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  1. Maribel
    April 15, 2013

    Last year I went to Seville during the Feria and was unprepared by how beautiful this festival is. The dresses, the horses, the casetas, rebujitos, and the participant’s excitement was mesmerizing. I felt completely underdressed in my pants while these women were simply outstanding in their usually made to order dresses…

    I went as a tourist and visited only a public caseta which was definitely not as fun as the private ones… need to do back. Maybe next year!

    • Sunshine and Siestas
      April 15, 2013

      I was, too! The fair in Seville is definitely one to see and be seen, as opposed to some of the others around Andalucía. As for the public casetas, there’s definitely a different ambience. I prefer the private ones because they feel more intimate, though it can sometimes be a crapshoot as to who you can find and where you can go!

  2. Sunshine and Siestas
    April 15, 2013

    Another my friend Stacy share – don’t wear your traje to the alumbrado!!!!

  3. Jill
    April 15, 2013

    Really good,comprehensive article. I’ve met many visitors who have been disappointed because they did not realise the casetas are private and require an invitation, so they are limited to the very crowded public casetas. Visitors also don’t know it’s an event where people wear their best clothes. Good to highlight both these points in your blog. Have a great time.

    • Sunshine and Siestas
      April 15, 2013

      Thanks, Jill! I’m lucky to belong to a caseta, but remember the days when I didn’t or would go with a big group.

  4. MeghannG@HolaMatrimony
    April 15, 2013

    I’m so ready for feria season! Actually, I was in Vejer last week and stumbled upon the first night of theirs. Very different than here – no dresses, very casual, and all the casetas appeared to be public (or at least my group of guiris didn’t get stopped at the door). I’m excited for the El Puerto, Rota, and Jerez ferias – I have 2 dresses and have even been taking Sevillanas lessons. But I’m a little worried I might not make it through the next few weeks, there are some long nights ahead!
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    • Sunshine and Siestas
      April 15, 2013

      Seville is the only one with private casetas, don’t worry! I’ll be in Jerez this year for the first time, so excited!!

  5. Jessica of HolaYessica
    April 15, 2013

    Nice post! I liked seeing the Feria much more during the day because you can check out all the colorful traditional clothing. It’s like going back in time.
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  6. Michael Soffe
    April 15, 2013

    I think you should come and party at Malaga Feria in April – very different and a bit more “user friendly”! :-)

    • Sunshine and Siestas
      April 15, 2013

      I’ve never been, but am usually gone in August! I do have a good friend in Antequera though….

  7. Michael Soffe
    April 15, 2013

    August even!!!

  8. Heidi Wagoner
    April 15, 2013

    We will be there Saturday afternoon through Sunday. Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately we are on a tight budget, so may need to dress like a tourist. I wish we had the pretty dresses. My daughter (8) is taking flamenco lessons, but only has a practice skirt. Would it be bad to show up on a souvenir shop dress rather than a “real one”? Can’t wait to see it all!
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    • Sunshine and Siestas
      April 15, 2013

      Ains, Heidi, I wouldn’t even have her in the practice skirt! I say skip it all and have her be comfortable.

      • Heidi Wagoner
        April 15, 2013

        Thanks! that is just what I was hoping to hear. We all want to be comfortable spectators. I appreciate your advice. Thanks.
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  9. Lauren @ roamingtheworld
    April 16, 2013

    I feel quite lucky to have had the opportunity to enter several casetas and a few thanks to you, especially after you mention there are “rules” about how many friends you can invite!
    Definitely wished I had spent more time wandering around during the day… hopefully I’ll be able to visit again one day!
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  10. Paco Sánchez
    April 17, 2013

    …ha,ha,haaa…!!…te echaron de una caseta…??…love it…(¡)

  11. Andrew
    April 17, 2013

    Really interesting festival. IN places it sounds like Germany with the memberships, but definitely not the flashy stylish dress.

    It sounds a bit too chaotic for me, but it does sound like fun.
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    • Maribel
      April 17, 2013

      @Andrew: besides the large crowds, it does not feel chaotic. It is the largest fair of its kind in Spain (and probably the world) so people come from all over. It may be chaotic trying to get something to eat there or anywhere near but just due to the large number of people. I’m sure Carnival is just as crowded in Germany.

      Having said that, I found the afternoons to be less crowded than the evenings.

      • Sunshine and Siestas
        April 18, 2013

        I’ve been surprised that the fairgrounds have been relatively empty these two days. Like any large festival (and Disneyworld), there’s bound to be crowds. You and Ali can come, and I’ll get you into my caseta where it’s much easier to sit and enjoy!

  12. Julia
    April 17, 2013

    This is great! I definitely want to check out feria next year. And buy a traje de gitana. I missed the big Corpus Cristi festival in Granada by a week, but so many women and little girls donned them at the smaller Fiesta de las Cruces and looked amazing. It’s pretty incredible what those dresses do for a woman’s ass haha.
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    • Sunshine and Siestas
      April 18, 2013

      Agreed!! I can barely get mine off without tugging!

  13. Kaley [Y Mucho Más]
    April 17, 2013

    Very interesting … I can’t imagine how drunk your friend got drinking rebujito like that! Madre mía, I get a headache thinking of the terrible hangover that could cause.
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    • Sunshine and Siestas
      April 18, 2013

      It’s LETHAL! I drank just a few glasses and switched to beer yesterday. I only lasted until 1am after meeting by friends at 1pm on about five hours of sleep!

  14. Gayla
    April 22, 2013

    Feria de abril sounds like a lot of fun (much like Carnaval in many places) but also seems to be quite exclusive. Not sure I like that aspect. I do, however, love the dresses and colors, and the idea of old traditions and celebrations!
    I’ve always wanted to try chocolate con churros, but never had any luck finding them when I was in Spain :-(

    • Sunshine and Siestas
      April 22, 2013

      You’re right in that it’s crazy exclusive. I am lucky to have friends who are always willing to have me in theirs and bring others, as well. If I didn’t, I’m sure I’d enjoy it, just not quite on the same scale!

      AND NO CHURROS?! Travesty! They’re my Sunday morning thing with the Novio!

  15. Kara of Standby to Somewhere
    April 22, 2013

    Hi Cat!! Great post! I hope you had an amazing time at Feria this year. I’m sure you looked gorgeous. Ahhh Feria…. I WILL return one day (and follow all this helpful advice).
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    • Sunshine and Siestas
      April 23, 2013

      I had probably my best Feria yet!! Next year they want to make the date even earlier by a week, so maybe it will coincide with your Spring Break?

  16. Alex @ ifs ands & butts
    April 24, 2013

    Ok this looks just as fun as wearing a Dirndl – therefore I NEED in on it.
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    • Sunshine and Siestas
      April 25, 2013

      Well, if your legs chaffing and the stiff material is fun (it totally is), then come!

  17. Cindy
    March 26, 2015

    Thanks so much for the interesting article and review! My boyfriend and I are planning a trip to Spain this April and are either planning on the week of the feria or the week after. We aren’t really sure if it would be better to plan TO go to the festival or to plan to AVOID it. It will be our first time in Spain, and we will only be there for one week. On one hand, I want to see the local traditional celebrations, but on the other hand, it would be nice to see how the city is on a daily basis (without the feria). What do you think? For first time tourists to Spain, should we plan to go during or after the feria?

    • Cat Gaa
      March 27, 2015

      Hi Cindy! Thankfully, the fair is confined to just the fairgrounds, so you can easily see the city at the same time!

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