Easter 2019 in San Sebastian: 4 traditions you cannot miss

Easter Eggs in San SebastianTraveling to San Sebastian during Easter is an interesting option for those who wish to live this holiday in a different way. The celebration of this event in the capital of Gipuzkoa is far from the way it takes place in other cities of the peninsula, although certain traditions still stand. If you are looking for a different plan for Easter 2019, we encourage you to stay at our family hotel in San Sebastian at this time. Thanks to our privileged location, you will be one step away from everything.

This year, Holy Week runs from April 14 to 21. If you prefer to enjoy these holidays in a more relaxed way and without large crowds of people, our city is your place! Here are 4 plans to make this Holy Week 2019 in San Sebastian.

1. Accompany the Via Crucis to Mount Urgull

In Donostia you will not find multitudinal processions, although some liturgical acts in specific places. One of the most emblematic events of the Holy Week in Donostia is the Via Crucis, which climbs Mount Urgull every Holy Friday. It is a very early morning tradition that takes place in an atmosphere of devotion. The route starts at the church of Santa María and ends at the Cristo de La Mota chapel on Mount Urgull.

Mount Urgull in San Sebastian

Image courtesy of Carlos Nieto /vía flickr.com

2. Visit the steps of ancient processions

Several decades ago, San Sebastian did have a large agenda of processions. Although today the religious tradition during Holy Week is reserved for small acts that can be done by the different churches in the city, the good news is that some steps can be visited. For example, the aforementioned church of Santa María hosts the effigy of San Pedro Apóstol, which years ago left in procession. Also in the church of San Vicente it is possible to observe some steps.

3. Attends the representation of the Living Passion

On the night of Good Friday, there is no better corner in San Sebastian for traditional Easter enthusiasts than the neighborhood of Amara. From 9:00 pm, attendees will have the opportunity to attend an interesting representation of the Passion of Christ.

Church of Santa María in San Sebastian

Image courtesy of Roy Viloria /vía flikr.com

4. Try the Easter eggs

Another tradition that is kept in San Sebastian for Easter is the preparation of Easter eggs and monkeys. In the previous days, the bakeries are starting to showcase the most appetizing. It will be impossible to resist!

Holy Week 2019 in Donostia, do not miss it!

I hope you enjoy an unforgettable stay in our central hotel in San Sebastián!

Do not hesitate to contact our staff if you require any information.


Elena Estomba Garín, GM of Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra

Elena Estomba Garín, General Manager of Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra

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