Semana Santa in Seville

Semana Santa (Holy Week) is a big deal throughout Spain. In many English speaking countries, it is an excuse to have a few days off work and eat a bit of chocolate; in Spain, however, it is a week of processions, music and street parties. Although it is celebrated throughout the country, the biggest and most famous is in Seville, the capital of Andalucia.

Semana Santa in SEville

Seville Festivites

Hundreds of thousands of tourists visit Seville each year for its Holy Week processions which take place several times each day from Palm Sunday until Easter Sunday. The processions are carried out by various brotherhoods from the city, made up of a few hundred to several thousand 'Nazarenos'. The brotherhoods recreate the events of Holy Week (as suggested by the bible) adding their own interpretation at times, but usually carrying wooden structures to depict their part of the story.

Brass bands and drums feature heavily in the processions; although some of the more somber ones are watched in silence. The whole week is a festival of colour and noise, with dramatic costumes and elaborate performances competing for centre stage.

Seville can get packed during Semana Santa so if you plan to visit make sure you book in advance. Taking place around the end of March / early April, it is also the perfect time of year to cycle in Andalucia, although we would recommend going a week or two before or after Semana Santa, when it becomes a little less crowded.

If you would be interested in a cycling holiday to Seville and Andalucia - please check out our self-guided and guided cycle tours to the region.

Andalucia Sunflower Fields
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,590 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

Alhambra Palace - Granada
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Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Easy to Medium
Price: €1,880 EUR
*Bike Hire Included