Feria 2016 Wrap Up
It wasn´t just the crowds that visitors had to face this year though. Originally started in 1847 as a livestock fair, the 2016 Seville Feria was slightly earlier than last year, perhaps that was the reason the weather was still an unpredictable pre-spring succession of sun and showers.
Another aspect that changes each year is the enormous illuminated entrance gate, or ´Portada´. It always references a different building in Seville. This year´s chosen design was inspired by the Argentinian Pavilion from the 1929 Ibero-American Exhibition. If you didn´t see the portada with your own eyes this year, you can still see its inspiration in the Parque Maria Luisa near Plaza de España.
Some of you may have been put off by the idea of all the private stalls which the Sevillanos call ´casetas´. But there are always 7 public ones which anyone can enter, one municipal caseta and one for each of the six local districts. You just need to find them!
If you haven´t tried it already in one of these casetas, we recommend you taste a ´rebujito´, the typical Seville Feria drink which is a mix of Manzanilla bitter sherry and 7Up. It´s an acquired taste but very refreshing and, after all, ¨When in Seville…¨ This drink can be enjoyed in the week before and after the Feria in some bars intent on keeping the tradition alive a little longer.
If drinking and dancing Sevillanas is not for you or you have young children, the amusement park on ´Hell street´ at the far end of the feria might be more your style. With a large Ferris wheel, merry-go-rounds and many fun-fair games where you could win a Spanish ham-shaped soft toy!
A popular sight to behold during Feria week is the many horse-or-donkey-drawn carriages with bells and whistles and smartly dressed coachmen that ferry around visitors usually dressed to the nines. Again, if you missed these this year, you can catch a ride on one of them any time of the year from most tourist attractions, such as the cathedral or the bull ring.
Now the Feria is done for another year, but don´t be sad it´s over; one of the greatest things about the end of the Seville Feria is that all our favorite restaurants have re-opened their doors for business and we can finally enjoy our little guilty pleasures again.
And if you missed it this year, make sure you come to next year´s Feria in early May. You have a whole year to brush up on your Sevillanas dancing and get that special Flamenca dress tailor made!