Easter and «Semana Santa» in Valencia
In a few weeks religious feelings will spread across cities all over Spain and especially throughout villages in which Spaniards call “Semana Santa”. The most famous events take place in Seville, with the processions and floats leaving the churches running through the streets.
But it’s not the only plan for these holidays in Spain. Below you can find what Valencia has to offer you so you can enjoy the Easter holidays.
SEMANA SANTA MARINERA
Valencia has something special that not many cities in Spain have. We’re talking about the “Semana Santa Marinera”. From April 12th to April 21st, “El Grau”, “Canyamelar”, and “El Cabanyal”, three of the neighborhoods that form the district of “Poblats Marítims” host events to celebrate the “Semana Santa Marinera”. 31 groups with characteristic clothing participate in more than 60 processions.
COMER LA MONA
There are other things you need to try if you are in Valencia for Easter. The most traditional one is to eat what Valencians call “Mona de Pascua”. The “Mona” is a sweet cake with a strange form, and it’s served with a boiled egg on top of it. Nowadays, it’s also very common to put a chocolate egg on it instead of the traditional boiled one, especially for children. It’s also typical to eat a “Longaniza de Pascua”, with the “Mona”. It’s a thin sausage made of pork.
Most people eat the “Mona” in the afternoon with their friends or relatives in local nature reserves near to Valencia, or just in one of the big parks in the city.
VOLAR LA COMETA
In English, “cometa” means kite, but if you ask a Valencian, they’ll probably tell you it’s a “catxirulo” or a “milotxa”, but don’t worry, it’s the same thing! One of the reasons for eating the “Mona” in an open place is so the family, particularly the children, have room to play with the kite.
If you like kites, you can’t miss the “Festival del Viento”. Valencia beaches will host this event the first weekend of April (April 6th and 7th). Last year, there were more than 150 professionals competing in the contest, more than 75 exhibitions, and giant kites more than 30 meters long. There are also stands where kids can learn about wind and renewable energies, and also how to build their own kite.
Despite the fact that “Fallas Festival” has officially come to an end , Valencia offers plenty of events over the coming month. You have the opportunity to learn about new traditions and culture or just enjoy your free time with outdoor activities! Stay up-to-date with all the events going on by reading our bi-weekly blog!