Thursday, March 29, 2012

How to enjoy Easter in the Comunidad Valenciana and Murcia.

Easter is aproaching and the spanish beaches will become fill of tourists again, as well as the streets fill of visitors who will assist to the famous processions.

In a few days we will be celebrating Easter. As it´s known, here in Spain its celebrations is very spectacular during these days. Due to the multitude of processions held in the Peninsula there are a multitude of toursts visiting our country.

Which is the preferred destination to spend the holidays?
Due that the major type of religion in all Western European countries is cristian-catholic, there are several national holidays at the same time. Both companies and schools are closed.

Due to its favoured climate and its warm temperatures compared with the rest of the countries, Spain is one of the top destination for tourists during these days. As every year, there will be a great flood of people coming from all over Europe and from midland towards the different coastal areas.

A high number of visitors will choose to come to the Comunidad Valenciana and Murcia, so it is to be expected a large number of visitors who will be looking for a car hire Valencia and Murcia airport, or for an apartment to rent in Alicante. The forecasts ary very positive, that´s why we all recommend to book in advance for these days because we all expect to be 100% booked out.

Why do tourists prefer coastal areas?
Given that these are the first days of the year were we have a nice sunshine and pleasant temperatures, many tourists prefer to come to spend a few days on the beach, making profit of the warm sun rays, getting brown and among the brave ones even dare to take a swim in the sea.

But of course it is not all about sun and beaches. At the same time Spain is known internationally for its processions.

What are the processions?
The processions are parades across the streets, where they walk about with religious images carried on the shoulders of the so-called "costaleros". Each one of them, group of image and "costalero", are known as "paso".

People devoted to this have been training for a long time because they have to carry on their shoulders among the streets the image of Jesus Christ or the Virgin, in a very well organized slow march, with counted steps and a well established itinary. For many it is a truly honor to be able to bear its weight.

I´m off to the Comunidad Valenciana, which are the best known processions?
If our destiny is Alicante, the best known one is the Santa Cruz procession, a brotherhood that already exists 67 years. The route is one of the hardest because they depart from the Santa Cruz Hermitage, located at the base of the Castle in the old town of the city and cover virtually all Alicante´s main avenues. It is celebrated on Holy Wednesday.

The brotherhood "Santísimo Cristo de la Buena Muerte and Nuestra Señora de las Angustias" are responsible for the Silence Procession, which is held on Holy Thursday. This processions is one the most impressive ones for the majority of visitors.

If we are thinking in visiting the province of Valencia, we can go to the Alzira´s procession, which is one of the most visited of the Comunidad Valenciana. Among the most important ones is the "Domingo de Ramos", the "Silencio" one and the "Procesion General del Santo Entierro".

The Comunidad of Murcia has always been very religious and the Holy Week has a very special meaning for them. A variety of processions are held among all the province.

Due that it is very good connected thanks to its airport and because of its wide range of tourist services such as car hire Murcia, and its hughes variety acommodation in hotels and in apartments makes Murcia being one the favourite places to visit during this time of the year.

The processions of Cartagena have been declared of National Tourist Interest and stand out for their spectacular "pasos", the many flowers they are wearing... They are organized by the four main brotherhoods of the city (Marraja, del Cristo del Socorro, Californina and the Resucitado).

The processions of Jumilla date back to the 15th century and its "pasos" images have been made by very well-known sculptors. The most impressive one, without any doubt, is the Holy Wednesday one at the Plaza de Arriba, represented by the townpeople and declared of National Tourist Interest.

At the same time we can see processions in other cities in the area, though they are not as well known, they do attract each year more visitors. Towns as Callosa del Segura, Crevillente, Elche, Gandia, Lorca, Murcia, Orihuela, offers its visitors a wide range of choice throughout the community.

And you? Do you know any procession that we haven´t mentioned?

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