Every Easter, exciting biblical processions take place near the sea in Valencia at the Semana Santa Marinera - or Maritime Holy Week.
The event has more than 500 years of tradition and this year activities will take place from 11 to 21 April in Cabanyal-Canyameral in Valencia's maritime district, next to the city's urban beaches. It offers a fascinating perspective on Valencia, not seen by the majority of visitors to the city.
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 set sail on a boat trip. 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.
14 April 2019, Palm Sunday - Procession of the Palms
Commemorating the Christ's arrival to Jerusalem, this procession begins at 9.45am and lasts about 2½ hours. You'll observe some very emotional moments including the blessing of the palms in the square at the Our Lady of Angels Church (Plaza de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles). Find it on Google Maps here.
18 April 2019, Holy Thursday - Procession of the Torches
This procession begins at 8pm and continues late into the night. It includes the visit to the Holy Monuments which takes place to the sound of beating drums followed by silent processions with candles along the Calle del Mediterráneo. Find it on Google Maps here.
19 April 2019, Good Friday - Procession of the Holy Burial
At 6.30pm the Procession of the Holy Burial begins, arguably the most important procession of the week. It lasts for 5 hours winding its way along the Calle de la Reina and other streets around the maritime district. Find it on Google Maps here.
21 April 2019, Easter Sunday - Procession of the Resurrection
A colourful procession to celebrate Christ's resurrection begins at 1pm. As it proceeds along the Calle del Mediterráneo participants are showered with petals thrown from balconies along the route. Find it on Google Maps here.