Easter 2011 in Malaga

Perfumando las calles de Málaga de incienso

Image by Antonio España via Flickr

Traveling to Malaga during the Easter holiday is a great option. Enjoy the sun, beaches and processions without having to leave the city if you don´t want to.

Málaga, capital of the Costa del Sol, famous for its beaches, good climate and fried fish is also one of the cities in Spain where the Easter week reaches its maximum representation. For seven days, thousands of people take to the streets for processions of the various guilds, incense lingers in the air and the asphalt is covered with a layer formed by the wax candles.

The processions usually take place during the long hours of the night, taking advantage of the full moon light and the lighting of thousands of candles.

Processions begin on Palm Sunday. During the following week we can enjoy the processions for almost every day. A throne is the structure on which religious images are carried during the procession and in Malaga they are characteristic by their large size and weight, carried on the shoulders of many “men of the throne” during the many hours of the procession.

Among the most venerated Malaga processions in the “Nuestro Padre Jesús Cautivo” which comes out on Easter Monday. It is the 177 cm tall figure of Jesus in polychrome wood. The neo-baroque throne is carved from mahogany with embossed silver applications and transported by 252 (!) throne men. (http://lasemanasantademalaga.wordpress.com)

Seizing a good spot to watch the processions is not easy, unless you are a privileged and have access to a private balcony, some of which are even rented.

The people of Malaga are getting completely involved in the party and to these must be added thousands of tourists each year who choose the city to enjoy the week off and anticipate for a few days the beach season.

A privileged place to watch the processions are the stairs at the intersection of Pasillo de Santa Isabel and calle Carretería. This site, known popularly as the “tribune of the poor,” is famous as a place of special difficulty for the thrones, the evening light helps to embellish the scenery and is it very convenient as it allows hundreds of people to accommodate on the staircase, which turns into a huge platform from which to enjoy the show.

Another option is to wear comfortable shoes, get a city map and a processional route (for free in many shops and newspapers shops) and walk the streets in search of a good corner from where to enjoy the passage of a throne. In the processional route is detailed what throne passes where and when.

To regain strength we recommend “Tapas” in the city centre, there are thousands of bars and restaurants, although they are all full during these days, and Malaga’s cuisine is exquisite… If you really need a break is best to book a table at one of the beach bars and enjoy a good portion of tasty traditional fresh fish next to the sea shore. Does not sound too bad, right?

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