Easter is fast approaching; later than usual but the shops are already full of chocolate eggs, fluffy toy bunnies and chicks and cards. In Spain, Easter holds far more fun for most – because this is the time for Spanish fiestas. So, if you’re considering an Easter break and fancy a fiesta or two, then I’ve chosen my two favourites for you to consider.
First, to Seville where there is Spain’s longest and liveliest party. Lasting a full six days, is La Feria de Abril (April Fair) held this year in early May because Easter is late. The action is all-consuming for the visitor. Each day the fiesta begins with the parade of carriages and riders; at midday The Feria’s amusement park has games, roller coasters and rides. From late evening until early the following morning there are crowds in the streets; partying, dancing sevillanas, drinking sherry, and eating tapas. This is not a Feria for those who like their sleep.
In Alcoy, Alicante you’ll have a chance to go back in time to the 16th century and commemorate a battle which was fought in 1276. Watch how Moros y Cristianos (Moors and Christians) fight again for the kingdoms of Spain in this fabulous three day festival. Every year the city is decked out in the style of the Middle Ages and around 5,000 people dress up and take part. The first day is the majestic procession of the Moors’ and Christians’ armies. They march through the streets in their elaborate costumes. Day two brings many events in honour of San Jorge . On the final day, a huge battle is fought in Plaza de España square in a specially-built castle ending with a shower of arrows – if you can grab one you can take it home. Fabulous family fun with a dash of history.
To truly enjoy these fiestas with the locals – why not contact us for a quick refresher course in Spanish or a beginners’ course if you’ve never got beyond: ‘Cerveza por favor’. Don’t delay – contact us today and chat with our friendly Spanish language teachers to discuss which classes are best for you to practise your Spanish. Salud.