Holy Week in Granada Year 2019 – Easter Processions, Itineraries and Events
In Spain Easter festivities begin on Palm Sunday and last until Easter Sunday. Maundy Thursday and Good Friday are bank holidays.
The Holy Week (Semana Santa) processions in Granada are very unique when compared with other Andalusian cities.
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 2019, Easter in Granada is celebrated from 14 to 21 of April.
The popular procession called "Borriquilla" inaugurates the Holy Week in Granada, four other brotherhoods stage a Procession of Penance today.
On Holy Monday the youngest brotherhood of Zaidin, a very popular neighbourhood, walk along the streets of Granada together with others.
Lots of people gather in Plaza Nueva for the occasion: the church of Santa Ana opens its doors to the procession of Gran Poder and Esperanza.
Wednesday is a big day in the Realejo and Sacromonte. Their brotherhoods join Holy Week processions and go to the Sacromonte Abbey at dawn.
The narrow and steep streets of the Albaicin are full of people today looking for the best place to see their beautiful processions.
On Good Friday the traditional prayer to the Señor de los Favores takes place in the Campo del Principe at three o'clock in the afternoon.
Granada dedicates this day to the beautiful Lady of the Alhambra. This procession descends from the forested slopes of the Alhambra.
On Easter Sunday joy invades Granada, the city celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. A procession led by children fills the city with their bells.
During the Holy Week in Granada, thirty-two processions walk the streets of the city leading to the Cathedral, where they all make the Station of Penitence.
They all follow the official itinerary, which starts at the Tribuna Oficial in Calle Ängel Ganivet (near Puerta Real), where local authorities receive every cofradía (fraternity or brotherhood) one by one.
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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.