Feria d'Avril, when Andalusia comes to Barcelona for a week

Barcelona's Feria d'Avril is an annual event held in the famous Catalan capital. Its custom is to welcome spring. It is originally an Andalusian celebration lasting ten intensive days, when day and night the city gives way to festivities in every corner. But the main Feria celebrations take place in the area known as the Parc del Fòrum, which faces the sea. The festivities bring joy and a warm atmosphere to the city. It's a festival for everyone: couples, friends and families. It is generally celebrated during the last week of April and the first week of May. Every year, the town's exhibition centre is the venue for the huts and attractions.

Chevaux et cavaliers à la Feria d’Avril

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History of the Feria de Barcelona

The origins of this celebration can be traced back to the Seville Feria of 1846-1847, when a Catalan and a Basque entrepreneur created a new livestock and agricultural fair that gave rise to the current Seville April Feria. Associations of internal migrants arrived in Barcelona from Andalusia, their migration motivated by the many job opportunities in Barcelona. The descendants of these migrants have carried on the tradition of celebrating the Feria d'Avril in Barcelona every year.

The Feria originally consisted of just four casetas. Over time, new activities were added, such as bullfights, music and dance performances, and the creation of human towers. The Federation of Andalusian Cultural Entities of Catalonia organises the event every year.

The fair is divided into two parts: the casetas and the attractions. In the casetas, people come together to celebrate the traditions and popular culture of Andalusia through dance and song. The attractions area is dedicated to families, especially children and youth groups.

Personnes se promenant et habillées en tenus traditionnels à la Feria d'Avril

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Why go to the Feria d'Avril in Barcelona?

The casetas belong to cultural bodies and associations linked to Andalusian culture. You can enjoy music and performances such as Sevillanas and other types of dance. The charm of the night fair lies in the casetas, where you can enjoy nights set to the rhythm of flamenco or reggaeton, with each caseta offering different types of music.

As you wander around, you'll discover incredible smells that will make you want to try everything, and you won't have any trouble looking for what to eat, as many of the stalls offer different specialities. And as for drinks, there's a wide variety to choose from, but you absolutely must try the rebujito andaluz, a delicious blend of Manzanilla and lemonade.

Walking around the city during the fair is a permanent spectacle. Don't miss it, and enjoy this wonderful city at one of its best times of the year!

Ambiance au Forum de Barcelone pour la Feria d’Avril

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What can you visit between the festivities?

During the Feria, you can take advantage of the opportunity to visit the rest of the city, from neighbourhoods and streets such as Las Ramblas with its covered market: La Boqueria, to La Sagrada Familia: the city's most visited landmark, and museums such as the Picasso and Dali museums. You'll be amazed at every step you take in Gaudi's city!

Practical info

👛 Admission: admission to the fair is completely free, but there is a charge for the attractions.

Opening times:

  • Monday to Thursday: 6pm to midnight
  • Friday: 6pm to 3am
  • Saturday: 10am to 3am
  • Sunday: 10am to midnight

🚌 Getting there: you can get to the feria from the city centre via metro line 4, and get off at the El Maresme - Fòrum stop. The area is also accessible by bus. You will also have the option of coming to the fair by car, but we advise you to book your parking space online, as it is often fully booked.

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