There’s nothing greater than Holy Week, Seville’s biggest celebration of the year. Between Palm Sunday and Easter, 60 processions will take place. So many cofradias and pasos invade the streets simultaneously that you’ll need to have a look at the schedule to plan your route.
After living the Semana Santa for a few years now, I’ve asked many times to friends what the highlights are. What I mean by highlight is “where should I be to get the most of this or that procession?”.
I am overwhelmed by the amount of different answers I still get. Therefore, I decided some time ago that I just had to learn from my experience and pick my favorite moments and spots!
And that’s exactly what this is about. A selection of my best picks for each and every day of Holy Week. Seville is full of action and you’ll be glad to know where to go and what to see…
… Because, trust me, you won’t be able to see everything everywhere!
(When not specified, the names refer to streets. The times are approximate).
Domingo De Ramos (Palm Sunday)
- La Paz is the only procesion that crosses the Maria Luisa Park (2.30pm).
- Then, my favorite brotherhood, La Amargura, exits from the Iglesia San Juan de la Palma (7.45pm).
- Finally, walk to the Plaza de los Terceros to see how La Cena will be coming back home (11.30pm).
Lunes Santo (Monday)
- Your route should start in Triana, at San Jacinto, where San Gonzalo will be in the neighborhood before crossing the bridge (4.30pm).
- The exit of El Museo is one of the most special moments of the Holy Week. Seville’s magic atmosphere is unbelievable (8.45pm).
- Finally, head to the Plaza de la Gavidia where the Vera-Cruz, one of the most traditional brotherhoods and its magnificent paso, will be around (11.30pm).
Martes Santo (Tuesday)
- I have a predilection for the church Omnium Sanctorum which makes me enjoy particularly the exit of Los Javieres (4.25pm). But if you want to see a procession in a less crowded spot, go to the University and watch the exit of Los Estudiantes (4.30pm).
- From there, head to Cardenal Spinola, where the Dulce Nombre has just exit its home church (8.30pm).
- Both the exit and entrance of San Benito is spectacular. The pointed arch of San Benito’s gothic church is so narrow that the costaleros have to carry the paso on their knees. At the exit the square is absolutely packed so you should try to see it at night, on its way back (11.55pm).
Miercoles Santo (Wednesday)
- A good start is the exit of the Cristo de Burgos at the Plaza San Pedro (7.40pm).
- La Sed can be seen from one of my favorite sights in Seville, the Plaza de Pilatos, where the Casa de Pilatos is located (9pm).
- From there, you should go to Cardenal Cervantes to check upon La Lanzada, returning home from the Cathedral (12am).
Jueves Santo (Thursday)
- I love to see Montesion while it goes along La Alameda de Hercules (6pm).
- La Exaltacion faces a step slope at La Cuesta del Rosario. It’s a hard work for the costaleros who carry the paso along this stretch (8.30pm).
- At night, take some time around DoÒa Guiomar to admire La Quinta Angustia coming back to its church (11pm).
La Madrugada (Friday Morning)
Even though it’s really difficult to make a choice during the most important day of the Holy Week, Seville raves about…
- The exit of El Silencio because it’s is breathtaking. The street lights are shut down and the candles illuminate the whole procesion (1.05am).
- El Gran Poder, which is one of the most popular brotherhoods in Sevilla. You should admire it at El Postigo (4am).
- The return of La Macarena to its neighborhood because is full of joy and devotion. Try to get a glimpse of it at Feria (9am).
- … Or you may prefer to have a look at La Esperanza on her way home crossing the Triana Bridge. Join lots of Trianeros and vibrate with them (9am).
Viernes Santo (Friday Afternoon)
- The exit of La Carreteria is absolutely impressive because of the small size of its chapel as well as the narrow street surrounding it (4.10pm).
- You can’t miss El Cachorro crossing the Triana Bridge (5.30pm). It’s a must!
- Hold your breath while observing the solemnity of La Mortaja at Dueñas (8.30pm).
Sabado Santo (Saturday)
- Have a look at Los Servitas at Jesus de las Tres Caidas (8.30pm).
- Enjoy the Santo Entierro coming back home through the Plaza Nueva (10pm).
- The passage through Sol and the entrance of La Trinidad to its temple (12am).
Domingo De Resurreccion (Easter)
- Watch the exit of El Resucitado from the Iglesia de Santa Marina, its home church (4.30am). Although if you don’t want to get up so early, go to Santa Angela de la Cruz (11.30am).
To make sure you don’t miss the action, check the next Semana Santa dates!
Apart from Seville, many other cities celebrate Holy Week in Spain. Our country offers beautiful Easter celebrations and has plenty of traditions.