Madrid, Spain, February 11, 2018 – Across Spain has introduced its latest Holy Week packages to let you experience first-hand the passion of Semana Santa in Spain.
Spain is completely transformed during Semana Santa as people from all over the world come to experience one of the country’s most traditional events to the full. From Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, thousands of people flock to attend the numerous processions that take place all over Spain. This year, Holy Week will be taking place from the 14th-21st April.
Elaborate processions take place throughout Holy Week. Associations known as cofradías or ‘brotherhoods’ are a strong tradition in Spain, with many dating back to the Middle Ages. In most Easter processions, participants carry large floats, or pasos. They are adorned with religious sculptures depicting Jesus or Mary, some by renowned Spanish artists. The floats are beautifully decorated with flowers and candles and are the main focus of the procession.
So, where is the best place to celebrate Holy Week in Spain? Easter week is celebrated in every city, town and village in the country. To see the most glamourous and lively parades, look no further than Andalucía. The cities of Sevilla and Málaga holds some of the biggest Semana Santa parades in the country, coming to life with thousands of pilgrims that gather here from all corners of the world to witness the city’s extravagant pasos and military parades accompanied by music, floral scents, lots of colour and cheer. For more traditional and historic celebrations, those Castile and León are often regarded as some of the most authentic, solemn, and austere in the entire country. Among the cities that hold remarkable processions are León, Zamora, Salamanca, Toledo, Avila, Segovia, and Valladolid, most of which have been declared Fiesta of International Tourist Interest of Spain.
If you are interested in seeing these incredible celebrations, please do not hesitate to contact us at Across Spain to find out more about our 2019 Semana Santa packages!