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7 Easer societies stage their processions today, parading a total of 12 shoulder-borne floats tronos. Excitement and colour are the watchwords in this first day of Malaga´s Holy Week.
Those who wish to experience all of the sensations that the day has to offer are advised to make an early start. At 8:00, the image of La Virgen de Lágrimas y Favores leaves the church of San Juan; the highlight of the processions of this strinkingly beautiful float is its passage through the Plaza de Félix Sáenz. After a hearty breakfast, we suggest that you wait near the cathedral in order to see the departure of La Pollinica from El Patio de los Naranjos and share in the joy of children bearing palms as they herald Jesus´entry into Jerusalem.
The rest of the morning may be spent visiting the temples of some of the societies whose processions take place in the afternoon and evening or watching the first legion guard accompanying El Cristo de la Buena Muerte at the church of Santo Domingo
After a light tapa lunch at one of the bars in the old town center, you should head for Plaza de Capuchinos to see the processions of El Señor de la Soledad at 16:00; the statuesque beauty of this image and the attention to detail in the Jewish guard that accompanies it are a wonder to behold. Make your way to the Molinillo district to witness the difficult departure of El Señor de la Salutación from the church of San Felipe Neri at 17:00 or follows this procession in the area near Las Carmelitas Convent (17:45). Afterwards, take up your position on the Puente de la Aurora bridge at around 18:30 to admire the images of La Salud as they emerge from the Trinidad district and cross the River Guadalmedina before setting off on their official route.
By 20:00, we should be at the cathedral to see La Humildad on parade inside. We recommend dinner at one of the many restaurants to be found in this area.
At around 22:00, you should be at Tribuna de los Pobres to see the magnificent floats paraded by El Huerto. Finally, we suggest that you accompany El Prendimiento from the Calle Dos Aceras until it lays its float to rest before a mass audience near the Conservatorio Superior de Música.
This is the day of greatest contrast, since each of the 6 societies that carry their 11 floats has a most individual style.
One of the most intense moments of Malaga Easter Week is without doubt the transfer of Jesús Cautivo and La Virgen de la Trinidad to their processional floats following early morning mass on the esplanade of the church of San Pablo. It begins at 8:00 but the entry of the iomages into the Hospital Civil where they are seen by the patiens at 9:30 sholud not be missed. This morning also offers the chance to visit the church of Los Mártires to see the floats paraded by bPasión society, whose candles are lit at 12:00.
By 16:30 we should be on the steep slopes of Calle Carrión to see the difficult descent of La Crucifixion. Close by, just an hour later, we will witness the vibrant departure of El Señor de la Columna and La Virgen de la O, know as “the gypsies”; here, the music of the band mingles with the prayers and dance of the gypsy people. Afterwards, we can head to the area around the cathedral at about 19:00 to admire the floats of the Pasión society in Calle Santa María in the shadow of the gotic façade of the church of El Sagrario. Just a stone´s throw away from here, we can see Los Estudiantes wend their way from Calle Cister across Plaza del Carbón to crowed Calle Carretería.
After some sustenance at one of the bars or restaurants in the town centre, a must of visitors is the unique sight of the procession of El Cautivo as it crosses the Puente de la Aurora bridge (22:00) with a sea of devotes in its wake who have been following it since early afternoon and will continue to do so until it returned to its temple. Another location not to be missed is the Plaza del Obispo where, towards midnight, the floats paraded by Los Estudiantes will converge while the Bishop looks on from portico of the main entrance of the cathedral. To round off this busy day, we recommend that you spend the early hour followings Los Dolores del Puente (1:30) as the procession passes through El Llano de Doña Trinidad and Calle Cerrojo, locations steeped in history.
La Victoria plays a key role today as 3 of the 6 societies whose processions take place on tuesday come from this typical district of the city.
The morning offers a chance to admire the works of the gardeners of the city´s park in the shape of the mantle natural flowers made for La Virgen de las Penas, which can be viewed at the church of San Julián in Calle Nosquera. A Visit to the temples of the La Sentencia , Rescate and Rocio societies will enable the visitor to take a closer look at their floats.
We recommend that you set off early (17:15) for the Victoria district to see the processions of El Rocio makings its way through the Jardín de los Monos and onto Plaza de la Mercedalong Calle Victoria. If we stay in this area, at 19:00 we will be able to see the procession of El Rescate in the narrow Calle Aguas and appreciate its colourful cortége. The beauty of its patrimony and its unique float with its gothic-style Virgin. In nearby Plaza de la Merced, you will be able to see the procession of La Sentencia at 20:30 in the attractive architectural setting provided by Picasso´s birthplace and the monument erected in memory of General Torrijos.
We suggest that you sample one of the many typical dishes on offer in the old town centre before continuing. Get to Plaza del Obispo by 22:00 to admire the efforts of the members of the Nueva Esperanza society infront of the main façade of the cathedral. From here you can head towards the heart of 16º century Malaga, Calle San Agustín, to enjoy the procession of Las Penas at around 23:00. Afterwards, we will make for the Alameda Principal to see the procession of La Humillacion, wich parades the oldest of all Malaga´s Easter floats. To finish off Holy Tuesday, meet up with El Rocio as it comes back to the district to be returned to its temple amidst great popular fervour.
Today we reach the halfway stage of Easter Week with 6 societies parading their thirteen floats. Grandeur and splendour are the words that best sump up each and every one of these processions.
We can start off by visiting the temples of societies of La Paloma, in Plaza de San Francisco, and Sangre, wich is nearby. Heading along Calle Carretería we come to the church of San Juan where we can look on as El Cristo de Animas de Ciegos is carried to its processional float on the shoulders of paratroopers at 12:00. Finally, we must not forget to call in the temple-museum of the expiration society, wich houses an art collection of great merit; this visit is an absolute must.
Our afternoon begins at 16:30 in Plaza de Capuchinos with the departure of Los Salesianos. We shall then head for the church of Santo Domingo to see the Via Crucis of the Congregación de Mena on the streets of the Perchel districts at around 18:00. At 19:00 we will corss the Puente de los Alemanes bridge and make for Plaza de Félix Sáenz to admire the dense cortége of the cofradias Fusionadas. Before taking a rest, we recommend that you attend the traditional ceremony in wich a prisioner is freed by the image of Jesús del Rico at 20:30 near Plaza de la Aduana, very close to the Alcazaba.
After keeping our strength up by sampling “pescaito” (fried fish) and other culinary delights to be found in the old town centre´s many bars, we shall head for the Alameda Principal at 22:00; to see the magnificent floats paraded by the Paloma society, in wich doves, the birds that give the society its name, are set free. Then go to the end of Calle Carretería to witness the vibrant meeting of the floats carried by the Sangre society at La Tribuna de los Pobres. Finally we recommend that you try to find a seat in the Alameda Principal in order to enjoy the procession of la Expiracion.
This is without doubt the most popular day in terms of attendance, which makes it difficult to get around and find spots that are not too crowded.
We suggest that you be at the port for 11:00 to witness the legionary troops as they arrive in Málaga; these soldiers lift El Cristo de la Buena Muerte onto its processional float (12:00) and subsequently carry it to the society´s procession. After middaya visit to the temple-museum of the Esperanza society to take a closer look at the floats of El Nazareno del Paso and La Virgen de Málaga is a must.
We recommend that you head for Calle Carretería at 17:30 to see the departure of the Viñeros society and witness the ceremonial placing of the keys in the hand of the Nazarene. Afterwards, at 18:30, make for the Alameda Principal to see the walking cathedrals that are the floats of La Sagrada Cena and La Virgen de la Paz. At the nearby Puente de Tetuán you can admire the procession of the Congregación de Mena accompanied by the Legion and the Navy. Then, if you can manage to exit the Alameda Principal via a side street, go to Calle San Agustín to follow the somber cortége of La Santa Cruz until reaches Plaza de la Merced at around: 21:00 .
After a visit to one of the restaurants in the town centre to sample the wide variety of tapas and dishes on offer, you can enjoy the isual feast provided by La Misericordia in front of the cathedral in Plaza del Obispo. Then, head for the Alameda Principal to witness a unique sight in Malaga´s Easter Week; the crossing of the procession of La Esperanza and Mena at around 00:30. Afterwards, go to La Tribuna de los Pobres to hear the people of Malaga pay compliments to La Virgen de la Amargura (Zamarrilla) as it returns to its home district. Stay at this spot to receive the blessing of the Nazareno del Paso and accompany La Virgen de la Esperanza on its return home across the carpet of rosemary that now covers the streets of Malaga. And if you still have sufficient strength, head for the church of San Juan to witness the moving departure of the Cristo de la Vera-Cruz on its way to the cathedral.
Silence is the main feature on thi day of mourning and reflection. 14 floats are paraded through the streets of Málaga as 8 differents societies carry their sacred images.
We suggest a visit to any of the churches with Eucharistic monuments in the old centre.
The large number of societies taking place today mean that an early start is advisable to avoid missing any of them. We suggest you watch the procession of El Descubrimiento at around 17:30; you will be surprised at the beauty of la Coracha and its surroundings. An hour later, head for the Plaza de Arriola where the canticles sung by of the Hermanas de la Cruz to the society of Dolores de San Juan will take you back several centuries into the past. By 19:00 you should be at the cathedral to admire the solemnity of the Via Crucis del Santísimo Cristo Mutilado. We suggest that you follow a tea of torrijas and other pastries with a trip to the Puente de la Aurora to watch El Santo Traslado and La Virgen de la Soledad.
After dinner, you should not miss the procession of La Virgen de la Piedad along narrow Calle Ollerías, the entrance to the Cruz del Molinillo district, at around 21:30. And if you want to see an Easter procession combined with a rich architectural setting, witness the departure from the cathedral of La Hermandad del Monte Calvario and its progress along Calle de San Agustínat around 23:00. In nearby Calle Calderería you can watch El Cristo del Ampor and La virgin de la Caridad as they return to the Victoria district shortly after midnight. As Easter Suturday beguins, we will see the majestic elegance of the Santo Sepulcro cortége in Calle Larios, accompanied on its way by Chopin´s funeral march, at around 01:00. All will be shrouded in darkness when, after El Hijo Muerto, we follow La Virgen de Servitas along this same road until it returns to the churchof San Felipe Neri, admist the prayers of La Corona Dolorosa, at about 04:00.
The procession of El Resucitado is Malaga´s celebration of the Lord. Nazarenes from each and every one of the societies take part together, creating a colourful cortége that, due to its extreme length, is best viewed sitting in one of the seats provided by Association of Easter Societies throughout the official route.
This procession reaches the Alameda Principal at 12:00 midday and finishes at the church of San Julián, near Calle Carretería, at 14:00.
Finally, there will be just enough time to sample a typical dish washed down with local wine before heading off to one of our beaches to enjoy the benevolent climate that makes Málaga a “City of Paradise”
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