Watch the spring sunshine bounce off the Spanish skyline as you eat tapas and drink wine in the cobbled squares of Seville; dream the day away on the sun-kissed, palm-fringed beaches of Malaga; immerse yourself into the ancient ruins and historic tales of Cádiz; and shop until you drop in the glittering designer boutiques of the Costa del Sol – a multitude of fantastic experiences vie for your attention during your Spanish Easter holidays. In many parts of the country, temperatures are already beginning to skyrocket and a laid-back, sun-kissed, water-filled holiday beckons from the beaches of Spain,
while its gorgeous scenery, mountains and volcanoes are ripe for discovery if you crave more action during your trip. Easter is a unique time to visit this part of the world – Semana Santa (or ‘Holy Week’), is one of the most important festivals in Spain and is marked with a week-long calendar of festivities and religious processions that parade the streets; a crazy, colourful whirlwind of costumes, music and elaborate floats decked in candles, flowers and holy figures. Watch the streets come alive and soak up the fantastic Spanish flavour.
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While British temperatures can be famously unreliable in Spring, Spain Easter holidays promise sun-dappled days and baby blue skies. Pleasant weather is not the only appeal, however, as this time of year also brings Semana Santa (Holy Week), one of Spain’s most significant religious festivals, commemorated with a kaleidoscope of festivities and colourful parades. Each region boasts its own unique Easter traditions, so wherever you choose to spend your Spain Easter holidays, you’re guaranteed a slice of the celebration. In Andalucia, marvel at the elaborate processions which suffuse the streets, consisting of intricate pasos (floats) and ornate tronos (thrones). Seville’s parades are equally extravagant, with painted wooden sculptures depicting the historic events of Easter.
Gathering with family is another major aspect of Easter in Spain, making it the perfect place and time for a family holiday. Food is often the centrepiece of these family celebrations and authentic culinary offerings are crafted for the enjoyment of every generation. Start with crispy croquetas and smoky sopa de ajo (garlic soup), followed by flavourful bacalao al pil-pil (cod in pil-pil sauce) or rich bacalao con salsa de pimientos (cod with romesco sauce). For those with a sweet tooth, the Spanish alternatives to Easter eggs come in the form of sugar-coated torrijas (similar to French toast) and honey-glazed pestiños (deep-fried sweet pastry), delicacies which the Basque Country does particularly well.