Easter is the most beautiful and heartwarming time of the year. What about you also enjoy some
warm weather this year? If you’re thinking of a getaway, with your partner or with your family, we would highly recommend Marbella as an exciting destination.
Marbella is fun all year around, but historically Semana Santa has always been a very special celebration in Spain. It is a week-long affair, this year, Holy Week will begin on Sunday 14th of April and will finish with Easter Sunday on the 21st of April. Good Friday being on the 19th of April and Easter Monday on the 22nd of April.
Here are some recommendations so you can make the best out of your trip!
Experience a parade — Every day of the Easter week, there will be parades and shows through the streets of all towns and villages. These vibrant spectacles and display of Andalusian treasures are something to remember. Expect incense, music, and impressive costumes. If you are travelling with young kids, know that there are two happy and cheerful, daytime parades, on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. However, the others are more theatrical, dramatic and dark, often lit by thousands of candles.
Marbella has some excellent parades, starting from the Old Town and going along the main road of Ricardo Sorriano. Don’t miss out the infamous “Pascua de los Moraos” parade in the village of Carcabuey. The impressive Carnival is a highly political satire, where the participants dress up and criticise political behaviour. The event has been declared an event of Tourist Interest in Andalusia.
Enjoy Malaga – Malaga is the capital of the Costa del Sol and is where the biggest, most exciting parades take place. This city has a wonderful combination of culture, gastronomy and sightseeing. Flamenco is has a special place in the vibrant Spanish culture, it is celebrated for its drama, art and intensity. Malaga is the perfect place to discover true Andalusian culture. Once you’ve seen the parade, head to Antonio Banderas’ famous restaurant El Pimpi in the Old Town or down to the charming port area for a stroll and a bite to eat.
Try an outdoor activity — Marbella is a beautiful place to be, a tale of two cities where you can go skiing in the morning and then swimming in the ocean the same afternoon! You certainly don’t want to miss out on all the great outdoors activities the city has to offer. Marbella is the perfect place to hike. We recommend going up La Concha mountain, the Turtle Lake or Acequia trail Guadalmina.
Historically, Marbella has always been the most popular and luxurious golf destination in Spain. There is a great variety of courses for all ages and golf levels. Why not try any of the courses in the golf valley; Los Naranjos, Las Brisas, Aloha or La Quinta.
In family or with friends, tennis is a fun activity that allows you to build muscle, burn calories and socialise! Grab your equipment and head out to one of Marbella’s most famous clubs. Among others, we recommend Puente Romano Tennis Club, Los Monteros or The Royal Tennis Club.
Visit a white village – Away from the noise and the business of downtown Marbella, you can visit one of the lovely white villages of Andalusia. Although less impressive, they still have their very own parades and this can be a great way to see the picturesque “pueblo blancos”. Our favourites are Puerto de Las Palomas, Casares and Mijas Pueblo.
There are plenty of professionals who offer guide services. You can follow a parade as you discover the village. You might make some local friends along the way! Whether you chose to go with your friends or with your family, this is a must do.