Sacred Seville: Insider Semana Santa Tour & Easter Tapas
Experience the magic of Holy Week in Seville and discover delicious, traditional Easter tapas! (DATES: April 15th, 17th, 18th and 19th, 2019)
- Watch a religious procession as it passes, and experience this unique Holy Week tradition along with hundreds of devout locals
- See beautiful religious floats being prepared for procession and marvel at their centuries-old craftsmanship and detail
- Learn about Seville’s ancient brotherhoods and their curious connection to local hospitals and charities
- Discover how Seville came to be the most important city in Spain for Holy Week celebrations
- Enjoy an assortment of local delicacies including Holy Week staples such as fried fish and traditional sweets
- Walk away with insider tips to continue enjoying Seville’s most famous festival all week long
Each spot Michaela brought us to had a history that was so much part of what makes Seville so special. She did not just talk about food. She shared how important and special Holy Week is to the people of Seville. She was very knowledgeable about Seville's history and took us to hidden gems that you would probably not find on your own with a guide book. What an amazing culture.
This tour was more than we ever hoped for! Our guide Jaimie was entertaining, knowledgeable, and hospitable. It was so much fun as Jaimie explained all about the traditions in Seville around Holy Week. It was packed! Each of these places is family owned and operated. Many of them had been in the family for generations and would continue to be passed down. It was a wonderful way to see some beautiful parts of Seville and learn about the beautiful people, traditions, and food.
We learned all about the Holy Week processions where floats are carried on people's backs for as long as 12 hours! Talk about penance! The guide was excellent and knowledgeable. As bonus, they provide Seville food tips and recommendations, and have great online resources. Highly recommend.
What to Expect on Your Tour
Experience Seville’s most sacred tradition as the city comes to life for Holy Week. You’ll join the entire city as everyone waits with bated breath for the passion, music and art of these famous religious processions! Discover the history and food behind this celebration, and be swept up in the unique spirit of Semana Santa in Seville.
STOP BY STOP:
Meet your expert guide and head to an important local church where the floats are being prepared for the procession. Get an up-close look at the gigantic masterpieces, adorned each year with fresh flowers and hundreds of candles, and learn about the imagery depicted in each.
Next it’s off to our first tasting stop of the day—something sweet from some very surprising local bakers! Trust us when we say this is one stop many visitors miss, simply because they don’t know it exists!
Afterwards, you’ll head to a local bar that does more than serve delicious traditional food! Upon entering, you’ll see it also serves as an unofficial museum for all things related to Seville’s famous Holy Week. Here you’ll taste tapas traditionally eaten during Easter and learn more about the religious processions you’ll see later.
On the way to your next food stop, you’ll take in some of Seville’s must-see sights before your next tasting at a true Sevillano institution—one of the city’s oldest bars specializing in freshly sliced, acorn-fed Iberian ham.
Then it’s back to the winding streets of Seville to learn more about how Holy Week came to be before a sit-down lunch at one of the city’s premier restaurants.*
Finally, it’s time for the main event. Witness a religious procession as it passes by on its journey to the Seville Cathedral. See the solemn virgin, hear the beautiful band, watch the penitents silently walk past, and be swept up in the magic of Semana Santa as the city comes to a standstill.
You’ll finish your day with further expert tips and a calendar to help you map out the rest of your Holy Week celebrations in Seville.
As with all Devour Seville tours, your guide will give you a copy of our Devouring Seville guide, which is packed with all our favorite places to eat and drink in the city! So put down your guidebook and get ready to experience Seville like a local!
*Exact experience may vary depending on the day of your tour.
About Our Expert Guides
Your tour will be lead by one of our expert, English-speaking guides! They’re all gifted storytellers who are smart, passionate and talented and whose excitement for this country is contagious!Meet them here!
Map Your Tour
Head off the beaten track and experience the magic of Seville's maze-like streets as we wind through three neighborhoods in the heart of the city. Next, watch in awe as grand, religious processions make their way down a central avenue.