the feria is the week long fair celebrated in Andalusian towns with sevillanas but not much flamenco singing
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The fair: sevillanas, sherry, fairground rides, but little flamenco...

Each town in andalusia has a week long festivity called the feria


In 2003 in Jerez de la Frontera: Sunday 11th May to Sunday 18th May

The feria del caballo is well known as the horse fair in Jerez de la Frontera. Here are some pictures from 2003.

The exhibition hall gives you the chance to see some extra horse activities.


horse carriages and rides 2003


Do not miss the horse parade on Sunday afternoon!



Buy a dress for the feria


flowers at the fair - jerez feria 2003

typical caseta   horses and fans

Day time feria is different to the night time feria, so choose your staying power!

tuesday morning early in the feria

A Tuesday is a good time to go, when there are no crowds. Ask for a plate of fried green peppers - pimientos fritos... and a fino sherry or some churros with chocolate drink in the early hours

street scene feria de jerez 2003



click here to the sevillanas maths table (only for the initiated!)







A sevillanas is a courtship dance with three verses, and danced as a set of 4 sevillanas together. You have to take some sevillanas dance classes and get to know the structure of the dance and the music, in order to have some idea when to start and when to stop...! Usually you will find two women dancing opposite each other, but it is psychologically better to see a man and a woman dancing as a pareja (couple.)


Children enjoy both the traditional fairground activities as well as the casetas. Even clowns are engaged by the individual caseta organisations to entertain.






or go on the fairground ride






fairground rides

and the Mexican mariachi groups also look for work as and when thay are invited.





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