Spring is a wonderful time to be in Seville, with the sweet scent of orange blossom and jasmine pervading the air. Spring is also a lively time in the city, with plenty of activities taking place, most notably the Seville Feria, or April Fair, which is this year is taking place in May and runs until May 10th. The festival is held in a huge area in Los Remedios, to the south-west of the city, next to the river. This is a week of serious dancing, drinking, eating and socialising. From around midday until early evening Seville society parades around the fairground in carriages or on horseback. There are also daily bullfights, generally considered the best of the season.
The bullfighting season starts on Easter Sunday, and lasts until after the Feria. During this period there are bullfights every day of the week. There are also bullfights every Sunday in May which feature young bulls and novice matadors.. Between June and September bullfights only take place fortnightly. Another important event is the Feria de San Miguel in September, when there are several more days of bullfighting. Although bullfighting might be considered in a positive light, it is an important part of Seville’s culture and of the heritage of Spain.
Visitors to Seville might easily spend a day at the Plaza de la Encarnación market. Almost 40 years of waiting ended as the the Encarnación market was finally finished a few years ago. It’s hard to miss the structure as you wander a few blocks up from La Campana and the central shopping district. The structure consists of six parasols in the form of giant mushrooms (“Las setas” in Spanish), whose design is inspired by the vaults of the Cathedral of Seville and the ficus trees in the nearby Plaza de Cristo de Burgos. The underground level of the structure houses the Antiquarium, where Roman and Moorish remains discovered on site are displayed in a museum. Level 1 (street level) is the Central Market. Levels 2 and 3 are the two stages of the panoramic terraces (including a restaurant), offering one of the best views of the city centre.
Every visitor to Seville should try to see some flamenco, and a visit to the Museum of Flamenco Dance is one of the best ways to do this. The museum was opened a few years ago and is an impressive venue for some of Seville’s best flamenco in a shorter format. Located in the Santa Cruz quarter, the museum offers shows from Sunday to Thursday, as well as longer weekend shows (Fri – Sat).
Seville is worth a visit at any time of year but anyone considering a short break in this fascinating city should certainly consider visiting during the beautiful spring months – when the city is lively and the weather is warm, before the extreme summer heat arrives.