas). Some of these casetas are private and guests are only allowed in by invitation. These are set up by anyone from local businesses to societies or families and serve the purpose of making sure the invitee is kept happy with entertainment, food and drink.¬† There are public casetas as well, where anyone can enter and join the merriment inside.
The event ends the following Sunday at midnight by way of a fantastic fireworks display.¬† If you have ever wanted to take a trip to Spain, this is the time to go. The Fair of Seville will be an excellent opportunity to see traditional Spanish customs, attire and events at their best.¬† Call us for a free quote on a cheap flight to Spain and make sure to ask about additional discounts when booking your car rental and hotel reservations with us.