On our last trip to Seville, we discovered a side of the city that we didn't know existed. That's one of the things that I really love about the city. There is always something new to see.
Just over the bridge (Puente de Isabel II, which is definitely something to see in its right ) there is a whole other side to Seville. We also found the cutest Mercado full of Tapas stalls so we decided to stop for some lunch. If you are new to Tapas, this is the best place to start as its has a great variety of different types to offer.
Green maxi dress here
We were visiting the city for Semana Santos which has fast become one of my favourite Spanish festivals and it also a great time to visit Seville in general as the city is full of excitement. And i'm still amazed whenever a hooded Nazareno walks past (I explain more about this here)
We ran into some quite bad weather this year, which was quite the surprise as iv only ever really seen Seville with perfect blue sky's. However, the stormy backdrop made for some really beautiful shots of the city.
We chose a spot by the bridge, ready for one of the processions that crosses but as the storm clouds rolled in it was clear that the procession would be cancelled. In fairness, I don't think id like to be carrying a giant float during a thunder storm, but it was till a little disappointing.
So we made our way to the next procession, which I chose because the site of a giant float coming through the relative tiny doors of the church and proceeding through the little street is said to be truly a site to see.
We waited eagerly as the Nazarenos arrived for their procession. This in itself is really a spectacular site. Men, women and children of all ages take part in the processions, and their family's wait outside ready to catch a glimpse of their loved one. I'm told they can spot a member of their family a mile off despite the fact they are completely shrouded
But once again, they rain scuppered the plans again and after waiting around for at least an hour the procession was called off. I felt terrible for all of the people who had put in all of the work to plan and take part but as we all know, there is no controlling the weather.
Don't be too disappointed though, we saw lots last year and I wrote about them here
Last year we visited Seville during holy week as we had heard it was truly something to experience, and we were not disappointed (I wrote about it here)
So naturally I wanted to go back this year. We also like to stay local for the Easter break so we can invite friends around for dinners and enjoy the last months of tolerable temperate before the summer kicks in. So a couple of days in Seville is perfect as its only 2 hours away
The processions are incredible, but actually just to be in Seville (in any southern Spanish city in fact) during holy week is something special. Yes, its much busier than usual but to see the town decorated for the celebrations and the feeling of celebration in the air makes it all worthwhile.
After a lovely morning pottering about the city, we went to one of our favourite cafes Filo for a sugar fix. If sugar isn't you're thing though don't worry, they actually have a super healthy menu. Trust us to behave badly!
Stay tuned for more from holy week in Seville
Whenever the Hubs and I feel like getting away for the weekend, our go to is Seville. It is the perfect weekend escape. Its a city that has it all... incredible architecture, good food, and an in intoxicating atmosphere.
Each time we visit, we find something new to love. A new restaurant, coffee shop or building. Its a city full of discovery.
For Easter weekend we visited Seville for the night to see the Semana Santos celebrations. Although the City is can be so much busier than usual especially during the processions, its still one of my favourite times to visit. The vibe is truly incredible!
After a late night of procession watching, we headed an for an early breakfast
We stopped off at one of our favourite cafes in Seville, cafeteria la campania which goes right back to the 18th century. If you love fresh croissants, have a sweet tooth and or a penchant for an incredible cup of coffee, this is your place.
A little trick for when you are visiting Seville is to get up and out early and youll have the streets to yourself. The Spanish definitely like to do things later in the day, so this way you'll beat the crowds and many of the tourists and get to appreciate the true beauty of Seville.
Have you ever visited Seville?
A Travel, Beauty and Lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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