The Easter holidays are just around the corner and, if you haven’t made plans yet, an excellent idea is to discover Holy Week in Alicante. The activities of this event on the Costa Blanca have been declared a Festival of Tourist Interest in the Valencia Region. Religious songs, processions through the most popular neighbourhoods, brotherhoods parading with their penitential robes and bands with cornets and drums giving a heart-rending rhythm to the parades. A great deal of reasons to come to this Mediterranean city.
Tradition and leisure in Alicante (Costa Blanca)
Alicante has so many things to see and do at Easter. Thanks to the excellent climate during the spring, you can enjoy religious processions, beaches and nature parks.
Religious acts begin on Palm Sunday, with the Burrita, a procession through the heart of Alicante. Local and visitors parade with their traditional palms.
On Holy Monday, it’s time for the stations of the cross. One particular highlight is the Morenet, in the seafront neighbourhood of Raval Roig.
The Nuestra Señora de los Dolores and San Juan de la Palma float, which parades on Holy Tuesday, has the honour of having the second highest canopy in Spain. Some of these floats are carried by more than one hundred costaleros dancing to the rhythm of the bands.
The old quarter of the city is the departure point of the Brotherhood of the Holy Cross on Holy Wednesday.
Holy Thursday is the day of Holy Week with the highest number of brotherhoods parading. The next day, the procession of the Santo Entierro takes place. And, finally, on Easter Sunday, the Plaza del Ayuntamiento is the backdrop for the meeting between the Risen One and the Virgen de la Alegría.
Add to these celebrations the attraction of Alicante’s amazing beaches and you’ve got a perfect plan for Easter.