Dozens of Madrid towns celebrate Easter Week. The streets and squares of towns and cities are filled with brotherhoods, processions and living passions, choral and 'tamborradas' concerts, organ music and sacred music, sweet 'torrijas', turnover, Easter eggs and honey fritters, rich soups and cod croquettes.
Some of the traditional representations and celebrations of the Holy Week in the region have been declared a Festivities of Tourist Interest. Among these are tourist destinations such as Chinchón, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Torrejón de Ardoz, Villarejo de Salvanés and Alcalá de Henares.
The famous representation of Chinchón's Living Passion is the oldest in the Region. Every year, 250 neighbours in a unique setting, the streets, balconies, its grand main square and surrounding areas, stage it with an extraordinary and artistic staging. In fact, it has been declared a Festivities of National Tourist Interest.
The sober Holy Week of Alcalá de Henares, Festivity of Regional Tourist Interest that takes place in the heart of the historic centre of the city and aspires to be the second of Madrid declared of National Tourist Interest. Semana Santa (Holy Week) of this World Heritage City that attracts neighbours and tourists for its popular tradition and great tourist attraction. Artistic beauty, fervour, tradition, gastronomy and customs.
The splendour of the processional float, the music bands, the echo of the drums and trumpets, the iconography and the images that parade or the emblematic Procession of Silence in the Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Easter Week of Regional Tourist Interest of the oldest in Madrid and Spain. The celebrations and acts in a wonderful and monumental setting, the Royal Monastery.
The exceptional soundtrack of the representation of the Passion of Villarejo de Salvanés, in which more than 200 people participate, including actors and extras, on the stages of the historical-artistic complex of the town that this year celebrates its fortieth anniversary. Festival of Tourist Interest of great cultural interest that ends with a show of fireworks and music by the famous baroque composer Handel.
The artistic quality and beauty of the images of the Holy Week of Torrejón de Ardoz, declared a Festival of Regional Tourist Interest. The Palm Sunday procession and 'la borriquita', one of the most colourful in the city, or the procession of Silence, in complete silence and only broken by the horns and drums of the band.
Special mention should be made of Móstoles, Morata de Tajuña, Carabaña y Daganzo de Arriba, festivities also declared of Tourist Interest.
The Procession of Jesus Meeting of Móstoles, an emotional festival declared of Regional and Cultural Tourist Interest that closes the Holy Week of the city, in which two images, the image of Solitude and the image of the Resurrected, after the staging and a tour through the streets of the town, end up coming together in the Glorieta de Cuatro Caminos. The Procession puts the final touch to Holy Week.
Of recognized antiquity and roots is the representation of the Living Passion of Daganzo de Arriba, in which all the actors involved are neighbours of the town in which the brilliant choice of music and excellent staging stands out.
More than 20,000 visitors and curious people come every year to Morata de Tajuña to contemplate the representation of its Living Passion. A show in which almost 400 actors transform the streets of Morata in Jerusalem and taste the 'pasioncitos', sweets that are prepared for the occasion. Like the representation of the Passion of Christ of Carabaña, which is attended by many visitors for its cultural and tourist attractiveness.
More info: Easter Week in the Region of Madrid
Image credits: ©Torrejón de Ardoz