Horsing around in Seville

November 15th, 2012

Think of just the word ‘Andalucía’ and you will automatically conjure up all manner of evocative images…hot sun, soft sand, warm waters….flamenco, fiesta, or simply fun.  What does it mean to you?  For me, I think of the white Andalucían horse, strong, proud and graceful.

Are you equestrian minded? If so then there’s a treat in store just for you, that will have you champing at the bit!  This month, from the 20th to the 25th of November, you can get your fill at the SICAB fair in Seville. Want to know more? Saddle up, we’re off to Spain! Don’t spare the horses!

Seville, a stunning city by day or by night

Seville

Head to Seville – Sevilla -  the city that epitomises Southern Spain, and the home to may a horse fair, you must go to the April event, when the fair encompasses not just horses, but food, flamenco, parades, shows, traditional costumes,  and a sound bite of all things Spanish in one huge event. It always takes place two weeks after Easter, and it always proves to be the most flamboyant event of the social calender. Unmissable.

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Plaza de Espana, Seville, Spain

Boost your energy levels

But for now we have November, and a great chance awaits you if you fancy giving all the grey and miserable cold British and Irish weather a miss for a few days – fifty shades of grey, huh?! – so why not treat yourself, stop hoofing around and book one of these Seville places to stay, bag a cheap flight and head to the soft Winter sun of Spain instead….a city centre apartment overlooking the cathedral, or a quieter rural let, the choice is all yours.

There is just so much to see and do here in Seville, a wonderful city for sightseeing, shopping and wandering the streets.  Eating out means Tapas, go from bar to bar and sample them all!  Drinking of course means trying out the sherry from nearby Jerez, as well as the local wines and cold beers.

*Don’t forget that important list – the top ten FREE things to do in Seville. All of this can be had on a budget too!

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Hold your horses!

But you are here for the Horse Fair – otherwise known as the Salón Internacional del Caballo – and you’ll need to hoof it down to the Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos to get apiece of the action. As the name suggests, the fair attracts a huge international audience, and has been held in Seville since 1991.

The main event

 Pure bred

This is the single most important trade fair in the world, and is dedicated to just one thing – the pure bred Spanish horse. There will be more than a quarter of a million visitors to this prestigious event, and you can join the and admire the four legged stars…more than one thousand elegant horses will be on show. They’re all winners, each and every horse that is allowed to attend and show at SICAB has already proved their worth at events during the year, so this is essentially the cream of the crop.

After Easter and the April horse fair this is the third most socio -  economic event for Seville as a city, notching up tourism as probably the most lucrative industry.

Andalucía – the graceful horses

Useful links

If you do want to attend, here are some useful links for you, just click on each one or more information.

  1. The full programme of events
  2. The official SICAB TV channel, where you can watch footage form previous years
  3. A handy location map
  4. In true social networking style, a SICAB Facebook page that you can ‘like’ and follow…
  5. The most important, those hand picked places to stay!

 

So, don’t leave the stable door until after the horse has bolted, book now!

For want of a nail the shoe is lost,
for want of a shoe the horse is lost,
for want of a horse the rider is lost.

Carol Byrne
Posted by Carol Byrne
Originally from Dublin, Carol has also lived in London and Wales before settling in Spain with her husband and family in 2006. She and her family run a rural retreat high in the Alpujarras mountains of Granada, which you can find here as property number 17043. She blogs about traditional village life, sparked by a passion for the culture and history of Spain, and teaches English locally..