|The Feria in Spain has a big tradition. Between April and October every village has at least one feria.|
In the medieval times ferias used to be a way for the towns to bring economic prosperity by setting up commercial trade stalls in the streets during a certain period of time. Today it has evolved into a festivity for the whole town and the Spaniards have developed the ferias into a time everybody looks forward to.
Starting from April through to October each town and even village has their own fair once or twice a year lasting anywhere from a week to ten days. The biggest Feria is usually in August.
The most renowned is probably the Feria Taurino de San Fermin, which is known as the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona.
The ferias usually take place in the towns" streets during the day from 2pm - 7pm. Shops close and the streets are decorated with colourful banners and materials hanging from one building to the other, providing additional shade. Stalls are set up outside shops and bars selling beer, sangria, and most of all manzanilla (dry sherry) or rebujito (a mixture of manzanilla and lemonade) Paella, cured ham and cheese are usually on sale everywhere and is advisable to indulge in food if you've had too many rebujitos! Every stall plays music and the locals party and dance sevillana together. At about 7pm you can head home to have a siesta and then go to the Feria de Noche (the night fair) later in the evening .
The Feria de Noche is a fairground which runs during the entire week with various roller coasters, shooting stalls, bumper cars, horror houses, sweet stalls etc. Don't be surprised to see grandparents, parents and children alike up until the small hours, this is typically Spanish and eliminates the necessity of a babysitter! Different "casetas" are set up. These are special tents with a solid front like a house with a bar, the length of the tent inside and a stage where flamenco or live music acts perform. Some casetas are private belonging to a specific bar or restaurant and some are owned by the communities. In Seville especially it is difficult to find a caseta which is open to the public. The "Caseta municipal" is one of them and every town will have one. Travelling through Spain in summer you could journey from town to town and always find a feria somewhere.