The Holly Week in Andalucia

Holy Week in Andalucia is without doubt the most important week of the year

The strongest image is of course the procession with the penitents who carry the thrones. These penitents are also called “Nazarenes” and they all belong to a religious brotherhood (Hermandad and Cofradia) which each have their own thrones. Many Andalucians, including the most famous, Antonio Banderas in Malaga, belong to a brotherhood. And it is an honour for everyone to be able to be a throne bearer one day.

Semana Santa in Andalucia is lived with great fervour

For a week, Andalucia takes on special colours and the scent of incense, orange blossom and hot candle wax. It lives to the rhythm of processions and representations of the Passion of Christ.

In the film below, director Jason Li has succeeded in capturing the atmosphere and emotion of Semana Santa in Andalucia.

In this film presenting the Semana Santa in the Province of Malaga. There are scenes shot in Malaga, Ronda, Velez-Malaga, and Alhaurin el Grande. It is only a few minutes long. Don’t forget to turn on the sound to be immersed in this unique atmosphere in a few moments.


Thrones of Semana Santa by Jason Li

One of the best places to experience the Semana Santa on the Costa del Sol (along with Malaga) is the town of Velez-Malaga

This Malaga’s “little sister” has an incredibly rich historical city centre that I can only recommend you to go and discover.

Here is the link to discover: the beautiful city centre of Velez-Malaga

About artists and craftsmen of the Semana Santa in the Province of Malaga

This is an extremely complicated time for all those involved in the Semana Santa. It is difficult to imagine the economic activity that this represents for many local artists and craftsmen.

That’s why I’m going to mention one of them while thinking of all the others (dressmaker, painter, carpenter, singer, …..). I don’t want to forget them, they also “make” Andalusia. I would like to mention José Carlos Chica Ramos, the author of the poster (el cartel) for the Semana Santa de Velez-Malaga 2021.

Velez-Malaga is the capital of Axarquia – Costa el Sol.


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