In search of warmer lands we went to Seville, historic capital of Andalusia. The first thing we heard at the airport was that there was the Traditional Sevillian Fair for three more days. This event, which dates back to the 19th century, is undoubtedly the most expected by the people of Seville during the whole year. Their daily life is modified during the week of the fair: working hours and public transportation schedules change.
Among all similar fairs that takes place in different parts of Spain throughout the year, Seville’s is one of the most famous and preferred by the inhabitants of the country. In the hostel I stayed, there were visitors from all over Spain who came just for the colorful event.
For me it is difficult to describe the April’s fair. From the airport bus to the city, in the center of Seville we noticed a lot of women in the typical Andalusian flamenco dresses with bright colors, specially red and ruffles on the skirts and sleeves.
Men were in strict formal suit, usually white shirt and jacket. And this is one of the first characteristics of the fair, Sevillians of all ages take their best clothes to attend. It was easy to differentiate the foreigners from the locals: I was wearing my T-shirt and jeans and didn't clash and a large number of tourists who attended were not aware either or had no access to the dress code.
The event normally takes place in the neighborhood of Los Remedios, on the other side of the city center, crossing the Guadalquivir. There is a gigantic terrain destined to the event. People arrive in every possible way, from elegant horse-drawn carriages to the public bus or even walking.
The fair takes place in booths that are built only for that week, construction and management is sponsored by different sources, from families, businesses to government entities. Most are elegantly adorned with Andalusian motifs both inside and out, the streets are widely illuminated by thousands and thousands of electric lights. Actually, one of the most striking things that I saw was the door that welcomed everyone to the fair and it changes every year,