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Fairs in Andalucia (Ferias)
The south of Spain is the ideal place to discover the culture of the different villages and cities in Andalusia. In Malaga, the fair has over 500 years of history, originated as from the Reconquista; or the Seville fair, originated over 700 years ago.
If we’re planning to visit Andalusia sometime between March and November, there are quite a few fairs that we’ll be able to visit. The fairs are popular festivities that go on for a number of days, in some places even a week, and were originated in the old cattle markets, in the end of the grape harvest, during the fishing season, etc.. Today, the fairs are local folkloric festivities where there is singing and dancing, a wide variety of fun rides and a traditional scenery of flamenco dresses, horse carriages and a festive family atmosphere in all the "casetas" (fair tents or small pavilions) that every year offer their visitors typical dishes of the region where the fair is held.
Many of the fairs have changed their original location in favour of a more overcrowded atmosphere, and others like the Malaga fair for example, divide their festivities into two, the day fair and the night fair in two different places.
Location and dates of some of the most important fairs in Andalusia:
- Feria de Abril (April fair), in Seville: 15 days after the ‘Semana Santa’ (Spanish Easter’s holy week)
- Feria del Caballo (The Horse fair), in Jerez de la Frontera: Second week of May
- Feria de Mayo (May fair), in Cordoba: Last week of May
- Feria de la Manzanilla (The Sherry fair), in Sanlucar de Barrameda: Towards the end of May
- Feria de Agosto (August fair), in Malaga: Third week of August
- Feria de Pedro Romero (The Pedro Romero fair), in Ronda: Beginning of September
Further information about Fairs in Andalucia
Feria of Algeciras
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