Holy Week in Granada



Granada Semana Santa
Granada, once the capital of Moorish civilisation, renowned for its flamenco traditions and for the elegant Alhambra, stages spectacular Holy Week festivities every year.

The spectacle of the solemn Semana Santa processions, marked by mesmerising drum beats and punctuated by saetas (traditional devotional songs), provides a constant reminder of the Christian, Pagan and Middle Eastern heritage that makes up this unique land.

Processions take place throughout the city from Palm Sunday right through to Holy Saturday, the highlight, without a doubt, being Maundy Thursday with the Procession of Silence. A large part of the Granada attends the procession, which departs from the Church of San Pedro on the Carrera del Darrosees.

Many come to witness the images of the pasos (litters) of Christ and the Virgin, bedecked with scores of jewels and semi-precious stones. These litters occasionally draw to a halt to re-enact the Stations of the Cross. There is no pageant as such and references to the passion are marked by saetas. These scenes often whip up such a frenzy of emotion that many onlookers are brought to tears.

Unique to Holy Week in Spain is the Wednesday procession, renowned for the paso "Christ of the Gypsies" or "Christ of Sacromonte" - Sacromonte is an area of Granada famous for its Gypsy cave dwellings. Last but not least is the Procession of Las Angustias on Saturday of Holy Week.

In short, a visit to the city during Holy Week allows you a glimpse into the alluring inner soul of Spain. It is highly recommended. Please consult the local press for the times and locations of the different processions.