Easter celebrations in Sabinillas

Semana Santa (Easter Week) in Spain runs from Palm Sunday through until Easter Sunday. It is probably one of the most important weeks in the year and certainly one of the most important fiestas.  Maundy Thursday and Good Friday are national holidays although many shops and businesses will close early on the other days of the week.

Forget chocolate eggs and bunnies (although they are now available here), Easter in Spain is a much more solemn event. The main focus of the celebrations is the processions organised by the brotherhoods of each local church.

Here’s the timetable for the  processions for this year’s celebrations in Manilva and Sabinillas

March 29th – Palm Sunday 




11 am. Blessing of the palms in the Santa Ana church, Manilva.

12 noon. La Borriquita – Procession through the streets of Manilva with the statue of Christ

la borriquita


12.30 pm. Blessing of the Palms in the Plaza Costa del Sol (fishermen’s square) Sabinillas followed by mass in Sabinillas church.

March 31st – holy Tuesday 


9pm  “IX Noche de Exaltación a la Saeta” – celebration of the traditional procession songs  in Santa Ana church, Manilva.

 April 1st – Holy Wednesday –


11pm Via Crucis procession( Way of the Cross) starting from the church and proceeding through Calle Cuartel and El Camino del Calvario.

via cruces

April 2nd – Maundy Thursday


8pm  Holy Mass in the church.

11pm Procession of Jesus of Nazareth through the streets of Manilva

jesus of nazaruth


6pm. Mass at the church, Sabinillas

10pm. Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) procession through Sabinillas Streets

April 3rd – Good Friday


5pm Adoration of the Cross at the Church.

6pm Procession of “Santo Entierro” and Ntra Sra de los Dolores”. (Manilva’s brotherhoods)

12 midnight Procession “De la Soledad”. This procession is undertaken in strict silence – extremely moving but can be a bit scary for young children.


4.00 pm. Adoration of the Cross in the church

9.30 pm. Procession of “Cristo del Amor” and “Ntra Sra del los Dolores” (Sabinillas Brotherhoods)

April 4th Holy Saturday 


11.00 pm Blessing of the Flame in the church followed by the solemn Easter vigil.


9.00 pm. Easter vigil in the church

April 5th – Easter Sunday 


12 noon Holy mass in the church

1 pm Procession of the “Santisimo Cristo Resucitado” and the “Santisima Virgen del Rosario A.M.D.G.” (Jesus & Mary). The statues of Christ and Mary are taken from the church, one procession goes one way around Manilva and the other, another way. Both statues meet later in the main street  (Calle Mar)

easter sunday


11am.Easter Mass at the church –

In my opinion, the procession on Sunday is the best but I’d certainly advise that you try to see at least one of the parades. – and get there early – they get very busy!
Remember that this is Spain so all times are approximate – especially for the processions. Also many roads will be closed from from late afternoon on Thursday, Friday Saturday and Sunday so look out for the signs advising you not to park.