Saturday, 26 April 2014

Semana Santa 2014: Holy Week in Andalucia

A show, a glorious celebration, a crowded nightmare, a tradition, a spectacle. Whatever your feelings about Semana Santa in Spain, you can't deny that it's a sight to behold. And the best place to behold it is generally perceived to be Andalucía.

Despite once being an adopted andaluza, the only places I had ever seen Holy Week processions prior to 2014 were Valencia and Madrid, two cities not commonly associated with Semana Santa. So when Caminos de Pasión offered me the chance to delve deeper into the religious and cultural traditions of Semana Santa in the provinces of Sevilla, Córdoba and Jaén, I signed up quicker than you can say hermandad*. What followed were four intense days exploring the eight towns that make up the Caminos de Pasión route (Carmona, Osuna, Puente Genil, Cabra, Priego de Córdoba, Baena, Lucena and Alcalá la Real), watching more processions than you can shake a capirote* at, speaking to members of hermandades and finding out that Holy Week traditions vary from town to town. Turns out that once you've seen one paso, you really haven't seen them all.

I'll be writing more about my experiences for Flush Magazine, but in the meantime here are just a few photos of Semana Santa 2014.


Here she comes! Procession in Puente Genil



9am on Good Friday & all you can see is red-coated drummers? Must be in Baena.

Baena's famous drummers learn their craft from an early age.

Baena: Sensory overload

Procession-watching fuel

Band on the streets of Alcala la Real

Paso, Lucena

Balcony view, Puente Genil


*Hermandad = brotherhood, the groups which participate in the processions, Capirote = pointed cap worn by nazarenos, penitents who participate in processions

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

A different Madrid itinerary: Flush Magazine

The latest issue of Flush Magazine features an article by yours truly. Titled '5 things the guide books don't tell you about Madrid', the piece rounds up several places I've discovered while living in Madrid. They won't feature on most typical tourist agendas, so if you're planning a trip to the Spanish capital and fancy doing something a little different, be sure to read the article. The carefully-chosen locations range from bars to pop-up events to the best view in Madrid. Below is a little spoiler to encourage you to head on over to Flush Magazine and check it out.

Where am I? Head over to Flush to find out!


You can find the latest issue here: my article starts on page 62. Flush is an online lifestyle magazine and website, with a wide range of features on culture, art, technology, travel, film, motoring and more. You can also download issues to your tablet for free and read them on the go.

If you're planning to visit Madrid soon, you'll be interested to know that I'll be writing a series of posts on visiting the city.
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