Easter Week – Semana Santa – is celebrated in every city, town and village in Spain. Everybody, everywhere, turns out to experience one of Spain’s most traditional events to the full.
If you’ve never visited Spain during Easter week, then it is an event you should experience. Each region of Spain has its own way of celebrating this event, so even if you already know this famous fiesta it is well worth making another trip for Semana Santa to experience the event in a different region.
Nevertheless, there are some fiestas that are especially well known for their uniqueness and beauty, and have received the International Tourist Interest designation.
Seville: During Easter week you will see how the “cofradías” (religious brotherhoods) manage to withstand the colossal weight of elaborately decorated statues of the Virgin Mary as they parade through the narrow streets of the old town
Malaga: The event includes the ritual privilege of the freeing of a prisoner, and one of the most moving moments of all is when the figure of Jesus Christ blesses the convict.
Cuenca: During the celebrations in this city you can also enjoy the concerts in the Religious Music Week festival, which take place in historic buildings such as the cathedral.
León: In Easter week, you will find one of the highlights is the encounter between Saint John and the Virgin Mary in the Plaza Mayor, which marks the end of the Easter processions.
Zamora: When you visit during Easter week, the sound of Gregorian chant provides an incredible atmosphere for the nocturnal processions.
Valladolid: When watching the processions, make sure to look closely at the religious statues –they are priceless works of Baroque art.
Salamanca: The city’s stunning monuments offer a spectacular backdrop for the celebrations.
Elche::The Palm Sunday procession features the customary palm leaves and is one of the most beautiful of any held in Spain.
Cartagena: The culmination of the processions is especially moving, with thousands of people joining their voices in song to intone the “Salve Maria” to the Virgin Mary.
Lorca: The celebrations are especially original as the processions include figures and scenes from the bible and from ancient civilizations.
Murcia: Here there are moments of breathtaking emotion such as on Easter Saturday, when the procession of “Cristo Yacente” passes beneath the Santo Domingo arch.
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