...being there, but without the crowds
1. Balcone Seviglia Settimana Santa
2. Balconi sulla piazza principale
Chosen in the most significant locations of the city depending on where the processions pass, most balconies belong to private homes, but also to shops. The price generally includes refreshments and snacks; in some cases actual dinners and in others the guests are allowed to organise their own space, especially in case of groups or those who wish to stay several days. There are various kinds of solutions, much depends on the customers’ priorities and on the days they have chosen.
Access is always possible, even from streets otherwise closed to the public. When needed, personal permits will be issued, valid for reaching the building one has booked: remember, it is not allowed to stand on the kerbs of streets where there are sillas (rented chairs).
A place on the balconies is guaranteed but not assigned, since the various apartments will host only a number of people which can ensure each of them a view of the same quality: not assigning places therefore guarantees greater freedom of movement. In fact, nobody will stay all the time on the balcony, and socializing with other guests in the backrooms will probably be a great added value. Balconies in Spain are generally too small to put chairs or anything else on them: one watches standing at the railing, but seats are always available in the rooms at the back and so is a toilet.