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Experience Andalucian Culture at Feria del Caballo (Feria de Jerez) in Jerez de la Frontera (4 to 11 May 2024)

The Jerez Horse Fair, also known as the Feria de Jerez, is an annual event that celebrates the rich equestrian and cultural heritage of Andalucia, Spain. Read on to learn more about this unique event, featuring flamenco dancing, horse shows, and traditional Andalucian cuisine.

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Feria del Caballo 2024

The Feria del Caballo, also known as Feria de Jerez or the Jerez Horse Fair, held annually in Jerez de la Frontera, is considered the best fair of its kind in the world. It is certainly the major event of the year in Jerez.

When is the Feria del Caballo in 2024?

In 2023, it was held from 6 to 13 May. In 2024, the Feria del Caballo in Jerez is expected to be held from 4 to 11 May 2024.

The Cabalgata at Jerez Horse Fair

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Feria del Caballo Jerez de la Frontera

The Jerez Horse Fair typically takes place during the first or second week of May and lasts for about a week.

The fairgrounds are found near the city centre, and the festivities begin with a spectacular parade of horses and carriages, known as the Cabalgata, through the streets of Jerez. The parade features beautifully decorated carriages, flamenco dancers, and horsemen and women dressed in traditional Andalucian attire.

After the Cabalgata

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Feria del Caballo Jerez de la Frontera

Once the parade is over, the fair officially begins, and the fairgrounds come alive with the sound of music, laughter, and the clatter of horses' hooves.

The fair is open to the public, and visitors can enjoy a wide range of equestrian events, including horse shows, dressage competitions, and carriage rides. There are also many food stalls, where visitors can sample traditional Andalusian cuisine, including tapas, seafood, and sherry, which is the local wine.

Horse Parade or Paseo de Caballos at Feria de Jerez

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Feria del Caballo Jerez de la Frontera

One of the most popular events at Feria de Jerez is the "Paseo de Caballos," or "Horse Parade," where horses and riders parade through the fairgrounds showing off their stunning attire. The horses are often adorned with intricate bridles, blankets, and plumes, and the riders wear traditional Andalusian costumes, complete with wide-brimmed hats, short jackets, and tight-fitting trousers.

Flamenco Dancing at Feria del Caballo

The Jerez Horse Fair is also famous for its flamenco dancing. Every night, visitors can watch spectacular flamenco performances by some of the best dancers in Spain. The dance is performed in a small arena, known as the "casetas," and visitors can join in the dancing if they wish.

Feria de Jerez Fairgrounds: Calle del Infierno

Calle del Infierno is the official fairgrounds of Feria de Jerez, an amusement park for all ages where you'll find rides, attractions, and many stalls including food stalls, games, raffles, and more. Naturally, Calle del Infierno is a huge hit with the little ones.

Keep an eye out for Día de Los Cacharritos, where prices for the rides are reduced. There's also Día de los Niños y de las Niñas which is the Tuesday of the fair, where there are reduced prices for kids. Reduced prices are also typically available the Sunday after Feria de Caballo.

Feria del Caballo in Jerez is a 500-Year-Old Tradition

Normally held during the first two weeks of May, the Jerez horse fair, designated of International Tourist Interest, lasts a whole week. Its origin goes back 500 years when the fair was an annual event for horse traders.

Feria del Caballo Location

The Feria del Caballo takes place in the González Hontoria Park, on Álvaro Domecq avenue and the statistics are staggering. Over 1 million lights illuminate the park, including 206 arches. Over 200 casitas (hospitality tents), all decorated with farolillos, coloured paper lanterns, are open to the general public.

Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art

As the name suggests the fair concentrates on the horse, with horses and riders from the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art Foundation, based in Jerez de la Frontera, taking a prominent role. Throughout the week there are equestrian events, competitions and exhibitions.

A highlight of each day is the horse and carriage processions through the park from about 1.00pm until about 7.00pm.

Dia de Pensionista y Señoras

Traditionally, Monday is reserved as a retiree's day and discounts are made at attractions so that older people can take their grandchildren to them. Wednesday was, traditionally, reserved as a day for women.

No matter which day you attend, you will be presented with typical food of Jerez, concentrating on seafood and sherry. A plate of large prawns cooked a la plancha, sprinkled with salt and accompanied by a fino sherry is a treat not to be missed.

The Sherry Families of Jerez

Mentioning sherry, Jerez de la Frontera is renowned for its bodegas with famous names such as Domecq, Osborne and González Byass. The sherry families are a big part of the horse fair, each family having a casita and an elaborate carriage drawn by superbly coiffed horses, with all the members of the family dressed in traditional style.

What You Need to Know About Feria de Caballo 2024

Here's some important practical information about Feria de Jerez 2024 to help you plan your days and have the best experience.

  • The Jerez Horse Fair 2024 will open on the 1st day, 4 May 2024 at 10.00pm.
  • The fair is open every day from 4 to 11 May from 1.00pm to early morning.
  • The parade of riders and horse carriages take places from the second day to the last day of the Fair, from 1:00pm. to 7:30pm
  • Entry to the casetas is free and subject to capacity. In the casetas, you'll find bar service, music, and performances
  • The cacharritos (rides and attractions) on the fair grounds are open from 1.00pm to dawn.
  • There are about 2,500 free parking spaces in the municipal plots located around the Real. Head to Avenida de las Olimpiadas and Avenida Chema Rodríguez, in the area behind the attractions.
  • Avoid the hassle of driving and parking and take public transportation instead. There will be special bus lines and shuttle services to-and-from the Feria de Jerez location.

Don't Miss Feria de Caballo 2024

The Jerez Horse Fair is a unique event that celebrates the rich equestrian and cultural heritage of Andalucia. It is an excellent opportunity to experience the beauty and grace of Andalusian horses and to immerse oneself in the colourful traditions of this region of Spain.

Whether you are a horse lover, a flamenco enthusiast, or simply someone who enjoys a good party, the Jerez Horse Fair is an event that should not be missed. Not surprisingly, the Feria del Caballo in Jerez de la Frontera draws crowds from all over Andalucia, Spain and Europe.

See More of Jerez

While you're in Jerez to celebrate the festival, don't forget to enjoy the rest of what the city has to offer. Here are our top recommended activities and tours:

Where to Stay in Jerez de la Frontera

Hotels and apartments can get snapped up quickly in Jerez during festival periods so planning in advance is your best bet.

Here are some hotels to consider:

  • esZentrico Suites Jerez - Eco-friendly hotel in a central location, with modern rooms and a rooftop pool. Great value for money.
  • Hotel Bodega Tio Pepe - Located in the Old Town, this beautiful hotel offers luxurious rooms with a rooftop terrace and pool. Perfect for a couples’ weekend.
  • Hotel Doña Blanca - Well-decorated, comfortable, and modern rooms at a great price tag. Ideal for budget travellers.
  • Azafran Jerez Apartamento - Simple, comfortable, and affordable one-bedroom apartment in an excellent location. Good for independent travellers.

Or check out the latest deals in Jerez below.

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More on Jerez de la Frontera

If you're in Jerez for the Feria del Caballo, we recommend exploring the rest of the city as well. Read our Jerez de la Frontera guide to discover the best things to see and do in the city.

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