We have just over a month before Easter is upon us, with Semana Santa or Holy Week starting on the 9th of April with Palm Sunday and then going through to Easter Sunday, or Resurrection Sunday, on the 16th of April.

Easter is a great time of year to take a short break, with several bank holidays so you won’t have to use so many precious holiday days. Good Friday is on April 14th and Easter Monday is on April 17th, both of these are bank holidays, so you can have a wonderful long weekend break. Have you decided where you’re going yet?

Why don’t you consider Spain? Semana Santa is a really important time of year for this catholic country, and rather than just have an Easter egg hunt and stuff yourself on chocolate, you can immerse yourself into the culture of catholic Spain by watching the amazing parades. They may look a little sinister with the Klu Klux Klan style headdresses, but there’s nothing to be afraid of, these parades are simply a way of telling the Easter story and worshipping. For the onlooker, they are full of pomp and ceremony and display the most wonderful statues on heavy floats depicting different scenes from the Easter story. These enormous “tronos” are carried through the streets by bands of devotees and followed by hundreds of worshippers and are really spectacular.

Some of the processions are joyous, but most are solemn and powerful. Many are held at night and lit by candles for added drama. As well as the hooded figures, you may also see women in black holding candles, these are known as the widows of Christ and are very striking.

If you want to experience the happy ones, check out Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, which are always great fun and are suitable for all the family. The most dramatic, sombre ones are on Thursday and Friday and are a must for anyone who wants to experience the power, emotion and devotion that these processions inspire.

Malaga is very famous for their huge religious and military parades, but all towns in Andalucia are excellent to visit during this time and will have their own processions to enjoy. Fuengirola, Marbella and Estepona are lovely places to combine sightseeing, great food and culture with the parades and we have a wide range of holiday rental properties available in these areas.

However, please be aware that this is when the high season starts on the Costa del Sol and we’ve already had a lot of interest in Easter holiday rentals, so please don’t leave it too late. View click and book Costa del Sol holiday rentals on our website, or contact us if you have special requirements so we can advise you on the best holiday rental for you.