The Feria de Cordoba is a grand affair that very much rivals the more renowned Feria that is held in Seville. Held over the course of nine days at the end of May, this festival sees the El Arenal fairground come alive with thousands of lights, a variety of fun rides, and marquee tents where it is possible to witness and sometimes even partake in lively Flamenco performances. It's not entirely unlike a county fair that you can experience in the US, in that there is something for everyone, including good food.
Andalusian folklore is at the heart of the colorful Feria de Cordoba. Locals dress in elaborate costumes that are rooted in tradition, and many processions of fancily clad horseback riders figure among the daily events. The whole celebration is kicked off with a fantastic fireworks display, and as you might expect when it comes to Spanish festivals, there are plenty of tapas on offer for when it comes time to eat. On the drinking side of things, sherry, often from Jerez de la Frontera, is often the adult beverage of choice, though it's not uncommon to see people drinking wine, beer, or any other number of things.
The Feria de Cordoba attracts thousands of people to the city every year, and hotel rooms tend to go fast and well in advance, so booking ahead is recommended when possible. Generally speaking, the celebrations that are associated with the event are held both at the El Arenal fairground and at Cordoba plazas that are found around town. The fairground is just on the outskirts of the city, and bus transportation is available for getting back and forth from the City Center. In town, the plazas that are known to host some of the livelier Feria celebrations include the Plaza de la Corredera and the Plaza de San Augustin, just to name a couple, as this is pretty much a city-wide affair.
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