Between April and September, there is always a Feria (a fair in honour of the village saint) somewhere in one of the village and towns of the province of Cádiz. Don't miss the opportunity to discover this facet of Andalusian joie de vivre! Often there is a farming exhibition with pricing of breeding bulls and horses as well as acrobatic cowboy rodeo shows. In the evening there are often flamenco performances and there are many fairground rides, merry-go-rounds, roller coaster etc.

In the "casetas" (half open tents) you can drink and dance - every caseta belongs to a particular association and plays its own style of music, almost always incredibly loud. Best to go on Friday, because it is women´s day and all of them come in their flamenco dresses and dance spontaneously on the streets. In the afternoon there are bullfights in towns like Jeréz, Puerto de Santa María or Tarifa you can see the most famous matadors of the country. Worth seeing: Feria de Sevilla (early May) and Feria de Caballo de Jeréz (famous, colourful horse exhibitions and parades, mid May).

Carnaval de Cádiz

Cádiz is Spain's capital of carneval and if you like the colourful spectacle of Notting Hill, you should not miss the Carnavál de Cádiz. Highlights are the "cabalgatas", processions of huge, satirical figures made of papier maché on trailers and groups or single people excellently disguised. On every corner there are "coros", groups of people singing satiric songs called "chirrigotas", often lavishly disguised. The inhabitants of Cádiz like funny disguises too, giving a cheerful demonstration of their lust for life and fun. There are also carnival celebrations in smaller towns like Conil or Vejer but on a much smaller scale, of course.

Ferias throughout the year

January      
6. "Los Reyes" Three Holy Kings, the day when children in Spain get their presents.
27. Conil: Romería de San Sebastian. Popular pilgrimage with party atmosphere from Conil to El Colorado.

February
28. Dia de Andalucia
Carnaval de Cádiz

March / April         
Semana Santa Via Crucis processions in all villages and towns, particularly atmospheric in Seville or Cádiz
Easter Sunday: Toro embolao" - bull chase through the streets of the old town of Vejer
Feria de Abril de Sevilla
Vejer: Fiesta de Primavera (springtime fair)

May 
Jeréz: Feria del Caballo - Andalusian fair, beautifully ornate horses
El Puerto de Santa Maria: Feria de Primavera and Fiestas del Vino Fino 

June
Sanlúcar de Barrameda: Feria de la Manzanilla (Sherry fair) 
Romería del Rocío: Andalusian's famous pilgrimage to the sanctuary in El Rocío (Huelva). In Sanlucar thousands of pilgrims troop over the Guadalquivir delta.
El Colorado: Feria de Primavera (spring fair with cowboy horse shows)
Chiclana: Feria y Fiestas de San Antonio
23. Noche de San Juan, midsummmer night, open fires on the beach, burning of straw dummies.

July
16. Conil/Barbate: procession in honour of Virgin Mary, the saint of the fishermen in the harbour, continuing in fishing boats.
Benalup-Casas Viejas: Feria y Fiestas de Santiago y Santa Ana
Feria de Barbate

August                                
Arcos: Flamenco festival
10.-24. Vejer: processions and animated village fair in honor of the saint Virgen de la Oliva. 
Sanlucar de Barrameda: horse race on the beach, worth visiting!
15. Virgin Mary: festivities in all villages and towns
around 20. Vejer:"Noche flamenca" Flamenco concert with famous artists and the town walls as romantic background.

September
Conil: Feria de Nuestra Señora de las Virtudes, town fair on the Paseo Marítimo
Feria de Tarifa 
ca. 15. Jeréz: Fiestas de Otoño (autumn fair and flamenco festival)

October
Tarifa: Feria Ganadera (rancher exhibition)
18. Sanlúcar de Barrameda: Dia de San Lucas
31. Sanlúcar de Barrameda: Feria de la Tapa

There are no important celebrations until December. During the week before Christmas villages and towns celebrate the Belén Vivente, the most famous one taking place in Arcos and Medina Sidonia. It is a Christmas carol, played by the citizens of the town.

 

 

Gitanaseditada

Women in flamenco dresses on Feria del Caballo de Jerez

Los Angeles De La Guardia

Chirigota acting on a street in Cádiz

Caballos Andaluceseditada

Feria in Vejer

Nazarenos

Easter procession in Cádiz 

Toro Embolado 2

 

Toro Embolado

Street scenes of the "Toro Embolao" in Vejer on Easter Sunday

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