One special element of Easter in Granada is its processions through the Realejo, the Carrera del Darro, the Sacromonte, Paseo de los Tristes and the Albaicín. The Alhambra is always in the background, visible from most parts of the city. In this beautiful city which has inspired so many lovely poems over the centuries, the various guilds come together to celebrate the occasion. It is not surprising that Holy Week in Granada was declared an event of National Tourist Interest.
The procession of Christ de los Gitanos along the Camino del Sacromonte is particularly beautiful. It takes place in the early hours of Maundy Thursday, accompanied by bonfires, songs and dances.
On Maundy Thursday the three main guilds, La Aurora, La Concha and La Estrella, parade around the Albaicín. In the Procession of Silence (Procesión del Silencio), the valuable carving of the Crucifixion by Mena is carried past the foot of the Alhambra. This is an overwhelming event in which the only sound that can be heard is the sound of the chains of penitents passing through the Carrera del Darro.