Holy Week 2024 in Seville: A unique experience

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Every year, between March and April, Holy Week, one of the most traditional festivities in our country, is celebrated with great emotion. During these days, Spain is transformed. You will discover images of great artistic richness walking the streets by candlelight, among the colors of the flowers, the art of religious sculptures and the sound of the music of the drums.

In the streets of Seville, Holy Week is lived with a unique intensity, more profound than in any other part of the country. If you want to immerse yourself in this cultural and religious spectacle, we have prepared a brief guide with tips to squeeze every moment. From CoolRooms Palacio de Villapanés, we invite you to discover how the Sevillian Holy Week is celebrated and to make the most of this unique experience. Welcome to a journey of devotion and tradition in the bowels of Seville!

Enjoy the processions

The streets of Seville come alive during Holy Week with the processions of its main brotherhoods. Each one, such as the Hermandad de la Macarena or the venerated Hermandad del Gran Poder, brings centuries of tradition and devotion. Dressed in distinctive tunics, the members carry sacred pasos, authentic artistic jewels that narrate the passion of Christ. Religious fervor intermingles with the solemnity of the processional marches as the pasos walk through the narrow streets of the city. It is in these moments when the emotion reaches its peak, leaving an indelible mark on those who have the opportunity to live this unique experience in the Sevillian Holy Week.

Here are some of the main processions that will give life to the streets of the city in 2024:

  • La Borriquita: Beginning of the Holy Week, it represents the triumphal entry of Jesus in Jerusalem.
  • Jesús Despojado: It stands out for the beauty of its steps, transmitting the stripping of Christ before the crucifixion.
  • La Hiniesta: One of the most solemn processions, with imposing steps and an atmosphere of deep devotion.
  • La Cena: Commemorates the Last Supper, standing out for the artistic quality of its images.
  • La Paz: A procession of great solemnity that transmits a message of serenity and hope.
  • San Roque: A manifestation of faith that pays homage to this protector saint against plagues and epidemics.
  • La Amargura: Characterized by sobriety and respect, reflecting the suffering of the Virgin Mary.
  • La Estrella: Outstanding for the elegance of its steps, representing the Virgin under the invocation of the Star.

Program, schedules and itineraries of the Holy Week of Seville 2024.

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Photo: Holy Week in CoolRooms Palacio Villapanes by Antonio Bellido

Take the opportunity to visit temples

During Holy Week in Seville, the opportunity to explore the temples is an enriching experience. The main temples and brotherhoods open their doors, offering visitors the chance to admire the impressive religious images and majestic processions that are part of this significant festivity.

The imposing Cathedral of Seville stands out as one of the most significant attractions of Holy Week, housing the famous image of the Christ of the Expiration, known as “El Cachorro”. This visit provides a unique perspective of the devotion and artistic mastery that characterizes this celebration.

Other outstanding temples not to be missed include the Basilica de la Macarena, the Iglesia del Salvador and the Capilla de los Marineros. Touring these emblematic places will further immerse you in the tradition and religious fervor that defines Sevillian Holy Week.

CoolRooms Palacio de Villapanés offers an exclusive cofrade route to discover the tradition of the Sevillian Holy Week. Visit the most emblematic Brotherhoods and Brotherhoods of the city, exploring the downtown area, including La Redención, San Isidoro, El Salvador (Brotherhoods of El Amor and La Pasión), and the visit to Paquili, embroiderer and reference of Sevillian craftsmanship. More information.

Photo: Seville Cathedral from the rooftop of CoolRooms Palacio de Villapanés

Taste the typical foods of the Sevillian Holy Week

Holy Week in Seville goes beyond the processions and religious rituals; it is also experienced in bars and pastry shops, where people seek rest and revitalization after long hours of participation. Typical dishes of this time, such as fried foods, cod stews and spinach with chickpeas, become authentic delicacies to satisfy the palates during this festivity.

In the pastry shops, pestiños and torrijas are the undisputed protagonists, sweetening the moments of Lent and Holy Week. An essential stop to experience the authentic flavors of Lent in Seville is Manu Jara, in the Triana Market. Here, the torrijas, pestiños and rosquillas are pure craftsmanship, 100% made in his workshop with selected raw materials.

For the occasion, the restaurant of CoolRooms Palacio de Villapanés, Los Rincones del Marqués reveals its special Holy Week menu with these typical dishes such as hake with cumin aioli as starter, spinach with chickpeas and cod as main course and for dessert a traditional milk torrija with creamy almond, for only 42 € (starter, main course, dessert and drink included).

Photo: Pestiños

Get to know the city beyond the festivities

Holy Week in Seville is a unique window to get to know the city at its best. Once the processions have left their mark, we encourage you to explore the hidden treasures and daily life that make Seville a charming destination all year round.

Regardless of the time of year, if you come to visit Seville you should not miss its emblems and highlights. Among the most outstanding activities is a guided visit to the Royal Alcazar of Seville, the oldest royal palace in Europe in use. Also, enter the Cathedral of Seville, the largest Gothic temple in the world.

Nor should you miss a stroll through the Santa Cruz neighborhood to see the old Jewish quarter of the city, or walk to the Plaza de España, the unique emblem of the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929.

An excellent way to get to know the city is by bicycle. CoolRooms Palacio de Villapanés offers a bike tour of Seville in collaboration with See by Bike. This 3-hour tour will take you to discover the monuments, neighborhoods and most representative points of the city, as well as its history, legends, culture and the way of life of the Sevillians. Book your experience here.

Photo: Plaza de España, Seville

And to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the exciting Holy Week activities in Seville, we recommend you check out our Perfect Agenda for Holy Week 2024 in Seville.


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