Feria de Abril, Spain

Romería de Montemayor, Spain

Kirstie from Venga, Vale, Vamos

Spain’s southern region of Andalucía is renowned for its spring festivals, the most famous of which is Sevilla’s Feria de Abril. Each April, Feria offers a week of drinking, eating, and dancing in casetas (privately owned, fancifully decorated tents), with women clad in flamenco dresses and attendees touring the grounds in horse-drawn carriages. In my opinion, it is easily one of the greatest festivals in the world.

Romería de Montemayor in Maguer

A few years back, though, I was invited to attend an even more amazing Andalucían spring festival. Every year, the southwestern town of Moguer celebrates the Romería de Montemayor in honor of its patron virgin. Although religious in origin, it’s an amazing party, where friends and families gather in the remote countryside under huts made of eucalyptus branches to share food and wine and dance sevillanas in traditional outfits.

Romería de Montemayor in Maguer

Invited by a colleague, I was the only foreigner in attendance, meaning a fantastic chance to meet welcoming locals who embodied la vida andaluza. By night, a solemn, torch-lit procession honored the patron virgin, and I truly felt like I had been transported to a time centuries ago.

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