Semana Santa Dates in Spain

Statue of Jesus Christ at the easter procession, Semana Santa, La Orotava, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, Europe
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What we call 'Easter' the Spanish call Semana Santa, or Holy Week. As the name implies, celebrations go on for a lot longer than the Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and Easter Monday that we have in the United States and the United Kingdom. In fact, Semana Santa in Spain lasts for ten days, finishing on Domingo de la Resurrección—what the English-speaking world calls 'Easter Sunday'.

In Spain, Easter Monday (Lunes de Pascua) doesn't mean much.

It's a holiday in some regions of Spain, but most people head back to work.

Finally, a week after Easter Monday, there's an event in Salamanca called Lunes de Aguas, in which (traditionally) the, um, 'ladies of the night' who were banished from the city during Lent are welcomed back into the city. Today's celebrations are more about going for a picnic.

Semana Santa in Seville

The most popular destination for Semana Santa in Spain is Seville. Considering this fact, if you want to get a good hotel room, it is worth booking your accommodation as far in advance as possible. Often the cheapest accommodation is a private room or apartment through AirBNB.

Accommodation and Transport for Semana Santa in Seville

Accommodation is in very short supply during Semana Santa in Seville. Book as early as you can to guarantee somewhere to sleep:

    Below are the dates for Semana Santa

    Viernes de DoloresMarch 23April 12April 3March 26April 8
    Sábado de PasiónMarch 24April 13April 4March 27April 9
    Domingo de RamosMarch 25April 14April 5March 28April 10
    Lunes SantoMarch 26April 15April 6March 29April 11
    Martes SantoMarch 27April 16April 7March 30April 12
    Miércoles SantoMarch 28April 17April 8March 31April 13
    Jueves SantoMarch 29April 18April 9April 1April 14
    Viernes SantoMarch 30April 19April 10April 2April 15
    Sabado de GloriaMarch 31April 20April 11April 3April 16
    Domingo de la ResurrecciónApril 1April 21April 12April 4April 17