PRICE OF HOSTAL/HOTEL:
90 - 400 € per night. Most require a minimum stay of 3 nights or more
PRICE OF APARTMENT:
80 - 150 € per night. Most require a minimum stay of 1 week.
SEMANA SANTA DATES:
2007: 1 - 8 April
2008: 16 - 23 March
2009: 5 - 12 April
Historic center of Seville as well as some outlying neighborhoods
Up to 9 processions every day, with a duration of 5-13 hours each, beginning on Palm Sunday and ending on Easter Sunday.
The arrival of spring is marked by one of the largest Holy Week celebrations in the world, which takes place in Seville. Beginning on Palm Sunday and ending a week later, Seville's center streets fill with crowds, both tourists and locals, making their way from one procession to another.
Bars and restaurants extend their hours and months of preparation by the cofradias, or brotherhoods, of local churches comes to fruition.
Across the 7 days of Semana Santa more than 50 churches march through the city streets, carrying some 115 floats, or pasos, from their neighborhoods to the city center. All make their way to the Cathedral and then back to their church. Some processions routes cover many kilometers and up to 13 hours. On Thursday around midnight La Madrugá begins, with processions leaving their church shortly after, only to return on Friday morning. Tens of thousands of Sevillanos take part in the activities as nazarenos, costaleros and musicians. Others organize and prepare the floats, while local merchants and businesses work hard to feed the masses of people in the streets.
We have spent many years in Seville during this week, both as tourists and locals. Each year offers something different, and the threat of rain always provides drama, and at times, heartbreak, canceling processions which have been meticulously planned by the brotherhoods. The most spectacular is perhaps the night from Thursday to Friday (La Madrugá), when the crowds spend most of the night and early morning hours in the streets. We recommend the processions of La Macarena and El Silencio. The first one with music and La Centuria Romana (100 Roman soldiers). The latter with only three music instruments and a more solemn procession.
Palm Sunday is also very popular, when Sevillanos dress their best and often start the early afternoon in Parque Maria Luisa to see the procession of La Paz pass by the Plaza de España.