The Easter Holy Week, “Semana Santa”, and the Seville Fair, “La Feria de Abril” (also “Feria de Sevilla”)
The Easter Holy Week, “Semana Santa”, and the Seville Fair, “La Feria de Abril” (also “Feria de Sevilla”) are the two most well-known of Seville’s festivals. Seville is internationally renowned for the solemn but beautiful processions during Semana Santa and the colourful and lively fair held two weeks after.
Semana Santa :
The Holy Week in Seville is one of the most important religious and traditional events of all Spain and has an international resonance in the catholic world. It is almost impossible to explain the atmosphere and what it is all about, you just must come and see it to know what we are talking about..
The event starts with Palm Sunday (Domingo de Ramos) and finishes the following Sunday which is Easter Sunday (Domingo de Resurrección). Each day (and night) of this week there are processions (pasos) that take an image from its home church to the cathedral to be blessed. The images are beautiful wooden figures representing The Passion of Christ. Every procession consists in a leading cross, sometimes followed by a music band playing funeral marches, a representation of Maria, a representation of Christ and finally another cross. In total there are up to 58 diferent brotherhoods (hermandades) that go out with their image, some of them takes it nonetheless than 24 hours to get to the cathedral and back to their church.
Many Sevillians accompany the images dressing the nazareno habit carrying wax candles, crosses or preceding to the passages with huge chandliers. Others make the penance station carrying their image on their shoulders, they are called “costaleros”. Up to 64 men carry one image. The figure itself is situated on a wooden and richly decorated construction under a canopy. It is surrounded by flowers and candles and dressed in beautiful fabric. .
Feria de Abril: .
The fair begins every year after the Semana Santa, normally, two weeks later. .
The Fair dates back to 1847 when it was originally organized as a livestock fair. Nowadays, the fair grounds are a vast area located on the far bank of the Guadalquivir River. This area, for just the week of Feria, is set up like a type of village full of ‘casetas’ (tents) in which each street is named after a famous torero (bull fighter). .
During Feria, families set up their casetas (tents), in which they spend the week dancing, drinking, and socializing with their extended families. The women wear elaborate flamenco dresses and the men dress in their best suits. .
The fair week officially begins at midnight on Monday, running for the whole week and ending on the following Sunday. However, many activities have begun on the Sunday prior to the official opening. Each day the fiesta begins with the parade of carriages and riders. From around nine at night until six or seven the following morning, at first in the streets and later only within each caseta, you will find crowds partying and dancing “Sevillanas”, drinking Jerez sherry, or manzanilla wine, and eating tapas.
Accommodation in Seville, stay in Seville, Spain
For all the people that may need accommodation during their stay in Seville, HolaSevilla, through the accommodation department can offer various different options among which you will probably find something suitable. .
HolaSevilla have a large offer of holiday apartments and aparthotel in the city center of Seville. .
These are the perfect options for short stays (minimum 3 nights). Also, for travellers on a budget, they offer single and double rooms in shared apartments, for minimum stays of 2 weeks to a maximum stay of 12 weeks..
All the apartments, aparthotels, and shared apartments being offered are in the center of Seville and are visited and checked by HolaSevilla’s team, this guarantees minimum standards of quality. The prices for the accommodation options vary according to each option. .
Come and stay in Seville! .
Things to do in Seville
* Learn Flamenco in Seville: .
When visiting Seville, one of the things you can do is learning Flamenco. Flamenco is big in Andalucía, and in Seville, you will find the epicentre of the ‘Flamenco world’. .
Most of the main flamenco artists have established their studios in Seville, and nowadays there are many schools offering courses in flamenco dance, singing, guitar, etc, all year round. .
HolaSevilla offers various flamenco courses that can suit a wide variety of people and budgets. Quality and personalized attention are the main characteristics that would describe their courses, the teachers, and the School. The flamenco courses offered by HolaSevilla can be divided into .
* Regular courses (all year round), these are dance and technique courses that are offered to all levels, from total beginners to advanced levels. The lessons are taught in small groups and are run Monday to Friday; you can start any Monday throughout the year and taking from 1 week to as many weeks you want. .
* One to One courses: these include guitar, singing, compass & palmas, cajón, etc. .
* Special courses: these are courses that are run on specific dates or for special occasions (e.g. Bienal de Flamenco) .
Do not miss the opportunity, come and experience the Flamenco in Seville! .
Seville and its Festivals:
Bienal de Flamenco in Seville:
The city of Seville presents the Bienal of Flamenco 2008, a famous festival setting the benchmark for achievement in the fields of flamenco dance (baile), guitar (toque) and singing (cante). The differents performances are usually represented at the principal theatres of the city of Seville like the Lope de Vega, Central and Maestranza. Also has used different places for the representations like the Alcázar of Seville and the Hotel Triana. In HolaSevilla’s website you will find more information on the Flamenco Festival such as: general information, full program with venues, ticket sales, and accommodation in Seville during the Bienal. The Flamenco Festival is also a good opportunity to learn Flamenco. Check out our Flamenco Courses !
* Learn Spanish Language in Seville: .
Seville is a great place to learn Spanish. You will be surrounded by Spanish culture at its best. Seville is the home of Flamenco and Tapas. The city has a long tradition in hosting foreign students and there is a wide range of ways of learning or improving your Spanish and immerse yourself in Spanish culture. If interested in learning Spanish while in Seville, HolaSevilla offers courses all year round, for people age 16 onwards, and to all levels. The School was established 26 years ago and it is located in the heart of the city. Among their courses, you will be able to choose: General, Intensive, Private courses, and more. .
Learning should be complemented with activities outside of the classroom. This is why you will be able to join all the social, cultural and linguistic events that are organized through the School each month. .
All of the Spanish courses include a minimum of four hours of complimentary cultural activities in and out of the classroom. In addition, a broad programme of weekend trips are available for you so that you can get to know other parts of Andalucia and Spain. .
Live Seville, learn the language! .
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