27th March 2013
Every year Barcelona hosts its version of the famous Fair of Andalucia. From Friday, April 26th, to May 5th, it’s possible to enjoy the Andalucian spirit and discover its traditions right here in Barcelona on the fairgrounds at the Parc del Forum in Diagonal del Mar.
There will be “casetas”, little houses where you can taste typical food such as “pescado frito” (fried fish), set up all over the forum. You can also dance and sing the traditional “Sevillanas” of Andalucia to get you in the spirit of this joyous celebration of Spainsh culture and folklore. There will be women everywhere dressed and dancing in their “traje de flamenco”- flamenco dresses- accompanied by their men dressed in “traje de corto”- typical suits.
You may wonder why this fair is also celebrated in Barcelona- so far and different from Andalucia. The reason is simple! In 1971 some migrants to Barcelona from Andalucia started to recreate and celebrate this fair in their new home, Catalonia. This tradition has grown to become what it is today. Now it is the second most important Fair in Spain during the spring period.
The April fair in Barcelona is open for around a week. Getting there is easy by bus or metro with a journey time of 20 minutes from the centre of Barcelona. On certain days, the BCN metro has extended opening hours and there are extra buses from Plaza Catalunya to the Feria de Abril grounds at Parc del Forum.
A major difference between the Barcelona and Seville events is that the casetas in Barcelona are completely open to the public, whereas in Sevilla they are private. In the casetas, food and drink are served, and people either dance on dance floors or are entertained by musical performances, usually flamenco dancers and singers.
It’s the vibe at this event that really makes it special. It’s a real family affair and, like most social events in Spain, you’ll find several generations strutting their stuff together on the dance floor.
- Admission is free to the feria area and to all casetas.
- Parc del Forum in Diagonal Mar