If you’re visiting Mijas Pueblo this Easter, you’re in for a real treat! Semana Santa, or Holy Week, is one of the most important religious and cultural celebrations in Andalucia, so you’ll find no shortage of things to do and see. During this time, you’ll find a plethora of activities happening almost every single day, so you’ll have a unique chance to immerse yourself in Spanish culture.
In addition to these fantastic processions, there’s also lots of other activities happening in and around the area, as well as plenty of local culinary delights to sample! Let’s take a look at what you can expect this Semana Santa in Mijas Pueblo!
Easter in Mijas Pueblo
Starting from Sunday 2nd April 2023, otherwise known as Palm Sunday, you’ll find several processions and events in towns and cities across the country to mark the beginning of this important time of year – and Mijas Pueblo is no exception! During Semana Santa, the village comes alive with ornate processions, delicately crafted figures, as well as traditional food and drink.
The first procession of the week takes place on Palm Sunday or Domingo de Ramos, marking the beginning of Semana Santa. This procession is known as the ‘Procession of the Palms’, and it involves members of the local church, carrying palm and olive branches through the streets of Mijas Pueblo, ahead of Jesus’ arrival.
Good Friday Celebrations in Mijas Pueblo
Don’t miss this one! The Good Friday procession in Mijas Pueblo is one of the most impressive and most important events of the week. The ‘Procession of the Holy Burial’ involves the carrying of a statue of Jesus Christ on the cross, as well as a statue of the Virgin Mary. The statues are carried through the streets of Mijas Pueblo by members of the local church, accompanied by musicians playing traditional Spanish music.
The streets of Mijas Pueblo will be packed with locals and tourists alike, as everyone comes together to witness this fantastic and moving procession. Find your way to the procession route and secure your viewing spot in good time, as the area can become extremely busy!
Easter Foods in Mijas
In addition to the multitude of processions happening across the week, there are also other events taking place throughout the week in Mijas Pueblo. There are concerts and live music performances, as well as traditional food and drink being served in local restaurants and bars.
One of the traditional dishes that is served during Semana Santa is torrijas, which are very similar to French toast. Torrijas are made by soaking slices of bread in milk, egg, and sugar, and then frying them until they are golden brown. They are often served with honey or syrup and are a delicious and indulgent treat over Easter!
Another traditional dish that is served during Semana Santa is the potaje de vigilia, which is a filling stew made with chickpeas, spinach, and cod fish. This dish is traditionally eaten on Good Friday when meat is not allowed to be consumed. You’ll also find lots of arroz con leche (rice pudding) and of course, the occasional chocolate Easter Egg in Mercadona!
Visiting Mijas Pueblo at Easter
If you are planning to visit Mijas Pueblo during Semana Santa, there are a couple of things you should keep in mind. Firstly, do take into account that the village can get very busy during this week, particularly on procession days, so we recommend arriving early to avoid disappointment.
Secondly, it is important to be respectful of the religious significance of the events that are taking place. Whilst these parades and processions are a unique experience to visitors, they are of high importance to locals, so it’s good to be mindful of this.
Semana Santa is a wonderful time to visit Mijas Pueblo and experience the rich cultural heritage of Andalucia and Spain. Regardless of whether you are religious or just interested in experiencing the unique traditions and customs of the area, we highly recommend visiting!
Check out Mijas Ayuntamiento’s full programme of processions through the Municipality of Mijas here.
Holiday Rentals in Mijas Pueblo
If you’re looking to stay in Mijas Pueblo over Easter and Semana Santa, get in touch with Mijas Properties to book your holiday rental! We have a whole portfolio of holiday rental properties in and around Mijas Pueblo, many within walking distance to the village, so you can experience Semana Santa on your doorstep!