Holy Week in Seville is the most famous in Spain, and there's no wonder why! With more than 60 brotherhoods and approximately 100 processions, the celebration was declared an International Tourism Attraction in 1980. The occasion sees he city impregnated with the smell of incense and orange blossom and the streets packed with people waiting to catch a glimpse of their favourite saints.
In Seville, there is something special about Holy Week, which is we are inviting you to discover it for yourself. Are you in
During the Madrugá (the early hours of Holy Thursday into Good Friday), the Sevillian faithful display its full splendour. It is estimated that approximately half a million people watch some of the oldest brotherhoods and processions in Seville. What's more, it is this magical night that sees many of the most famous and prestigious brotherhoods in Seville take to the streets:
In Spain, there are two different terms for brotherhoods, cofradías and hermandades. Although they are now used interchangeably, historically they differed in that the cofradías were groups of people who shared the same trade, while brotherhoods were formed by people from different trades and social positions
Today, cofradías are religious associations that are dedicated to preparing Holy Week processions, while hermandades are a kind of subdivision of cofradías. Hermandades are formed around particular religious imagery and are responsible for its conservation and worship.
If you want to experience Holy Week like a true local, then you cannot miss out on Seville's bars and pastry shops, especially those on the procession routes! Here, you can sample typical dishes of the Easter season, including cod stews or spinach with chickpeas. If you have a sweet tooth, it would be a sin not to try the delicious torrijas, made with bread and honey.
If you are considering a trip to Seville to experience the spectacle of Holy Week, at Renfe we have prepared the best combinations for you to travel comfortably, quickly and sustainably.
What's more, if you intend on doing a little sightseeing as well as taking in the spectacle of Holy Week, make sure not to miss our must-sees in Seville!