Secure your space for ¡Duende!, our behind the scenes True experience during the Feria de Abril, one of the most magical festivals on earth, and in Spain’s most enchanting city. Join your host Geoffrey Gray, True founder and Times best-selling author, for a weekend of private parties on the fairgrounds, late-night flamenco concerts, campo-style lunches, dinners at Michelin-star restaurants, sherry tastings, and more.
We have a bacchanalian excursion prepared.
This spring, for a long weekend at the height of Seville’s famous fair (May 2nd to 5th) we’re taking a small group on a whirlwind tour of Spain’s most exotic city. Three days, three nights, and endless laughter guaranteed. You’re expedition leader will be Geoffrey Gray, the founder of True.Ink and a New York Times bestselling author who has treated the South of Spain as an adopted homeland, living in a fishing village nearby, traveling with matadors and documenting the bluefin tuna runs on the coast.
“This will be very much my Seville,” Gray says. “We’re going to hit my favorite flamenco bars, hang out late with my Spanish friends, learn a few new dance moves and get an inside look at city that can enchant and seduce like no other.”
Friday Night Welcome
From Gray: “We’ll be staying at one of the first hotels I came to know, down in the heart of the medina-like city center. It’s a classic, Moorish-style mini-palace, family run and very traditional. You’ll meet us there on Friday night, shake off any jet lag with a quick disco nap and get dressed for our first night at the feria.
“We reserved a very large table with some friends for a welcome dinner at one of Seville’s oldest tavernas or tapas bars, the patas or ham legs aging from the ceiling. They age their own cheese in olive oil in the basement, make their own Vermouth, and the wine will be flowing over multiple courses. Then we’ll walk over to the fair grounds and hit the feria. You’ll be able to stay as late as you want, the party won’t stop until morning.
SATURDAY: Day Two
“After breakfast and few strong cups of coffee, I’m going to lead a walking tour and the stretch the legs through the Juderia, or old Jewish quarter, and then the Gardens. Come or take your own walking tour through the old city. The shops close on Sunday, so this is a good time to tour La Sierpes in the center. Hurry though, lunch comes quick and we’ll be hitting the vans and heading out of the city to see my old pal Curro Conejo, who runs a rabbit farm outside the city, and feast on a traditional country lunch. Curro always delivers a very joyous affair, requiring the requisite recovery time back at the hotel.”
“Post Siesta, we’ll take a class on how to dance Sevillianos, the traditional feria dance, and head back out into the city on a tapas tour, sampling delights from the famous bars, and end up back at the feria grounds for more rabble-rousing and caseta-hopping with our new friends.”
SUNDAY: The Finale
“There are bullfights every day throughout the feria, but this Sunday is the holiest of them all. We can also tour the famous Maestranza bullring, and I’ll explain the bullfight’s pagan history and cultural significance. For those who want to attend that afternoon’s performance, we’ll secure tickets and meet the rest of the group for lunch in the city.
After the bullfight, we’ll meet for a farewell dinner at one of a Michelin starred restaurant for an incredible meal and Spanish wine pairing. After dessert, those are welcome to return for the last night of the feria, or follow me to a secret rooftop bar I know and enjoy a penultima or night cap with an incredible view of the old city and the Giralda Tower.
What is included
Three Nights Lodging.
Three Days of Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Wine, Chupitas (after meal drinks) included.
Access to Private Casetas in the Ferias (Kind of a Big Deal)
Everything Described Here (and possibly more.)
What's not included
Travel to Seville