Holy Week is almost here! Seville can presume of being one of the most visited cities of Spain, especially during this time of the year. The capital of Andalusia is the main destination of every travel lover that is looking for a charming and photogenic place to visit.
Due to the warm temperatures of the south of Spain, Seville receives visitors through the whole year, but it is during Easter when the city is more claimed for tourists. This time of the year is perfect for visiting this stunning city, besides, you can kill two birds with one stone: discover the city and enjoy the most popular celebration of Seville, the Holy Week.
So if you are lucky enough to visit Seville during Easter time, you might be interested in checking out our advices in order to squeeze your visit the most!
Visit the bar Garlochí
This 30-years-old-baroque-bar is a sanctuary for every Holy Week lover in Seville, and a unique place that should be visited by every traveler. Once you get inside you will have the feeling of being totally surrounded by a Holy Week atmosphere. Statues and pictures of the Virgin Mary, angels and altarpieces, even a baldachin over the bar, are some of the many things that you will find in this picturesque place. They will make you wonder if you have entered a bar or the Popular Customs and Art Museum of Seville!
In bar Garlochí we recommend you to try its most popular drink: “Sangre de Cristo” (Blood of Christ). This drink with a holy name is a cocktail made by grenadine, rose champagne and whiskey that will definitely surprise you! Drinking it while you enjoy the environment of the place is a great experience that you should try if you are in Seville during Holy Week. You can find the Garlochí bar in Boteros Street, close to Plaza de la Alfalfa.
Be witness of the “Madrugá” on “Viernes Santo”
The night between Thursday and the Good Friday, named for “sevillanos” as the “madrugá”, is the biggest moment of the Holy Week. The “madrugá” takes this name because all the processions of the Good Friday start their itinerary at late night and finish it in the morning.
The most popular processions of Seville Holy Week take part during that night: Esperanza de Triana, Gran Poder or La Macarena, among others. The first one, Esperanza de Triana, will also give you a perfect occasion to take an emblematic picture of Seville: when this procession passes over the Isabel II Bridge (also known as the Triana’s Bridge), make sure you get a good spot with the Giralda in the background! Aren’t you sure you can do that with your actual photography knowledge? Let’s us help you joining us in one of our photography workshops!
Visit the Macarena Chapel
Built in 1949, this Andalusian baroque chapel can show off of being one of the most popular churches of Seville. Inside this temple you will find a barrel vault and four side chapels. This church is home of La Macarena, which gets out on the “madrugá” of Good Friday, while “sevillanos” wait with patience for it.
Don’t miss the chance to photograph this legendary procession while it walks near by the “Puerta de la Macarena”. We guarantee you a stunning photo!
Try some “torrijas” at La Campana bakery
Watching processions and walking around downtown is a hard task. You will need to grab some food in order to continue with the planning. So if you want to try something traditional that most “sevillanos” love, you definitely have to try the “torrijas”.
This slice of bread cooked with milk, egg, honey and cinnamon is a truly delight traditionally made during Holy Week in Seville. If you want to try one of the best “torrrijas” of the city, we recommend you to go to La Campana, a delicious bakery in the heart of Seville. You will enjoy of a sweet bite while you recharge your batteries for the rest of the day!
End up your day at Casa Vizcaíno
This mythical bar of Seville is the perfect ending for your day. It’s located in Feria Street, in front of the Montesión’s Church, the refuge of the procession of Montesión.
Once the procession gets inside the church, many locals use Casa Vizcaíno as the place to conclude their day by having a cold beer. Enjoy the finish of your visit in this charming bar and fall in love with the spontaneity of its people.
Have you already planned your visit to Seville? We hope you find useful these activities and things to do! Remember we already told you all you need to know about Holy Week, one of the most popular celebrations in the city!
Anyway, if you want to explore Seville through the eyes of a local, join us at Seville Photo Tour and we will show you the best spots of the city to take pictures during Holy Week!
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