Malaga Semana Santa Holy; Week In 2023: Processions, Facts And Tips!

Holy Week in Malaga traditionally begins with the first procession, “La Pollínica”, on Sunday, April 2 at 10:15 am and ends with “El Resucitado” on Sunday, April 9 at 10:00 am.

The historic center of Málaga is filled with many processions every day, except on Saturdays when there are no processions. Each brotherhood starts from its own church and runs a common route though the city, passing through key points such as Plaza de la Constitución, Calle Larios, Calle Martínez, Atarazanas, Alameda Principal, Plaza de la Marina and Calle Molina Lario.

A popular place to see the thrones is the “Tribuna de los Pobres” (tribune of the poor people) at the beginning of Calle Carretería. The stairs are still used by people who cannot afford a seat in the official grandstands. However, it is a place where you need to arrive on time to get a spot.

If you want to see the processions, there are some tips to keep in mind. First of all, it is not advisable to go to the city center by car during this period, as the streets are closed and parking can be difficult. Public transport, especially the suburban train, can be very busy and you should be prepared for long waiting times.

If you don’t like crowds, Malaga may not be the best destination for you during Holy Week. Furthermore, you should prepare for long walks at a snail’s pace and comfortable walking shoes are a must.

Finally, it is advisable to bring a bottle of water with you, as the bars and cafes are often full and you have to queue to get a drink or use the toilet.

Many processions begin in the afternoon, but the spectacle becomes even more impressive at nightfall, when the passing of the thrones is accompanied by hundreds of candles.

The processions last on average between 6 and 12 hours, during which time the men carry the thrones with this considerable weight.

Not surprisingly, the highlight and highly emotional moment is the fence, when the throne finally returns to the parish from which it departed.

Route Semana Santa 2023

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