Throughout Spain the “Holy Week” from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday is celebrated with drums, processions and masses – and Madrid is no different. Though not as famous as some such as Sevilla which has become an almost global event the city will see thousands of pilgrims and worshipers taking to the streets to take part in the celebrations and many more flocking just to watch
Afterwards the folks settle down with some typical Easter dishes, such as torrijas (French toast with bread soaked in milk cinnamon, then fried and sprinkled with sugar) or potaje de garbanzas (chick pea stew). Of course plenty of fish dishes such as Soldaditos de Pavía ( cispy fried chunks of cod).
The main processions are centred around the emblematic places such as the Paseo del Prado, Calle Alcalá, and the Plaza Mayor and where you will see the penitents and Costaleros carrying the Virgin through the streets
Below are the main processions – make sure to get there early for the best views
April 9 (Palm Sunday)
16.00: “Procession of Domingo de Ramos” The Cathedral of Almundena
19.00: “Procession of the Students” – Pontifical Basillica of San Miguel Calle San Justo 4.
April 12 (Holy Wednesday)
20.15: “Procession of Gypsies” Nuestra Señora del Carmen and San Luis. Calle Carmen 10.
April 13 (Holy Thursday)
19.00: “The Procession of the Poor” Church of San Pedro, Calle Nuncio 14.
19.00: “The Divine Captive Procession” Calasancio College.General Diaz Porlier 58
20.00: “The Procession of the Great Power and the Macarena” Royal Collegiate of San Isidro, Calle Toledo.
April 14 (Good Friday)
19.00: “The Procession of Jesus of Medinaceli” Basilica of Our Father Jesus of Medinacel, Plaza de Jesus.
19.00: “The Procession of the Christ of the Alabarderos” Royal Palace.
19.00: “The Procession of Silence”, Church of the Most Holy Christ of Faith. Calle Atocha 87.
19.30: “Divine Captive Procession” Calasancio College, Calle General Diaz Porlier 58
19.30: “The Procession of the Seven Sorrows”, Church of Santa Cruz, Calle de Atocha 6.
April 15 (Holy Saturday)
16.00: “Procession of the Solitude” Church of the Calatravas (Alcala 25), Accompanied by the Holy Burial of Móstoles and parade of drums.
20.00: “Procession of the Sorrowful”, Basilica of Our Father Jesus of Medinacel, Plaza de Jesus.
April 16 (Easter Sunday)
12.00: Tamborrada in the Plaza Mayor
Have a great Easter!