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10 things to do in Malaga at Easter

10 things to do in Malaga at Easter

The solemn processions every day during Holy Week in Malaga are one of the highlights of the city’s year. Every day the streets are packed with locals and tourists all crowding to get a view of the unique processions. To the non-local it can seem a bit bewildering, so we’ve picked out 10 things to do in Malaga at Easter to ensure you get the most out of the event.

If you’re looking for general information about Malaga at Easter – dates, best processions, practical tips, etc. – then you’ll find all the answers in our sister post.

Admire the window dressings

A couple of weeks before Easter in Malaga, the city centre ‘dresses up’. You’ll notice windows and balconies draped in dark-red cloth with a gold band at the top and bottom. Walk down Calle Larios and see all the balconies decked in honour of the processions.

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Easter balconies in Calle Larios

See the preparations

The week before Easter week is a frenzy of preparation in chapels and churches in Malaga as brotherhoods put the finishing touches to their thrones and religious images. Pop into any church on a weekday morning to see the work in progress. This also gives you a chance to see the thrones up close and admire the handiwork in silver and gold.

See the thrones close up one of the things to do in Malaga at Easter
Close-up of a throne

Look up to the giant stand

You’ll also have noticed the seating placed along the Alameda Principal and in the Plaza de la Constitución. Seats are rented for the week, giving the ‘tenants’ a prime view of the processions as they go past. The biggest and best are in Plaza de la Constitución where local authorities and dignitaries get high up above the crowds for an almost bird’s-eye view. (And they get a canopy in case it rains).

Splurge hotels

Vincci Larios Diez

Calle Larios is famed as one of the most elegant shopping streets in Spain and Vincci Larios Diez Hotel occupies one of the loveliest buildings on the street. The 1821 townhouse once housed the Almacenes Gómez Raggio store, one of the top shopping spots in its day, and is now home to one of Malaga’s newest hotels. …

Find your spot

This is perhaps the most challenging on our list of things to do in Malaga at Easter – finding your spot to get a good view of the processions. The key is to know where to be and then get there early.

Grab yourself a programme – you’ll find them in the tourist office, local shops and bars and cafés – and decide where you want to be. You can also download the pdf here.

Close-up of Christ figure for Easter in Malaga
Close-up of Christ figure

As a general rule, the wider the street, the more likely you are to get a spot. BUT, get there at least two hours early to be sure of yours. Try these:

  • At the end of the Alameda Principal near the Plaza de la Marina is a good spot for seeing the processions as they come down towards Calle Larios.
  • The steps next to the river (Tribuna de los Pobres) next to Calle Carreteria are another popular procession-watching spot and you get a free seat. But get there super early to grab your spot.
  • The Descendimiento procession on Good Friday goes along the Paseo del Parque on its way to the Cathedral, usually quite quiet with plenty of viewing spots.
Splurge hotels

Gran Hotel Miramar

Malaga’s only 5-star GL hotel, the Gran Hotel Miramar really takes splurge to the next level. Housed in a turn of the 20th century hotel …

Mid-range hotels

Eurostars Astoria

Located on the pedestrian esplanade next to the CAC art museum, Eurostars Astoria is a great location for the Soho district and the histori …

Budget stays

Alcazaba Premium Hotel

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Smell thousands of flowers

The image of the Our Lady of the Sorrows (Virgen de las Penas in Spanish) is one of the most spectacular and fragrant in Malaga at Easter. Her cloak is made of thousands of carnations (between 15-20,000 of them), donated by the city gardeners. It might not be as richly decorated as the gold and silver threads in other cloaks, but this throne is particularly pretty. See her come out of her chapel (just off Calle Andrés Pérez) in the early evening of Tuesday 15 April 2025.

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Cerería Zalo shop in Calle Santa María

See the legionnaire troops disembark

This is one of the best loved processions in Malaga when half the city turns out to see the legionnaire troops parading round the streets. They arrive on Maundy Thursday (17 April 2025) at around 10am on the Contramaestres Casado, a veteran boat in the Spanish Navy stationed on Muelle 1 (near the lighthouse in Malaga Port). They then parade into the city centre. Get there early if you want a good view.

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Legionnaire troops parading at Easter (Photo: Visit Costa del Sol)

Feast on torrijas

And next on our things of things to do in Malaga at Easter comes the foodie bit. Torrijas are the Easter treat par excellence and well worth trying. Made with bread dipped in milk and egg, and then fried, torrijas come brushed in sugar or honey. They’re a super-sugar fix and you may find them too sickly. Or not… Buy them at Aparicio (Calle Calderería and Calle Santa Lucía), La Canasta (Plaza de la Constitución and Calle Atarazanas) and Ávila (Calle Sánchez Pastor).

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Sickly-sweet but delicious torrijas

You can also buy chocolate penitents – look out for those at Aparicio – and if you’re after a chocolate egg, try those in Lepanto on Calle Larios.

See the heaviest throne of all

But at the top of all the things to see in Malaga at Easter is of course the processions. In our other Easter post we’ve highlighted one a day. And in this post we’re highlighting the heaviest.

The thrones paraded in Malaga weigh a tonne – some of them require 250 men to carry them. Our Lady of Hope who comes out on Maundy Thursday (17 April 2025) is the heaviest. This giant structure reportedly weighs 4.1 tonnes and is 14 metres long and 4 wide. No wonder progress is slow as she makes her way round the city.

The heaviest throne of all (Photo: Visit Costa del Sol)

Buy your own miniature procession

Or penitent, banner, candle… at a tiny shop on Calle Santa María off Plaza de la Constitución. Specialising in religious artefacts, Cerería Zalo sells miniatures of just about every element in a Malaga Easter procession as well as penitent hats and hoods. And even if you don’t plan to buy, the window displays are great for browsing.

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