Easter in Granada is one of the most deeply-rooted traditions in the city and receives the largest amount of visitors. Thirty-two brotherhoods take part in the processions on Palm Sunday all the way through the week until Easter Sunday.
The artistic and iconographic value of images in procession, with carvings by Pablo de Rojas, Jose de Mora, Risueño and Torcuato Ruiz del Peral are very impressive.
Another hallmark of Easter in Granada Easter is the beautiful backdrop. The Cathedral, a jewel of Renaissance architecture created by Diego de Siloé, is the centre of the religious aspect of the celebrations. During the processions you can see and explore other lovely areas such as the Albaicín, the Paseo de los Tristes, the Carrera del Darro and the Alhambra.
The Procession of the Gypsies is known internationally, which leads up to the Sacromonte district filled with bonfires; the Procession of Silence is also well known, and it is when the street lights are turned off as the processions passes. The parts of the processions that run past the Alhambra and its Moorish monuments and the famous Puerta de la Justicia are also impactful.
Holy Week in Granada has a unique celebration: the prayer at three in the afternoon on Good Friday. It is called Hora Nona and takes place in the Campo del Principe, where worshippers remember the death of Christ in front of the image of Cristo de los Favores. Thousands of people gather here to pray the creed three times, accompanied by three wishes or requests.
The religious and festive part is complemented by food specially made for this time of year, including traditional sweets (doughnuts, Pestiños, Leche frita, Empanadillas) and delicious cod stew.