|Andalucia, during Holy Week or Semana Santa.|
Semana Santa in Almeria
We hear a lot about Holy Week in Seville and a few other provincial capitals like Huelva and Málaga, but very little about Almería. You might be surprised then to learn that Almería deserves more than a short visit at this time of year. In fact, like so many towns and cities throughout Andalucia, Almería posesses gold, silver and wooden artefacts of such historical value as to warrant the much coveted "National Touristic Interest" stamp.
Around 20 different Catholic brotherhoods and "cofradías" organise processions that take place throughout the centre of Almería during Holy Week. And the traditions of these groups, far from dying out, are actually creating a demand from young people who are now starting new brotherhoods in order to be involved throughout the year in planning and carrying out these celebrations.
In spite of the fact that the Almería Holy Week celebrations are not known world-wide like those of Seville , the city does attract a good turnout of foreign visitors as well as people from across Spain who choose to spend this spring vacation week in the Almería sun.
Watch a Semana Santa procession