Easter - Semana Santa - is the most important event of the holiday year in Seville. A total of 57 cofradias - lay brotherhoods - take to the streets, squares and avenues of the city where, for eight long days, all eyes turn to admire the venerated statues borne aloft on decorated floats. Most important of all the icons are the Gran Poder, Macarena and Cachorro de Triana. The penitents and nazarenos, in their long robes and pointed hoods, flood the streets with the smell of candle wax and incense. On average, eight processions set out from the city's churches each day during Holy Week, and it is traditional to visit the churches in the morning to watch the final preparations.
Two weeks after Easter, the people of Seville celebrate their other major fiesta: the April fair. In the Remedios district colourful booths and marquees are set up, lanterns are hung and Sevillana music plays nonstop in the tablaos and bars where food is plentiful and the wine flows unchecked. This is the time for display, for everyone to dress in their best whether to ride astride a fine horse or drive through the white streets in a polished and painted carriage. Most of the marquees are private and admittance is by invitation only, but more and more there are those which open wide their doors to visitors. During the afternoons of the April Fair, the Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza is a hive of activity for bullfighting enthusiasts with a chance to see many famous faces associated with the art.
Among the most attractive leisure complexes in Seville is the Isla Magica (Magic Island) theme park, located in the heart of La Cartuja, home to one of the highest roller coasters in Spain. Close by, is El Palenque, one of the most important music venues in the capital, and the Lope de Vega Theatre, where the biggest musical and theatrical shows of the Andalusian capital are staged.
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