Feria del Caballo 2019 or Feria de Jerez
The Feria del Caballo (Horse Fair) is one of the most important events in Jerez, with Semana Santa or Christmas time.
It is internationally famous because during Feria the wine, the purebred horses, the flamenco and the joy stay in just one place: Jerez de la Frontera. You must live this experience. Happiness, vibrant colors, music…celebrating life.
What is the origin of the Fair?
This is a very old tradition. It started as a medieval fair in which merchants from northern Europe and other regions came to buy purebred horses and high quality wine among other goods. Over the years, leisure activities were added for the entire population, and become more and more popular. At the end, the market was disappearing but the festive character reminded.
Why it is called Feria del Caballo?
Feria del Caballo means Horse Fair and it is especially related to horses, so you will see every day a beautiful horses parade and carriages along the Paseo and of course, few activities during the week.
Go to the Feria along the day or in the evening?
Some of young people usually rest during the day and go out to have dinner and dance all night, but to really enjoy Feria, we recommend you to start around 2 pm to eat something and then, enjoy every second and have fun.
There are 188 “casetas” (a kind of house-tent, each one decorated different, wishing to win the first prize in decoration) so you can see that the park Gonzales Hontoria, the place where the Feria is located, is very big. You can take a walk and eat something in one caseta, then see a flamenco show in another…and have a good time joining the party!
Most of the “casetas” put flamenco music on but few of them are also about Spanish music or modern music (especially for young people).
Learn to dance sevillanas?
If you want to learn how to dance Sevillanas, there are places where two or three months before the fair they give classes. If you have no time, don’t worry. Surely you will find some video on the Internet to learn basic notions. Our advice is dance anyway: observe a little how the people around you do and let yourself go. Of course, if your dance partner is an expert, much better. But if not, do it equally, enjoy the moment, this is not an exam.
What to wear to go to the Horse Fair?
The typical dress is the flamenca dress or traje de gitana (gipsy dress). This is the only regional dress in Spain that changes a little bit every year in the style, so every year there are fashion shows in different cities in Andalucía (included Jerez).
If you are a visitor and don’t have the opportunity to wear a flamenco dress, it is ok! Not everybody wear it, so the other option is to wear a nice outfit and a flower in the hair or flamenco style earrings. If you are a man, you can just wear a shirt and nice trousers. An advice for all of you: wear comfortable shoes that can be cleaned or you don’t mind getting dirty, as the floor is “albero” (a kind of sandy yellow soil that is also used in the bullrings).
Anyway, think that you are here to enjoy, eat, drink and dance. Remember this Fair has an open-minded personality, so you can go whenever you want and wear what makes you feel better!
What to eat and drink?
In the Feria, inside the casetas, the typical food is served in “raciones” (portions of food to share) or “medias raciones” (half of this). You can try adobo (marinated fish), fried fish, Spanish omelete, jam, seefood, bull tail or “serranitos” (chicken fillet or pork steak small sandwich with green fried pepper, jam and sometimes tomato). To drink here in Jerez you have a large sherry options, but we recommend you a very refreshing mix: Rebujito (a mix of fino sherry with 7up or Sprite).
This is a great land as far as gastronomy is concerned.
To recover in Jerez
Remember that if you want to have a break and recover yourself from the dance and the loud music in the Feria del Cabalo, we are open everyday from 10h to 22h (except Monday 13, local festivity). Book a session to relax your body with the massages and the circuit contrast, relax your mind with the soft music and the lights of candles that will take you to another world. Another way to know the Andalusian history while resting.