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Get to know the oldest Easter Week in Extremadura

These localities maintain some of the oldest traditions and processions in the autonomous community and the country.

Spain is still overwhelmingly Catholic. It maintains many of its centuries-old annual traditions. Among them is Holy Week.

Holy Week is generally celebrated in Spain between the end of March and the beginning of April. With the arrival of Ash Wednesday, Lent begins until Easter Sunday, which also includes Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

This week is very important in Spanish cities with a strong Christian tradition, such as Seville, but it is not the only one that stands out for it. Do you know that in Extremadura there are many very old and well-known processions in the peninsula?

  • Passion week in Extremadura has some celebrations as well known as the Semana Santa de Extremadura. Cáceres. The Stations of the Cross of the Black Christ, a procession that goes through the streets of the old quarter of the city in complete silence, conveys such sobriety and respect that it maintains its status of International Tourist Interest.

  • Badajoz, Merida o Jerez de los Caballeros are other Extremaduran cities full of imagery, with their churches and buildings. Many of them have been declared of Tourist Interest at national level.

Via Crucis, Merida
  • And there is much more than just processions: there are some impressive performances such as the Living Passion of Oliva de la Frontera. A multitude of actors bring to life the last journey of Christ to the cross through the streets of the town, making it an event of National Tourist Interest.


Video Fiestas and Rites: Los Empalaos. La Vera (Rural Extremadura)

  • Other festivities such as the Impalaos of Valverde de la Vera, the Chiviri of Trujillo or the Day of Light in Arroyo de la Luz complete the wide variety of events that can be found throughout Extremadura during Holy Week.

Day of the Light - Arroyo de la Luz, Cáceres

Did you know that all these celebrations existed? Which ones have you been able to enjoy? Would you like to get to know them first hand? Contact with us and find out about your trip without obligation.

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