Semana Santa is an amazing experience, and a great time to visit to Andalucia. Is worthwhile hiring a car at Sevilla or Malaga city center or airport to discover the region.
Holy Week, Semana Santa, in Andalucia is an event that literally transforms towns and cities across this region. Processions of elaborately decorated floats with Jesus and Mary statues, groups of pointy-hood wearing Nazarenos (penitents), and shrill brass bands, walk slowly through the streets, from their parish church to the cathedral and back. It is an amazing experience, and a great time to come to Andalucia if you want to imbibe some deeply-held traditions that have less to do with religion than with social groupings and rituals. Many people avoid this time of year to visit Andalucia, but if you come prepared, both for the crowds and the inflated prices, then it is well worth the effort. You will never see anything like it again.
If you want major pageantry an rich, bejeweled Virgins, Seville or Malaga are the cities to head for. Seville has 60 brotherhoods, some with as many as 2000 member. The biggest stars of the show are the Virgins of Macarena and Triana, both of wich make their grand appearance at “ La Madrugá”, the small hours of Good Friday.
From Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday traffic is closes off in city centre, and the solemn processions take over in the afternoon ( so be sure to do your shopping in the morning). The aroma of burning candles, the passionate strains of a late night saeta and the mournful trumpets that accompany images of Christ and the Virgin Mary create and other-wordly ambience that can transport even the most casual observer to another time and place.