It’s no secret that the Spaniards love a chance to throw a party or hold a celebration, which is part of its charm. It is often the case that each town will have its own unique way of celebrating, and this is definitely the case in Seville. If you’re planning a holiday to Seville, find out whether any of these fun fiestas will be taking place during your stay…
Semana Santa de Sevilla
Holy Week is the city’s most important religious event by far, and is widely celebrated throughout Spain, with up to 70% of Spanish citizens identifying themselves as Roman Catholic. Seville’s version of Holy Week is the most famous version of the celebration, and precedes Easter Sunday. Throughout the week, processions through the city to Seville Cathedral take place every day, with two on Good Friday, the most attended day of the entire week. Images of the Virgin Mary and sculptures of the Passion are carried, including a statue of Maria of the Macarena Basilica. For the most authentic event in Seville, this is the week you’ll want to attend, but be sure to organise your hotel and hire car in advance as it’s one of the busiest weeks for the city.
This week-long fiesta celebrates all things Seville, and there is an incredible atmosphere throughout the city for its duration. Residents and tourists alike are invited to join in with the singing, dancing and feasts. Taste wine and sherry from the nearby sherry-producing region Jerez. If you’re really lucky, you might end up with an invite to a private party in a caseta, which will be a night you’re sure not to forget!
Bienal of Flamenco
Every two years since the 80s, the Bienal of Flamenco, a festival celebrating flamenco music and dancing in the city, has taken place, paying homage to achievements in the field of flamenco. Expect lots of dancing and music, and prepare to join in. If you want a truly flamenco-themed holiday, there is also a flamenco-themed museum for you to enjoy.
In Seville, bullfighting is a major sport, and Seville is often cited as the origin of the modern form of the bullfight. Head to the Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza to witness this amazing, high-adrenalin sport, but be warned: it’s not for the faint-hearted as things can get gory! If you’ll be in Seville between April and June or in September or October, it’s likely that you’ll be able to catch one of these fights, so for a high-energy atmosphere and a typically Spanish experience, get yourself over to the stadium to see what it’s all about.
There are many more great festivals in Seville, but these are just our favourites. Do you have any of your own recommendations?
About the author:
Emma Lawson is a European travel fanatic and a keen writer, and loves to share her findings about her trips to the continent with others suffering from a severe case of wanderlust.