Bullfights 'Sold Out' At The Feria De Abril
on: April 27, 2010, 3:54 am
Author: Jane Smith
London, April 2010 - Weeks before some of the biggest
bullfights are to take place in the Andalusian capital of Seville, the
tickets for the majority of them have sold out. Organisers of the Feria
de Abril 2010 - the annual April Fair of Seville - claim that this year
they are expecting a massive surge in tourists.
Bullfighting is the national sport of Spain, and its popularity across the world has
been on the rise in the past decade. In the Mediterranean, the practice of
sacrificing bulls dates back to prehistoric times. The bullfights of Seville are
world famous, with matadors from across Spain and even from foreign shores
descending on this Mediterranean holiday spot. The April Fair, the biggest draw of
Seville's tourist calendar, is renowned as the showcase for some of the finest
bullfighting traditions in Spain. “The April Fair is traditionally held two weeks
after Easter Sunday, and gives tourists a taste of Spanish hospitality at its best.
We are normally booked months in advance, and there is hardly a single room
available during this time”, says Sevillan hotelier Pablo Casteillos.
The bullfights have for centuries been the main attraction of the Feria de Abril. "If you have a choice of where to see bullfights in Spain, make sure it is in
either Seville or Madrid. The Sevillanos are among the most passionate in the
country", claims Jesus Chavez, a bullfighting enthusiast from Mexico.
The Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, one of the oldest buildings in Sevilla,
continues the venue for some of the most epic bullfights of the Spanish matador's
lore. The construction of this building is said to have begun as far back as the mid
eighteenth century, and is one of the most popular landmarks in Seville. Unusally
for a bullring, however, the Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza is oval shaped, instead
of the traditional circular ring. Along with Ronda, Seville is considered as the "nursery" where modern bullfighting as it is performed today was developed. In
earlier centuries, bullfighting was undertaken by matadors on horseback.
Hotel registers show that its not just Spaniards who will be attending the April
Fair - many tourists are travelling in from as far as Japan and Australia. Some of
them are already in Spain to study Spanish abroad and grasp the flavour and flow of the language well in time for the April Fair. The popularity of bullfights have ensured that Spanish study abroad has
become all the rage.
This year, the April Fair is slated to be held in Seville from the 20th of April to
the 25th of April.
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