In 2015, Easter falls on April 5, but the pageantry in Seville begins the week before, on Palm Sunday. The world’s most famous Easter celebrations are a feast for all the senses, with the smell of incense and candles, the music of the processional marching bands, and, of course, the colorful robes of penitents and the centuries old devotional statues carried through the city streets. The warren of streets in the historic center of Seville can confuse visitors any time of the year, and navigating them becomes even more difficult during Holy Week. Fortunately the Gran Melia Colón hotel is in the heart of the historic center and their concierges will arm you with insider tips and directions to each day’s processions. After a breakfast of torrijas—a traditional Easter dish, similar to French toast—at the hotel’s Majestic restaurant, head out to see the moving and fascinating celebration just steps from the Gran Melia Colón.
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