Easter In Spain: 21 Best Places To Celebrate Semana Santa in Spain

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Easter in Spain is a big deal! Known as Semana Santa, the Spanish holy week is undoubtedly one of the biggest religious celebrations in Spain, if not the biggest, usually celebrated in the month of April, starting a week before Easter.

Dating back to the 16th century, the Easter celebrations in Spain are steeped in history and religious significance and vary largely from region to region. Some towns and cities host more elaborate and colourful festivities and processions compared to other more pensive and sombre celebrations.

Either way, experiencing a true Spanish Easter is one of those things you absolutely have to do at least once in your lifetime.

Throughout the holy week various processions and other religious events take centre stage. During these processions different ‘Brotherhoods’ (known as Cofradías), dressed in their traditional ‘Capirote’ and robes will carry elaborate floats (known as Pasos), usually depicting imagery of Jesus or Mary, through the streets from their churches to the cathedral. Women also dress in black with a black laced veil (known as a Mantilla).

If you are looking to visit Spain during this Easter period and wondering where to celebrate Easter in Spain, then look no further. I’ve asked a few of my fellow travel blogger friends to share their top place to spend Semana Santa whilst in Spain, to hopefully help inspire you to plan your next Easter holiday to Spain.

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A Guide to Celebrating Semana Santa in Spain: 21 Best Places to Visit

Easter in Seville

Easter in Spain, Semana Santa Seville

By Wendy from The Nomadic Vegan

Of all the Semana Santa celebrations that take place throughout Spain, the holy processions in Seville are the most famous by far, and for good reason. Semana Santa in Seville is one of the most important events of the year, and the locals who take part in the festivities spend all year preparing for it. Seville’s Semana Santa can be traced back to at least the 16th century, although it probably began even earlier than that.

Keep in mind that, with more than 1 million visitors descending on the city, it does get very crowded and a bit chaotic. Some of Seville’s restaurants, bars and museums will be closed, and it will be very difficult to get inside the Cathedral or the Alcazar Palace, as this area is the focal point of the festivities. Instead of trying to hit all the typical tourist sights while you’re there, just go for the Semana Santa experience and embrace the chaos.

While processions run throughout the week from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, the most important day (or night, rather) is Holy Thursday, when processions run all night long. The most popular one, La Macarena, involves upwards of 3,000 participants and is worth staying up for. As you can imagine, the best vantage points for viewing the processions are in high demand. People will line up for hours to get a spot around the Cathedral or La Campana, where all the brotherhoods pass by.

If money is no object, you can buy tickets for grandstand seats, though these sometimes sell out months in advance. Alternatively, grab a spot along the riverbank near the Puente de Isabel II bridge, which connects Seville with Triana. Many of the brotherhoods cross this bridge on their way to the Cathedral.

Easter Malaga

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By Joanna from The World in My Pocket

Easter is a very important holiday in Spain, with celebrations that last for an entire week. In Malaga, the processions start seven days before Easter, with hundreds of Brotherhoods taking over the streets of the city, carrying statues of Jesus and Virgin Mary. The processions go from each local church to the main cathedral in Malaga.

Watching the Easter processions is one of the free things to do in Malaga during the Holy Week. For the best views however, people can reserve their own seat in the front row, right next to the streets on which the parades pass by. The cost of a seat for the entire week is around 60 euros. There is a free area where people can watch the processions for free by sitting on the stairs, called “Tribuna de los Pobres” (The Poor People’s Tribune), which is located on Calle Carreteria, but you have to get there early to get a spot.

Some processions are more spectacular than others. It is worth mentioning that people taking part in the processions wear the traditional capirote, which is a tall cone hat that covers their faces, whilst dressed in purple belted robes. They are followed by women wearing black clothes and lace veils. The men are carrying large floats covered with flowers and candles, depicting different sculptures of Jesus and Virgin Mary but also giant thrones.

Sometimes, you might get a chance to spot the locally born actor Antonio Banderas, who often shows up and takes part in the big events in Malaga.

Looking to combine both Seville and Malaga into your Easter in Spain itinerary? Read my guide on how best to travel between Malaga and Seville.

Semana Santa Toledo

Easter Procession in Toledo by annees-de-pelerinage.com
Easter Procession in Toledo by annees-de-pelerinage.com

By Norman from Annees-de-pelerinage

I love traveling to Spain for the Easter holidays. But whenever I’m there, I try to stop in Toledo. I’ve been there in April four times already and it was always perfectly sunny with warm and pleasant temperatures. It’s also a time when the UNESCO World Heritage site is not as crowded yet. Most international tourists will arrive starting from May onwards.

Now, Toledo is very famous for its Corpus Christi festival, but they also have a very amazing Easter procession and it might actually be my favourite spot in Spain.

You see, the historic old town with its impressive cathedral and the mighty Alcázar is abutting a hill above the Tagus river. This dramatic setting is the main reason so many people come to visit the ancient city in the heart of Castilla-La Mancha but during the Easter holidays, it’s extra special.

Then the believers will carry those gigantic and incredibly heavy floats all the way up the hill through the narrowest and steepest medieval alleys. It’s quite a sight to behold! The best part: The processions last the whole Holy Week. So, it won’t put a big stress on your itinerary. And after you’ve seen your share, you can go on exploring the amazing old town, which is certainly worth a visit all year round.

I usually don’t stay in Toledo but visit on a day trip from Madrid.

Semana Santa Segovia

Segovia Historic Centre, © (By bluejayphoto from Getty Images Pro) via Canva.com

By Paulina from Paulina On The Road

One of the most scenic Easter getaways to Spain is the Semana Santa in Segovia. Located at only 1 hour from Madrid, Segovia is perfect for those who want to enjoy an authentic, less-touristy Easter break.

Indeed, whereas the towns of Seville, Malaga and the beaches near Valencia tend to be very crowded during the Easter holidays, the Semana Santa of Segovia is mostly visited by locals only.

The Christian Easter Week festivals in Segovia have been declared of National Tourist Interest because of their scenic setting in the old town center. The festival and the processions are made up of ten confraternities and brotherhoods. The festivities usually begin on Palm Sunday, which commemorates Jesus Christ’s arrival in Jerusalem, and finishes on Easter Sunday, the day when Jesus rose from the dead. Easter in Segovia stands out thanks to cultural interest in the religious customs and history of our country.

Even if you are short in time, a day trip from Madrid to Segovia is the perfect way to spend your Easter holiday in Spain.

Semana Santa Salamanca

Plaza Mayor Salamanca by Tanaonte from Getty Images Pro from Canva

By Sally from Sallyflint.com

Salamanca in Spain is a wonderful city to visit at any time but, in the lead, up to Easter it takes on extra spiritual and historical significance. During the preceding ‘Holy’ week the Casa de las Conchas (known as the House of the Shells) and the Clercia Churches hold moving religious services, with professors from the Universities in attendance, dressed for full pomp and ceremony. Following the services traditional chocolates and sweets are shared.

Salamanca is about 200 miles from Madrid; whether the streets are busy or empty it is a beautiful heritage site to visit. It is manageably sized to wander around in a couple of days.

The cathedrals, churches and architecture are a feast to the eyes. Locals and visitors visit the numerous eateries and cafes enjoying the traditional tapas and Chanfaina – a meal made up of rice and steamed pork. The religious reverence of Easter reveals itself in colour, music and fun as it transfers itself into the streets and squares of this historical city. The death of Jesus Christ is commemorated with processions and music through the Plaza Mayor and University Square.

During challenging times when life can feel jaded and an uphill battle a trip to Salamanca acts as a tonic. Visitors leave feeling revitalized and energized. Culturally and historically replete and full of the kindness of strangers, the world begins to feel just a little bit magical again.

Easter in Tenerife

Semana Santa, Easter in Spain by pabkov from Getty Images Pro from Canva

By Paulina from Paulina On The Road

For those who are not a fan of religious ceremonies and might find the processions a bit obscure, I recommend heading to the sunny Canary Islands. My favourite island is definitely Tenerife as it seems to have it all: beaches, hiking trails and excellent food!

If you are staying in the south near Playa Las Americas, you can spend every day on the beach and you won’t notice anything of the legendary Spanish Easter celebrations. However, if you want to immerse into local culture, I recommend heading to Adeje. It is here on Good Friday, that the town hosts a spectacular two-hour action replay of Christ’s last hours and his crucifixion. 

If you love the scenic Easter processions, you should head to the north of the island. One of the most important processions in Tenerife is the Magna Procession in La Laguna. Made up of solemn brotherhoods dressed in different coloured long robes and carrying large crosses, this is definitely a must-see in Tenerife.

If you are looking for a unique place to stay in Tenerife, I recommend the Parador de Tenerife near the Teide volcano. Its location is unique and it’s considered one of the best Paradores in Spain.

Zamora Semana Santa

Zamora Cathedral by Tagore75 from Getty Images Pro from Canva

By Lucile Hernandez Rodriguez

If you want to witness beautiful Easter processions in Spain, I believe there’s no better place than Zamora. Semanta Santa (Holy Week) is one of the most popular and historic celebrations in the city as it gets super festive during this time. This would also be a delightful opportunity for a gastronomic experience in restaurants nearby.

Not sure what to eat? Try Spanish torrijas, which is a popular bread snack during the Holy Week in all of Spain. You can also have a taste of aceitadas, which is our olive oil and aniseed-flavoured pastries.

Joining the faithful during the parades makes for a perfect excuse to explore Zamora. The city’s day and night processions during Semana Santa are perfectly in contrast. The daytime processions are marked by light and music while the solemn night-time or early dawn processions are perfect for meditation.

If weaving through the crowds to see the procession is not your cup of tea, you can always find a spot from where you can view the event. For me, I stayed in this lovely medieval hotel called Parador de Zamora, where I got the best viewing spot of the celebration on the square just outside of their doors. After which, you can also enjoy some refreshing drinks in the hotel bar.

Semana Santa Montserrat

Montserrat Monastery by Roberto Perra from Getty Images Pro from Canva

By Oksana & Max from Drink Tea & Travel

Montserrat near Barcelona is a fabulous place to visit anytime of the year but it is particularly special during the Easter Holiday. As one of the most religious places in Spain, thousands of pilgrims make their way to the Montserrat Monastery each year to pray and repent. 

There is a festive air in Montserrat over the Easter weekend as people go to visit the religious sites of the Black Virgin and Santa Cova. The latter is said to be a place where many religious visions have come to people throughout history

The Montserrat Choirboys will perform twice on Easter and other religious holidays at Montserrat Monastery’s Basilica. So, don’t miss a chance to see these world-renowned singers perform. 

However, when the town center begins to get too much we would suggest going for a hike in the Montserrat mountain range. There are a number of great trails which will take you into the valley past gorgeous flora and fauna, away from the excitement. 

We would suggest you find a place to stay in Montserrat for the weekend if you plan to visit over Easter. You can try to take a train from Barcelona however, they can be very crowded and running on reduced hours.

Leon – Easter in Northern Spain

Catedral de Leon © Photo by Tupungato from Getty Images by Canva
Catedral de Leon © Photo by Tupungato from Getty Images by Canva

By Kristin from Scotland Less Explored

Leon is in northwest Spain. In addition to being one of the best places in Spain to experience Semana Santa Leon has a charming historic centre with walking streets. The Easter processions will be the highlight of any trip at this time of year but make sure you don’t miss the Catedral de Leon, Basilica de San Isidro, Casa Botines and Convento de San Marcos.

Semana Santa traditions in northern Spain are more solemn than those in the south. In Leon, the tradition dates from the 16th Century. Over 10 days 16 religious brotherhoods arrange 30 processions. Around 16,000 lay brothers participate in the processions dressed in religious robes and conical hats that obscure their faces.

Ask at your hotel or the local tourist office for a map and the timings of the processions. The most spectacular procession is in the morning on Holy Friday which ends at Plaza Mayor. However, this is also the busiest procession. 

Attending one of the smaller ones earlier in the week allows you to have the experience and get a good view of the floats as they pass by without having to queue for hours.

To avoid the crowds on Holy Friday it is possible to book a room overlooking Plaza Mayor at NH Collection Leon Plaza Mayor. This is a popular time to travel so prices increase significantly over the Easter period. 

Leon does have an airport. If there are no direct flights from your departure point the best way to get here is the direct speed train from Madrid. The train takes 2 hours. 


Valencia Cathedral Interiors © Photo by Vladislav Zolotov from Getty Images by Canva
Valencia Cathedral Interiors © Photo by Vladislav Zolotov from Getty Images by Canva

By Valencia Revealed

Easter is one of the most important religious celebrations in Valencia, marked by the traditional Maritime Holy Week. This celebration dates back to the 15th century and takes place in the neighbourhood of El Cabanyal, right next to the beach.

The Maritime Holy Week spans several days and is marked by masses as well as lively and colourful processions. These processions are quite spectacular and different from other Holy Week and Easter celebrations in Spain. 

The first procession takes place on Palm Sunday, while the next three occur on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday respectively.

Out of the four, the Good Friday procession is considered the highlight of the Easter in Valencia celebrations. During this procession, the Brotherhoods parade the streets dressed as hooded penitents while carrying large wooden sculptures of the Virgin Mary and Jesus through the streets. 

The procession is accompanied by music, drumming and incense, and is a powerful and moving spectacle that draws large crowds. 

If you want to live and breathe this celebration, you should ideally book a hotel in the El Cabanyal neighbourhood or along the beach. 

However, getting to El Cabanyal is super easy, even if you are staying in the city centre, as El Cabanyal can be reached by metro in 20 minutes or so.

All in all, celebrating Easter in Valencia can be an unforgettable experience. If you are visiting during this time of the year, you cannot miss it.


Calvari Steps – Mallorca © Photo by Its All Trip To Me
Calvari Steps – Mallorca © Photo by It’s All Trip To Me

By Maria & Katerina of It’s All Trip To Me

With its impressive processions and numerous traditions, Spain is one of the best places to celebrate Easter. If you’re looking to experience the world-renowned Spanish Easter combined with lovely spring weather and a relaxed island vacation, Mallorca might just be the perfect place for you. The largest of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca is only a short flight from mainland Spain. The island’s international airport connects Mallorca to several other countries as well.

With festivities commencing on Palm Sunday and ending on Easter Sunday, there’s a lot to keep you busy and excited in Mallorca during the Easter holidays. One of the most impressive processions takes place in Palma, Mallorca’s charming capital, on Maundy Thursday. People from all over the island flock to Palma to witness the Procession of the Blood of Christ, the indisputable highlight of the Holy Week in Mallorca.

Another equally remarkable event not to miss happens in Pollenca, a quaint village in the northern part of Mallorca. In Pollenca, there’s a gorgeous staircase, the Calvari Steps. On Good Friday, the figure of Jesus is removed from his cross and carried down the candlelit Calvari Steps. On Easter Sunday, the festivities culminate with families and friends enjoying picnics in the countryside.

If you’re planning to spend Easter in Mallorca, make sure you book your accommodation in advance. One of the best places to stay in Mallorca is Palma, but you can also opt for either one of the island’s picturesque villages or any of its beach resorts.

Semana Santa Barcelona

Barcelona Cathedral © Photo by Waves and Cobblestones
Barcelona Cathedral © Photo by Waves and Cobblestones

By Lisa of Waves and Cobblestones

If you’re planning to visit Spain for Easter, you’ll definitely want to go to Barcelona. Barcelona is always great to visit for its amazing attractions, but it’s special to experience its traditions during Easter.

The celebration of Santa Semana, or Holy Week, is very important in the Catholic religion.  Easter celebrations kick off on Palm Sunday (Domingo de Ramos) with processions and palm leaves. Children receive palm fronds from their godparents — these can be very intricate, beautifully woven designs. For a unique Spanish souvenir, pick one up from a market stand. 

Many parades are held throughout the week, with floats carrying statues of religious figures such as the Virgin Mary. Barcelona Cathedral is the centre of attention for festivities on Easter weekend.

If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll love the chocolate creations for Easter Monday! The Mona de Pascua is the traditional Easter cake, given by godparents. Traditionally eggs would be baked into the bread, but modern varieties are topped with chocolate eggs or figures.

Note that many shops and restaurants are closed to celebrate Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and Easter Monday.

Visitors fly into Barcelona via the Barcelona-El Prat Airport, just a few miles from the historical city centre. Stay at the Hotel Jazz. It’s perfectly located just minutes from the Plaça de Catalunya and Barcelona’s famous pedestrian street, La Rambla. The rooftop pool and bar is the perfect place to relax after a busy day of sightseeing in Barcelona!


Easter in Spain – Huelva © Photo by Amused by Andalucia
Easter in Spain – Huelva © Photo by Amused by Andalucia

By Linn Haglund of Amused by Andalucia

One of the most underrated places to celebrate Easter in Spain is Huelva in southwest Spain – only half an hour from the Portuguese border. A city completely undermined by other Andalusian cities like Seville, Malaga, and Granada, there are a lot of things to do in Huelva.

This also goes for the Easter celebration. One of the best things about Huelva’s Semana Santa is that you will experience processions going through the city’s green spaces which makes for a wonderful place to watch them. Opposed to other more famous cities, Huelva’s tourism does not explode during Easter Week and you can still enjoy relaxing walks and see all the main attractions like the architectural wonder, Muelle del Tinto, Huelva Cathedral, and Barrio Reina Victoria. 

You will also easily access all the museums and parks and get the time to appreciate the wonderful city. Combine this with the most impressive fiesta of the year. Huelva has 25 brotherhoods that walk in long processions throughout the streets of Huelva creating the magical atmosphere of incense and candlelight with golden floats accompanied by the bands’ sorrowful music. 

Check-in at the 4* Exe Tartessos for a luxurious stay near the train station and with private parking which makes it comfortable no matter how you travel to Huelva.

Madrid – Easter in Spain

Semana Santa in Madrid © Photo by Knycx Journeying
Semana Santa in Madrid © Photo by Knycx Journeying

By Kenny from Knycx Journeying

For being the history and cultural centre of Spain, Madrid is one of the must-go places in the country where you have to spend your Easter holiday in. The capital is the transportation hub with a well-established infrastructure connecting with the rest of the world, and a sophisticated train network bringing visitors from a number of Spanish cities. Most of the cities in Spain have a direct route to Madrid.

The weather is pleasant during Easter – check out Madrid’s imperial landmarks all around the city, take a tour of the Royal Palace, have a stroll in the Plaza Mayor, and row a boat in El Retiro. Visitors may also see cherry blossoms in the park or on the side of the road!

There are a number of religious events in Madrid during Easter. During the Holy Week, processions take place in locations like Paseo del Prado and Plaza Mayor. Key churches to visit are the Royal San Isidro Collegiate Church, San Pedro el Viejo Church, and Parish Santa Cruz on Calle de Atocha. The parade usually begins at 6:30 pm and ends at 9 pm.

One important tradition to notice is the “Capirote”, they are the Catholic Brotherhood wearing a distinctive pointed hat of conical. Historically, the Capirote was used by the holy office of the Inquisition, and when the Inquisition was abolished, it is now a symbol of punishment and penitence.


Church in Lanzarote © Photo by Mapoula from Getty Images by Canva
Church in Lanzarote © Photo by Mapoula from Getty Images by Canva

By Inês from Random Trip

How does spending Easter in a bathing suit sound like? Welcome to the Canary island of Lanzarote. Apart from crystal clear sandy beaches like Papagayo and volcanic natural pools like Punta Mujeres, the island offers the best plans to spend an Easter break. 

If you´re looking for some adventure, trekking around the deserts of petrified lava within the Timanfaya National Park, surfing the waves of Famara´s beach, or exploring Cueva de los Verdes (a 20.000 years old volcanic tube) are just some ideas. 

If your plan involves more relaxation, enjoy the breathtaking views from the neighbouring island of La Graciosa from Mirador del Río, one of the architectural gems of local artist Cesar Manrique. Wrap it all up with some delicious local meal (papas arrugás con mojo are delicious) and some volcanic malvasia wine in La Geria.

Explore the local Easter festivities, the procession of Señor de la Burrita, held in Arrecife through the streets of the city to the sound of the songs of the devotees who accompany the March. 

If you wish to stay in Arrecife, the capital of the island, try the fantastic beachfront La Concha Boutique Apartments. The best way to get to Lanzarote is from one of many flights from the mainland, some with amazing prices with low-cost companies like Ryanair and Easyjet.


Ronda Spain © Photo by PocholoCalapre from Getty Images by Canva
Ronda Spain © Photo by PocholoCalapre from Getty Images by Canva

By Paulina from Paulina On The Road

Ronda is a small city located in the province of Malaga, Spain. The city is popular as one of the best cities in Southern Spain, offering stunning views, ancient architecture, and traditional Spanish culture.

Celebrating Easter in Ronda is a great way to experience the culture and traditions of this charming Spanish city. The streets of Ronda are filled with vibrant decorations and activities during the Easter season. The festivities usually start on Palm Sunday and last until Easter Sunday.

During Easter week, the streets of Ronda are filled with people celebrating the holiday with singing, dancing, and parades. On Holy Thursday, the procession of the Virgin Mary takes place in the town square. On Good Friday, the procession of the Seven Words takes place. On Easter Sunday, a special Mass is celebrated at the Church of Santa Maria and a festive meal is enjoyed with family and friends.

Ronda also hosts a number of traditional Easter activities such as egg hunts, Easter egg decorating, and the traditional Easter cake, Torta de Pascua. In addition, there are a number of outdoor markets, art galleries, and restaurants that remain open during this time, allowing visitors to enjoy the local cuisine and culture.

To reach there, you can take a flight to Malaga and then catch a bus to Ronda.

Tip: Check the year’s easter calendar online before you pay your visit- for a planned voyage.

If you want to have a comfortable stay, you can consider Hotel Don Miguel or Catalonia Ronda, both being excellent choices for your stay in Ronda! 

Granada Semana Santa

View of Granada from the Alhambra © Photo by The Wandering Quinn
View of Granada from the Alhambra © Photo by The Wandering Quinn

By Ellie from The Wandering Quinn

Granada is a beautiful Andalusian city to visit all year round, but it is particularly good to visit during Easter if you want to see authentic processions and join in with the locals.

Holy week is taken very seriously in Granada and one of the reasons Granada offers such a spectacle and so many processions is that all of the (33) Brotherhoods have their own procession.

The streets of Granada become packed with figures of Christ and the Virgin Mary along with elaborate floats and flowers from all of these processions.

The tourism centre of Granada is the Old Town called the Albaicin. These are very narrow streets dating back to its Moorish past. The Albaicin is a great area of Granada to stay in because of its history and you are central to lots of top tourist attractions, many of which can be seen in just one day in Granada, as well as churches and cathedrals. 

Parts of the Albaicin can be steep with no car access so staying closer to the Cathedral of Granada may suit you better and this way, you will be in the centre of the Palm Sunday traditional route.

Granada’s airport is not huge and you may not see direct flights there. An alternative way to get to Granada is to travel from Malaga to Granda. Fly into Malaga Airport, which is much bigger, hire a car and drive 1.5 hours to Granada, or book a bus from the Airport to Granada with Alsa.


Girona Cathedral © Photo by lukutin77 from Getty Images by Canva
Girona Cathedral © Photo by lukutin77 from Getty Images by Canva

By Vicki from Vicki Viaja

Did you know that Semana Santa is not celebrated equally all over Spain? In fact, Catalonia has some quite unique traditions.

An excellent example is the typical Easter traditions in the Catalan city of Girona.

In Catalonia, it’s characteristic that on Easter Monday, an Easter cake (Mona de Pascua) is traditionally presented to the godchild. This cake is colourfully decorated with chocolate and other sweets. There are specific Easter designs like chicks or bunnies and quite creative creations like Superman or Disney princesses. 

The Mona de Pascua tradition also exists in other parts of Spain, but the Catalan version is usually more colourful and emphasizes the cake’s decoration. You can buy these cakes in bakeries and supermarkets all over Catalonia, and they are guaranteed to be tasty even if you visit Spain without children.

One of the most distinctive Catalan Easter traditions is the blessing of the palm groves. At Domingo de Ramos, the godparents give their godchildren a decorated palm grove. These are beautifully decorated, intertwined, or adorned with small sweets. After the Sunday mass, you can see children holding such palm groves all over the historic centre of Girona.

However, also Girona follows some of the regular Spanish Easter traditions. On Good Friday, starting at 9 pm., the Procession of the Holy Burial, a practice that dates back to the 8th century, is celebrated annually at Girona’s cathedral. It is a true spectacle, reenacted with many actors dressed as Romans, and lasts for several hours.


Moraira Castle © Photo by Lunamarina by Canva
Moraira Castle © Photo by Lunamarina by Canva

By Rachel from Costa Blanca Kids

Moraira is a town in the province of Alicante, on Spain’s Mediterranean Costa Blanca coastline. Formerly a small fishing village, the town expanded in the 1970s with a boom in tourism. 

Despite this though, Moraira retains a pleasant sleepy, laid-back vibe which, along with having only low-rise buildings, creates a different atmosphere to some of the larger tourist resorts along this stretch of coast.

Easter is a time of major celebration in Moraira, with events taking place throughout the Holy Week leading up to the big day. Expect to find the traditional Easter catholic parades, where floats with sculptures depicting religious figures are pushed through the streets. 

As well as parades, the town also hosts different craft workshops, live music on several nights and theatre shows, most of which are family-friendly. On Easter Sunday there is an Easter egg treasure hunt around the town centre.

There are plenty of different accommodation options when visiting Moraira. If looking to stay in style, the La Sort Boutique Hotel offers beautiful rooms right on the seafront in the centre of town. The closest airport for Moraira is Alicante, which is well-served with flights from all over Europe and beyond. Moraira can then be reached by car in a little over an hour of driving. The weather at Easter can be changeable, so be sure to pack for all eventualities. 

Overall, Moraira is a real gem of a town on this stretch of coast. If looking for some traditional culture and activities to entertain you during your stay, Easter is a great time to visit.


Ibiza Old Town © Photo by Mariusz Stanosz from Getty Images Pro by Canva
Ibiza Old Town © Photo by Mariusz Stanosz from Getty Images Pro by Canva

By Katie from Katie Caf Travel

Ibiza is not the first place people think about when choosing an Easter destination in Spain. While the island is internationally famous for its celebrated party scene, it’s also home to around 150,000 locals that celebrate the holidays with as much rigour as those in mainland Spain. 

On Good Friday you can watch the yearly Easter procession in Ibiza Town. The procession starts at the Cathedral in Dalt Vila and includes many Catholic priests in robes carrying candles and religious effigies through the streets of Ibiza Town. 

The Good Friday Procession is a tradition on the island and deeply rooted in Catholic traditions that will transport you back in time.

While most of the island of Ibiza is closed during the off-season, which runs October-Early May, Easter weekend is a little sneak peek of the coming summer season. Many restaurants, beach clubs, and nightclubs that would otherwise be closed or empty briefly come to life with the sudden influx of those visiting for the holiday. 

For this reason, Easter Weekend is known as the “unofficial” opening weekend for Ibiza, even though the high season doesn’t kick into full swing until May.

Top tip: Don’t miss our guide on how to travel to Ibiza before you go!

Alicante Easter in Spain

Alicante © Photo by NTCo from Getty Images by Canva
Alicante © Photo by NTCo from Getty Images by Canva

By Rachel from Children of Wanderlust

Alicante is the main city in Alicante province, on Spain’s Costa Blanca Mediterranean coast. Blessed with some of the sunniest weather in all of Europe, a rich cultural history, and some of the best city beaches you will find anywhere, Alicante is a city worth visiting at any time of year.

As home to a busy and well-connected airport that serves some of this region’s best-known tourist resorts, Alicante is a city that is very easy to reach from a huge variety of destinations and with many different airlines. The city also has a main station on Spain’s high-speed rail network, making it possible to easily reach by train from all around Spain or beyond.

At Easter, the city plays host to an extensive programme of events and celebrations. These are kicked off by the arrival of the Christ of the Sea figure by boat into the harbour, then followed up by no less than 28 processions that take place around the city across the Easter period. Many of these are sombre in nature and include the procession of the mighty Last Supper float, which alone requires almost 200 bearers to make it move.

As well as the processions, there are various other musical and cultural events that take place at various locations around the city. Food lovers are also well catered for in the run-up to Easter, with a tapas route and gastronomical festival serving up local delicacies (the Jornadas Gastronómicas de Cuaresma) marking the celebrations for lent.

If you are looking to stay in Alicante in style, the fabulous Hospes Amerigo Hotel offers beautiful rooms in a restored building in the old town, some with great views. The hotel is within easy reach of all amenities, and also comes with an indoor pool and spa area.

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One thought on “Easter In Spain: 21 Best Places To Celebrate Semana Santa in Spain

  1. Great article. I moved here to Valencia Spain in September and I’m looking forward to the Easter festivities here as well. Maybe next year I’ll go celebrate Easter in one of the cities you mentioned above, maybe Sevilla.

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