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Easter in Malaga 2025

Easter in Malaga is one of the most important and busiest times of the year in the city. Also known as Holy Week (semana santa in Spanish), Easter in Malaga is characterised by long, solemn processions that parade through the city for seven days.

To help you make the most of Easter in Malaga we’ve compiled a list of FAQs as a guide to all you need to know about this unique event.

Malaga Easter week processions

When is Easter in Malaga this year?

Easter in Malaga takes place from 13 to 20 April 2025.

What are the Easter processions?

Organised by brotherhoods (hermandades or cofradías in Spanish), the processions are parades consisting of at least two large floats, one carrying a Christ figure and the other a figure of the virgin with members of the brotherhood carrying the floats or walking in front of them.

Read about Holy Week processions in Malaga and find out who’s who and what’s what.

Top tip – want to see the floats close up? Pop into Malaga churches and brotherhoods in the morning during Easter week

When are the processions?

The processions usually start in the afternoon and continue well into the evening and in many cases, early hours of the morning. You can download a calendar of Easter week processions in Malaga here – click on ‘Horarios e Itinerarios’. There are no processions on Saturday 19 April.

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Where can I find them?

All the processions (about 40 of them) start and finish in their own churches or chapels, but they all share a common route. This runs through Plaza de la Constitución, along Calle Larios, Calle Martínez, Calle Atarazanas and Calle Torregorda, then along the Alameda Principal as far as Plaza de la Marina where they turn to go up Calle Molino Lario to the Cathedral entrance on Plaza del Obispo.

Which are the best processions at Easter in Malaga?

Nazarenos at Easter in Malaga

Everyone has their own favourites and they’re all spectacular and moving in their own way. Highlights in Malaga include:

  • Sunday 13 April – Palm Sunday – the most cheerful and made up mostly of children carrying palm leaves.
  • Monday 14 April – Los Gitanos (Cofradía de Nuestro Padre Jesús de la Columna). Gypsies accompany their Christ and virgin figures with song and dance as they make their way round the city centre
  • Tuesday 15 April – Las Penas. This virgin’s cloak is made entirely of fresh flowers.
  • Wednesday 16 April – El Rico. The Christ figure is accompanied by a pardoned prisoner, recently released from prison. La Paloma. White doves fly to and from the virgin while this procession is in the city centre.
  • Thursday 17 April – Cristo de Mena. Legionnaire troops accompany this Christ figure as they make their way round Malaga. This is one of the most popular processions in Malaga.
  • La Esperanza. Another hugely popular procession, this one has the heaviest float – the one carrying the virgin weighs 5 tonnes.
  • Friday 18 April – all processions are solemn and mostly silent. Las Servitas is the last one and the city lights go out as it parades through the streets.
  • Sunday 20 April – the black and purple gowns are replaced by white and green for the Sunday of Resurrection procession.

Where’s the best place to see the Easter processions in Malaga?

You get the best views from the Alameda Principal and the wide street here gives a good perspective.

Top tip – if there’s a particular procession you want to see, get your place early (at least a couple of hours before it’s due to past) to ensure a frontline view.

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How long do the processions last?

Several hours at least and they take ages to move along because the floats weigh so much the bearers can only carry them for a short distance at a time.

Are they suitable for children?

Watching a procession involves a lot of waiting around so some children will get bored. Malaga streets are extremely crowded so keep a close eye on your children.

Malaga Easter week practicalities

Do any hotels have views of the processions?

Yes, several hotels in city have bird’s-eye view of the processions, including:

AC Palacio (book a room overlooking Calle Molina Lario on one of the lower floors)

Palacio Solecio (book one of the superior doubles or suites, overlooking Calle Granada)

Soho Boutique La Equitativa (book a room facing Calle Larios).

Vincci Larios Diez (book a room on the highest floor possible, overlooking Calle Larios).

How can I get to Malaga at Easter?

The processions disrupt the traffic and many roads are cut off temporarily while the processions pass. This added to the metro works makes bringing your car in Malaga even more of a nightmare. Use public transport wherever possible.

Top tip – if you’re coming into Malaga for the day by car, park by the Palacio de los Deportes on the west side of town (free parking) and get the metro as far as Atarazanas station. Malaga Metro is running non-stop from 6.30am on Wednesday 27 March to 2.30am on Saturday 30 March.

How can I get around Malaga at Easter?

Easter in Malaga city centre is extremely crowded and making your way round the streets can be difficult. If you want to cross the Alameda Principal or Calle Larios, look for the designated crossings.

What happens if it rains?

Rain (or a high chance of rain) means processions may not take place or could start and then be forced to return to their chapels. Cancellations are usually within hours of the procession’s start time and can even be last-minute. For example, in 2024, numerous processions were cancelled in the early afternoon of the day they were due to go out because of rain or the threat of rain.

If you want to find out how likely rain is, this link gives you the hourly forecast for Malaga.

We won’t be providing real time updates on this page, but recommend following Diario Sur and the Agrupación de Cofradías websites or social media pages. Agrupación de Cofradías on Instagram and Diario Sur on Instagram. Their stories should publish news on cancellations, re-routes and new schedules if it rains.

Read about what to do in Malaga if it rains.

Will I be able to sit down?

If you’ve got a frontline spot, you will be able to sit down while you’re waiting but you should stand up when the procession starts to go by. Otherwise, sitting down isn’t easy. There are seats along the Alameda Principal and Calle Larios, but these are usually booked and reserved months in advance.

Which days are public holidays in Malaga?

Thursday 17 and Friday 18 April 2025.

Top tip – there’s a lot of waiting around so pace yourself with processions Easter week in Malaga. Don’t try to see them all – choose 2 or 3 and make the effort to see these. Spend the rest of your holiday in Malaga doing other things.

Will the shops be open during the Easter public holidays in Malaga?

Most shops close on both Thursday and Friday as do banks and public offices. Bars and restaurants, however, open as usual.

Close up of throne in Easter processions in Malaga

Things to do in Malaga at Easter

What will the weather be like in Malaga at Easter?

The weather in Malaga at Easter is usually good – expect warm temperatures. Check out the latest Malaga weather forecasts here and here.

Are there other things to do apart from the processions?

Plenty. Choose from Malaga art museums, monuments, shopping, street art… and of course, there’s the beach.

Will it be warm enough to go to the beach?

It’s warm enough year-round to go to the beaches in Malaga. You might find it a bit chilly for a swimsuit and the sea will be cool, but it should be warm enough to sit on the beach or at a beach bar and enjoy some delicious fried fish!

Where can I find more information about Malaga Easter week?

Read our guide to who’s who at Easter.

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(Photo credits: José Hidalgo via Visit Costa del Sol)

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