Good Friday in Barcelona

Old Mar 3rd, 2014, 09:13 AM
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Good Friday in Barcelona

Are there public processions in Barcelona on Good Friday? We will be in the city from Wednesday afternoon until Sunday (Easter) morning. While we are planning when to buy tickets to the Sagrada, Picasso museum and other sites, we want to be sure to not book anything that would conflict with seeing local celebrations of Holy Week. I assume Good Friday would be the most likely time for these. Where might they be occurring?
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I haven't been to Barcelona during Holy Week (Semana Santa), but I have been to Málaga and Sevilla during that time. The processions are fabulous! The only thing that would interfere would be rain, as the processions are cancelled if there is rain.

The celebrations last from Palm Sunday (Sunday before Easter) through the week until Easter Sunday.

I think it would take some effort to miss the processions, since they pretty much last all day long and into the evening. In general, a cofradia (brotherhood) starts from their home church and processes to the cathedral and back to the home chuch.

My experience in Málaga was greatly enhanced because I was able to rent a seat, which cost 100 euros for the week. Since you'll be there so late in the festivities, you might be able to rent seats just for a day or two, at a cheaper rate. Ask the receptionist at your hotel.

I assume Barcelona will be jammed with people lined up 10 deep to watch the processions, but it's worth the effort.If your experience is anything like mine have been, the processions are something you'll remember all your life.

I suggest that you get your hotel reservations ASAP, as the hotels tend to fill up. In Sevilla, many hotels double their normal rate, but this was not the case in Málaga.
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Old Mar 3rd, 2014, 11:09 AM
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Good Friday is a holiday in Barcelona.
There are two main processions, "Nuestra Senora de las Angustias, leaving Chruch Sant Jaune at 7 pm. The other one, Nuestro Padre Jesus del Gran Poder , leaves from Church Sant Augusti.
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So if you want to join Good Friday Celebrations in Barcelona, the procession of the Virgen de la Macarena starts from the Eglésia de Sant Agusti in the Raval quarter to the Old Town at 5pm. The procession then moves on with some detours to the cathedral in the Barri Gòtic, where it arrives about 8pm. A huge statue of Mary will be carried by the Costaleros (dressed in their festive day clothes), members of religious brotherhoods, the Cofradías.

It's a nice celebration and as it take place at 5pm I think you have all the time to see whatever you want in the same day without any conflict!
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Old Mar 8th, 2014, 08:12 AM
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Thank you all for the good information.
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