Benidorm Easter 2018 Semana Santa Spain

EASTER – SEMANA SANTA – One of the  most important weeks in  Spain, with lots of processions and events to be found in the old town area.

25th March  Easter and Palm Sunday
26th March   Holy Monday
27th March  Holy Tuesday
28th March  Holy Wednesday
29th March   Holy Thursday
30th March Holy Friday
31st March  Holy Saturday -Holy Saturday
1st April  Easter Sunday – Easter Sunday & Easter
2nd April  Easter Monday

The religious festival is recognised & celebrated in every city, town and mountain village throughout Spain, and is as important as Christmas is.

The varias cofradias and hermandads, (brotherhoods)  will have been preparing and practicing for months for their displays of piety and devotion to God in Semana Santa, Holy Week.

The religious statues from the churches are brought out on floats and carried aloft by teams of ‘penitentes’ as they are paraded around the local streets to the sound of solemn marching music.

During the processions you will see people wearing KKK pointed hoods, which to us look like a variation of the Klu Klux Klan, these outfits date well before the days of the KKK decided to wear them and date back to 1521.  These outfits are worn as a penance for their sins.  It is seen as a real honour to be asked to help carry these very heavy and large floats.  There will also be lots of brass bands.

The processions begin on Palm Sunday the week before Easter, followed by those on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Palm Sunday –  from 11:00 at the main San Jaime church and again on Holy Wednesday, 22:00.

On Holy Thursday – there are two processions, both at 21:00 from the Almudena and San Juan churches.

Good Friday another two processions take place from San Jaime at 20:30 and San Juan at 23:30.

All the processions finish with a great final event on Easter Sunday – at 08:00 a.m. at San Jaime church.

Check the fiesta and enjoy all the festive activities and pay respect,times may vary from day to day.

Easter Semana Santa

Valencia City of Arts Culture Shopping Sun Festivals and much more to offer

The City of Arts and Sciences

The work of Valencia’s own Santiago Calatrava, this is an example of architecture at its most futuristic. The colossal structure houses an IMAX cinema , as well as Europe’s largest aquarium – the Oceanogràfic, interactive educational exhibits in the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum and the avant-garde opera house – Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía. Furthermore, the impressive l’Assut de l’Or bridge and the Agora are all a delight for the senses.

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Barrio del Carmen and its Palaces

This thousand-year-old city neighbourhood grew between two walls, the Muslim and the Christian. A walk through its labyrinthine cobbled streets flanked by imposing medieval buildings takes us to back to other times in history. Entering its palaces, going through the medieval gates of the Quart and Serrano Towers, enjoying the impressive frescos of the Church of San Nicolas and strolling around its most singular spots are itineraries not to be missed.

Guided walking tours of the old town

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Plaza de la Virgen and the cathedral quarter

Twenty-one centuries of history right at the heart of the city, where you’ll find such historical treasures as Valencia Cathedral, the Micalet, the Basilica of the Virgin and the Almoina. Don’t miss the Tribunal de las Aguas (Water Court), a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage (noon on Thursdays).

Guided walking tours of the old town

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Plaza del mercado y Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange)

Immerse yourself in one of Europe’s biggest markets, the Mercado Central, situated inside a jewel of pre-modernista architecture, and enter into one of the most iconic examples of Gothic architecture in Europe, the Lonja de la Seda, declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO. As well as these, make sure you squeeze in the Santos Juanes Church.

Museums

34 museums to choose from, offering art, history, architecture… Soak up 18th century Valencia at the Museo Nacional de Cerámica (National Ceramics Museum), situated in the Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas. Discover the Silk Museum and the legacy left by the silk industry Valencia. Muse over pieces by Sorolla, Goya or Zuloaga in the Museo de Bellas Artes San Pío V, get familiar with the Fallas in the Museo Fallero or contemplate the contemporary art pieces on offer at the IVAM and the MUVIM.

Tickets to the municipal museums

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Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

In a triangular layout, eclectic architecture, a central fountain and colourful flower stalls brighten the landscape. It’s surrounded by some of the city’s most iconic buildings, such as the Plaza de Toros, the Estación del Norte, the Ayuntamiento de Valencia (town hall), the Edificio de Correos (post office) and Plaza Redonda, to name but a few. It’s best known for playing host to the “mascletàs” celebrations, which take place during March, and during the Fallas.

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The Valencia’s Marina and beaches

The Valencia’s Marina is one of the city’s most important landmarks, not only due to the events that are held there, but also due to its unique buildings. It houses the 19th Century Harbour Sheds, the Edificio del Reloj and the Veles e Vents building, the emblem of the new Marina. There are also shops, terraces and restaurants with spectacular views, as well as a children’s park, the Superyachts Berthing with its amazing yachts, and the North and South Marinas, filled with numerous boats.
Just a few metres away are the beaches of El Cabanyal (Las Arenas) and La Malvarrosa, next to the attractive Paseo Marítimo promenade. We suggest you try a delicious paella in one of the seafront restaurants, or have a drink in one of the bars. For those who prefer a wilder kind of beach, we recommend El Saler, next to the Albufera Natural Park.

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The Albufera Nature Park

The Albufera Nature Park will transport you to a world of untouched, pure nature where the only sounds you’ll hear are the birds singing and the sound of the water. Unspoiled by and protected against man, the reserve is located just 10 km out of the city. A visit here will show you the Valencian passion for the environment and help you to discover the origins of our gastronomy.

Free public transport around the city

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The Turia Gardens

A garden covering 9 km and situated on the old bed of the River Turia. This is a true green area, stretching from the west of the city to the east, reaching as far as the City of Arts and Sciences. Explore by bicycle or train. Also absolutely worthwhile is a pit stop at the Palau de la Música, pausing to enjoy the unique bridges which cross it from north to south.

Bicycle hire

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Bioparc and Oceanogràfic

From east to west, Valencia is brimming with activities – both leisure and educational – to familiarise you with the animal kingdom, with such activities as an African safari through the Bioparc or a tour of the underwater world in Oceanogràfic, where you’ll be able to see tropical fish from as far as the Arctic and the seas of Japan. Get the ‘nature pack’ for lots of great offers.

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Villajoyosa or La Vila Joiosa Province of Alicante, Valencian Community, Spain

Villajoyosa or La Vila Joiosa is a coastal town and municipality in the Province of Alicante, Valencian Community, Spain, by the Med’ Sea. The town is known to the locals simply as La Vila.

It is the historic and administrative capital of the comarca of Marina Baixa and is located 32 km from the city of Alicante, in the coastal area known as Costa Blanca(White Coast). La Vila Joiosa literally means Joyful Town, although the inhabitants often abbreviate it to La Vila. It has over three kilometers of beaches, including La Platja Centre (Central Beach), close to the city centre. The river Amadorio runs through La Vila.

The area is famous for its chocolate industry and tourism. One of the most popular tourist attractions is its Gothic Catholic church of the Assumption, with a Baroque altar piece. Another popular destination, the Royal Palm Casino (formerly Casino Costa Blanca), is now closed. The town’s festival of Moors and Christians celebrated at the end of July, was declared an International Tourist Interest Festival.

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