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Best Southern Spanish Festivals

Typical Feria Dress in Andalucia

There's no better time to visit Andalucia in southern Spain than during a fiesta or feria. These celebrations are an opportunity for the Spanish to let off steam and for a visitor to sample a bit of the local culture at its best. Here's our run-through of the best southern Spanish festivals, with what's involved and when they take place...

Feria or Fiesta - What's the difference?

A fiesta means a party and when it's an organised fiesta it often mean it's a local or regional holiday. There are several reasons the Spanish organise fiestas: religious events like Easter, saints' days, gastronomy (celebrating a specific local dish or drink) and region-wide holidays such as the Day of Andalucia.

Ferias, however, are annual festivals that each city, town and village organises at different times of the year (often during the summer). This is when a feria ground is erected (just outside of town), made up of a fun fair, casitas (tents with food, drink, music and dancing), and often a main tent where competitions are held.

During feria you'll tend to see people wearing traditional costume and flamenco dresses alongside lots of drinking and dancing - it's great fun, basically. Accommodation does get booked early in advance around feria time and the hotels charge peak prices but it's worth it as it's a fantastic spectacle. So if you fancy experiencing a bit of Spanish culture, check out our list of dates of southern Spanish ferias below:

City Feria Dates:

  • Seville: 29th April - 4th May 2015
  • Cordoba: 25th May - 1st June
  • Jerez: 10th - 17th May
  • Granada: 20th - 26th June
  • Malaga: 15th - 23rd August
  • Jaen: 13th - 19th October
  • Almeria: 23rd - 30th August
  • Huelva (Colombinas): 29th - 3rd August
  • Significant Town Feria Dates:

  • Vejer de la Frontera: 30th - 4th May
  • Sanlucar: 3rd - 5th May
  • Carmona: 14th - 18th May
  • Osuna: 15th - 18th May
  • Alhaurin el Grande: 27th - 28th May
  • Conil: 5th - 8th June
  • Marbella: 8th - 14th June
  • Algeciras: 20th - 28th June
  • Estepona: 7th - 12th July
  • La Linea: 17th - 27th July
  • Benamargosa: 3rd - 5th August
  • San Roque: 8th - 12th August
  • Benahavis: 14th - 17th August
  • Archidona: 14th - 18th August
  • Puente Genil: 15th - 18th August
  • Antequera: 23rd - 26th August
  • Aracena: 23rd - 27th August
  • Hinojosa del Duque: 24th - 29th August
  • Guadix: 27th - 1st September
  • Priego de Cordoba: 1st - 5th September
  • Conil: 5th - 8th September
  • Mijas: 6th - 11th September
  • Tarifa: 8th - 15th September
  • Ecija: 18th - 21st September
  • Torremolinos: 25th - 29th September
  • Velez-Malaga: 28th - 2nd October
  • Nerja: 8th - 12th October
  • Fuengirola: 6th - 12th October
  • San Pedro: 14th - 19th October
  • It's obviously worth bearing in mind that these dates can vary slightly from year to year, so make sure you don't plan too rigidly.

    All you need now is to book a couple of sevillano lessons (traditional dance), learn the words for basic food and drink, maybe treat yourself to a flamenco dress and you're ready to party like a Spaniard.

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