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The feria in Seville is a Spanish fiesta at its best, giving the gentry of Andalucia an opportunity to see and to be seen, and us a chance to experience all things Andalusian - sherry, Sevillanas, toros, flamenco dresses and horses.
The week of the Feria in Seville is a vivacious celebration of life. In the week following Semana Santa (Holy Week) the city comes alive with a highly animated crowd who chat, laugh, eat and drink day in day out in the city tapas bars lining the narrow, cobbled streets of the old Moorish medina. Musicians perform to small, intimate crowds on street corners while horse and carriages clip clop around the city, with couples or families making their way to the next bullfight. The colours in Seville at this time are phenomenal, most noticeably in the Sevillana dresses and flowers worn by the women.
During the Feria itself, row upon row upon row of casetas (mini marquees belonging to affluent local families, businesses, groups of friends and political parties) line the sandy streets of the appropriately named Feria de Abril district. People wander around, manzanilla sherry (finer than fino, we think) in one hand, jamon iberico in the other, dancing the Sevillana with strangers. This being Spain, the party continues 24/7 from midnight on Tuesday until midnight on Sunday and is enjoyed by everyone from children to pensioners.
We recommend the notorious and fun "Er 77" caseta, where the wine is drawn from a well and then poured from buckets, and beds are provided in the back area for guests to sleep off the wine. Another famous tent is "Los Duendes de Sevilla" (The Goblins of Seville) named after a play by Alvarez Quintero.
As well as exploring the Feria there is also the chance to see and meet some real Flamenco artists and furthermore be taught by them. Our guide, Jaime Trancoso, is based in Seville, and is one of the most influential people in the world of Flamenco art and classical music in Spain.