Semana Santa in Granada

5 - 11 April 2020

Semana Santa or Easter week is perhaps the most important week in the Spanish religious calendar. And, with the Alhambra Palace for a backdrop, Granada puts on one of Spain’s most extraordinary religious spectacles.

The Easter celebrations in Spain take place during the last week of lent starting with Palm Sunday and finishing with Easter Sunday. This important religious festival is timed around the spring equinox and often coincides with the full moon.

Throughout the week over thirty spectacular processions, known as pasos, take place in Granada each organised by a different hermadad Catholic brotherhood. Every one passes the cathedral where they pause to make the Station of Penitence before returning to their churches.

Paso along Carrera del Darro | Joe Calhoun

Brass bands play soulful marches setting the pace of the pasos, as they make their way through the streets of the city. Each paso carries a float, on the shoulders of many costaleros, upon which a religious icon, Mary or Jesus, will be seated on a throneThese are followed by nazarenos, or penitentes, garbed in the long hooded gowns and the carrying figures of the cross. The women dress in black and carry candles and crosses.

One of the most notable processions is Wednesday evening’s Gypsy Procession el Cristo de los Gitanos which climbs the steep Cuesta Chapiz into the Albayzín and proceeds along a route lit with bonfires to Sacremonte finishing at the Sacromonte Abbey in the early hours of the morning.

There is also a children’s procession Los Facundillos on Easter Sunday starting at 11.30 from the Church of Santo Domingo.

Semana Santa 2020

Easter week 2020 begins on Palm Sunday 5 April and ends on Easter Sunday 11 April and includes to national holidays on Maundy Thursday 9 April and Good Friday on 10 April.

The streets of Granada are very busy during this period, but if you enjoy a spectacle and want to soak up the atmosphere, put on your comfortable shoes, grab your camera and get involved.

Here are details of the Easter processions:

Palm Sunday - 5 April 2020

Processions on Palm Sunday

La Burriquilla is the inaugural procession marking the beginning of Holy Week in Granada.

From Calle San Jeronimo  at 16.00-22.30

Virgen de la Encarnacion
From Sagrario Church San Jeronimo at 17.00 – 00.30

Santa Cena Sacramental
From Sagrario Church San Jeronimo at 17.00 – 00.00

María Santísima de las Maravillas
From the Church of San Pedro & San Pablo on Carrera del Darro at 18.00 – 00.30

Jesús Despojado
From Marqu´s de Mondéjar at 19.15 – 00.30

Holy Monday - 6 April 2020

Processions on Holy Monday

La Luz
From the church of Corpus Christi, Zaidin at 16.00-02.30

Virgen de los Dolores
From the Church of San Pedro & San Pablo, Carrera del Darro at 18.00 – 02.30

El Huerto
FromComendadoras de Santiago, Realejo at 17.00 – 23.30

Jesús del Rescate
From Santa María Magdalena, Puentezuelas at 17.45 – 02.30

Cristo de San Austín
From Convento del Santo Ángel, San Anton at 20.30 – 02.30

 

Holy Tuesday - 7 April 2020

Processions on Holy Tuesday

La Lanzada
From La Nuestra Senora de los Dolores, Carretera de Armilla at 16.30 – 01.30

Vía Crucis
From Iglesia de San Juan de los Reyes, Cuesta del Chapiz at 17.00 – 23.30

La Esperanza
From the Church of Santa Ana, Plaza Santa Ana at 18.30 – 00.00

La Humildad
From Iglesia de Santo Domingo, Realejo at 21.15 – 12.30

 

Holy Wednesday - 8 April 2020

Processions on Holy Wednesday

El Cristo de los Gitanos
From Gran Via de Colón to Sacromonte at 16.45 – 03.15

Estudiantes
From Santos Justo & Pastor, Calle Escuelas at 17.00 – 22.30

Rosario
From Iglesia de Santo Domingo, Puentezuelas at 19.00 – 01.00

Las Penas
From San Matías,Calle San Matías at 19.20 – 00.30

Jesús Nazareno
From Carmelitas Descalzas, Calle Pavaneras Realejo at 20.15 – 12.30

 

Maundy Thursday - 9 April 2020

Processions on Maundy Thursday

La Concepción
From Convento de la Concepción, Calle Zafra at 16.45 – 00.00

Salesianos
From Iglesia de María Auxiliadora, Zaidin at 16.45 – 02.30

La Aurora
From Iglesia de San Miguel Bajo, Albayzin at 17.30 – 02.30

La Estrella
From Iglesia de San Cristóbal, Albayzin at 18.00 – 03.30

El Silencio
From San Pedro, Plaza Santa Ana at 00.00 – 04.30

Good Friday 10 April 2020

Processions on Good Friday

La Soledad
From Santo Domingo, Plaza de Santo Domingo at 13.30 – 16.00

Ferroviarios
From San Juan de Letrán, Avenida de la Constitución at 16.30 – 00.30

Favores
From Church of San Cecilio, Campo del Principe at 18.30 – 01.00

Escolapios
From San José de Calasanz, Paseo de los Basilios at 19.15 – 02.00

Santo Entierro
From Church of Santa Ana, Plaza Santa Ana at 20.00 – 00.30

La Soledad
From San Jerónimo, Calle San Jerónimo at 19.00 – 01.00

Holy Saturday - 11 April 2020

Processions on Holy Saturday

Santa María de la Alhambra
From Iglesia Santa María de la Alhambra, Puerta de la Justicia at 18.00 – 01.30

 

Easter Sunday - 12 April 2020

Processions on Easter Sunday

Los Facundillos – the children’s procession

From Iglesia de Santo Domingo, Plaza de Santo Domingo at 10.30 – 15.00

 

La Resurrección

From San Miguel Arcángel, Avenida de la Constitución at 10.30 – 18.00

Resucitado de Regina

From Church of Sagrario, Plaza de Alonso Cano at 11.00 – 15.30

Santa Semana 2021

Dates for Santa Semana 2021

Easter celebrations will run from March 28th to April 4th.

 

Here’s a great video from Canal Granada Habla to give you a flavour of the drama and emotion of Semana Santa in Granada.

Are you driving?

If you’re planning to drive to Granada be sure to book a hotel with parking and be aware that you’ll probably leave your car there for the duration. Check out car hire deals below.

Where to stay in Granada

Check out the map below for hotels in Granada.

This is a very busy time of year in the city so if you are planning a trip to Granada during Semana Santa it is advisable to book your accommodation as early as possible to get the best price and selection for you. 

If you want to be in the thick of it for the pasos look for something near Plaza Nueva, Carrera del Darro or Gran Via de Colón using the search box below.

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Things to do in Granada

Spring is a lovely time of year to visit this beautiful city and surrounding areas. The sun is out, there is still snow sparkling on the mountains and some would argue that this is the best time of year to enjoy a trip to the Alhambra and the gardens of the Generalife.

Whether you are interested in discovering more about Granada’s history and culture of looking to get away from the crowds in the city and into the mountains, here are some more ideas on what to during your stay Granada.

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Article updated: February 2020
Main image credit: Semana Santa procession | Michal Osmenda