In Spain, Easter week is celebrated with a great deal of sentiment, with people of all ages taking an active role in its events and traditions. All day and night the streets are filled with the beat of drums, masses of colourful flowers, religious floats, numerous procession, and hundreds of religious worshippers' in bright and colourful attire creating a wondrous atmosphere which is the hallmark of Easter in Madrid. Churches and Basilicas schedule religious music concerts, whilst numerous brotherhoods take part in processions they have been preparing for all year long and the city's best restaurants and cake shops serve and sell typical Easter dishes.
“Semana Santa” is hosted in the city centre of Madrid, Spain. The nearest airport is Madrid Barajas International Airport and is approximately 14 kms to the city centre. From the airport you can take the metro line 8 to Nuevos Ministerios which takes around 15 minutes. Alternatively, there are plenty of taxis operating at the airport. By public transport from city centre to the processions take the metro Callao (L3, L5), Ópera (L2, L5, R) or bus lines 3, 50 and 51.
Since the 15th century Madrid has celebrated the events with traditional "pasos". These are basically religious icons, taken from their normal resting places in churches around the city and paraded through the streets on the shoulders of the "costaleros", normally young men who feel deeply privileged to struggle under the immense weight of these religious statues. The main event on Easter Sunday takes place in Plaza Mayor. This is the "Tamborada del Domingo de Resurección", whereby whichever brotherhood has been chosen for the year, assembles dozens of drums of all shapes and sizes and beats out a constant rhythm which almost shakes the timbers of the nearby houses.
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Why not enjoy some refreshments and tapas in the area of La Latina, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Madrid, not forgetting Sobrino de Botin, an atmospheric Spanish tavern listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s oldest eatery.
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