If you’re a resident in Marbella, or visiting during “semana santa” you should make the most of Easter, one of the busiest times of year on the Costa del Sol. Here’s a guide to what to see and do during your Easter holidays in Marbella.
Watch A Procession
Easter marks one of the most important events in the Andalusian calendar and the Holy Week processions are major tourist attractions. Those in Malaga and Seville rank as the best (both cities are an easy daytrip from your Marbella property), but even the smallest resorts on the Costa del Sol hold impressive processions.
- Palm Sunday – Sunday 13th April This is a family occasion when children dressed in white robes and carrying palm leaves and olive branches parade behind a statue of Jesus on a donkey through the streets of Marbella Old Town.
- Calvario – Thursday 17th April Two of huge floats (around 100 men carry them) with statues of Jesus and the Virgin Mary take a circular route from the Calvario church round the Old Town and back again.
- Soledad – Friday 18th April The most solemn and moving, the Virgin of Solitude (the oldest statue) leaves the Encarnación Church at 10pm in a silent procession around the Old Town.
Tip: take your place early to get a good view and be prepared for a wait, but it’s more than worth it!
Visit the beach
Warm sunshine is practically guaranteed in Marbella at Easter so make the most of it and head for the beach.
- Family-fun – for safe bathing and plenty of sand, try the beaches on the east side of Marbella.
- Urban-sands – central Marbella has some pleasant beaches with beach bars and ice-cream parlours on the seafront promenade.
- Action-packed – for party beach going, try Puerto Banús where the beaches are small but packed with action!
Tip: have the beach on your doorstep with one of our beachfront properties in Marbella!
During your holiday in Marbella, visit some of the great restaurants where you can sample some of Spain’s top cuisine. Try these Michelin-starred venues:
- Dani García Restaurante – Bibo at Puente Romano Hotel, experience innovative dishes with some surprising combinations from Marbella’s best-known chef.
- Skina – probably Spain’s smallest restaurant but big on gastronomy, this tiny venue in the Old Town is run by Marcos Granda.
- El Lago – in Elviria to the east of Marbella, Diego del Río brings creative touches to Mediterranean cookery.
Tip: book your table well in advance at this busy time of year in Marbella.
Get Out and About
Marbella is the perfect location for a long list of days out such as:
- Skiing in Sierra Nevada – 105km of runs with plenty of snow open for Easter (2 hours away)
- Wine-tasting in Ronda – visit one of the bodegas in Ronda (45 minutes away).
- Processions in Seville – see one of the Holy Week processions in Seville (2 hours away)
- Patios in Cordoba – the festival isn’t for another month or so, but many of the patios are open and in full bloom (2 hours away).
- Art in Malaga – take in Picasso, contemporary art and Impressionism in Malaga plus a Holy Week procession (45 minutes away).
Tip: you won’t have time for all these during the Easter holiday so leave some for the next time you visit your property in Marbella.