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BETWEEN LANTERNS AND SEVILLANAS: TIPS FOR ENJOYING THE FERIA DE ABRIL

The April Fair in Seville is much more than a festival; it is a spectacle of colour, tradition and joy that is experienced within the soul and overflows through the streets.
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If you are thinking of immersing yourself in this whirlwind of culture and fun, at the Hotel Plácido y Grata we offer you both a haven for your rest and advice on how to fully enjoy the festivity, making your stay the start of an unforgettable experience. Here we provide you with the essential keys so that, staying with us this spring, you can experience the Feria de Abril not just as a simple visitor, but with the passion and enthusiasm of a Sevillian.

Since its origins in 1847, the April Fair has evolved from a commercial event to become the mother of all fairs, an exaltation of Sevillian folklore that exudes in every corner of the Real de la Feria. An enclosure, converted into a mini-city of dreams and traditions, which is decorated with booths and lanterns that light up the smiles of locals and visitors alike.

Tips for experiencing the Feria like a local

 

Before venturing into the heart of the Real, it’s essential to know the terrain: the Feria is spread over 450,000 square metres, a labyrinth of joy where each ornate and vibrant stand tells its own story. However, be aware that access to most of these casetas is exclusive, reserved for members, family members and their guests. Nevertheless, Sevillian hospitality is legendary, and on the grounds you will also find public casetas, free and open to the public, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy this festivity in an authentic way.

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“The Feria de Abril is not just a celebration of Andalusian culture, but also a tribute to the music and dance that form an integral part of its identity”.

The perfect outfit

 

The million-dollar question: what to wear so as not to look out of place? It is impossible to attend the Feria de Abril and resist the temptation to dress appropriately. For women, the flamenco dress is synonymous with festivity, a symbol of identity that is worn with pride and grace. For the lads, the elegance of trousers, shirt and jacket is fundamental. Remember that the Feria is also a catwalk of fashion and tradition where every detail counts. If you are thinking of staying at Plácido y Grata and visiting the Fair during these days, get in touch and we will advise you on where you can rent your dress.

More than a party, a gastronomic experience

 

The Feria de Abril is also a delight for the senses, especially for the palate. From the traditional pescaíto frito (fried fish) on the night of the “Alumbrao” to the delicacies that each caseta offers its guests, gastronomy plays a crucial role in this celebration. If you have not been previously invited to a private caseta, we recommend that you have lunch before immersing yourself in the fairgrounds, thus avoiding the queues and the effects of the refreshing “rebujitos”, capable of uniting the essence of Seville in a single sip.

Sevillanas all day long

 

The Feria de Abril is not just a celebration of Andalusian culture, but also a tribute to the music and dance that form an integral part of its identity. Sevillanas, with their passionate rhythms and enveloping melodies, resonate in every corner, inviting all, locals and outsiders alike, to immerse themselves in the enchantment of this traditional dance. Whether you are an expert in the art of flamenco dancing or just taking your first steps, the Feria offers a welcoming atmosphere where everyone can participate and enjoy the contagious joy that fills the air.

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If you are travelling with your family, visit the Calle del Infierno

 

Although the essence of the Feria lies in the casetas, where you can drink, dance and enjoy the local gastronomy, there is a special corner that deserves a visit: the Calle del Infierno. This vibrant enclave within the fairgrounds is like a world apart, full of exciting fairground attractions, such as the Carrousel from which to contemplate Seville from above. If you are accompanied by your children, this is the ideal place to experience moments of fun and excitement together. However, we recommend visiting during the day to avoid any possible night-time inconveniences.

Where to stay at the Feria de Abril

 

At the Hotel Plácido y Grata, we understand that the Feria de Abril is much more than an event; it is a unique experience that deserves to be enjoyed to the fullest. That is why we offer our guests a cosy refuge where they can rest and recharge their batteries after a day full of emotions and unforgettable experiences at the Feria. Our team will be happy to provide you with tips and recommendations so that you can fully immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere and experience the Feria de Abril like a true Sevillian.

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