Are you planning to visit our city during Holy Week? Here you are some useful advices about what to see!
When spring arrives, year after year the city transforms in an enormous, unique and unrepeatable setting. Walking through Málaga on our free tours, the orange blossom and the smell of the sea surround us. The sun covers the city and all of our users are surprised by the procesional parades of our Semana Santa (Holy Week). Here we´ll give you some recommendations, of the thousands that exist, about what to see. So remember, these are only a few of the many things that you can enjoy.
First thing we should see is the brotherhood Nuestro Padre Jesús a su entrada en Jerusalén, better known as “La Pollinica” (for its pollina, which means donkey). It leaves from Calle Parras at 09.45h and is accompanied by hundreds of children carrying palm leafs as ornaments.
At 10.55h from San Juan church in the city center, we recommend you to see María Santísima de Lágrimas y Favores from the brotherhood Fusionadas. In this procession the famous actor Antonio Banderas participates, as he was born in Málaga.
And from San Pablo church (in the neighboorhood of Trinidad), we can enjoy the start of the brotherhood of La Salud. The bearers of the trone have to get on their knees to get the big trones through the church doors, a precious and unrepeatable sight.
Enjoy the Brotherhood of Nuestro Padre Jesús de la Columna, also known as the brotherhood of the gipsies, passing by in Calle Carretería. Amaze yourself about the peculiar way the people sing and dance behind the trone.
On the Plaza del Obispo, on the foot of the Cathedral, the brothers of the brotherhood Cristo Coronado de Espinas sing the hymn of the students Gaudeamus Igitur with dignity, while they balance the trones.
And we should not miss Nuestro Padre Jesús Cautivo. With his beautifull white habit he is probably the most adored image of the Holy Week. The most emblematic place to see it is in his neighbourhood Trinidad or Calle Carril.
From Victoria district comes María Santísima del Rocío dressed entirely in white. It´s beautifull to see her in Calle Carretería where the men who carry the trone lift it above their head with stretched arms (called “pulso”).
María Santísima de las Penas goes around in the procession with a dress of flowers composed by the gardeners of the city council. It´s very special to see her in the small alleys of the city center, like Pozos Dulces or Calle Compañía.
At 17.15h from San Juan church, you should not miss the start of Reales Cofradías Fusionadas, composed by four trones. One of them is accompanied by the armed forces of the parachutists.
The brotherhood of María Santísima de la Paloma has one of the most spectacular trones, starting at 19.00h from the Plaza de San Francisco.
And enjoy the elegance of the brotherhood of La Expiración leaving San Pedro church (opposite El Corte Inglés). Its elegant and enormous trones are accompanied by officers of the Guardia Civil, 23.30h.
Synonymous for an important day in the Holy Week of Málaga. In the morning it is essential to see the disembarkment of La Legion in the harbour and the following parade towards the Santo Domingo church. There they move the image of Cristo de la Buena Muerte to its trone.
In the afternoon we can see them marching through the street of Málaga. The Virgen is accompanied by the Spanish Marines. 19.50
In Calle Ancha del Carmen, (Neighboorhood of El Perchel) it is beautifull to see the brotherhood of Nuestro Padre Jesús de la Misericordia, also known as “El Chiquito” (The little one), for its size and position. 20.35
And at 22.50 from the Basílica del Paso y la Esperanza next to El Corte Inglés, is the start of the procession of one of the most representative and impressive brotherhoods of Málaga, La Esperanza. The enormous trone moves over a carpet of rosemary which is blessed by the Virgen.
This is the day of mourning and seclusion. Once more in the church of San Juan, at 17.50h we can see the start of Dolores de San Juan. The trone of its Christ is full of beautifull symbolic images.
At 19.35h we recommend you to see the start of Nuestra Señora de la Piedad in Calle Alderete (Molinillo). A precious sight where we see the image of Christ in the hands of his mother.
It is essential to see Santo Sepulcro starting in Calle Alcazabilla at 22.25. In this procession Christ is lying in his tomb. It goes through the streets accompanied by funeral marches.
There is only one procession today: Santísimo Cristo Resucitado, starting in Calle Nosquera at 10.00h. A contemporary statue from José Capuz, one of the best sculptors of the 20th century who breaks with the baroque esthetics which we have seen so much during the week.
Now, it sounds like you have a plan for the Holy Week in Málaga! A Free Tour with us in the morning, and in the afternoon… it’s up to you! Some clues have been given in this post, and this schedule may be of some help!