Easter Week 2019 in Marbella

Easter week in Marbella is an amazing experience.

As the most important religious festival in Spain, it makes for a great time to take to the Marbella streets and experience this deep-seeded cultural tradition.

Easter week (Semana Santa) commemorates Jesus´s crucifixion, death and resurrection.
This year it takes place from Sunday 14 April to Sunday 21 April 2019, starting on Palm Sunday and continuing for the week until Easter Sunday.

Head for the church in the Old Town of Marbella.

It’s from here that floats (tronos) are paraded through the often-narrow streets to depict biblical scenes.
It’s hard not to be impressed by these ornately decorated, centuries-old antique works of art that can weigh between 2,000 and 5,000 kilos, and it is considered to be a great honour to be one of the bearers of the tronos, a potentially back-breaking task that lasts for several hours a day.

Processions of penitents (Nazarenos) in long robes and tall, pointed hoods also parade through the streets. The hoods hide the faces of the wearers, who represent penitents too ashamed to show their faces as they carry long candles to light the way of their journey.

The brass bands accompanying the processions are iconic of Spanish Easter too, and can be rather sombre while drums and trumpets slowly play to the movement of the floats weaving their way through town.

You will notice the mood becomes most dramatic and solemn on Holy Thursday and Good Friday, marking Jesus’s crucifixion.
But, on Easter Sunday, it shifts to happy, triumphant tunes with flower decorations and families parading in their Sunday best to mark the end of the long journey.

For more details on this year’s celebrations, the Marbella tourism website provides the full breakdown on Easter week in Marbella.