Holy Week in Seville, known as Semana Santa de Sevilla, is the biggest annual festival of the city, besides the Feria de Abril (April Fair). It is celebrated in the week leading up to Easter, when people from all over the world come to see the parade of processions of “pasos” typical from Seville Holy Week.
There are usually two or three “pasos” in each procession, representing several events of the life of Jesus Christ and Virgin Mary. These processions are organized by up to nearly 70 “cofradías”: religious brotherhoods of Seville. But… Holy Week means much more than a parade of processions! It marks the beginning of spring in Seville, which means the good weather, more environment in the streets, and the favorite event for “sevillanos”: the blossom of Azahar, the flower of orange trees. So if you are visiting Seville on these dates, you will definitely fall in love with the city, and it will be the perfect moment to get a lot of pictures of your stay!
Some advices if you are visiting Seville during Holy Week
We already told you how awesome Seville looks during Holy Week, so if you are coming this spring to enjoy the festivity, there are a few things that will be useful during your stay in the city. This way you can enjoy Semana Santa as a real “sevillano”!
Check the official path for every “cofradía”
Each procession during Holy Week in Seville follows an official path through some of the city’s main streets. Knowing this path will help you to decide where to see the “pasos” depending on your circumstances (if you are going with kids or not, if you want to take pictures, if you would like to seat…). During Holy Week you will easily find this official path in the newspapers or at your hotel or the tourism office, so make sure you get one of them!
Seville Holy Week also means… waiting!
Processions have a lot of “nazarenos” marching in silence (some of them, more than 2.000!), meaning that to see the “pasos” you may need to wait for several hours. Take this in consideration when you choose a spot to see the “cofradía” and if you would like to go for another one later!
Crowds: another typical thing during Holy Week in Seville
One of the things that will probably surprise you in Semana Santa will be the big amount of people you’ll find on the streets, especially at downtown Seville, making difficult even to walk sometimes. “Sevillanos” are familiar with this situation, but for someone who is not used to this, it can be kind of annoying or even scaring, so just be careful!
Try the typical dessert of Holy Week: “torrijas”!
“Torrijas” are a typical Spanish Easter dessert. Made with slices of 2 or 3 days old bread, milk, egg, sugar or honey and cinnamon. Even if it seems a cheap and normal dish, they are very sweet and taste. Do not leave Seville without trying one! We bet you will want to repeat!
Get away from people and discover María Luisa Park
If at some point you get tired of people and you need some time on your own, María Luisa Park is one of your best choices in this wonderful Seville! Due to in Holy Week most of the people are at the downtown, María Luisa Park usually remains in peace and you will have a very good chance to visit it. Take advantage of this situation, find out all the awesome spots of this beautiful park, and you will get amazed by the beauty of its gardens. Besides, you could witness the magic of “Azahar”, the flowers of orange trees that blooms in April.
Save your experience in Seville by joining a photo tour!
Once you get to Seville you will want to take photos of everything you see. We know that for sure! But isn’t it annoying to not appear on the photos that you take? Join Seville Photo Tour and let our photographers to perform a wonderful reportage of your stay. While you discover the city, our crew will take natural and spontaneous photos of you in order to immortalize your experience. You will have memories that will last a lifetime!
Have you already decided if you are coming to Seville to experience Holy Week in Spain? We assure you it will be a wonderful experience! Do not miss the opportunity and book your photo tour in advance to get the best memories of your trip!