Torremolinos Tourist Information
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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 2020 but below are the Easter Sunday dates for the next few years.

Easter Sunday 12 April 2020, 4 April 2021, 17 April 2022, 9 April 2023

The thrones (tronos) with different images pass slowly through the streets of Torremolinos carried by many people (mostly men but that is changing) 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.

These events are historic and have many words that are not seen elsewhere. Here is a definition of some of them.

Torremolinos hosts four different processions each year on Palm Sunday, Holy Tuesday, Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday (Easter Sunday) organised by two churches: the Parish of Our Lady Mother of Good Counsel (Iglesia Madre del Buen Consejo in Plaza Pablo Ruiz Picasso) and its cofradia (Brotherhood of Jesus upon his Entry into Jerusalem from Our Father Jesus Nazarene and Mary Most Holy of Sorrows).

The second is the Parish of Our Lord Risen Christ (Iglesia Cristo Resucitado in Calle Horacio Lengo).

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.
5th 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.

On Palm Sunday (Domingo de Ramos), the palms are blessed first at the church at 10.30am. The procession starts at 11.00am and is headed by the Parish Cross accompanied by two antorchones (Essentially torchbearers. They normally carry candlesticks or lanterns on long poles) carrying large palm leaves and three or more monaguillos (Children who help in the church. Probably called altar boys in the UK. In Spain they are both boys and girls).

Next comes Torremolinos Town Band followed by up to 200 children all in tunics and carrying palms and around 100 nazarenos (Members of the fraternity) wearing ivory robes and blue antifazes (Tall conical head covering similar to those worn by the Ku Klux Clan. They contain a cardboard cone called a capirote to keep them upright).

Here are some pictures and video of the procession 2019.
7th April - 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.
10th April - 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.
12th April - 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.

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Last updated 16th March 2020