Agoda.com gets into the party spirit for Seville April Fair
The Feria de abril de Sevilla, or Seville April Fair, takes place two weeks after Easter Holy Week and is one of Spain's most famous events. In contrast to the solemn processions of Holy Week, Seville April Fair (May 1-8) fosters an exuberant party atmosphere, showcasing the region's proudest and most exciting traditions.
In the week-long celebration, the Paseo de Caballos fairground on the eastern side of the Guadalquivir River hosts more than a thousand casetas (marquees). These casetas belong to high-profile families, companies, and clubs – each with its own entertainment program of drinking, dining, and dancing. The nightly events include the performances of sevillanas, a spirited Andalusian folk dance with similarities to flamenco.
Each day, the festivities begin with a colorful procession of horses and carriages. Seville women dressed in traditional traje de gitano – flamenco dresses – arrive by horse-drawn carriage, accompanied by men in immaculate traje corto suits. After the procession, Sevillans retreat to their casetas and enjoy long evenings of revelry. Many casetas will continue partying in true Sevillan style: through the night until well past dawn. Visitors to Seville during this time can join a public caseta to take part in the fun.
Outside the Paseo de Caballos, Seville has an abundance of offerings for travelers. Visitors can explore the city's history through its art and architecture, catch a bullfight, sample some tapas, or cheer on one of the city's two football teams. Must-see tourist attractions include the Real Alcázar – a 10th century Moorish-fort-turned-palace, the Cathedral of Seville, and the adjoining La Giralda bell tower.
Visitors to Spain for the April Fair are advised to book their Seville hotel early as it is one of the country's biggest events. Agoda.com has secured special rates and promotions during this busy period, so travelers should book now to grab the best prices.
AGODA.COM SEVILLE APRIL FAIR HOTEL DEALS
Ayre Hotel Sevilla – 4 stars
Double/twin room from US$191 per night. Enjoy a 10% discount.
Hotel Silken Al-Andalus Palace – 4 stars
Rates from US$203 per night. Book now and enjoy a 12% discount.
Adriano Hotel – 2 stars
Double room rates from US$283 per night, including a 10% discount.
Tryp Macarena – 4 stars
Room rates from US$215 per night. Book at least 3 nights and enjoy a 10% discount. Limited rooms available.
Vincci La Rabida – 4 stars
Standard twin rooms from US$452 per night. Book at least 3 nights and enjoy a 10% discount.
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