An Easter Weekend Break In Valencia?
Easter Weekend Break in Valencia ~ Semana Santa (Holy Week) ~ 12 to 17 April 2017
Easter in Valencia
Easter is the perfect time to visit the lovely city of Valencia.
Throughout the 40 days of Lent in Spain, everyone eats torrijas and Rosquillas de Semana Santa. Torrijas are similar to French toast but thicker and usually made with slightly stale bread.
Rosquillas de Semana Santa are small doughnuts, displayed in pastelerías (cake shops) and panaderias (breadshops) all over town. They are also very easy to make (click here for recipe below).
The cake originates from the 15th century ~ See Easter traditions in Spain >>
A weekend break in Valencia is a good time to enjoy exploring the Old Quarter.
You can enjoy a meal or drink at one of the many open-air bars or restaurants in Barrio del Carmen.
Valencia beach is very wide and sandy, with a long promenade full of restaurants, bars and cafes.
Take a trip on one of the ‘golondrinas’ around the harbor and see where the America’s Cup was held.
Easter Weekend Break In Valencia
Day Trips ?
For your Easter weekend break in Valencia you can hire a car and visit the nearby village of Albufera or take a trip to the Gran Casino Monte Picayo in Puzol. Further inland are the wine growing regions of Valencia. For more places to go visit our page on the Valencia Region of Spain.
Even if you don’t hire a car, you can still see orange trees as they are all over the city of Valencia.
Take a Ferry to the Balearic Islands …
Where To Stay for Easter in Valencia?
The Venecia Hotel overlooks Plaza del Ayuntamiento and comes with a buffet breakfast, free WiFi and flat screen TVs. Some rooms have balconies overlooking the square. and Xátiva Metro Station is just a 5 minute walk from the hotel.
The Hotel Sorolla is in a pedestrianized area, surrounded by cafes, bars and shops. The hotel is just 50 meters from Plaza del Ayuntamiento and a 5 minute walk from Estacion Del Norte. Free Wi-Fi and rooms include air conditioning, heating and satellite TV.
The Vincci Lys Hotel is in a pedestrianized area of the old town, a few minutes walk from Plaza del Ayuntamiento. Xàtiva Metro Station is a 5 minute walk from the hotel and offers direct services to Valencia Airport.
Maritime Holy Week
Palm Sunday. Procession of Palms
This year Palm Sunday falls on 9 April and this is when the main events begin. The procession of Palms commemorates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The procession begins at 9.45 am and lasts two and a half hours, with some very moving moments including the blessing of the palms in Plaza de nuestra señora de los Ángeles.
Where : Plaza de nuestra señora de los Ángeles
Holy Thursday ~ Procession of the torches
Starting at 8 pm and continuing into the small hours, the Visit of the Holy Monuments takes place to the sound of drums. Afterwards, the streets become filled with candles as different silent processions pass by.
Where : Avenida del Mediterráneo
Good Friday ~ Procession of the Holy Burial
At 8 am next to the shore on Playa de las Arenas, homage is paid to the victims of the sea. At 6.30 pm the most important procession of Maritime Holy Week begins, that of the Holy Burial, which lasts for 5 hours and passes through all the streets of the coastal districts.
Where : Calle de la Reina
Rosquillas de Semana Santa
- 1 egg
- 1 cup of orange juice
- 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup of sugar
- Splash of anise
- Lemon zest to taste
- 1 packet of dried yeast
- 350-400 grams flour
- Oil for frying
- Add egg, oil, juice and sugar into a bowl and beat well.
- Add lemon zest, splash of anise and beat.
- Dissolve the yeast well and start adding flour gradually, mixing with a wooden spoon until the dough sticks to your fingers.
- Take a walnut size of mixture and roll into a thin sausage, flatten slightly with the fingers and join ends
- Heat oil in frying pan, add rosquillas and fry on a medium heat until brown, then drain on absorbent paper.
- Dust with sugar or a mixture of sugar and cinammon and enjoy!