Holy Week in Granada 2022 – Easter Celebrations and Events

 buriquilla in holy week of granada
In Spain Easter festivities begin on Palm Sunday and last until Easter Sunday. Maundy Thursday and Good Friday are bank holidays.

jesus wearing cross during holy week in granada
Use this opportunity to experience Spanish culture, enjoy a genuine performance by renowned flamenco artists.

Flamenco Tablao Jardines de Zoraya: let yourself be seduced by flamenco and the exquisite gastronomy, enjoy music and dance while discovering the taste of Granada.

Flamenco Show at La Soleá: enjoy a unique atmosphere, experience and feel the tradition and passions of flamenco.



The Holy Week (Semana Santa) processions in Granada are very unique when compared with other Andalusian cities.

penitentes brotherhood members in holy week 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.

proccesions near the alhambra in granada in holy week 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 2022, Easter in Granada is celebrated from Sunday, April 10 to Sunday, April 17.

Palm Sunday

popular processions in granada on palm sunday The popular procession called "Borriquilla" inaugurates the Holy Week in Granada, four other brotherhoods stage a Procession of Penance today.

Holy Monday

brotherhood during on holy monday On Holy Monday the youngest brotherhood of Zaidin, a very popular neighbourhood, walk along the streets of Granada together with others.

Holy Tuesday

holy tuesday processions in granada 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.

Holy Wednesday

things to see in realejo and the sacromonte on holy wednesday Wednesday is a big day in the Realejo and Sacromonte. Their brotherhoods join Holy Week processions and go to the Sacromonte Abbey at dawn.

Maundy Thursday

the best place to see processions of maundy thursday The narrow and steep streets of the Albaicin neighbourhood are full of people today looking for the best place to see their beautiful processions.

Good Friday in Granada

what to see during good friday 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.

Holy Saturday

churches and processions of holy saturday in granada Granada dedicates this day to the beautiful Lady of the Alhambra. This procession descends from the forested slopes of the Alhambra.

Easter Sunday

processions of easter sunday in granada 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 Angel Ganivet (near Puerta Real), where local authorities receive every cofradía (fraternity or brotherhood) one by one.

map of oficial route of the processions during holy week in granada

A good way to get to know Granada and the Alhambra is by taking a guided tour.
Alhambra Guided Tour: Discover the incredible history and architecture of the impressive Alhambra with a passionate guide. Includes everything: the Nasrid Palaces, Generalife, Alcazaba, etc.
Alhambra + Albaicín + Sacromonte Tour: See the Alhambra from a new perspective, visit all its palaces and gardens + the neighborhoods Albaicin and Sacromonte.

If you would like to see all the processions, wait in some place on the route shown on the map. But they are the most crowded streets.

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Page Updated: Apr 10, 2022

 


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Opinions about Holy Week in Granada
Seating for the Holy Week parades
We 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 Break
Just 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.


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Guided Tours

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