Holy Week in Spain; Passion, religion and devotion.

Source: Semana Santa Sevilla

Easter, Holy Week, Passion Week… it´s all the same. It´s celebrated in all the countries with a majority of Christian religion but, is it really celebrated the same way in all the countries? The answer is no.

In some countries it´s more about having some days off and eventually going to church. In other countries it´s the end of a long period of voluntary sacrifice called Lent and there are many other countries between both extremes.

Either way the Holy week is about commemorating the last week of Jesus Christ on Earth by  reproducing some of the most passionate and difficult moments of such week.

In Spain, depending on where you go, you can experience the week more passionate or more solemn, but always respectful, with drums, bass drums and even trumpets.

Please, don´t be afraid of the people belonging to the different brotherhoods, called “cofrades”, their clothing may be impressive for some cultures where the pointed hood (capirote) is related to a racist group.

As we said, depending on where you go you can have very different experiences, here we offer a wide range of cities where the Passion Week is so popular it was declared of touristic interest.

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Seville, ANDALUSIA (South Spain)

Seville is one of the most known cities to visit during Easter. Everyone there lives this period with a special passion and compromise. Saetas; bitter, sharp and sad songs special for these moments are sung while the “pasos” go by the building with balconies where singers stand and play their roles.

 >>Recommended hotel: HOTEL HOLOS

A Saeta will be singed from this hotel´s balcony. Link to the event in Facebook

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Calanda, ARAGON (North-East Sapin)

What´s most famous in this little village is “La Rompida de la hora”, literally translated: the break of the hour. It happens on Good Friday at noon and suddenly at the same time hundreds of drums and bass drums burst into a deafening rhythm which lasts hours. Thousands of visitors go every year to vibrate and feel this moment from the inside.

Source: Semana Santa Calanda

>>Recommended hotel: LA FÁBRICA DE SOLFA, in Beceite and not far from Calanda, so you can be comfortable and away of the uproar whenever you want.

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Villaviciosa, ASTURIAS (North Spain) 

The most important days are Easter Wednesday and Good Friday, commemorating the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ. Its “pasos” or scenes are of high artistic interest.

>>Recommended hotel: PALACIO DE CUTRE,  in Villamayor, in a valley with views of the Picos de Europa National Park.

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GALICIA (North-West Spain)

  • Santiago de Compostela

This city has been an important place for pilgrims of the Roman Catholic Church since 9th century. Because of this, Santigo de Compostela will always be an important city related to Christianism.  The different brotherhoods walk with the since in a silence only broken by the drums and bugles.

 

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More info: http://www.semanasantasantiago.com/

>>Recommended hotel: HOTEL ALTAÏR

  • Viveiro

Considered the best Holy Week celebration in Galicia, it´s also one of the most ancient ones, celebrated since XIII century. The complexity of the scenes and the age of these give a special touch to the moment.

Source: A Fuego Lento

More info: http://www.semanasantaviveiro.com/

>>Recommended hotel: HOTEL CASA DO BATÁN

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Puebla de Sanabria (ZAMORA) CASTILLA LEON (Mid-West Spain)

All the scenes are baroque (XVII-XVIII century). The most important one is the artistic scene of the “crucified Christ” which shows great realism.

>>Recommended hotels:

Posada Real La Cartería
Posada La Pascasia

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CASTILLA LA MANCHA (Mid and East Spain)

 

  • Siguenza

The brotherhoods wear clothes inspired in Flanders and the silence is broken only by their feet dragging along the streets while they carry the different heavy scenes.

The most important days are Good Friday and Palm Sunday.

More info: http://www.ciudadsegontia.com/semsanta.html

>>Recommended hotel: HOTEL & SPA MOLINO DE ALCUNEZA

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  • Ciudad Real  

Declared of National touristic Interest on 2006, in Ciudad Real people can really experience the historic legacy left along the years by the many different cultures that went by this city since Middle Ages.

It has many scenes from the XV and XVIII centuries of inestimable value.

>>Recommended hotel: HOTEL PALACIO DE LA SERNA 

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Wherever you decide to go we assure you will have a unique and passionate experience whether if you are a religious person or not. The Stay in one of those hotels will be the icing on a delicious cake.

See you soon in Spain!

Here´s a map with the locations of the cities previously mentioned: