Malaga Easter Special: Processions & transport during the Holy Week

For all our readers who are planning to live the Holy Week in Malaga from a close-up, move around the city and see the processions, we provide you with useful information on special suburban train services and the parades of the processional thrones.

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Map with the point of origin of the processional thrones and the old official route.

In 2019 Holy Week is from 14 to 21 April being Easter the Sunday 21st.

Itinerary of thrones and last commuter trains:

Transportation during Holy Week & Easter

Generally speaking and to begin with, although renting a car in Malaga is perfect for discovering the province and moving along the coast, if you are going to visit the city of Malaga during the Holy Week and Easter, we strongly recommend that you leave your car parked and move around on public transport.

Due to the large number of processions, virtually all the downtown traffic freezes, and depending on time, it can even be difficult to cross the street on foot, to give you an idea!

Throne during the Holy Week in Malaga
The processional thrones parade religious figures of the passion of Christ.

Most processions usually start in the afternoon and can last until late at night and even the early morning hours; for this reason, during this week is activated a device of additional public transport for both buses and commuter train C1 Malaga Centre – Fuengirola. So, if you are visiting one of the municipalities of the Costa del Sol such as Torremolinos, Benalmadena and Fuengirola, you can come to see the processions in Malaga and travel back late at night (we specify below).

*It is not possible to know the official train schedule yet, but it is assumed that it will be similar to previous years.

Routes and schedules of the processions in 2019

The linked map of each procession indicates the place where the throne departs and is enclosed back after the parade.

The processions in Malaga depart from each of their respective churches or associations but have a common route. The official route is an itinerary of about 1200 meters that passes through the south side of the Plaza de la Constitución to cross the street Larios to the south and follow Martínez, Atarazanas, Torregorda, Alameda Principal, Plaza de la Marina and Molina Lario to end at the foot of the unfinished tower of the Cathedral. So if you don’t want to venture into the city or walk more, you can be situated over there.

Schedules may still vary, many of them have been modified or are in process. I will try to keep this entry up to date for those who find it useful.

Nazarenes during the Holy Week
Nazarenes during Holy Week, Malaga

It should be noted that from the time they leave their Church or Guild until they reach the official route, it can take one or several hours.

Palm Sunday

Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, April 14. An appointment for those who enjoy this traditional celebration in Malaga.

  • Pollinica: Departure from the throne at 10.15 am and closure at 6.30 pm in the Guild House Pollinica. (Mapa)
    The Pollinica dates back to 24 February 1928 and has 830 Nazarenes in procession.
  • Humildad y Paciencia: Start at 10.20 am and closure at 10.50 pm.(Mapa)
  • Lagrimas y Favores: Around 400 Nazarenes and two music bands will begin the procession at 3 pm until the closure at 10.45 pm. (Mapa)
    Antonio Banderas is part of this Guild and usually performs the work of butler.
  • Dulce Nombre: Beginning of the procession at 2.30 pm and closure at 10.20 pm in the Guild of Dulce Nombre. (Mapa)
  • Salud: Start at 3.30 pm and closure at 11.40 pm. (Mapa)
  • Humildad: Departure from the throne and the procession at 4 pm and closure at 10.30 pm in the Guild of Humildad. (Mapa)
    The procession has more than 200 Nazarenes.
  • Salutación: Beginning of the procession at 3.30 pm and closure at 11.10 pm in the Guild of Salutación. (Mapa)
  • Huerto: Departure of the throne at 6 pm and closure at 0.15 am. (Mapa)
  • Prendimiento: Beginning of the procession at 4.45 pm and closure at 1 am. (Mapa)
    The Guild was reorganized in 1948 and its first throne in procession was in 1958.

Last train on Palm Sunday

The last suburban train that arrives in Fuengirola from Malaga city centre leaves that night at 11.50 pm.

Processions on Easter Monday

Easter Monday begins with the procession of the “Crucifixion” with Nazarenes wearing purple tunics and music bands make the typical itinerary through the streets of Malaga.

  • Crucifixión: Beginning at 3:10 pm and ending with the closure at 11:00 pm. (Mapa)
    This Guild was founded in 1977.
  • Gitanos: Start at 4:15 pm and closure at 11:15 pm (Mapa)
    There are data of this Guild in the year 1682, it almost disappeared during the nineteenth century and lost all its heritage in 1931 and 1936.
  • Pasión: The procession begins at 5:10 pm and ends at 11:15 pm. (Mapa)
  • Estudiantes: Start at 5:15 pm and confinement at 1:00 am in the Guild of Students. (Mapa)
  • Dolores del Puente: The procession begins at 5:00 pm and ends at midnight (Mapa)
  • Cautivo: Beginning of the procession at 5:40 pm and closure at 1:45 am. (Mapa)

Last suburban train on Easter Monday

The last suburban train to Fuengirola from Malaga city centre leaves that night at 1.10 am.

Processions on Holy Tuesday

Typical dressing during the Holy Week

The third day of Holy Week begins with the procession of El Rocío, one of the most popular processions on the calendar. There are also 5 other processions throughout the day.

  • Rocio: The procession begins at 3:00 pm and ends at midnight with the closure in the Guild of El Rocío. (Mapa)
  • Nueva Esperanza: The procession begins at 3:30 pm and ends with the closure at 4:30 am in the Guild of Nueva Esperanza. (Mapa)
    It is the longest procession in Malaga’s Holy Week.
  • Penas: Procession with Nazarenes and music bands that begins at 5:50 pm and ends with the closure at 0:30 am. (Mapa)
  • Rescate: With a duration of more than 6 hours, this procession begins at 6:00 pm and ends at 1:30 am in the Guild of El Rescate. (Mapa)
    The history of this guild dates back to the seventeenth century but lost much of its belongings during the 30s of the twentieth century.
  • Humillación y Estrella: The beginning of this procession is at 5:00 pm and ends with the closure at 1:00 am. (Mapa)
    The Guild was founded in 1919.
  • Sentencia: In this procession is staged the sentence and begins at 7:15 pm. It ends at 1:30 am in the Brotherhood House of La Sentencia. (Mapa)
    This brotherhood is founded in 1929.

Last train on Holy Tuesday

The last suburban train to Fuengirola from Malaga city centre leaves that night at 03.10 am.

Processions on Holy Wednesday

On Holy Wednesday there are seven processions. There is also the popular liberation of the prisoner in Malaga by the brotherhood of El Rico.

  • Salesianos: 9 hours of procession of the Salesians from 4 pm to 1 am. (Mapa)
    The brotherhood was created in 1985 and its first procession took place in 1995.
  • Mediadora: Beginning of the procession at 4:10 pm and closure at 0:45 am in the Parish of Santa María de la Encarnación. (Mapa)
  • Fusionadas: 5 thrones in total in a parade that begins at 5:15 pm and ends at 0:35 am in the Primitive Sacramental Brotherhood. (Mapa)
  • El Rico: Beginning at 6:50 pm and closing at 1:35 am in the Guild of El Rico. (Mapa)
    This brotherhood was founded in the 16th century and has more than 400 Nazarenes. It is popularly known for releasing a prisoner convicted of a minor offence every year, although this has not always been possible.
  • Paloma: The procession begins at 7:00 pm and ends with the closure at midnight on Holy Wednesday. (Mapa)
  • Sangre: The procession begins at 8:00 pm and ends at 2:35 am. (Mapa)
    The foundation of this brotherhood dates from 1507 and has more than 400 Nazarenes.
  • Expiración: The procession begins at 8:00 pm and ends at 2:35 am. (Mapa)

Last train on Wednesday of Holy Week

The last suburban train to Fuengirola from Malaga city centre leaves at 2.10 am.

Processions on Holy Thursday

The 18th of April begins on Maundy Thursday with the processions at 3:10 pm.

  • Viñeros: Beginning of the procession at 5:30 pm and closure at 0:30 am in their guild. (mapa)
  • Sagrada Cena: Beginning at 5:00 pm and closure at 11:30 pm.. (mapa)
  • Zamarrilla: Beginning at 5:50 pm and closure at 2:30 am. (mapa)
  • Santa Cruz: Beginning at 7:00 pm and closure at 2:30 am in the Church of San Felipe Neri (mapa).
  • Vera Cruz: The procession begins at 7:00 pm and ends at 2:35 am.
  • Procesión de la Legión: One of the most popular processions is the one of the Legion. It begins at 7:30 pm and ends at 2:40 am. It leaves and ends in the Guild of Cristo de Men (Mapa)
  • Misericordia: The departure of the procession of the Misericordia is at 8:00 pm and ends at 2:45 am. (Mapa)
    Its first processional parade was in 1865.
  • Esperanza: The start of the last procession of Maundy Thursday is at 8:45 pm and ends at 3:50 am. (Mapa)
    The Brotherhood of La Esperanza was founded on 16 June 1641; the first processions took place in the second half of the 16th century.

Last trains on Maundy Thursday

This night there are trains from Malaga to Fuengirola all night long.

Processions on Good Friday

On April 19 or Good Friday there are eight processions, let’s see the schedules of each of them.

  • Monte Calvario: The Brotherhood of the Nazarenes begins on Good Friday with the procession at 3.00 pm and concludes at 0.30 am in the Basilica of María de la Victoria.
  • Descendimiento: This procession begins at 4:45 pm in the Guild of Descendimiento (map) and ends at 1.15 pm in the same place.
  • Amor: Procession of the throne with the Nazarenes and music bands at 5:50 pm and ends at 2:15 am.
  • Dolores de San Juan: It begins in the Church of San Juan at 5.55 pm and ends in the same place at 11.30 pm.
  • Traslado: The procession of this old brotherhood that dates from 1665 begins at 6:50 pm and ends at 1:45 pm.
  • Piedad: This brotherhood has only one throne. Its procession begins at 7.35 pm, the closure is at 2.00 am.
  • Sepulcro: The procession of the penultimate brotherhood begins at 8:00 am and ends at 2:10 am in the Guild of El Sepulcro (mapa).
  • Servitas: The last procession begins at 10:20 pm and ends at 3:00 am. During this procession the lights of the streets of Málaga are turned off.

Last trains on Good Friday

This night there are trains from Malaga to Fuengirola all night long.

Easter Sunday

This is the only Sunday procession, the “Resurrected” that leaves at 10.00 and ends at 2.30 pm.

It starts in the church of San Julian (Mapa) and lasts about 4 and a half hours. After its confinement in the temple the Holy Week will finish until next year.

Last trains on Easter Sunday

As there is no special schedule for processions, during this day the train schedules remain the same as any other Sunday.

Map with itinerary and processional thrones departures

For more information, curiosities and where to purchase seating you can visit our Easter guide.

Official timetables for suburban trains

If there are any changes, you can check the official timetables on the Renfe website.

Inside of commuter train in Malaga

You can find printed schedules in tourist information offices and kiosks of Malaga. The commuter train schedules can be found at the link http://www.renfe.com/viajeros/cercanias/malaga/index.html and there is also available a commuter App (renfe.mobi) for Apple, Windows 8, Blackberry and Android.

Raúl G.T

Raúl G.T

Developer and content editor at Malagaweb.com
Travel blogger, web developer and content editor. Author of many of the travel guides and tips available online about Andalucia, Malaga and Spain.
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