By far the most important event in the calendar year, Semana Santa is a nationwide holiday period in Spain. In the particularly religious southern region of Andalucia, in which Seville is located, Holy Week has been strictly observed since its origins in the 14th century. The main event is the processions which take place through the crowded city streets with men dressed in cloths carrying sculptures of specific events from Jesus’ last days. The processions, made up of floats from various churches across the city, make their way from their home church to the Cathedral of Seville and back and take place on each day of Semana Santa.
Seville is one of Spain’s most religious areas and is consequently one of the most popular cities for Semana Santa. If you’re planning to visit during Holy Week, therefore, make sure you book your flights and accommodation well in advance. The best airport to fly into is Seville International Airport which is served by Ryanair, Spanair and Air Europa amongst other airlines. From there, jump into a taxi to get you into the city centre for approximately €20 or take a shuttle bus which will get you to the centre in around half an hour.
If you’re planning to attend Semana Santa in Seville, you’ll be in for an incredible spectacle. Join the crowd of thousands who congregate all week long in the city to watch the arrival of the floats, known as pasos. The bearers consider it a great honour to carry the pasos which are followed by penitents wearing capes which are not unlike those associated with the ku klux klan. The significance of the penitents’ hidden identities is that only God knows who they are. It’s important to be aware that the occasion is a rather sombre one initially but the mood is lifted by Easter Sunday when Christ’s resurrection is joyously celebrated.
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While you’re in Seville, make sure you find time to see some of the spectacular sights in this wonderful Andalusian city, including: explore the city’s Moorish heritage at the Real Alcazar; take in the Plaza de Espana, Seville’s beautiful main square; and in the evening, sit back and be entertained by some of the country’s top flamenco artistes.
To find out more information about Seville’s Holy Week, please contact the Tourist Office, where you’ll be able to check out the official programme of events, find out the full list of brotherhoods taking part in the procession and watch videos and view photos of last year’s Holy Week.
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