Throughout Spain, Easter is a very important religious festival with all kinds of different events. During this special week, traditions that have been celebrated in the country for centuries are commemorated and the customs of each region are kept alive. Easter Week in Mallorca is no exception. On the island, you really will enjoy some unforgettable days.
During the week, you’ll be able to enjoy all kinds of traditions, festivals and processions all over the island celebrating the Passion of Christ. The streets on the island will have a real festive feel to them from the 9th to the 13th of April 2020. If you’d like to know what to do during Easter week on Mallorca, then read on!
Although many of the biggest and most famous events take place in the island's capital, there are also celebrations in other towns and areas worth visiting. But, without a doubt, Easter in Palma de Mallorca is the holiday that attracts the most tourists from all over the world.
Out of all the religious celebrations on Mallorca, Easter is the most important one, with events every day. The most famous and enigmatic events are the processions, which take place on different days of the week and are organized by the Mallorcan churches.
The processions are religious parades carried out by the 50 brotherhoods on the island and which have been celebrated on our island since the 16th century. They usually begin at the door of the different churches in the afternoon and end around midnight, spreading faith to all corners of the city.
In Palma de Mallorca, on Maundy Thursday, the Crist de la Sang, or Blood of Christ, processions are held by the different brotherhoods on the island. Each of the brotherhoods leads the processions, wearing traditional clothes, a red tunic and white cone-shaped hats.
Among the cone-shaped hats, large religious images, and enormous candles, you can see all kinds of crosses, which are carried by those taking part, among them the penitentes and the Nazarenes. All of them parade through the streets of the capital to the rhythm of chains, whips and the deafening noise of drums, all contributing to a very solemn atmosphere.
The following day, on Good Friday, Easter Week in Mallorca continues with the representation of the Passion of Christ. This takes place at midday on the steps of Palma Cathedral. From 7 pm, you can enjoy the procession of the Holy Burial, which begins at the doors of the Church of San Francisco.
Easter Sunday is a special family day, although there are also other events you can see. In Palma, you can see the joyful procession of the Holy Encounter, which represents the meeting of Jesus with the Virgin Mary. Taking advantage of the good weather and festive atmosphere in the streets, many families decide to have a picnic, and the Castell de Bellver is one of the most popular places.
Now that we’ve seen what there is to do in Palma de Mallorca at Easter, we’re now going to tell you about the other celebrations you can find outside the capital. On the outskirts of the city, you can enjoy the Fira del Ram or the Fair of the Branch, a traditional event that lasts several months. There you can see stalls with handicrafts, typical food, raffles, a waterwheel, carousels and many other ways to have fun with the whole family.
Another place to enjoy activities in Mallorca at Easter is Pollença, a town renowned for its great history. Every year at Easter, thousands of people go to this town to see the representation of the Devallement or Descent from the Cross on Good Friday, which takes place on the 365 steps of Calvari, the most emblematic temple in the area.
Apart from all the events and processions during Easter Week on Mallorca, it’s also a time to enjoy some traditional food with the family.
The shops are filled with typical dishes, pastries, and sweets, so that you can savour a little bit of Mallorca. Among the most traditional options you can find panades, which are savoury pasties filled with sobrasada, a typical raw Catalan sausage, and peas. The coca de verduras is another great delicacy, another savoury pasty filled with seasonal vegetables and onions.
If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll enjoy the robiols, crescent-shaped sandwiches filled with apricot jam, cream, cottage cheese, or chocolate. And don't forget to try the crespells, handmade biscuits made only with local products, which, although they’re sold all year round, are very important at this time of year.
Spending Easter in Mallorca is a great opportunity to enjoy our land and experience a joyful and traditional atmosphere, living out an unforgettable experience. At Son Jaumell, we’d love you to experience Easter in the best possible way, and we’ll be delighted to help you find the best events on the island.