Experience Easter in Malaga

Easter processions, live music, and culinary experiences.

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January 2024
Celebrate Easter weekend in the heart of the action, in Malaga. The vibrant coastal city offers cultural traditions, processions, and festive events that last for several days. Here are the sights and events not to be missed during Easter week, or Semana Santa as it is called in Spain.

Experience Easter processions

Easter is a significant holiday in Spain—and especially in Malaga, the pearl of the Costa del Sol. The city has become renowned for its impressive Easter processions that take place daily throughout the week leading up to Easter where thousands of people gather to take part in the tradition. The processions are performed by various religious associations carrying large floats with sculptures representing Christian events. The most somber procession, of course, takes place on Good Friday and is almost eerie with its long train of repenters in black hoods and full cloaks. Program sheets distributed around the city show when each procession is taking place, and it’s easy to see that some draw bigger crowds than others, such as the famous Virgen de los Dolores Coronada, weighing over 4 tons, or the Cristo de la Buena Muerte, carried by Spanish legionnaires on Maundy Thursday.

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Discover ornate architecture

In the weeks leading up to Easter, preparations are already in full swing in the city. Malaga’s city center is covered in red fabric and gold ribbons adorning windows and balconies in honor of the upcoming processions. Around Calle Larios, a key location for the celebrations, shops and homes add to the festive spirit that extends across the city’s streets and squares.

Taste Spanish Easter specialties

Explore the exciting flavors of Spanish festivities. Malaga is home to a wide range of specialties during the Easter holidays, but the pastries stand out. Torrijas, similar to French toast soaked in sherry or honey, and pestiños, or fried honey pastries, are both Andalusian classics at Christmas and Easter. Another popular pastry available around the city during Easter week is buñuelos, small balls that taste similar to sugary donuts. Several bakeries and restaurants update their offerings with Easter-themed meals and sweets during Semana Santa, so there are plenty of flavors to discover.

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Visit the Alcazaba

The Alcazaba is a fortress located in the heart of Malaga, and it is one of the city’s most significant historical attractions. The complex includes enchanting gardens, beautiful fountains, and impressive elements of both Arabic and Roman art. Next to the Alcazaba, Gibralfaro Castle spreads out and offers fantastic panoramic views of Malaga. The beautiful walk up to the top of Gibralfaro is particularly recommended during the Easter weekend, when the temperature is still pleasant. Local concerts and events are often held in and around the Alcazaba during public holidays.

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Family lunch in Pedregalejo

Escape the city center and discover the charming area of Pedregalejo, where picturesque houses and a unique Spanish atmosphere await. Pedregalejo is the perfect choice for a family lunch when you want to get away from the crowds of Malaga for a while. Stroll along the beaches and enjoy a delicious lunch at one of the restaurants in the area, such as the legendary El Balneario, which has been here since 1918. Enjoy fresh seafood dishes with outstanding views over the water—and catch some live Spanish music if you’re lucky.

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Text by Peggy Hansson