It’s not difficult to figure out what the word feria means; it sounds very much like the English meaning, which is fair. However, ‘fair’ doesn’t quite cut it, as you’ll know if you’ve ever been to one of Spain’s vibrant and lively ferias.
Here in Southern Spain, ferias are events that happen all year round, but mostly in spring and autumn. They go on for up to a week, and the way they are celebrated varies quite a bit from town to town. One thing is for sure though: the Spanish pull out all the stops to make every celebration as memorable as possible.
Spanish ferias are traditional affairs at which you can experience various aspects of Spanish culture. If you’re fortunate enough to find yourself in one of Southern Spain’s towns or cities this month, you’re probably going to have a few ferias to choose from.
We’ve put together a list of five of the best in this part of the country:
April Fair Seville: April 15th to 21st, Seville
The Sevillanos take their ferias very seriously indeed! This feria is particularly famous for being one of the liveliest you can find. Also known as Real de la Feria, Seville offers up a massive portion of the city for the feria. This area will morph into one giant amusement park in which you can find many canvas tents.
The tents are temporary spots for people to party. They attract all walks of life, from local families and friends to businesses and political parties. All will throw day and night-long parties, when everyone lets their hair down in a big way. Attend this feria if you love drinking, eating, dancing and making new friends… until the sun comes up!
Malaga Film Festival: April 13th to 22nd , Malaga
The film buffs here this month will love this festival. Every year Malaga hosts an impressive film festival, and it goes on for approximately nine days – so you’ve got plenty of time to experience it.
Fans of feature-length films, short films and documentaries will particularly like this festival. It’s massively revered throughout Spain’s film industry; there is such a variety at this festival that you’re sure to find something that suits your tastes perfectly. Enjoy!
Moors and Christians Festival: April 22nd to 24th, Alcoy Alicante
This feria is for those who are intrigued by ancient cultures. Since the 1600s, Alicante has been embracing a specific era, with their commemoration of the confrontations between the Moors and the Christians.
Attend this feria and you’ll get a chance to walk through the pretty streets of Alcoy; the scene of the confrontation way back in 1276. It will be like a trip to middle ages, and the streets will be filled by flamboyant processions. Watch out for the mock battles too, and of course the religious ceremonies.
International People’s Fair: April 27th to May 1st, Fuengirola
Are you an international citizen? Then this feria may well appeal to you. Fuengirola is a popular expat destination, so you can find people from all over the world living here. If you’re thinking of moving into a new property on the Costa del Sol, this feria would be a great opportunity for some insights. There are around 127 nationalities living in Fuengirola, which is probably why it was selected as the perfect spot for the International People’s Fair.
You’ll find people from around 30 different countries gathering together to experience culinary delights, parades and other celebrations of the cultural diversity here. Nationalities added to this year’s feria will include Ukraine, Puerto Rico and South Africa, so don’t forget to visit their booths!
National Cheese Fair: April 28th – May 1st, Trujillo
Do you like cheese? Well then there’s a feria you won’t want to miss, in Trujillo at the end of this month. You’re not going to be the only cheese lover there, for sure. Expect around a hundred thousand cheese lovers to join you on the day! All will be there to experience a huge selection of the world’s best cheeses.
Spain itself won’t miss a chance to show off its famous Manchego cheese, so you can certainly experience the best of what Spain has to offer here. It’s not all about eating cheese, either – you can attend cheese workshops to learn how to make it, as well tasting sessions and demonstrations. There will also be lots of special menus serving up cheese-based delights.
If you’re the feria-loving sort, that’s just one more reason for you to be in Southern Spain – and in particular the Costa del Sol. Paradise Marbella’s books contain many amazing Costa del Sol properties for sale. Why not check a few of them out while you’re here? We are here to help you every step of the way – that might mean choosing from all the properties for sale in Marbella, or it might mean choosing from all the fun ferias in the region! Try us for size.