Feria de Abril de Sevilla, an unforgettable experience for bullfighting enthusiasts
The Feria de Abril de Sevilla (April Festival in Seville) is undoubtedly one of the most iconic events in the city. It perfectly represents the tradition and culture of Andalusia, and is an international tourist attraction, drawing thousands of visitors from all over the world who want to experience the atmosphere at the first hand.
This is one of the most popular and traditional festivals in Spain, where joy, dancing, bullfighting, good food and drink take over the city of Seville for a whole week.
Beyond the classic “casetas” of the fairgrounds and the iconic “alumbrao” on the façade, the Feria de Sevilla is also an attraction for bullfighting enthusiasts. During the festival, the city of Seville brings together the most important bullfighters on the international scene in the prestigious La Maestranza bullring.
When is the Feria de Abril de Sevilla?
As its name suggests, the Feria de Abril de Sevilla is held every year in April, with the dates varying from year to year. It is traditionally held two weeks after Easter.
The Feria de Abril de Sevilla 2024 begins on Sunday 14th April at midnight and ends on Saturday 20th April, with an exciting fireworks display to round off the event.
Before the opening, on Saturday 13th April to be precise, the legendary “pescaito [fish] dinner” will take place, marking the official opening of the festival.
On Sunday 21st April, better known as “hangover Sunday”, the last bullfight is held, normally with the prestigious Miura bull ranch.
Where is the Feria de Abril de Sevilla?
The Feria takes place in the Gran Recinto Ferial de la Feria, which is made up of a multitude of streets full of stalls decorated with coloured lanterns that provide the lighting, where riders and horse-drawn carriages are constantly passing by, and where the Sevillana style costumes, music and the smell of fried fish are the event’s distinguishing features.
The fairground receives an average of 500,000 visitors each year, which explains why the celebrations have such a great economic impact on the city, Andalusia and the whole of Spain. It is an international tourist attraction.
The idea of the Feria is to create a small, decorated town for a week that, as the old song goes, has a special colour, where all the streets are named after legendary bullfighters.
The most eagerly anticipated moment for Sevillians, the "noche del alumbrao"
The “noche del alumbrao” (night of the illumination) kicks off the Feria de Abril de Sevilla, when at midnight on the opening Sunday the monumental entrance to the fairgrounds is lit up with thousands of light bulbs, and the “casetas” (stalls) are opened.
There are many Sevillians who enjoy the traditional night of the “alumbrao” as if it were New Year’s Eve, as in a way, it is the beginning of a new year full of excitement and emotions that unfold over the course of a week.
Bullfighting at La Maestranza in Seville, one of the Feria de Abril's biggest attractions
Bullfighting is an essential part of the Feria de Abril de Sevilla, and it is impossible to imagine this event without bullfighting.
Throughout the week the best bullfighters fight every day at La Maestranza in Seville, which is the second most important bullring on the Spanish bullfighting calendar, only behind the Plaza de Las Ventas in Madrid. La Maestranza reaches its peak during the Feria de Abril, the big event both in the Andalusian capital and in the bullring itself.
The bullfights at La Maestranza in Seville during the Feria de Abril are held every evening from 6:30 p.m. onwards, and are highlighted in red on the calendars of the most important bullfighters such as Roca Rey, El Juli, José María Manzanares, Francisco de Manuel and Morante de la Puebla, among many others, who never miss the event.
The Feria de Abril in Seville is a highly anticipated event for bullfighting enthusiasts, welcoming thousands of visitors who want to enjoy a unique experience in a first class bullring where they can see the best bullfighters in action. In addition, they can also enjoy the festive atmosphere that fills the whole city.
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