By far the most important event in the calendar year, Semana Santa is a nationwide holiday period in Spain. Each day of Holy Week, processions make their way slowly through the beautiful streets of this ancient city, carrying ornate floats depicting scenes from the life of Christ. Known as pasos, the floats are carried by men from various churches across Granada. Although the city comes to a complete standstill during Semana Santa, each region of the city has a day that it particularly celebrates - Wednesday is popular in the Sacromonte and Realejo zones, for example. If you’re planning to visit Granada, Semana Santa is a great time to do so for an unforgettable experience.
Andalucia is the most religious area in Spain and is a particularly popular destination during Semana Santa. If you’re planning to visit during Holy Week, therefore, make sure you book your flights and accommodation well in advance. The closest international airport to Granada is Málaga Airport which is about 90 minutes’ drive to Granada. You can catch a bus direct from the airport to Granada for a two and a half hour journey to the city. An alternative means is to catch a flight from Madrid or Barcelona via Granada’s domestic airport which is 12 kilometres from the city centre.
Semana Santa in Granada is an amazing sight to behold. Join the crowd of thousands who congregate all week long in the city to watch the arrival of the pasos, some of which date back to the 17th century. One of the key features of Holy Week in this fantastic city is its surroundings - watching the Holy Saturday processions slowly make their way into the centre from the forests of the Alhambra Palace is a very special sight indeed. It’s important to be aware that the occasion is a rather sombre one initially but the mood is lifted by Easter Sunday when Christ’s resurrection is joyously celebrated.
Where to stay in Granada for Semana Santa in Granada
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Things to do near Semana Santa in Granada
While you’re in Granada, make sure you find time to see some of the spectacular sights in this wonderful Andalusian city, including one of Spain’s top destinations, the Royal Palace of the Alhambra and Generalife. On your way down from the Alhambra, view the city from above from the Mirador de San Nicolas.
To find out more information about Granada’s Holy Week, please contact the Tourist Office, where you’ll be able to check out the official programme of events, find out the full list of churches taking part in the procession and watch videos and view photos of last year’s Holy Week.
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