The Feria de Abril

The world’s most colourful party

Light, colour, and a lot of joy. Every year, Sevilla is taken over by its Feria de Abril, the fair of all fairs, a microcosm where the idiosyncrasy of the city unfolds with all its charm and power of seduction.

Entering a world of sensations

Seville’s Feria de Abril begins the night of the “alumbrao”, the inaugural moment when all the fairground lights are lit. This is also the night the traditional “pescaíto frito” (fried fish) is tasted in the stands. After a week of constant celebration, the Fair concludes with a great fireworks display over the Guadalquivir River.

The Fair is like a small, ornate town: an ephemeral world where the houses are booths, lit with lanterns and all the streets are named for legendary bullfighters.

A city with its “portada”

Every year, a monumental colourful facade is erected at the entrance to commemorate a monument of the city of Seville. The facade is lit with thousands of light bulbs and is the traditional meeting place for Sevillians.

La Portada is a great meeting point to enjoy a day at the Fair.

Life in a week

We can say that there is a particular fair calendar. There are people in Seville who live for the “noche del alumbrao” (night of the lighting) as if it were New Year’s Eve. The lighting of the facade is like the marking of a year, a new year full of illusions and emotions that develop brilliantly during the week. As if a whole life were concentrated into one single week.


The streets are covered with a chalky, yellow sand from the neighbouring town of Alcalá de Guadaira. This sand is traditionally used in the gardens of Seville and in the bullrings.


The streets through Fair are lit with thousands of bulbs covered with “farolillos” (special spherical screens of folded paper).

Para tener en cuenta...

  1. En 1846 un catalán y un vasco fueron los fundadores de la Feria de Sevilla.
  2. El traje de flamenca se consagró en Sevilla a partir de la Exposición de 1929.
  3. La manzanilla es el vino de la Feria, se consumen 1,5 millones de medias botellas.
  4. El singular estilo de las casetas fue concebido por el pintor Gustavo Bacarisas.
  5. La Feria de Abril cuenta con 75.000 metros cuadrados y 1.051 casetas.