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 Dolores||March 23||April 12||April 3||March 26||April 8|
|Sábado de Pasión||March 24||April 13||April 4||March 27||April 9|
|Domingo de Ramos||March 25||April 14||April 5||March 28||April 10|
|Lunes Santo||March 26||April 15||April 6||March 29||April 11|
|Martes Santo||March 27||April 16||April 7||March 30||April 12|
|Miércoles Santo||March 28||April 17||April 8||March 31||April 13|
|Jueves Santo||March 29||April 18||April 9||April 1||April 14|
|Viernes Santo||March 30||April 19||April 10||April 2||April 15|
|Sabado de Gloria||March 31||April 20||April 11||April 3||April 16|
|Domingo de la Resurrección||April 1||April 21||April 12||April 4||April 17|