Advice for Easter in Seville
Next week sees Easter begin and that's a big event in Seville. It is one of the reasons Seville is known worldwide and it is one of the celebrations Seville locals are most proud of.
Despite being a great tourist destination, Seville experience significant changes for Easter that you should know about to ensure you enjoy a fabulous stay. For this reason, if you are going to be visiting Seville in Easter Week we wish to give you some advice and clear up some terms so you can enjoy it fully.
1. Stay in a central hotel establishment
Walking is the most practical way to get about during Easter Week. In the morning you can use a bike or public transport but in the afternoon you can only move around on foot. As such, we recommend accommodation, whether its an apartment, such as Murillo Apartments, or a hotel, like Hotel Murillo in central Seville. That way, you can enjoy Easter and you won't mind stops for a spot of relaxation.
Suites Murillo Alcázar.
2. Be organised and plan every day
The best thing to do is plan what brotherhood or procession you want to see, and where it is, every day before you leave the hotel or your apartment. You don't have to see everything, you simply need to have fun. Take not of times in your plan. In central Seville everything is close by, but like we said at the start, in Easter Week Seville changes completely and routes are often not direct. You'll have to take detours so it may take longer to reach certain places.
3. Get a programme
To plan your days, when you arrive in Seville get yourself a programme of Easter Week. These can be found in shops while some newspapers even publish a daily programme. In these, you can find the brotherhoods' routes, times along the main streets and their most important details.
If you are staying in one of our five establishments, we will provide you with an Easter Week programme thanks to Fundación Cajasol. This programme is comprehensive and extremely useful, as well as a souvenir from your visit to our city.
If you don't get one, or if you prefer new technology, we recommend you download the “Semana Santa Sevilla iLlamador” app.
4. Official Route
The Official Route (Carrera Oficial) is the obligatory route all brotherhoods must perform. It starts in Plaza de la Campana and finishes at the cathedral, before they all then return to their temples. This route is flanked by galleries used only by season ticket holders. If you don't have a gallery or seats here you may not enter. This route divides the centre of Seville in two as, to cross from one side to the other, you may only do so via passages controlled by the police. Your hotel establishment should inform you of these on the plan for this route. In our establishments our Guest Service staff can help you out.
5. The crowds
During Easter in Seville, crowds can form in narrow places and behind the processions of brotherhoods when people begin moving in a different direction.
These build-ups of people often form in narrow streets so if you don't like crowds you should avoid these kinds of streets. Waiting a little before walking after seeing a brotherhood will help your journey as people will have moved elsewhere and left space.
There is no need to be fearful of the Easter Week crowds as they rapidly dissipate. However, the best thing you can do is go with the flow of people. Be patient.
6. Choose comfortable footwear and warmer clothing.
Although we said Seville is great for a visit and very walkable, if you are visiting in Easter Week you will need to walk a lot or stop for a while, waiting for processions to go past and arrive. Therefore, we recommend you use comfortable footwear as you will be on your feet a lot.
On the other hand, although the city enjoys pleasant daytime temperatures in April, it can be cooler when the sun goes down so take some warmer clothes too.
7. Easter Week with a company
If, after all this advice, you think you would prefer to enjoy Seville's Easter Week with the help of a company, there are many available, such as Rutas Cofrades, that will show you this celebration through art historians. They will accompany you and teach you different routes with all their beauty and the faith of Seville's Easter Week.
We hope to see you soon at our establishments in Easter.