Fiestas and Fairs of Spain
Umbrellas overhanging main street in Alicante
HOLY WEEK - SEMANA SANTA April is a busy month for Festivals around Spain, mostly it must be said with a religious theme as of course April includes the importance Easter holy processions and which are an integral part of hundreds of Cities, towns and Villages throughout the land.
Probably one of the biggest and most important has to be the Seville April Fair (La Feria de Abril) held each year in Andalucía capital, Sevilla The fair usually starts at Midnight on the Monday 2 weeks after the Holy week ( Semana Santa ) ans is the beginning of one of Spain's, biggest parties lasting one whole week, ending the following Sunday with a spectacular fireworks display.
The city comes alive with the sight of thousands local girls wearing colorful and stunning Flamenco dresses. In fact people come from all over Andalucia, Spain and
further afield each year to witness and be part of this unforgettable Spanish tradition.
Another major festival in April is the Moros y Cristianos ( Arabs versus Christians ). It is celebrated throughout Spain although one of the biggest celebrations is held in Alcoy
in the province of Alicante and commemorates the battle of Alcoy in 1275 when Saint George assisted in the defeat of the Moorish hoards lead by Al Azraq.
The festival takes place between April 22st to April 24th ( 2013) and although is not an attempt by the locals to be historically accurate it is great fun and a marvelous, noisy and colorful spectacle as the battle is reenacted with some verve by the local population . The Alcoyans prepare well for this annual festival as some 30 armies are prepared for battle.
of San Lazaro
||St Vicente Ferrer
|28th March - 1st April
||Easter Week -Semana Santa
|Normally 2 weeks after Easter Week ( Semana Santa )
de Sevilla - One of the largest and most celebrated fiestas in Spain, bullfighting, music, traditional
music and dancing in abundance, shows featuring many of Spains leading entertainers and a party that
never sleeps for the whole week.
de la Castilla y Leon
||The day of San Jorge (Saint George)
patroness of miners
y Christians - battle re-enactment in traditional costume and with a circus-like atmosphere
|Easter Week (Semana Santa )
- processions and floats
- the oldest festival in Spain and of National interest
following Easter week
of the Holy Visage. A very important and popular event when some 200,000 people
holding pilgrimage canes walk to the Monastery of Santa Faz to worship at
the shrine. |
Great Value Accommodation in Sevilla
There are truly some beautiful, charming and authentic hotels in Sevilla , some of the top rated Hotels include the Silken Andalus Palace The Silken is located a short drive from Seville's city centre, by the Plaza de España. This design hotel is surrounded by 15 hectares (37 acres) of beautiful gardens. Here there is a large relaxation area. There is also a gym and a sauna. Gourmet, Italian and buffet cuisine are available at the Silken Al Andalus's 2 restaurants. Buffet breakfast is served.
Seville's historic centre is 10 minutes away and a bus stops outside the hotel. There is also a taxi stand just outside. There is easy access to the airport and railway station.
Another popular establishment is the
Hotel Becquer is located in the old centre of Sevilla, by the River Guadalquivir. The Triana and Santa Cruz Neighborhood and the Bullring are within a 10-minute walk.
An excellent 2 star hotel is the
Located in the heart of Seville, in the historic Santa Cruz neighbourhood. It is full of antique objects and paintings. The Murillo's design includes hand-carved wood, wooden ceilings and marble.
For shear luxury the
Hotel Alfonso XIII
is quite unique in its splendor. Conceived to be the most luxurious hotel in Europe when it was
commissioned in 1928, the Alfonso XIII still remains one of Spain's most prestigious properties and reflects the grace of Andalucia's Arab heritage.
The hotel is located in the centre of the city of Carmen on the banks of the Guadalquivir River. The 147 rooms, including 19 suites, are individually designed and tastefully furnished for extraordinary comfort. The Hotel Alfonso XIII still remains the hotel of choice for distinguished travelers worldwide.
Sevilla caters very well for the budget traveler with some impressive Hostels located all over the city and from only 10 Euros a night. Some of the best Hostels in Seville include the
Samay Hostel which is located in the heart of Sevilla's oldest neighborhood. Their team is comprised of backpackers and independent travelers who have created the perfect space for those who want more from their hostel in Sevilla. The Hostel is a completely restored old traditional Sevillan town house, adding extra value with a unique touch.
Another firm favorite is the Triana Backpacker which is one of the most beautiful hostels located in a historical Sevillian house; in Triana Backpackers you will find a characteristic Sevillian atmosphere away from the tourist crowds and only 15 minutes walking distance to the Cathedral and the Alcazar.
The rooms and rooftop are the perfect places to spend a nice time chatting with friends. And one of the better places in Seville, to have fun at night is Betis Street, plenty of bars and terrazas where people enjoy overlooking the Guadalquivir River and the illuminated Giralda, Cathedral and Torre del Oro, and all just 2 minutes walk from the hostel.