Semana Santa Other than Sevilla

Old Feb 20th, 2017, 09:28 AM
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Semana Santa Other than Sevilla

We are thinking of going to Semana Santa in 2018 but not Sevilla. Has anyone been to other towns for Semana Santa? And specifically Jerez de la Frontera?

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Old Feb 20th, 2017, 09:36 AM
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Old Feb 20th, 2017, 09:47 AM
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I've been to Málaga for Semana Santa and really enjoyed it. I'm going back again this year.

I stayed at the Hotel Don Curro, which does not double its room rates as do many hotels in Sevilla.

When I was in Cuenca, I saw signs indicating the route of the processions--amazing because Cuenca is so hilly.
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Old Feb 20th, 2017, 09:55 AM
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Thank you for the information.
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Old Feb 20th, 2017, 03:15 PM
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Are you eliminating Sevilla from consideration due to the crowds? The hotel rates? I was there for Semana Santa 2015 and it is one of the travel highlights of my life.
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Old Feb 20th, 2017, 03:38 PM
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My SIL has been to Sevilla for Semana Santa and we thought we try another town. My wife and I have been to Sevilla but not for the processions. If we do go we will bring collapsible seats and wait by the bridge from Triana.

All is still up in the air.
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Old Feb 20th, 2017, 03:41 PM
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We spent 5 nights in Seville during SS some years ago ;although it was an interesting experience, we enjoyed Seville much more a few year later during
" normal" times.
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Last year I went to Sevilla on Holy Week, while memorable I would never go back. You really cant experience the city itself. You also can be easily disappointed as floats are cancelled even if they have a speck of rain.

I've never been to Zamora on Holy Week , an hour north of Leon, but my understating is that its impressive. We visited the Holy Week Museum there and were impressed by the floats.
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Old Feb 20th, 2017, 05:07 PM
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Thanks for your experiences. We have been to Semana Santa in Antigua, Guatemala. We are the furthest thing from being religious but enjoy the spectacle. And we have spent considerable time in Spain.
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Besides Sevilla, we've been in Ronda, Úbeda and Burgos during Semana Santa. All were interesting, and completely different from each other.

Zamora, from what I've seen, is more intense. We where there just prior to Holy Week a couple of years ago, and would have liked to stay, but had other commitments. Maybe next time.
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Old Feb 20th, 2017, 05:33 PM
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Thank you Robert.
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http://www.que.es/ultimas-noticias/s...ta-espana.html
http://listas.20minutos.es/lista/pro...espana-204811/
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Thank you Ribe.
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I did stay in Sevilla for Santa Semana for 3 days but only saw part of a procession because it rained. I stayed in the Hotel Zenit/Zenith(?), which had raised its rates somewhat, but had not doubled them, as had so many other hotels.

I liked the hotel, partly because the staff was so friendly.
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Thank you Peg. Will take a look at your hotel.
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I enjoyed it in Granada. We were there for about 10 days, saw the procession & some of the preparations in a church. I'm not religious either, but loved the spectacle & the music.
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A taste of Semana Santa in Málaga, as good as it gets and not as crowded with visitors as Sevilla: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0HHdxt5_kY

The processions through the narrow streets of the historic center at night, up to Tribuna de los Pobres (Tribune of the poor) by the Guadalmedina river, and then along Calle Carretería towards Plaza de la Merced is as magical as it gets. Here from the coronation of Virgen del Rocío - the so called Malaga's bride - in 2015, one of my all time Spain highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tL7VDqSabjs

And here's a short extract of Antonio Banderas' much praised Semana Santa pregón (opening speech) in the Teatro Cervantes before the celebrations in 2011. Obviously very proud to be malagueño! The newspapers wrote of this as the best pregón in a hundred years:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpjeDKTnKQQ
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