Easter in Marbella

Sun, Mar 24, 2024 – Sun, Mar 31, 2024


Welcome to Marbella, where Semana Santa, known as Holy Week, is a great festival that is deeply integrated into a part of the city’s culture rather than just a celebration of religion. As one of the most significant weeks of the year, Semana Santa in Marbella is a captivating fusion of tradition, spirituality, and community. Join us as we delve into the rich tapestry of events and festivities that make Easter in Marbella an experience like no other.

With record numbers of visitors arriving for Easter Week, Andalucia continues to shatter previous records. Juanma Moreno, President of the Junta de Andalucía, and the Spanish Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sports give the astonishing official facts. Over a million people visited Marbella in 2023, bringing in over 403 million euros in revenue for the local community. It turned the Easter season into the one of the greatest in the area’s history.


Dates and Key Events:

  • Palm Sunday (Domingo de Ramos): Semana Santa kicks off with Palm Sunday, commemorating Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. In Marbella, the day begins with vibrant processions featuring intricately woven palm leaves and olive branches. Locals and visitors gather to witness these colorful parades as they wind their way through the streets of the old town, accompanied by music and fervent chants.
  • Holy Monday to Holy Wednesday (Lunes Santo a Miércoles Santo): The days leading up to Easter Sunday are marked by solemn processions featuring “pasos,” elaborately decorated floats depicting scenes from the Passion of Christ. These processions, organized by different brotherhoods or “hermandades,” traverse the city, offering a powerful display of faith and devotion. Each paso is meticulously crafted and carried by members of the brotherhood, accompanied by hauntingly beautiful music and prayers.
  • Maundy Thursday (Jueves Santo): Maundy Thursday in Marbella is a day of solemn reflection and commemoration of the Last Supper. In the evening, the city comes alive with the poignant procession of “El Silencio” (The Silence), a somber and reverent display characterized by the absence of music and solemn candlelit processions.
  • Good Friday (Viernes Santo): Good Friday is perhaps the most solemn day of Semana Santa, marking the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. In Marbella, the day is observed with profound reverence, as solemn processions wind through the streets, depicting the Stations of the Cross. The atmosphere is one of solemnity and reflection, as locals and visitors participate in this moving display of faith and devotion.
  • Easter Sunday (Domingo de Resurrección): Semana Santa culminates with Easter Sunday, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In Marbella, the city is adorned with colorful decorations, and joyous celebrations fill the air. Families gather for festive meals, children participate in Easter egg hunts, and churches overflow with worshippers attending Mass to commemorate this holiest of days.



In Marbella, Semana Santa is a deeply meaningful occasion when ancestral traditions coexist peacefully with modern festivities. Guests are welcome to experience the beauty and solemnity of Easter in Marbella as the city unites to commemorate its religious heritage. Easter in Marbella reflects the sense of community, faith, and cultural heritage, whether you choose to watch the magnificent processions, take part in customs, or just take in the ambience of this lively beach paradise. Come celebrate Semana Santa with us in Marbella, where every moment is an expression of the spiritual depths of unlimited love and the timeless force of tradition.

Dan Roc

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