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Easter in Spain: destinations for an intense experience


Easter in Spain: destinations for an intense experience

When is Easter celebrated in Spain? In March or April, because the dates change every year. Spain transforms over these days. Everybody, everywhere, turns out to experience one of Spain's most traditional events to the full. Do not miss the chance to travel to Spain for this festival. Very special moments and a totally different atmosphere await you.

There are many ways to discover Spain: enjoying the coast and beaches, going on sightseeing tours, exploring the countryside, playing sports like golf... However, if you've never visited Spain during Easter, then you simply have to come. And even if you already know this famous fiesta, it's well worth making another trip, as each region of Spain has its own way of celebrating the event.In Spain, Easter is celebrated with a great deal of emotion. People take an active role in its events and traditions. All day and night the streets are filled with the beat of the drums, masses of colourful flowers, and the consummate art of religious sculpture, all combining to produce a highly moving atmosphere.

Easter in Cuenca

World-famous fiestas

Easter is celebrated in every city, town and village in Spain. Nevertheless, there are some fiestas that are especially well known for their uniqueness and beauty, and have received the International Tourist Interest designation. During Easter in Seville you'll see how the "cofrades" (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. Easter in Malaga 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. During Easter in Cuenca, you can also enjoy the concerts of the Religious Music Week festival, which take place in historic buildings, such as the Cathedral.

Popular image of the “Esperanza de Triana” during Easter in Seville

If you go to Easter in León, you will find one of the highlights is the encounter between Saint John and the Virgin Mary in the Plaza Mayor square, which marks the end of the Ronda and the Procession of Los Pasos. During Easter in Zamora, the sound of Gregorian chant provides an incredible atmosphere for the nocturnal processions. During the Easter in Valladolid processions, make sure to look closely at the religious statues –they are priceless works of Baroque art. Easter in Salamanca is spectacular thanks to the backdrop of the city's stunning built heritage.

Easter in Salamanca

The Palm Sunday Procession in Elche features the customary palm leaves and is one of the most beautiful of any held in Spain. During Easter in 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. Easter in Lorca is especially unusual –the processions include figures and scenes from the Bible and ancient civilisations. In the province of Albacete, the crowning moment of Easter in Hellín is the “Tamborrada”, when the town resonates to the sound of up to 20,000 drums. Easter in Cáceres is unique for its "cofradías" dating from the 15th century, and Easter in Murcia includes breathtaking moments, such as on Easter Saturday, when the procession of "Cristo Yacente" passes beneath the Santo Domingo Arch.

Easter parades in Lorca

Each of the celebrations is special, unique and different, along with the other Easter celebrations also declared Festivals of National Interest for Tourism in Spain, which are held in: Andalusia: Granada. Aragón: Zaragoza, Albalate del Arzobispo, Alcañiz, Alcorisa, Andorra, Calanda, Hijar, La Puebla de Hijar, Samper de Calanda and Urrea de Gaén. Region of Valencia: Crevillent, Gandía and Orihuela. Castilla y León:Medina de Rioseco, Medina del Campo, Ávila and Palencia. Castilla-La Mancha:Toledo. Extremadura:Mérida. Galicia:Viveiro and Ferrol. Once you have been, you will want to return to Spain for Easter.

Easter in Ocaña (Toledo, Castilla - La Mancha)