Semana Santa 24-31st March 2024

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Semana Santa, or Holy Week, is one of the most moving and dramatic events of the Spanish calendar  – particularly here in Andalucía.  The Easter processions combine are a curious mix of religious fervour and a time of celebration, when the streets come alive with locals and visitors.

Organized by the brotherhoods of the various churches in each town, spectacular tronos, large, immensely heavy floats featuring images of Christ and the Virgin Mary and decorated with flowers and candles are paraded through the streets, carried by the brotherhoods to the beat of marching drummers and followed by hooded penitents.  Devout onlookers frequently sing haunting songs, or saetas. Generally held after sundown, the processions can be solemn, emotional, melancholy or uplifting. With crowds thronging the streets from sundown until the early hours of the morning, Semana Santa is a sight to behold.  See the processions in Marbella Old Town or for real drama head into Málaga city.

What to do with Kids during easter in Marbella?

While the chocolate Easter egg tradition has long been adopted in Spain,  there are a number of traditional dishes and sweet treats that make an appearance during the Semana Santa celebrations including the sweet and sticky torrijas, the light and fluffy buñuelos or the Mona de Pascua, a popular Easter cake.  With cafés and pastelerias on every corner, you won’t have to look far to enjoy these delights. If you have children, you can get into the holiday mood with the annual Easter egg Hunt at the Marbella Club Hotel. Contact the hotel Kid’s Club for details.

Other Activities

Although Easter is early this year,  the end of March in Marbella is historically warm and sunny making the beach a major attraction.  Whether it’s a lavish day at one of Marbella’s top beach clubs, a day or sunbathing,  a seafood fest at your favourite chiringuito a game of volley ball or a long walk along the shore, with 27 kilometres of beaches to choose from, the beach can be the centre of your activity during Semana Santa.  Add to this the possibility of taking a long sea front walk along the senda litoral – the wooden boardwalk bordering the beaches practically from Nerja de Sotogrande, and relaxation is guaranteed.

Mooching around a local market is a great way to soak up the atmosphere of a place. The regular weekly markets dotted along the coast take place over Easter. Try  Saturday in Nueva Andalucía, Marina Banús or Sunday in Sotogrande port.

You may enjoy swimming, sunbathing and playing sport on the beach, but if not, you can enjoy getting close to the Mediterranean in a sailing boat, speed boat or catamaran  – all available for trips or private hire, including dreamy sunset cruises.

For deep relaxation, there are a number of excellent spas – particularly in Marbella where you can chill out with a water therapy circuit, massage or any number of revitalizing therapies to harmonize mind, body and soul.  Checkout the Six Senses Spa at the Puente Romano in Marbella,  The luxury Spa at the Finca Cortesin Resort, the Villa Padierna spa and  La Zambra Hotel spa in Mijas Costa.

With an average of 300 days of sunshine, the Costa del Sol is a sporting paradise offering everything from golf, tennis, paddle, watersports, cycling, beach volleyball and a wide variety of gyms and fitness classes.  Add to this the endless possibilities for inland hikes of varying degrees of difficulty, take advantage of this ideal, cooler time of year to appreciate the natural landscapes just minutes from the coastline.

And if you want to explore some of the other jewels of Andalucía during easter, we recommend you visit:

  • Málaga
  • Tarifa
  • Cadiz
  • Ronda
  • Granada
  • Sevilla
  • Sierra Nevada
  • The stunning white villages

All within a two-hour drive from the coast.

Written by Bas de Boer

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