Semana Santa dates are flexible. In other words, they vary from year to year and can take place from later March to late April.
Why is that?
Because they rely on the moon calendar, which changes from our regular civil calendar (based on the sun).
But let’s get straight to the point…
The Cathedral and Giralda Tower are closed to visitors in the afternoon during Semana Santa.
Secure your visit getting your skip-the-line tickets in advance! You’ll access the Cathedral, the Giralda and the Iglesia del Salvador.
In 2023, the Semana Santa dates go from April 2nd to April 9th.
The Holy Week always lasts for 7 days, starting and ending on Sunday.
During that period of time, Seville is in full swing with lots of parades called procesiones happening in the streets of the city center. On a regular day you can watch 7 or 8 processions!
If it feels like too much, have a look at my personal advice on what to see!
To make things easier, here’s a list of the Holy Week dates for the next few years. It will help you planning your holidays in Seville – Semana Santa is peak season!
The general rule is that “The Sunday following the full Moon which falls on or after the equinox will give the lawful Easter”.
However, the full Moon here doesn’t correspond to the astronomical full moon but to the 14th day of a calendar lunar month.
This calendar is based on lunisolar cycles (30-day and 29-day lunar months, generally alternating), nothing to do with our regular Gregorian calendar that depends on the sun!
On top of it, the equinox is fixed by convention on March 21st, whereas this phenomenon can take place either on March 19th, 20th or 21st…
Forget about calculating the dates yourself, just look at the list of dates above!
This article is part of a complete tutorial on Semana Santa in Seville where you can read all the information you need to organize your experience during this magical and unique week.
Here is a complete summary of all the guide:
1. Semana Santa dates in Seville
2. What are Seville’s Holy Week processions?
3. Easter activities: daily schedule of Semana Santa processions
4. Holy Week Seville: What to see each day
5. Live Semana Santa in Seville as locals do
6. 9 tips to make the most out of Easter in Seville
7. When to visit the home churches during Easter (Seville)
8. How to survive Holy Week in Seville with children
9. Semana Santa hermandades (brotherhoods)
10. Semana Santa glossary