Sevillian Festivals – The Holy and The Wild

Gateway to the Seville Fair (Feria de Abril)

Gateway to the Seville Fair (Feria de Abril)

Festivals in Seville set the bar for Spanish festivals generally – they are intense and unforgettable. Just make sure you book your travel and hotel or accommodation well in advance, as they get really really packed.

Semana Santa

Important throughout Spain, Semana Santa, or Holy Week (Palm Sunday – Good Friday), is celebrated in intensely passionate and flamboyant style in Seville. Over a 100 incredibly intricate canopied pasos, or religious floats, each decorated with swathes of silver, candles and white flowers and bearing the figure of the Virgin, are carried through the city by hooded penitents. Many Sevillianos, especially the men, are visibly overcome, and the cries of guapa! (beautiful) echo through the early hours of Good Friday, when the final procession travels towards the Cathedral.

Feria de Abril

And two weeks later they’re at in again, but this time in celebration of dancing, drinking and having a wild time…yes, it’s the Seville fair, when flamenco dresses are worn by every local woman (and some visitors), the local men get to show off on their horses and carriages as Sevilliano society parades around the city each afternoon, and everyone stays up all night drinking rebujitos and dancing..and what dancing! If you thought you knew what dancing was since Brucie bought it back to our screens, think again! This is a revelation.

The Feria de Abril runs from 24-30 April and is centred on the barrio of Los Remedios on the far bank of the river. Book your hotel well in advance as the city gets packed!

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  1. I love the sound of this festival – it seems that the Spanish are able to do some truly civilised drinking (makes a change). I must pencil one of these festivals in 🙂

  2. hemp says:

    Find the now!……………Capital of the southern Andalucia region as well as Spain s cultural and artistic core is aesthetically beautiful intoxicating and graceful. Moorish and Arabic architectural sensibility dazzles in a city rich with Spain s most archetypal cultural attributes. It is here that the bullfight flamenco and tapas all originate and it s hard not to lose yourself in Seville s authenticity to bask blissfully in the beautiful soul of this delightful hub..More than 2 000 years old Seville drips with a rich lingering sense of the past. After all it was for various periods of time that the conquest of Seville by Romans Moors Arabs and Castillanos left an ebbing legacy of ownership and rule that profoundly shaped the aesthetic of the city s structures style and cultural narrative..After spending considerable time in the big smoke of Madrid we were thrilled to find such a vibrant city just two hours south.

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