Holy Week in Granada 2017 – Easter Processions, Itineraries and EventsHoly Week (Semana Santa) in Granada is very unique when compared with how other Andalusian cities celebrate it. It is renowned for the simplicity and beauty of its "pasos" (floats of thrones with religious icons), and also for the unique surroundings of the processions.
Indeed, the streets of the Albaicín, for example, so narrow and twisted with their typical cobblestones, give a special setting to the procession of the Virgen de la Aurora and the Concepción.
Unforgettable images await the visitor, like those of the procession of "el Silencio" and "el Cristo de los Gitanos" returning to their home churches after midnight by the Carrera del Darro.
And not forgetting the beautiful backdrop, with the Alhambra often to be admired atop its moonlit hill.
When Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Granada is Celebrated?As Easter dates change every year, the chances of seeing the processions in moonlight vary (weather is also a factor!).
Easter usually coincides with the first full moon around the spring equinox, although the exact dates are determined by the Vatican. In Spain, the festivities take place in the last week of Lent.
In 2017, Easter in Granada is celebrated from 9 to 16 of April.
The popular procession "Borriquilla" opens Holy Week, five brotherhoods stage a Procession of Penance before the doors of the Cathedral.
During Holy Monday the youngest brotherhood of Zaidin and other four processions walk along the streets of Granada.
Plaza Nueva dresses up for the occasion, the church of Santa Ana open its door for the procession of Gran Poder and Esperanza.
Wednesday is big in the Realejo and the Sacromonte, the University community and the Christ of the Gypsies join Holy Week processions.
The narrow and steep streets of the Albaicin are full of people looking for the best place to see the star, the Estrella, the Aurora and the Concha.
The Campo del Principe is the heart of Granada on Friday. Prayer to the Señor de los Favores at three o'clock in the afternoon silences the city.
Granada dedicates its streets to the beautiful Señora of the Alhambra, the procession that descendes from the forested slopes of the Alhambra.
On the Domingo of Resurrecion joy invades Granada, the city celebrates resurrection of Jesus. The Facundillos mark the end of Holy Week.
During Holy Week in Granada, thirty-two processions take place on the streets of the city leading to the Cathedral, where they all make the Station of Penitence before they make their way back to their home churches.
They all follow the official itinerary, which starts at the Tribuna Oficial in Calle Ängel Ganivet (near the Puerta Real), where local authorities receive every cofradía (fraternity or brotherhood) one by one.
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Opinions about Ester in Granada
Seating for the Holy Week paradesWe stayed at the hotel Melia, Angel Ganivet 7, Granada during 7-11 April. outside the hotel workmen were assembling seating ready for the Holy Week parades. Almost every night we were unable to sleep because of the noise of drilling, banging and clashing. This went on into the early hours of the morning and really spoilt our holiday.
We realise work needs to be carried out when the city is not so busy but could noisy work not be stopped at midnight? Apart from that we really enjoyed exploring Granada-it is a truly wonderful city.
Amazing Weekend City BreakJust got back to UK on Tuesday morning after fantastic long weekend in Granada (11-14 April). Stayed in Calle Navas, great tapas bars in street. Loved the City and exploring all the narrow alleyways especially in Albayzin district, walked till we virtually dropped. La Alhambra so beautiful and calm and Easter processions were simply amazing, finished our last night at a Flamenco show. Simply the most wonderful city break, would love to go back and stay all of holy week.