Torremolinos Info - Easter

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I have made Easter (Semana Santa) a separate page because of its importance to both local Spanish people, ex-pats and tourists.
The dates for Easter change each year and the dates here are for 2019 but below are the Easter Sunday dates for the next few years just in case I don't remember to update this page.
Easter Sunday 21 April 2019, 12 April 2020, 4 April 2021, 17 April 2022, 9 April 2023

The thrones (tronos) with different images will pass slowly through the streets of Torremolinos carried by many people (normally men) who rock the trono as they walk and take many rests for the tronos are very heavy. The thrones are followed by Nazarenes, women wearing the traditional mantilla and penitents some of whom walk bare footed and blindfolded. They are joined by the musical bands that accompany the walk with sacramental music.
Torremolinos hosts four different processions each year on Palm Sunday, Holy Tuesday, Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday (Easter Sunday). There are two main churches involved in Passion Week: the Parish of Our Lady Mother of Good Counsel (Iglesia Madre del Buen Consejo) and the Parish of Our Lord Risen Christ (Iglesia Cristo Resucitado). The first is in Plaza Picasso and the second in el Calvario.
The processions are very popular with tourists as well as local people so please enjoy but remember that these are religious cultural events so please keep respect. For many local people it isn't just a show.
I have shown routes for each of the four processions. If you are struggling with the maps then click the Click at the top left of the map to see the list of streets.

13th April - Palm Sunday.

According to the Christian religion, Palm Sunday is the day of the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem. This is popularly known as 'La Pollinica'. The thrones of Jesus and Mary are adorned with palm leaves and many followers carry palm fronds. The procession is scheduled to leave the church at 11am but even getting the thrones out of the church is no mean feat. Here are some pictures and video of the procession 2019.

14th - Holy Tuesday.

The celebration of Holy Week continues with the images of the Christ Jesus of the Judgment and the Virgin Our Lady of Calvary, leaving the church at 8pm. Here are some pictures and video of the procession 2019.

19th - Good Friday.

Good Friday is in remembrance of the death by crucifiction of Christ. 'Good' because it precedes the resurrection.
This starts at 9am in La Carihuela from the church of our Lady of Carmen of the Carihuela (la Parroquia Nuestra Señora del Carmen de La Carihuela). After a tour through the streets, the image of the crucified Christ is carried to the seashore of what was a traditional fishing community.
In the evening, at 7.00pm, the procession will carry the throne of Jesus of Nazareth and Mary of Sorrows through the streets. Here are some pictures and video of the procession 2019.

21st - Easter Sunday (Resurrection Sunday).

The procession leaves the church at 11.30 am to commemorate the Passover or resurrection of Jesus with the throne of the image of the resurrected Jesus and the Virgin of the Star.

Easter Sweets.

Two common sweets for Easter are the torrija and the pestiño. However, it should be noted that the supermarkets are selling lots of Easter eggs.
The torrija is of European origin with a long tradition in Spain. It consists of a slice of bread that is soaked in milk, syrup or wine and then coated in egg before being deep fried. It is then sweetened with honey, molasses or sugar and flavoured with cinnamon. It is similar to French toast.
The pestiño, which is also popular at Christmas, is a piece of dough, deep fried in olive oil and glazed with honey or sugar.
Pestiño


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Last updated 19th September 2019