Discover Seville during the Feria de Abril

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  • Boutique Travel

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  • Food & Wine

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  • Celebration

  • April

  • Local Culture

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Curator’s statement

Visiting Seville during the Feria de Abril (”April Fair”) is an experience like no other. From the beautiful flamenco dresses and the traditional suits worn by the locals to the spectacular firework display over the Guadalquivir River, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

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Where to stay in Seville, Spain

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Hotel Mercer Sevilla

Sleek, monochromatic suites in an elegant, luxury Seville hotel located at in its very center.

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  • Complimentary welcome drink per guest, per stay.

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Hotel Alfonso XIII, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Seville

Classic Sevillan style and service in the city center, 151 rooms and suites, a statement lobby and tranquil courtyard restaurant.

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  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

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Hotel Colón Gran Meliá

Iconic hotel that reflects both the culture and the essence of Seville wrapped in a modern palatial style.

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  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

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Things to do in Seville, Spain

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The festivities begin with “La Noche del Pescaíto,” the night when traditionally fish is eaten for dinner. After dinner, locals and visitors alike head to the “Portada” which is the beautiful structure at the entrance to the Feria where thousands of lights are switched on by the Mayor of Seville at midnight. Then it’s time to head for the “caseta,” crack open the sherry and let the partying begin. Bring your stamina as the party can go until 6:00 AM!

On Tuesday, the first official day of the festival, there is a horseback parade through the fairground with the women wearing beautiful flamenco dresses and the men in traditional suits. This parade leads to the Real Maestranza bullring, where some of the year’s top bullfights take place. Tickets are often sold out many months in advance, so make sure to plan ahead.

The festivities continue throughout the week, with more parades and activities taking place. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay during the Feria de Abril, there are a number of hotels with great prices and amenities. From the Mercer Hotel at $669 a night to the Hotel Alfonso XIII at $919, there is a range of options for visitors to choose from.

For those looking to have an authentic experience, there are many “casetas,” or traditional tents, set up during the festival. These tents are a great way to mingle with locals and join in on the celebrations. However, you should know that most of the casetas are private; you can’t join many of them without an invitation, however, there are several public casetas that you may enter.

If you go, enjoy the public casetas. There are two municipal ones, one for each of six districts of Seville, political party or trade union-related ones, a vegan one and a tourist one. Here is a list of the public ones.

No visit to Seville during the Feria de Abril would be complete without experiencing some traditional flamenco. There are many shows and performances throughout the festival, so make sure to catch one during your stay. You can even take a flamenco lesson yourself!

No matter your taste, there is something for everyone to enjoy at the Feria de Abril in Seville. From the beautiful dresses and traditional music to the exciting bullfights, this is an event you won’t want to miss!

Aside from the Feria de Abril, Seville is a vibrant city full of culture, history, and gastronomy. Some must-see sights include:

  • The Seville Cathedral (the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site).

  • The Royal Alcázar of Seville (a royal palace and fortress with a mix of Christian, Moorish, and Renaissance architectural styles).

  • The Torre del Oro (an iconic 13th-century watchtower overlooking the Guadalquivir River).

  • The Plaza de España (a semi-circular building with its own system of canals), where you can enjoy a truly unique experience.

  • The Parque de María Luisa where you can take a stroll through the large park designed as part of the 1929 Ibero-American Expositio.

A note from Heather

Tip: Make sure to dress up. Even if you don’t want to purchase a traditional dress, you can get in the spirit of things with a fringed shawl or by pinning a flower in your hair. The traditional way is to pin it in the front, right on top of your head, and make sure it’s a big flower!

Places to eat & drink in Seville, Spain

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The Michelin-starred restaurant Abantal or the couple-run 12 Tapas for inventive and surprising tapas.

Vegans can try Vegan Rock where all the traditional tapas have adapted to be meat-free.

Need to Know

If you’re planning to travel for the Feria de Abril this year, book sooner rather than later! Hotels begin selling out by February. This guide is part of our ongoing series on arts & culture travel.

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