Easter is one of the most deeply rooted religious and festive traditions in Spain. It commemorates the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.
The Costa Brava is one of the destinations chosen to live the Easter traditions. If you want to delve into the customs and the most classic festive, enjoying a few days on the Costa Brava will be your ideal plan.
Manaies de Girona
Girona is full of history wherever you look at it, this is why it is one of the most visited places on the Costa Brava. Among its traditions highlights the procession of the Manaies.
These processions begin on Holy Wednesday when they deliver the Banner that will be guarded until the Good Friday. When the day arrives, it’s picked up and while the bells are sounding, the first Manaies leave by the main gate, starting the Procession.
The Manaies walk at a slow pace and strike with spears on the ground. This is all accompanied by music, drums and fire. People from all Catalonia come to Girona to see this wonderful procession that invades the beautiful streets of the city.
Procession of the Dolores in Besalú
Very close to Girona we find the region of la Garrotxa, which has a small tourist town with a unique charm.
Besalú, with its beautiful medieval architecture, has one of the most impressive religious representations of the Costa Brava. The Dolores procession is well known in this village, and many people travel here to enjoy this spiritual event.
The Via Crucis in Sant Hilari Sacalm
This municipality is located in La Selva, and celebrates the Via Crucis, which refers to the different stages lived by Jesus from the moment he was apprehended until his crucifixion and burial.
This celebration is known throughout the Costa Brava. In Sant Hilari de Sacalm it begins with the Poncio Pilato’s Juico in the church’s plaza and moves through the streets of the entire municipality onto the outskirts. This tradition has been preserved for many years.
The procession of Verges
The famous procession of Verges is also known for its Dance of Death, one of the most outstanding Easter celebration of the Costa Brava.
The dances of death were spectacles that spread thoughout Europe at the end of the Middle Ages. In Verges and in another few place, this ancient tradition continues to be celebrated. These dances were made to remind Christians of the expiration of earthly pleasures.
The Dance of the Death of Verges is celebrated at night, through the streets of the town with torches. People dress in skeletons and dance to the rhythm of the drums. People who dance carry different symbols that refer to death. This celebration is held on Holy Thursday, and starts at 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
We hope you enjoy a different unique Easter Holiday! Coming on holiday to the Costa Brava is always a great idea because there are plans for all tastes. All the special places it offers us are a worth a visit. For example Tossa de Mar has everything you expect for a unique and unforgettable vacation.