Holy Week in Granada: The best plans
Easter is just around the corner and with it comes the famous processions and numerous religious events that take place throughout Spain. Many devout and not so devout people come every year to enjoy these celebrations full of passion and spectacle. Although there are plenty of places to go during this holiday, today we are going to focus on our favorite destination to spend the days of Easter: Granada.
As we have mentioned in other articles, Granada is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Spain. Here we find monuments such as the Alhambra, the Generalife or the emblematic neighborhoods of Albaicin and Sacromonte. If you want to know more about these essential visits, look at our article What to see and do in Granada in two days. This city is an ideal destination to visit at any time of the year, but it acquires a unique beauty at Easter. Discover the best plans to do as a couple, with children or with your pet (if you have one) that the city of Granada offers you for the month of April.
Easter Week Processions Granada
This 2022 the Holy Week of Granada, declared Fiesta of International Tourist Interest since 2009 will begin on April 10 and will end on Sunday 17 of the same month. The city has a total of 32 brotherhoods and 58 floats. As we know that you may not be a big fan of this kind of celebrations or yes, but you don’t want to and you can’t see each one of the floats, we have selected the 3 most representative of these dates.
Procession of the Borriquilla
The procession of the Borriquilla gives the starting signal to the Holy Week in Granada. This procession represents the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem on the back of a small donkey popularly known as a borriquillo. Although the official program of events for the festivities is not yet available, every year this procession departs from the parish of San Andrés Apóstol and passes through the streets of Elvira and San Matías. It is one of the most beautiful processions to see as it also involves the little ones.
Procession of the Christ of the Gypsies
The procession known as the procession of ‘Los Gitanos’ goes through the streets of the Sacromonte neighborhood every Holy Wednesday. The carving of the crucified Christ, work of the sculptor José Risueño, is one of the most popular images and the one most prayed to by the people of Granada. If you come to see this statue you can enjoy the saetas that sound in the background during the procession.
Maundy Thursday Processions Granada
In Granada, Maundy Thursday is known as the Day of the Albaicín. Throughout this day there are different processions through the narrow cobblestone streets of this beautiful neighborhood of Granada. The most famous and followed are the procession of La Concha, which leaves the Monastery of the Conception. The procession of La Aurora, which departs from the Church of San Miguel Bajo; the procession of La Estrella, which starts at the Church of San Cristobal and finally the procession of Silencio, which departs from the Parish Church of San Pedro and San Pablo.
On the other hand, besides enjoying the processions during this time of the year, Granada offers plenty of cool plans to do with which you will not have time to get bored. Here are some ideas with which you can make the most of your stay in the city.
Original plans in Granada
In 2020 UNESCO included the Geopark of Granada in the Global Geoparks Network thanks to the enormous importance of its geological heritage, its geoconservation initiatives and the positive cultural and socioeconomic impact it has on the areas where it is located. This geopark offers different activities to enjoy its landscapes, such as a hot air balloon trip with which you can fly over the area. We recommend you to do it at sunrise so you can enjoy its varied and warm range of colors. Within the Geopark of Granada is the Negratín Reservoir. It is one of the most beautiful reservoirs in Spain where you can do activities such as canoeing, paddle surfing or rent pedal boats with or without slide to enjoy its beautiful turquoise waters that also have thermal properties. The Geopark of Granada is open from Friday to Saturday from 10.00h – 18.00h and on Sundays and holidays from 10.00h – 13.00h.
Biodomo Science Park Granada
The Biodomo of Granada is located inside the Parque de las Ciencias and at first glance may look like a zoo, but once inside you will realize that the animals are in freedom within the different habitats that make it up. You will be able to enjoy its original fresh and saltwater aquariums and its immersive animal reserve. A unique activity to enjoy with family, friends or as a couple, because who doesn’t like animals? Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00h – 19.00h. Sundays and holidays from 10.00h – 15.00h.
Monastery of La Cartuja Granada
The Monastery of Our Lady of the Assumption is located on the outskirts of the city of Granada, about 15 minutes from the center, but is very well connected. You can get there either by public transport or by car. It is one of the hidden gems of Granada and is a great exponent of Spanish baroque. Many consider this monastery as one of the most beautiful monuments of Granada after the Alhambra or the Cathedral of Granada. A small place full of art. Be sure to visit it.
The Láchar Castle is located 15 minutes from Granada and is the rebuilding of a building from the Nasrid period converted into a historic residence of the Spanish nobility in the nineteenth century. Open to the public for 2 years ago, this Cultural Interest Site has an interesting history and an important amount of authentic furniture of the period with great artistic value. We recommend you take the guided and dramatized visit, which will certainly be fun. You can visit it on Fridays from 15.30h – 19.00h. Saturdays from 9.00h – 13.00h and 15.30h – 19.00h and Sundays from 9.00h – 13.00h.
Tourist apartments in the center of Granada
The Líbere Granada apartments located a few meters from the Cathedral are an unbeatable option to stay during your Easter break in the center of the city. You can choose between studio or apartment with or without terrace for up to four people and check-in quickly from wherever you are through our application. If you feel like traveling with your pet, in the apartments Granada Libere Catedral they are more than welcome. Discover all our options and choose the one that best suits you.