If we had to name a place that could take over travellers’ hearts simply by its very existence, without a doubt it would be Seville. Alive, joyful and tremendously festive, this part of Andalusia is a land of traditional fairs full of flavour that come alive when the months of April and May arrive.
Although the most popular of these fairs is the Feria de Abril (April Fair), which takes place between April 30th and May 6th in the Los Remedios area of Seville. When May 11th arrives, the action moves almost as if by magic to the beautiful locality of Osuna, specifically to the common ‘Ejido’ where the popular May Fair in Osuna begins.
Four days of ‘sevillanas’, ‘rebujitos’ and festive specialities and delicacies such as tortilla tapas, freshly made with potatoes and exquisite sliced ham that you can find inside typical stalls hung with colourful lanterns and then you can continue the celebrations at the real Osuna Fair with traditional horse and carriage rides.
A fair with centuries of history
Osuna is one of those villages in the province of Seville that you can’t miss during your stay at the Petit Palace Santa Cruz, Petit Palace Marques Santa Ana or Petit Palace Canalejas Seville. A stately town full of style and magic, the fame and beauty of which have led it to be repeatedly used as an excellent film set. Its most recent appearance as a location was in the last season of the Game of Thrones series.
The Feria de Osuna is not only one of the most important in Andalusia; it is one of the oldest in Spain (even older than the famous April Fair in Seville).
In its beginnings, due to its strategic position in the Seville area, Osuna Fair was conceived as a fair for buying and selling cattle by the direct order of king Carlos IV. However it is now a festive event considered by the council ‘Junta de Andalucía’ to be very interesting for tourists since the Fair is rather like a mix of the most authentic Sevillian culture and folklore.
Beyond the bullfighting events (which are a classic in and around Seville), the celebration is combined with a full programme of live concerts and numerous sports tournaments such as javelin or ‘petanca’, a type of Spanish bowls.