Spain is famous for its many great fiestas and celebrations throughout the year and timing a visit to coincide with one of these fantastic parties is an excellent way to understand the culture, see Spain at its best and have a really brilliant time. We’ve made a list of the most important Spanish fiestas on our website, please feel free to ask us for this year’s dates and advice to help you plan your trip.
One of the most important festivals is Easter, as religion is still an important part of life for most Spaniards. This week long festival is a lot more than eating chocolate eggs and centres around impressive parades through the streets, one for each day of the Holy Week.
It starts with a fun, day time parade for Palm Sunday on March 20th when you can buy beautiful white palm leaves and watch a special parade. You’ll see a float with Jesus on a donkey, accompanied by many children and local residents dressed in outfits from biblical times to recreate Jesus’ triumphal arrival in Jerusalem. This is a lovely parade which goes through Marbella Old Town and ends at one of the pretty churches in this area. If you’re coming for Easter, we’d recommend you time your trip to coincide with this one and then join all the locals in heading down to the beach for a long lunch.
After this there are daily processions, with the most important days being Maundy Thursday which remembers the Last Supper and Good Friday which commemorates Christ’s crucifixion. During these processions you will also see magnificent floats with sculptures relating to the story of the particular day of Semana Santa being brought out of chapels and churches and paraded through the streets accompanied by a marching band playing solemn music.
You will see people dressed in penitential robes with a hood that looks alarmingly like those worn by the Klu Klux Klan, but don’t worry, these are worn by very religious people who are demonstrating their penance and may be barefoot or shackled. There are also “Widows of Christ”, women dressed all in black with impressive headdresses. Many processions take place at night and are lit by candles, making for a very mournful but dramatic scene. At the end of the week is Easter Sunday, to celebrate the resurrection of Christ, a joyous day of great celebrations and parades which is a wonderful way to see residents of the Costa del Sol having fun.
Marbella is a great place to watch these Easter parades and you can explore the chapels and churches during this time, as all the floats are on display in the chapels and most are open. Following the processions gives you an amazing tour of the prettiest streets and squares of the Old Town and you can take part in an important ritual.
If you love the parades, then the most spectacular take place in Malaga, where hundreds of thousands of people gather to take in the spectacle. It is known all over the country as one of the best places to watch the Easter processions, as unlike in other places it is full of happiness, noise, cheer and spontaneous bursts of flamenco song.
As we’re just 40 minutes from Malaga, it’s a great idea to base yourself in Marbella and take in the smaller processions here and then choose a day to go up to Malaga to see the sights and watch the parades, it’s something you will never forget.
Not surprisingly the Easter holiday period is very popular for tourists, so flights and accommodation books up quickly. If you want to base yourself at the Urban Villa for peace, quiet, amazing views and luxury accommodation just a ten minute drive from the parades in Marbella, please book early to avoid disappointment.
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