If you need to take a break during the Easter season, we invite you to experience Easter in Gran Canaria and appreciate the culture of the island. In this article, we will explain what places you should visit and what are the activities in which you can participate with your family, partner or friends.
More and more tourists want to spend Easter in Gran Canaria, due to the wide range of activities that can be carried out in different locations on the island. But of all of them, it is the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria that maintains a more deeply rooted religious and cultural tradition on this appointed date.
In addition, you can take advantage of our offers of accommodation on the island to attend these events and appreciate the charms of Gran Canaria with your family, partner, friends or alone. It is never too late to make a getaway to live an unforgettable vacation.
Religious celebrations are part of the island’s cultural heritage. However, it is worth noting three places where Easter is lived more intensely in Gran Canaria. Next, we will explain what processions take place in each of these locations.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the obligatory stop for anyone who enjoys religious activities at Easter. Here the famous procession of “la Burrita” takes place on Palm Sunday, which begins in the parish of San Telmo and ends in the church of Santo Domingo in Vegueta.
During Holy Wednesday, the procession of Santa María de Los Dolores de Triana takes place from the Parish of San Telmo to the church of San Antonio de Padua. The faithful take the opportunity to do penance and accompany the procession along with images of the Christ with the cross on their shoulders.
And on Good Friday, there is another procession known as “Las Mantillas”, where a group of ladies covered with the Canarian mantilla accompany Christ, while another group of women with black veils follows the Virgen Dolorosa.
These are the most popular processions, but there are many others that take place in the city and are part of the culture of Easter in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. If you are interested in learning more about it, we invite you to read this article.
In the municipality of Santa María de Guía, the blessing of the olive trees takes place on Palm Sunday, together with the procession of “La Burrita” that begins in the hermitage of San Roque and ends in the church of Santa María de Guide.
On Monday and Tuesday of Holy Week, the traditional Way of the Cross is organized, while on Wednesday they recreate the Meeting Procession, where various characters present a show representing the Passion of Christ.
And during Holy Saturday, the Procession of the Risen One takes place in the nearby streets of the Mother Church of Santa María de Guía.
In the municipality of Telde, you can also enjoy Easter in Gran Canaria, whose center of activities is the Basilica of San Juan Bautista. The processions take place around the surroundings after the celebration of the mass.
During Good Friday, people participate in different processions that recreate the moment of Jesus’ crucifixion and death, among which Lord Preacher, the Holy Christ with the Cross on his back and the Holy Christ of Agony stand out.
At the end of Easter, the mysteries of pain are recited with the rosary and the Retreat Procession is carried out, using the images of Saint John the Evangelist and Our Lady of Solitude in Telde.
In addition to the processions, you can also take advantage of Easter in Gran Canaria to participate in the following activities.
During the Holy Week of Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, lovers of classical music will be able to attend the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium to enjoy the different festivals and concerts that take place there. Also, you will have the opportunity to go to the Pérez Galdós Theatre for the concerts and events of the program that is part of the island’s Musical Easter.
The capital of Gran Canaria has a wide repertoire of museums that, during Holy Week, are available to the public for those who love art and want to learn more about the island’s history and culture.
Apart from the museums, you can also get to know the historic center of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and have a drink in the gastronomic places that are here to taste the typical dishes of the city. Not forgetting to stroll through the streets to appreciate the facades and balconies that reflect the architectural style of Gran Canaria.
And, finally, don’t forget the beautiful beaches of Gran Canaria, which will invite you to take long walks while contemplating a unique landscape.
Now that you know what awaits you this Easter in Gran Canaria, contact us and make your reservation at one of our hotels.