Experience the very essence of Andalusia in a week-long journey, the highlight of which is the hauntingly beautiful Semana Santa procession in Seville. One of Catholicism’s most vivid and moving displays, the ritual has taken place since the Middle Ages, and sees the city taken over by solemn candle-lit processions where extraordinary pasos (floats) of great antiquity and artistry are hauled on shoulder through miles and miles of historic laneways and streets.
In one of PRIOR’s two Club Journeys in Andalusia, our members enjoy the rare opportunity to witness the spectacle not from the overrun streets, but from the first-floor balcony of a private palace with a coveted vantage point of one of the world’s most powerful and exquisite displays of religion and tradition.
During the rest of your journey, PRIOR will lead you throughout Andalusia with experiences including exploration of Jerez de la Frontera and its surrounding sherry vineyards, a private visit to a purebred Carthusian horse farm, discovery of the historic Pueblos Blancos (“white towns”), and accommodation in a faithfully restored farmhouse on a former olive estate.
During Semana Santa, wooden floats carrying exquisitely carved religious imagery are paraded through the streets among hooded penitents, flowers, burning incense and brass bands.
Cristina Ybarra Sainz de la Maza will host you in her private townhouse, whose balcony overlooks the procession. The daughter of the Counts of Ybarra, she is a flamboyant member of Seville’s café society and a multidisciplinary artist.
FOOD & DRINK
Experience Sevillan tapas culture with a local food guide and taste regional delicacies including one of Spain’s finest gifts to gastronomy: true jamón ibérico.
Formerly part of a thriving olive estate, the rooms of the bougainvillea-lined Hacienda de San Rafael have been faithfully restored with fabrics, antiques and artwork.
During the 18th century, Jerez de la Frontera became a booming wine settlement with an international bourgeoisie. Tour one of the city’s finest and most historic wineries to sample vintages and varietals over lunch.
Visit the famous Yeguada de la Cartuja farm, where purebred Carthusian horses are reared, for a private tour by its director culminating in a magnificent display of showmanship in the arena.