Puerto Santa Maria Fair

This fair celebrated in the Port of Santa Maria in Cadiz originated like many other fairs in Andalusia by the commerce of cattle, where during these marked dates, the cattle farmers from different provinces gathered together to commercialise in this “cattle fair”.

The location of the fair during the 60’s decade took place in the Victoria park, later on in the 70’s it moved to the Crevillet area and today it is held in the fairground of Las Banderas.

As time went by, the cattle fair disappeared and the night fair extended its festive hours where it began to have the typical elements of a fair today, like the fair huts, the typical music, the good food and the mechanical rides.

About the fair of the Santa Maria Port

This fair is celebrated in spring in the fairground of Las Banderas on the outskirts of the city towards the end of April and goes on for 5 days.

In this fair we’ll find the following typical elements:

-Fair huts, where one can dance, try out typical dishes or drink.
-Traditional suits for the horsemen and the flamenco dresses for the women that enjoy dancing this typical dance.
-The sherry (fino) is a typical fair drink, mixed with lime is called ‘Rebujito’ and is typical of Cadiz.
-Amongst the gastronomy the ‘mojama’ is typical of Cadiz, as well as the good seafood. We’ll also be able to try other other typical Spanish dishes like the Spanish potato omelette, snails and ‘churros’ with hot chocolate.

There are events where they also prize the horses, the carriages and the best decorated fair huts. The fair ends with fireworks just how it kicks off.

How to get to the Santa Maria Port

You can choose to take the road towards Seville or take the highway of the Mediterranean until the entrance of Gibraltar, where you’ll continue on to Jerez.

On the map below you can see the different routes chosen. If you need it you can hire a car in Malaga witg GPS to make your journey easier and more comfortable.

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