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A Seafarers' Easter in Valencia

With exciting biblical processions and more than 500 years of tradition, the Semana Santa Marinera - or Maritime Holy Week - offers a fascinating perspective on Valencia, not seen by the majority of visitors to the city.

The event takes place 22 March-1 April 2018 in the neighbourhood of Cabanyal-Canyameral in Valencia's maritime district, El Marítim, next to the city's urban beaches.

We've selected some of the highlights, or you can also see the full programme in English here.

Thursday 29 March 2018 - Prophecy and Visit to Sacred Monuments from 8pm to 10pm. The event will be followed by a processional visit to Sacret, with biblical characters and armed groups, with the sound of drums.

Friday 30 March 2018 - Procession of the Holy Burial, the key event. The solemn procession with biblical characters and musicians starts 6.30pm until 1.30am.

Sunday 1 April 2018 - Easter Sunday, from 1pm to 2.30pm, Resurrection Parade, participants dress up as biblical characters, carry flowers and set doves free. 

Apart from seeing the festivities we recommend you get to know the area too. You can relax on the seafront promenade or beach, take a walk through the narrow streets, see the modernist houses and typical shops, or simply enjoy some local dishes for lunch by the sea.

You can also take the opportunity to visit the marina and take a boat trip, with tours available daily.

Visit our Tours and Excursions section to see all our Valencia Boat Tours or contact us if you'd like a guided tour of the maritime district.