Known for its year-round joy and vitality, the beautiful city of Seville can barely contain itself in spring, when two major festivals take place. The first is Holy Week, known here as Semana Santa (March 20–27), and the second is Feria de Abril (April 12–17), a rite of spring that revolves around music, food, and dancing. With waves of holidaymakers about to descend on the southern capital of Andalucia and guest rooms filling up fast, we were happy to hear that one of our villa specialists still has some beautiful properties available for a spring holiday in southern Spain. Two villas in particular are ideal for Holy Week: The Marquesa de Tenorio Palace, in the historic neighborhood of Santa Cruz, was originally part of the Alcazar royal palace; El Pino de San Jose Country House is located 15 kilometers from Seville in the Andalusian countryside. Both are managed exclusively by Greatness, headed by Isabel Benjumea. Every Greatness villa comes with its own staff (butlers, maids, chefs, nannies) trained by Isabel and her team. Greatness also offers a 24-hour concierge service to its clients, organizing all kinds of unique experiences and activities. For an unencumbered view of the processions that mark Semana Santa de Sevilla, Isabel recommends the balcony of El Atico Dos Fuentes, a neobaroque palace opposite the world’s largest Gothic cathedral (a World Heritage Site) and Giralda Tower. From this privileged perspective, you can look down on the floats and revelers, surrounded by the fragrance of orange blossoms. Contact Isabel for more information.
Springtime in Seville