Barcelona is known for being a cosmopolitan city with many influences from around the world, and especially from different areas of Spain. With a large Andalucian population, it is not surprising that Barcelona has adopted many traditions from southern regions of the country, and made them its own. La Feria de Abril, or April Fair, is undoubtedly one of the best.
Originating in Seville, the April Fair begins around two weeks after Easter every year. For an entire week, the inhabitants of Seville celebrate their culture with fantastic food, vibrant costumes and all-night fiestas.
Over the years, Barcelona has started up its own version of La Feria de Abril, complete with Flamenco dancers, extravagant decorations, paella, and lots of partying. This year, the April Fair begins today, Friday, April 27th and will lasts just over a week until May 6th.
The Feria itself will be composed of two different parts: one being the large fairground and all the typical treats that go with it, including candyfloss and a giant Ferris wheel. The second part of the Fair consists of a long line of marquees called ‘casetas’, filled with the flamenco dancing ‘Sevillianas‘, free music and food and drink native to Seville.
This year, the April Fair will be held at the Parc del Fòrum, in the Diagonal Mar district of Barcelona. The Metro will even be extending its operating hours so that access to the Fòrum is not limited. The nearest Metro station to the Feria is the Maresme/Forum on L4. The fair opens every day at 10am, and closes at either 2am or 4am depending on the day, and how long you can carry on dancing.
The April Fair is certainly one of the most spectacular events in Barcelona. Though it may be a smaller version of the Feria de Abril in Seville, Barcelona’s bright and colourful extravaganza offers a perfect taster.