The Feria de Abril is Seville’s most festive week, and we’re leading a small group on an all access, all inclusive jam into the private quarters of Spain’s most exotic city. Can you handle it? Take our quiz and apply here.
This feria jam in Seville will feature a lot of laughter, dancing, festive music, incredible wines, delectable foods, a host of new friends (including a rabbit farm owner) and a few late nights. Apply here.
There are no wrong turns in Seville.
You follow the cobblestone passageways of the Barrio De Santa Cruz, and there you are—down again under the blooming orange blossoms and canopies of La Sierpes, and back into the Plaza San Salvador, and on each corner, each bench, each church step, there it is again: the sound of laughter.
The laughing here is always loudest during the Feria De Abril, the annual spring fair, and a time when the city stops to observe a week of late nights at the fair grounds in casetas, or medieval-style tents that have been controlled by Sevillian families for years. As divine as the spectacle can be, the casetas are private, and nearly impossible for travelers to talk their way in. You need a contact.
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We have a bacchanalian excursion prepared.
This spring, for a long weekend at the height of Seville’s famous fair (May 5th-7th) we’re taking a small group on a whirlwind tour of Spain’s most exotic city. Three days, three nights, and endless laughter guaranteed. You’re expedition leader will be Geoffrey Gray, the founder of True.Ink and a New York Times bestselling author who has treated the South of Spain as an adopted homeland, living in a fishing village nearby, traveling with matadors and documenting the bluefin tuna runs on the coast.
“This will be very much my Seville,” he says. “We’re going to hit my favorite flamenco bars, hang out late with my Spanish friends, learn a few new dance moves and get an inside look at city that can enchant and seduce like no other.”
“In the south of Spain, spontaneity is a cultural norm and it’s considered rude to plan too far in advance—that said, here’s what we have in store.”
“We’ll be staying at one of the first hotels I came to know, down in the heart of the medina-like city center. It’s a classic, Moorish-style townhouse, family run and very traditional. You’ll meet us there on Friday night, shake off any jet lag and get dressed for our first night at the feria.
“We reserved a very large table with some friends for a welcome dinner at one of Seville’s oldest tavernas or tapas bars, the patas or ham legs aging from the ceiling. The wine will be flowing over multiple courses, and after dessert we’ll walk over to the fair grounds and hit the feria. You’ll be able to stay as late as you want, the party won’t stop until morning.
“After breakfast and few strong cups of coffee, I’m going to lead a walking tour and the stretch the legs through the Juderia, or old Jewish quarter, and then the Gardens. Come or take your own walking tour through the old city. The shops close on Sunday, so this is a good time to tour La Sierpes in the center. Hurry though, lunch comes quick and we’ll be hitting the vans and heading out of the city to see my old pal Curro Conejo, who runs a rabbit farm outside the city, and feast on a traditional country lunch. Curro always delivers a very joyous affair, requiring the requisite recovery time back at the hotel.”
“Post Siesta, we’ll take a class on how to dance Sevillianos, the traditional feria dance, and head back out into the city on a tapas tour, sampling delights from the famous bars, and end up back at the feria grounds for more rabble-rousing and caseta-hopping with our new friends.”
“There are bullfights every day throughout the feria, but this Sunday is the holiest of them all. The morning is free time, but I will take those who are curious to the sorteo, or bull lottery, when the bull’s are chosen for that afternoon’s spectacle. We can also tour the famous Maestranza bullring, and I’ll explain the bullfight’s pagan history and cultural significance. For those who want to attend that afternoon’s performance, we’ll secure tickets and meet the rest of the group for lunch in the city.
After the bullfight, we’ll meet for a farewell dinner at one of a Michelin starred restaurant for an incredible meal and Spanish wine pairing. After dessert, those are welcome to return for the last night of the feria, or follow me to a secret rooftop bar I know and enjoy a penultima or night cap with an incredible view of the old city and the Giralda Tower.
Three Nights Lodging.
Three Days of Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Wine, Chupitas (after meal drinks) included.
Private Feria Access
Everything Described Here (and possibly more.)
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