5 Special Places To Experience The Camino at Easter
Easter or Holy Week as it’s also known is widely celebrated across Spain, with many cities and towns along the Camino de Santiago hosting impressive processions. There’s a huge variety of different places to experience the Camino at Easter.
Whether you want to celebrate by the coast or in one of the more well-known spots, or even in the most traditional, there’s so much choice. Here are 5 special places to experience the Camino at Easter and discover unique centuries-old Easter traditions.
1. Ferrol on The Camino Ingles
Most towns and cities in Galicia celebrate Holy Week and Ferrol hosts one of the most traditional and spectacular Easter events. The port city of Ferrol is the starting point of the Camino Ingles, a Camino de Santiago route traditionally followed by pilgrims from Britain and Ireland.
Easter would be the perfect time of the year to start the English Camino in Ferrol, experiencing the city’s most important event of the year and then walking to Santiago de Compostela, where there are also colourful Easter processions all week. You can walk from Ferrol to Santiago in just one week.
2. Santiago de Compostela
As the capital of Galicia and the destination point of the Camino de Santiago, Santiago de Compostela also hosts its own Holy Week processions, with religious imagery hitting the streets for locals and visitors to admire in the beautiful setting of Santiago’s Old Town.
3. Lugo on The Camino Primitivo
Holy Week parades in Lugo take place in the old town, nestled within the city’s famous Roman wall, the best-preserved Roman wall in Europe, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
4. Fisterra on The Camino Finisterre
The focal point of celebrations is the Church of Santa María das Areas and the Saint Christ of Fisterra, popularly known by the locals as ‘The Golden Beard Christ’. Locals also reenact some of the scenes of the Passion as part of the week’s proceedings on the Camino Finisterre.
5. Sevilla on The Vía de la Plata
Easter, along with the colourful Feria de Abril, is the most important and unique festival of the year in this stunning city. Processions and floats with religious sculptures representing the Passion of Christ, called ‘pasos’, parade around the streets. The most dramatic ‘pasos’ are on display for Holy Thursday and Good Friday.
Seville’s Easter celebrations are renowned around the world and it’s by far the most impressive and Holy Week location in Spain. Also along the Vía de la Plata route, the cities of Salamanca and Zamora host important Holy Week processions.
For more information about the Camino at Easter or to book your trip, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Please do keep in mind though that Easter is one of the busiest times of the year and bookings may need to be made up to a year in advance. It’s never too early to start planning next year’s adventure!