Seville is famous for its festivals, which occur throughout the year, but most especially in springtime. At Easter, Semana Santa is a world-famous spectacle involving more than 50 huge processions carrying statues of the passion of Christ and a weeping Virgin; palios move through the streets day and night, often with brass bands and thousands of participants dressed in hooded robes.
The other major festival occurs two weeks after Semana Santa. The Feria de Abril (April Fair) is a dazzling spectacle of wildly colorful flamenco dresses, horses and carriages, drinking and dancing all night, with a fun fair and circus on the side, in case you need more excitement. Like Semana Santa, it is a world-class attraction.
These are by no means the only festivals in Seville. They occur with bewildering frequency throughout the year, mostly celebrating highlights of the religious calendar, often with processions much like those of Semana Santa.
It can be great fun to see these glittering spectacles, especially when you’re not expecting them, but be advised that many holidays involve shutting down businesses, including shops and food markets, sometimes for a day or two or even the whole month of August. Not to worry – this being Seville, you will find most of the bars and cafés open for business.
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