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Looking ahead to Easter on the Costa del Sol

We have just over a month before Easter is upon us, with Semana Santa or Holy Week starting on the 9th of April with Palm Sunday and then going through to Easter Sunday, or Resurrection Sunday, on the 16th of April.

Easter is a great time of year to take a short break, with several bank holidays so you won’t have to use so many precious holiday days. Good Friday is on April 14th and Easter Monday is on April 17th, both of these are bank holidays, so you can have a wonderful long weekend break. Have you decided where you’re going yet?

Why don’t you consider Spain? Semana Santa is a really important time of year for this catholic country, and rather than just have an Easter egg hunt and stuff yourself on chocolate, you can immerse yourself into the culture of catholic Spain by watching the amazing parades. They may look a little sinister with the Klu Klux Klan style headdresses, but there’s nothing to be afraid of, these parades are simply a way of telling the Easter story and worshipping. For the onlooker, they are full of pomp and ceremony and display the most wonderful statues on heavy floats depicting different scenes from the Easter story. These enormous “tronos” are carried through the streets by bands of devotees and followed by hundreds of worshippers and are really spectacular.

Some of the processions are joyous, but most are solemn and powerful. Many are held at night and lit by candles for added drama. As well as the hooded figures, you may also see women in black holding candles, these are known as the widows of Christ and are very striking.

If you want to experience the happy ones, check out Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, which are always great fun and are suitable for all the family. The most dramatic, sombre ones are on Thursday and Friday and are a must for anyone who wants to experience the power, emotion and devotion that these processions inspire.

Malaga is very famous for their huge religious and military parades, but all towns in Andalucia are excellent to visit during this time and will have their own processions to enjoy. Fuengirola, Marbella and Estepona are lovely places to combine sightseeing, great food and culture with the parades and we have a wide range of holiday rental properties available in these areas.

However, please be aware that this is when the high season starts on the Costa del Sol and we’ve already had a lot of interest in Easter holiday rentals, so please don’t leave it too late. View click and book Costa del Sol holiday rentals on our website, or contact us if you have special requirements so we can advise you on the best holiday rental for you.

Planning your Easter holiday on the Costa del Sol

Asemanasantafter half term, the next opportunity to get away, for those with kids, is the Easter holidays. It’s an excellent opportunity to enjoy the wonderful combination of weather, culture and family activities that the Costa del Sol has to offer.

The weather starts to really hot up at this time of year, so strolls in the warm sunshine are great to enjoy, and if you’re lucky you’ll even get some time on the beach. Easter marks the start of the tourist season and the atmosphere really ramps up, beach bars start to reopen and there are loads of events and special activities.

Palm Sunday marks the start of Semana Santa or Holy Week and throughout this week you can see stunning displays of the catholic faith which is so important to the Spanish people. There are daily parades through the streets featuring striking religious statues carried by devotees, some very sombre and some celebratory, but all fascinating and very different from the commercial side of Easter. You can get an Easter programme with all these activities from the tourist information office in the run up to the holiday or view it online www.marbella.es

In addition to this there are many Easter activities such as parties at the play centres like Galaxia in San Pedro, special Easter Egg Hunts and many sports and activities camps which will be announced shortly. Keep your eyes peeled on Marbella Family Fun for upcoming activities.

Demand for holiday rentals on the Costa del Sol really increases during this period, so bookings are advised in advance to avoid disappointment.

Easter week on the Costa del Sol

We love this time of year in Southern Spain! The towns and beaches receive a spring clean after the winter, and the days start to get considerably warmer! Easter is an important time in the Spanish calendar and is hugely celebrated by the whole country.  If you are lucky enough to be on holiday here during this time, you will be sure to find plenty of things to see and do!

The history of Easter in Spain

Holy week (Semana Santa) is an event rich with culture, celebrations and fantastic processions which have become a big part of Spanish tradition since the 16th century.  You may have already seen various groups of people (nazarenos) wearing tall pointed hats and robes with faces covered; this is all part of the Easter tradition in Spain and has a symbolic meaning. The face cover represents shame for the sins committed throughout the year and mourning for Jesus Christ. The pointed hats are said to bring the penitence closer to heaven and are removed on Easter Sunday to mark a victorious end to mourning.

From every Catholic Church, a local brother hood “costaleros” carries a large antique throne, traditionally to the cathedral then back to the church, with some of them weighing as much as 5,000 kilos! The pain and suffering coursed by carrying such a heavy weight is actually a symbol of what Jesus experienced carrying the cross. In fact, all of the parades from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday depict the story about the resurrection of Jesus Christ and is a great reminder of why we celebrate this time. Every part of Spain has different rituals to celebrate the Easter story, so where ever you go you are sure to have fun and learn something new!

Here are some great events happening over Easter in the Marbella area;

  • Processions – One of the biggest Easter processions in Spain is held in Malaga, so definitely worth a visit if you’re here on holiday. It’s worth keeping in mind though that parades will be cancelled if it rains! You can see the timetable for the local Marbella processions here.
  • Easter egg hunts – There are some great Easter egg hunts planned on the Costa del Sol for the kids to enjoy this year, you can find out when and where they are held on websites like MarbellaFamilyFun.com. If the weather isn’t brilliant though, you could always have your own Easter egg hunt at your holiday home! You can find everything you need including all your favourite chocolate eggs at the local supermarkets such as Iceland and Supersol.
  • Kids activity days – The art camp at the Picasso Museum in Malaga and the multisports club in Nueva Andalucia are both good for being creative and burning off some energy! For younger children the Galaxia Play centre is holding a fun Easter party with loads of activities and a special visit from the Easter bunny!
  • Round of golf – While the kids are being entertained, why not enjoy the start of warmer weather with a spot of golf! There are plenty of courses to choose from for people of all levels.
  • Easter boat fair in Puerto Banus – This very popular event is held in the famous Puerto Banus Marina and makes a great day out for yacht lovers.

It’s not too late to book holiday homes on the Costa del Sol for your Easter break, just visit our website  to browse available properties or give us a call with your requirements on 952 839 595.

 

Easter on the Costa del Sol

Easter celebrations on the Costa del Sol

With Spain predominately being a Catholic country, the Easter celebrations play a huge part of Spanish tradition. Easter week (Semana Santa) celebrations in Malaga are particularly famous for their processions from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. Each church has a brotherhood (Cofradia) of men who carry heavy pasos (religious statues) demonstrating their devotedness to the Catholic faith. Some of Malaga’s most well known processions are held on Palm Sunday, the Children’s Pollinica procession being one of them. This is the first paso taken to the streets of Malaga every year.

Another famous procession on Palm Sunday is the Cofradia del Cristo de la Esperanza en su Gran Amor, traditionally pilgrims are meant to carry the paso on their knees proving their religious dedication. This procession and many others within the holy week give the spectators a real taste of Malaga’s exclusive and distinctive celebrations.

The days leading up to Easter Sunday are full of traditional fiestas and display of colour, music and religious devotion with members of different Easter brotherhoods, locals and tourists all joining in and parading the streets. Tourists flock to the Costa del Sol at Easter time for the experience and join in on this special religious week. If you’re looking to spend your Easter holiday on the Costa del Sol, take a look at our website for a variety of holiday rentals.

Enjoy Easter on the Costa del Sol

Picture courtesy of Andalucia.com

 If the cold and snow in England is getting you down, you can escape to the sunny Costa del Sol for a short-haul getaway with lovely beaches and interesting culture. 

Easter is a great time to visit, as this catholic country celebrates it in style! There are processions through the streets nearly every day throughout Semana Santa (holy week) and the whole community takes part. It’s also the time when many Spaniards from Madrid come down to the sea and there is a really great atmosphere as the area comes back to life after winter. The beach bars reopen and terraces and gardens are packed with families enjoying the warm sun and wonderful local food. 

You must visit one of the processions if you are visiting Spain during Easter as they are spectacular – if solumn affairs. Website Andalucia.com explains what you can expect to see: 

Holy week processions throughout Andalucia may differ according to the traditions of each city or town. However, there is a general order to most starting with a large cross, cruz de guía, that is followed by a group of participants bearing lanterns. The rest follow these leaders and are known as penitentes and nazarenos. The centre of attention, however, is the floats – usually two – with their respective images of Christ and the Virgin Mary. These massive, heavy floats are carried on the shoulders of numerous members of religious associations that care for them throughout the year. It is a particular honour to be able to help carry the floats and some will even do so barefoot as a sign of extreme penitence. 

You can find out more about Easter in Andalucia by visiting Andalucia.com. 

The Costa del Sol is a great place to combine sun, sea and traditional easter processions which will take place in the main towns of Malaga, Fuengirola, Marbella, San Pedro and Estepona as well as in many smaller areas. To find out what’s happening and when you can take a look at the what’s on section on the Sur in English website and the Marbella Town Hall website a week or so before Easter. 

HolidayRentalontheWeb has a fantastic selection of self-catering accommodation on the Costa del Sol which are available over the Easter week. There’s a lot of demand for rental accommodation over this period, so don’t delay to book yours today. If you want some help and recommendations for the best places to stay over Easter please email us at info@holidayrentalontheweb.com