Feria de Carmona

Feria de Carmona - Bold Bliss

Girl with sunglasses at Feria de Carmona - Bold Bliss

Feria de Carmona, girl in pink - Bold Bliss

Feria de Carmona, horse parade - Bold Bliss

Feria de Carmona - Bold Bliss

Feria de Carmona - Bold Bliss

Little girl with hat at Feria de Carmona - Bold Bliss

Feria de Carmona - Bold Bliss

Little boy at Feria de Carmona - Bold Bliss

Horseback riding at Feria de Carmona - Bold Bliss

Playing children at Feria de Carmona - Bold Bliss

Feria de Carmona - Bold Bliss

Feria de Carmona - Bold Bliss

Feria de Carmona - Bold Bliss

Little dressed up girl at Feria de Carmona - Bold Bliss

Flowers in hair at Feria de Carmona - Bold Bliss

Flamenco dress at Feria de Carmona - Bold Bliss

Children in Flamenco-style dresses at Feria de Carmona - Bold Bliss

Cute children in blue at Feria de Carmona - Bold Bliss

When we were driving from Seville to Cordoba and were getting so dehydrated that the cypresses on the road started to look like tempting bottles of water, we decided to make a stop in Carmona. After a resuscitative fresh carrot-orange juice and some delicious savoury buckwheat pancakes at La Crêperie (a place we ran into out of the blue but which, according to TripAdvisor, is the number one food place in Carmona), we noticed a woman pushing a stroller. Nothing unusual except for the fact that both the woman and her toddler were wearing brightly coloured flamenco-style dresses. As we continued our walk, more and more women in comparable outfit aroused our curiosity. They all seemed to be streaming in the same direction. All we had to do was to follow them…

We arrived at a fair which could quite convincingly have functioned as a film set for a Zorro adventure. The blowing sand and blazing sun, the wooden stalls, the saloon-resembling drinking establishments, the long-skirted women and wide-brim hatted men, the horses… I think this is as close as you can come to the Far West in Europe. Only the cowboy hats, lassos and guns were lacking. Apparently the Feria de Carmona, which entertains visitors with horse parades, competitions, music, food and so on, dates back to 1466, when King Enrique (Henry) IV of Castilla granted the city the privilege to hold a cattle fair.

Look at the pictures. What an outburst of colours, beauty, pride and merrymaking. And all women wearing their “trajes de flamenca” and a glorious flower in their hair. Impossible to resist the charm of the feria.

Refuelled with a more than adequate amount of liquid, food, vitamin D and colour, we strolled back to our car feeling ready for the rest of our drive to Cordoba. The lesson to be drawn from our stopover in Carmona is that the shortest way to one’s destination is not always the best. Detours sometimes reveal the hidden glory and beauty of places too easily passed by on a hasty trip.

 

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11 Comments

  1. El difunto rey Enrique IV de Castilla June 23, 2015

    Esto es realmente increíble.

    El difunto rey Enrique IV de Castilla (1425-1477)


  2. Esperanza June 18, 2015

    Omg! I appear with my friends in one picture wearing a “flamenca” dress hahaha Love ur photos, they’re amazing! Congs 4 ur work and tks 4 the visit! Hope u’ll come back :)


    • Bold Bliss June 25, 2015

      Glad to see that my photos found their way to the people who are in it! :)


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  5. Nadia June 14, 2015

    Wow really beautiful!!!


  6. Lauren June 14, 2015

    I would love to go to a Spanish festival! So much colour, beautiful!

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  7. Ginevra Gallerani June 13, 2015

    Grazie mille for revealing the amazing grace of these people to the world.

    Ginevra Gallerani


  8. Carmen Antal June 12, 2015

    Nice post! I love the photos…

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  9. LARA ROSE June 11, 2015

    Wow this looks amazing! Great photography! Amazing blog!

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    • Bold Bliss June 25, 2015

      Thanks! Glad you like it :)


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