What are your plans for Easter this year? If you’re thinking of a getaway, we’d recommend Marbella as an excellent Easter destination. At Easter, Marbella has a wonderful combination of culture, great places to eat and things to do. It is an Easter break with a difference and we think you’ll love it.
Here are our Top Tips for planning your Easter break in Marbella
- Know the key dates – In Spain, Easter is a week-long affair. It starts this year on Sunday March 25th which is Palm Sunday and finishes with Easter Sunday on April 1st. Bank holidays fall on the 29th of March (Maundy Thursday) and 30th of March (Good Friday). All shops are closed on these days, so if you’re in a vacation rental, make sure you’ve stocked up at the supermarket!
- See a parade – Every day of Easter week there are parades through the streets of all towns and villages in Andalucia. These are wonderful spectacles of devotion, with stunning “tronos” brought out from churches and chapels and carried through the streets. These are ornate sculptures of holy events, which take 20 or more people to carry. Expect music, incense and groups of the faithful, some with the iconic peaked hoods. There are two happy, daytime parades, on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. The others are sombre affairs, but really powerful and are often lit by thousands of candles. Marbella has some excellent parades, starting from the Old Town and going along the main road of Ricardo Sorriano.
- Go to Malaga – Malaga is where the biggest, most impressive parades take place. It is famous for the drama, art, military splendour and outbursts of doleful flamenco. Thousands of people flock to the centre to witness these parades and it’s an amazing way to see the city. If you rent a car we’d recommend leaving it in the Plaza Mayor shopping centre parking and heading in by train. Many streets will be closed off due to the parades and parking will be difficult. Alternatively, we can organise a private transfer from your holiday rental into Malaga and get you as close to the action as possible. Once you’ve seen a parade, head to one of the many wonderful restaurants in the Old Town, or down to the lovely port area for a stroll and a bite to eat. Find out more about Malaga
- Visit a white village – Even the tiniest villages have parades, and this can be a great way to see the typical “pueblo blancos” at their best. There are many beautiful villages dotted along just inland from the coast. Two of the most picturesque are Casares and Mijas Pueblo. Both have lovely parades, particularly on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Saturday. Get the programme of events from the Town Hall and then make your way to the village Church, as everything starts from there. Following a parade is an amazing way to explore a village like this and see all the locals on the streets.
- Enjoy the wonderful restaurants – On Sundays and Bank Holidays here on the Costa del Sol shops are closed, so everyone heads out to the restaurants. Lunchtime is always buzzing and there’s a really great atmosphere, but it’s wise to book a table in these busy times. Before or after the parades, follow the people to have tapas and cold beers and enjoy the atmosphere. For our recommendations on where to eat in and around Marbella read our restaurant guide
- Pack the layers – Easter is a great time to visit the Costa del Sol, but the weather is quite changeable. It can be very hot during the day and chilly at night and there can also be the occasional rain shower. So be prepared by packing the layers and a brolly to make sure you’re comfortable throughout the day.
If you’re planning to come over for Easter, browse and book your luxury holiday rental property here. We have the best properties in some great areas, including Marbella’s Golden Mile, Puerto Banus and Nueva Andalucia
We also offer excellent guest services to help you enjoy your holiday to the full. We can help you with car rentals and even deliver a delicious breakfast to your door. Nothing is too much trouble for our helpful team! Contact us and let us help you plan your perfect Easter getaway in Marbella.