Easter in Murcia, Spain, is a time of vibrant festivities and rich cultural traditions that captivate locals and visitors alike. From colourful processions to lively street celebrations, there's something for everyone to enjoy during this special time of year.

Semana Santa Processions - March 22nd to March 31st

Witness the spectacular Semana Santa processions, a hallmark of Easter in Murcia. Marvel at the elaborate costumes and floats as they parade through the city, showcasing the region's unique style and tradition. Highlights include the Procession of Silence on Maundy Thursday and Los Coloraos on Good Wednesday. Dates: Various processions occur throughout Holy Week. Here are three of the most famous during holy week:

Procesión del Silencio 

One of our personal favourite experiences. On Maundy Thursday, join us as we embark on a journey from the Church of San Lorenzo, enveloped in darkness and silence. Experience the deep devotion and reverence as Nazarenes and spectators walk in silence, only interrupted by the haunting melodies of choirs and choral societies. Witness the beauty of tradition and spirituality come together in this unforgettable procession.

Procesión Los Salzillos

Experience a spectacle of art and devotion as over four thousand Nazarenes take part in this remarkable procession, showcasing the masterpieces of sculptor Francisco Salzillo Alcaraz. Join us as we journey through the streets adorned in purple robes, carrying real pieces of art from the 18th century. Witness the beauty and reverence of this iconic procession that honors tradition and culture in the heart of Murcia.

Procesión Los Coloraos

Experience the joy and excitement as over three thousand Nazarenes, including a multitude of children, parade through the streets on Good Wednesday. Indulge in the tradition of sweets, presents, and tender broad beans as we celebrate the link between the people of Murcia and the Archconfraternity of the "Preciosísima Sangre de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo." Don't miss this picturesque and lively procession that embodies the spirit of Murcian culture and community.

Barracas - Temporary Restaurants - From March 31st

During Easter in Murcia, Spain, the barracas come alive with vibrant energy and fervent celebration. These temporary structures, erected specifically for the festivities, serve as focal points for communal gatherings and cultural exchanges. Adorned with colorful decorations and illuminated by strings of lights, barracas offer a warm and inviting atmosphere for locals and visitors alike. Within these bustling hubs, traditional music fills the air, and the aroma of sizzling tapas tantalizes the senses. Families and friends gather to enjoy the rich tapestry of Murcian cuisine, from hearty stews to savory pastries, while sipping on regional wines and spirits. Amidst the revelry, religious processions wind through the streets, marking the solemnity of the season intertwined with the joyous spirit of the occasion. The barracas of Murcia during Easter embody the essence of community, culture, and faith, creating cherished memories for all who partake in this cherished tradition.

Bando de la Huerta Spring Fiesta - April 2nd

Celebrate the region's agricultural heritage at the Bando de la Huerta spring fiesta, a colorful parade showcasing oxen-drawn carriages and local customs. Enjoy music, dancing, and festivities as the procession winds its way through the city streets.

The Bando de la Huerta de Murcia 2024 kicks off on the first Tuesday after Easter. The festivities begin with a traditional floral offering to the Virgin at the Cathedral of Murcia. Dozens of locals dressed in their finest "huertanas" attire gather to pay homage to the image and accompany her during a parade through the city streets. Various floats participate in the parade, offering spectators a taste of the delights of Murcian agriculture.

The origin of these festivities dates back to 1899, originally known as the April Festivals. However, the origins of the most well-known parades, the Bando de la Huerta and the Burial of the Sardine, can be traced back to 1850.

The Origin of the Bando de la Huerta The origin of the Bando de la Huerta dates back to the mid-19th century, on the last day of Carnival in Murcia in 1851. A group of affluent youths organized a small parade with the intention of somewhat mocking the people of the huerta (agricultural area). The Bando began with two men on horseback, followed by a horse adorned with floral motifs and vegetables. Behind them, a group of huertanos dressed in their traditional costumes paraded through the streets of downtown Murcia.

The Huertano Costume The Bando de la Huerta was celebrated intermittently during its first 50 years, but from the 21st century onwards, it gained acceptance and became one of the most important festivals in Murcia.

Easter in Murcia offers a unique opportunity to experience the rich cultural heritage and vibrant traditions of the region. From the colorful processions to the lively street celebrations, there's something for everyone to enjoy during this festive time. Don't miss the Bando de la Huerta, a celebration that pays homage to Murcia's agricultural roots and showcases the beauty of its huertano costume. Join in the festivities and immerse yourself in the warmth and hospitality of Murcia's spring festivals!


Delights of the Bando de la Huerta One of the highlights of the Bando de la Huerta is the opportunity to sample delicious Murcian cuisine. Along the parade route, spectators can indulge in a variety of traditional dishes, including:

  • Migas: A hearty dish made from breadcrumbs, garlic, olive oil, and a variety of other ingredients.
  • Pisto Murciano: A flavorful ratatouille-like dish made with tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, and onions.
  • Empanadas: Savory pastries filled with meat, fish, or vegetables, perfect for enjoying on the go.
  • Gazpacho: A refreshing cold soup made from tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and onions, ideal for hot spring days.
  • Sweets: Indulge your sweet tooth with traditional Murcian pastries like paparajotes (lemon leaves coated in batter and sugar) and buñuelos (deep-fried dough balls).

Burial of the Sardine - April 6th

Experience the whimsical "Entierro de la Sardina" or Burial of the Sardine parade, a unique tradition that marks the end of Carnival celebrations. Held after Easter, this parade features elaborate floats and costumes, with the highlight being a sardine-shaped effigy symbolizing the end of fasting and abstinence. Dates: Typically held in the week following Easter Sunday.

La Batalla de las Flores - April 7th

This is a captivating spectacle that epitomizes the city's vibrant spirit and rich cultural heritage. Held annually during the Spring Festival, this floral battle transforms the streets into a riotous sea of colors and fragrances. Participants adorned in elaborate costumes adorned with blossoms and petals parade through the city, wielding flowers as their weapons of choice. Spectators line the streets, cheering and reveling in the joyous atmosphere as they witness this unique tradition unfold. Amidst the flurry of petals, music fills the air, adding to the festive ambiance. La Batalla de las Flores is not just a celebration of nature's beauty but also a testament to the resilience and unity of the Murcian people, who come together to honor their traditions with passion and exuberance.

Is Easter a Good Time to Visit?

Absolutely! Easter in Murcia offers a fantastic opportunity to experience traditional Spanish culture and immerse yourself in local customs and rituals. Whether you're drawn to lively street celebrations or historical reenactments, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Just be prepared for larger crowds and higher accommodation prices, especially in popular tourist areas. Consider exploring smaller towns for a more intimate Easter experience.

Experience the magic of Easter in Murcia and create memories that will last a lifetime. Join in the festivities, soak up the culture, and discover why this celebration is truly one of a kind.

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