Torrijas, processions, tamborradas. Semana Santa is one of the most emblematic celebrations in Spain, where tradition is mixed with religiosity and culture. In the Spanish capital, Madrid, this festivity comes to life in a special way, offering a wide variety of activities and events to enjoy during Easter.

Traditions and processions

During Easter, Madrid is filled with devotion with the processions that run through the streets of its historic center. These processions, organized by various brotherhoods and sisterhoods, are an impressive visual spectacle, where you can admire the religious images accompanied by sacred music and the scent of incense.

One of the most outstanding processions is Palm Sunday, which marks the beginning of Semana Santa. During this day, the streets are filled with palms and olive branches, while the faithful accompany the image of Jesus mounted on a donkey, recreating his triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

Cultural activities in Madrid

In addition to the processions, Madrid offers a wide range of cultural activities to enjoy during Easter. The city’s museums often organize temporary exhibitions and special events, offering visitors the opportunity to explore the artistic and cultural richness of the Spanish capital.

Numerous theaters and concert halls program special shows during this time of the year, from theatrical performances inspired by the passion and death of Christ, to concerts of sacred music performed by renowned artists.

The capital’s gastronomy

Easter is also a perfect occasion to taste the traditional gastronomy of Madrid. During this time, many restaurants and taverns offer special menus inspired by the typical cuisine of the region, with dishes such as chickpea stew, torrijas, and cod with ajoarriero. Also, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the city’s markets and pastry shops, where you can find a wide variety of traditional sweets and desserts.

Madrid outdoors

For those who prefer to enjoy the good weather and nature, Madrid offers a series of outdoor plans during Easter. The city’s parks and gardens are ideal for a leisurely stroll or picnic, while the surrounding green areas are perfect for hiking or cycling excursions.

In addition, Madrid’s proximity to the Sierra de Guadarrama offers the possibility of activities such as hiking, mountaineering, and skiing, depending on weather conditions.

10 plans for Easter in Madrid

If you are looking for concrete plans, we share with you a list of ten for you to enjoy this Easter in the capital:

  • Attend a procession. Although they start on Monday, the most popular ones are on Wednesday, with the procession of Nuestro Padre Jesús de la Salud and María Santísima de las Antiguas, on Friday, with the processions of Cristo del Pozo and Nuestra Señora de los Dolores, and Cristo del Perdón.
  • Taste the torrijas. If you want to try the winners of this year’s contest, visit Cercadillo, Formentor and La Oriental (gluten-free option).
  • Listen to the flamenco saetas on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. On Thursday there will be two saetas sung from the Real Casa de Correos, in Puerta del Sol. The first, with the procession of Jesus del Gran Poder and the Macarena (19:45), the second, with the passage of Jesus the Poor (21:00). On Good Friday there will be two others: on the balcony of the Casino de Madrid, in Alcalá Street 15, at 20:00-20:30, and on the balcony of the Plaza de la Villa El Perrete, at 20:45.
  • Visit the Enchanted Forest. This botanical garden in San Martín de Valdeiglesias has more than 300 plant sculptures. From mythological animals to athletes in action, this garden is built by the best topiary art artists in Europe.
  • Shop at the Easter Crafts Fair. Between March 16 and April 1, the Recoletos passage becomes a boulevard with more than 50 craft stalls, both from Madrid and other communities. Leatherworkers, cabinetmakers, potters, goldsmiths …. A fair full of handmade objects.
  • Taste the Madrid stew. Whether at Lhardy, La Bola, Casa Maravillas or Los Galayos, try the most typical dish of Madrid this Easter.
  • Attend an exhibition. Explore the temporary exhibitions on offer during Holy Week, from contemporary art shows to historical exhibitions: Pixar World (Ifema), The Last Days of Pompeii (Matadero), Between Bosch and Sorolla (María Cristina Masaveu Peterson Foundation) or San Isidro: 400 years since his canonization (San Isidro Museum).
  • Sacred music concerts. On the occasion of Holy Week, some churches in Madrid, such as San Ginés, offer concerts with the organ as the protagonist. If you do not like concerts, you can also visit some churches, such as: San Antonio de los Alemanes or San Pedro el Viejo.
  • Visit the center of Madrid. You can go to the Tourist Office in Plaza Mayor for a guided tour, or join a free tour of companies like Civitatis. Another way to tour the center is the Madrid Tourist Bus. With its two routes, it takes you to all the corners you want to visit, with the advantage of being seated and being able to get on and off as many times as you want.
  • Attend the Tamborrada in the Plaza Mayor. To end the festivities, on Easter Sunday it is a tradition in Madrid to celebrate this Tamborrada. Starting in the Plaza Mayor, the brothers with their drums and drums commemorate the Resurrection of Christ.

Discovering Madrid

With this guide of plans and tips, you will be ready to make the most of Easter in Madrid and live an unforgettable experience in the Spanish capital. But, if one week is not enough, you can always stay longer.

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