Malaga Easter Itinerary: 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).

Weather and climate during Holy Week

The weather that is expected during Holy Week in Malaga is with clear or semi-clear skies and temperatures between 14ºC and 20ºC.

The forecast so far in advance may not be reliable, but initially no rainfall is expected throughout the week. In any case under each day you will find a slightly more detailed analysis of the weather.

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.

Map with itinerary of processions during the Holy Week in Malaga.
Official itinerary of the processions during the Holy Week in Malaga. The green lines are open spaces for crossing the street.

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. Let’s take a look at the processions that take place on Palm Sunday:

Pollinica

Nazarenes from the brotherwood

The Pollinica dates back to 24 February 1928 and has 830 Nazarenes in procession. (Map)

  • 10.15: Departure of the throne.
  • 13.40: Pass through Tribuna.
  • 15.30: Pass through Torre Sur.
  • 17.15: Closure at Pollinica’s Guild.

Humildad y Paciencia

Beginning of the procession in the Brotherhood House next to the Parish of San Vicente de Paúl in the District of Cruz de Humilladero. (Map)

  • 10.20: Departure of the throne.
  • 15.00: Pass through Tribuna.
  • 16.50: Pass through Torre Sur.
  • 17.00: Pass by the Cathedral.
  • 2.50: Closure at the Temple.

Lagrimas y Favores

This procession is made up of around 400 Nazarenes and two music bands. It is also the brotherhood where Antonio Banderas attends every year to carry out the work of “mayordomo”. Beginning of the procession in the Church of San Juan Bautista. (Map).

  • 15.00: Departure of the throne.
  • 15.45: Pass through Tribuna.
  • 17.35: Pass through Torre Sur.
  • 17.45: Pass by the Cathedral.
  • 22.45: Closure in the Temple.

Procession of Dulce Nombre

Beginning of the Procession at Divina Pastora Parish. (Map)

  • 14.30: Departure of the throne.
  • 16.30: Pass by Tribuna.
  • 18.20: Pass by Torre Sur.
  • 18.30: Pass by the Cathedral.
  • 22.20: Closure in Divina Pastora Parish.

Paso de la Salud

Beginning of this procession in the Parish Church of Saint Paul in the District of La Trinidad.(Map)

  • 15.15: Departure of the throne.
  • 17.15: Pass by Tribuna.
  • 19.05: Pass by Torre Sur.
  • 19.15: Pass by the Cathedral.
  • 23.50: Closure in the Temple.

Procession of Cristo de la Humildad

The beginning of this procession with more than 200 Nazarenes takes place in the Basilica and Royal Sanctuary of Santa Maria de la Victoria. (Map)

  • 16.00: Departure of the throne.
  • 18.05: Pass by Tribuna.
  • 19.55: Pass by Torre Sur.
  • 20.05: Pass by the Cathedral.
  • 23.00: Closure in the Temple.

Procession of Salutación

This procession begins in the Parish of San Felipe Neri in the District of Capuchinos. (Map)

  • 15.30: Departure of the throne.
  • 18.45: Pass by Tribuna.
  • 20.35: Pass by Torre Sur.
  • 20.45: Pass by the Cathedral.
  • 23.10: Closure in the Temple.

Paso del Huerto

Beginning in the Parish of the Santos Mártires Ciriaco and Paula and return by Calle Nueva. (Map)

  • 17.15: Departure of the throne.
  • 19.25: Pass by Tribuna.
  • 21.15: Pass by Torre Sur.
  • 1.00: Closure in the Temple.

Procession of Prendimiento

The Brotherhood was reorganized in 1948 and its first throne in procession was in 1958. The procession begins in the Capuchinos district , at the Brotherhood House of Prendimiento. (Map)

  • 16.30: Departure of the throne.
  • 20.15: Pass by Tribuna.
  • 22.05: Pass by Torre Sur.
  • 1.00: Closure in the Temple.

Last suburban train on Palm Sunday

The last suburban train to Fuengirola from Malaga city centre leaves that night at 11.30 pm.

Weather forecast on Palm Sunday

Overcast skies but no rain and temperatures between 19ºC and 14ºC.

Processions on Easter Monday

Easter Monday begins with the procession of the Crucifixion in which purple Nazarenes and music bands make the typical itinerary through the streets of Malaga.


Procession of the Crucifixion

Beginning in the Brotherhood House, founded in 1977. It is next to the Parish of the Good Shepherd (Parroquia del Buen Pastor). (Map)

  • 15.10: Departure of the throne.
  • 17.10: Tribuna.
  • 19.00: Torre Sur.
  • 19.10: Cathedral
  • 23.00: Closure in the Brotherhood House.

Procession of Gypsy (Procesión de los Gitanos)

There are data of this brotherhood in the year 1682, it almost disappeared during the nineteenth century and lost all its heritage in 1931 and 1936. Its beginning takes place in the Brotherhood House.(Map)

  • 16.15: Departure of the throne.
  • 18.30: Tribuna.
  • 20.20: Torre Sur.
  • 23.15: Closure in the Brotherhood House.

Paso de la Pasión

Beginning of this procession in the Church of Santos Mártires and heads to Plaza de la Constitucion through Calle Granada. (Map)

  • 17.10: Departure of the throne.
  • 17.45: Tribuna.
  • 19.35: Torre Sur.
  • 19.45: Cathedral.
  • 22.45: Closure in the Temple.

Student Brotherhood Procession

The procession begins in the Brotherhood House, continues through Alcazabilla and Plaza de la Aduana towards the Tribuna de los Pobres, Plaza de la Constitución, Plaza de la Marina, de la Aduana and returns to its Brotherhood House. (Map)

  • 17.15: Departure of the throne.
  • 21.15: Tribuna.
  • 23.05: Torre Sur.
  • 0.15: Closure in the Brotherhood House.

Paso de Dolores del Puente

From the Church of Santo Domingo Guzmán towards the Plaza de la Constitución where it will begin the official itinerary. (Map)

  • 17.00: Departure of the throne.
  • 19.20: Tribuna.
  • 21.10: Torre Sur.
  • 21.20: Cathedral.
  • 0.00: Closure in the Brotherhood House.

Paso del Cautivo

Beginning of this procession in the Brotherhood House “Cofradía De Nuestro Padre Jesús Cautivo” towards the Plaza de la Aduana, Plaza del Obispo, Tribuna de los Pobres, Puerta Nueva, Plaza de la Constitución.(Map)

  • 17.40: Departure of the throne.
  • 20.05: Tribuna.
  • 21.55: Torre Sur.
  • 0.45: Closure in the Brotherhood House.

Last suburban train on Easter Monday

The last suburban train to Fuengirola from Malaga city centre leaves tonight at 0.10 am.

Weather forecast on Easter Monday

We are expecting clear skies and temperatures between 19ºC and 14ºC.

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.

Procession of Paso del Rocío

Rocio Procession in Malaga

It begins at the Brotherhood House in the District of Barrio de la Victoria (Map), near the Parish of San Lázaro. It departs towards Calle Álamos, Carretería, Tribuna de los Pobres, Plaza de la Constitución, Atarazanas, Alameda Principal, Calle Granada, Plaza de la Merced, Plaza de la Victoria and ends up again in the Brotherhood House.

  • 15.45: Departure of the throne.
  • 18.30: Tribuna.
  • 20.20: Torre Sur.
  • 0.30: Closure in the Brotherhood House.

Paso de Nueva Esperanza

Start at the Brotherhood towards Atarazanas (Map), Plaza de la Constitución, Alameda Principal and Puente de la Aurora. It is the longest procession of all Holy Week in Malaga.

  • 15.30: Departure of the throne.
  • 20.20: Tribuna.
  • 22.10: Torre Sur.
  • 4.30: Closure in the Brotherhood House.

Paso de las Penas

Beginning of this procession in the Oratorio de Santa María Reína y Madre (Map) towards the Plaza de la Constitución, Alameda Principal, Calle Cister, Granada, Carretería, Plazuela Virgen de las Penas and back to its temple.

  • 18.40: Departure of the throne.
  • 19.30: Tribuna.
  • 21.20: Torre Sur.
  • 21.30: Cathedral.
  • 1.20: Closure in the Temple.

Paso del Rescate

This procession with a duration of more than 6 hours begins in the Brotherhood House of the Rescate (Map) towards Plaza María Guerrero and Plaza de la Merced. It passes through Alamos Street, Carretería Street and Tribuna de los Pobres Street. The history of this brotherhood dates back to the seventeenth century although it lost much of its belongings during the 30s of the twentieth century.

  • 17.45: Departure of the throne.
  • 21.10: Tribuna.
  • 23.00: Torre Sur.
  • 2.00: Closure in the Temple.

Procession of Brotherhood Humillación y la Estrella

Brotherhood founded in 1919 that takes this procession from the Church of Santo Domingo (Map) towards Plaza de la Merced, Alamos, Tribuna de los Pobres, Plaza de la Constitución and Alameda Principal.

  • 20.00: Departure of the throne.
  • 22.50: Tribuna.
  • 0.40: Torre Sur.
  • 3.20: Closure in the Brotherhood House. (Map)

Paso de la Sentencia

A brotherhood founded in 1929 that takes this procession from its Brotherhood House (Map) towards Plaza de la Merced, Álamos, Tribuna de los Pobres, Plaza de la Constitución and Alameda Principal.

  • 19.00: Departure of the throne.
  • 22.00: Tribuna.
  • 23.50: Torre Sur.
  • 1.30: Closure in the Brotherhood House of La Sentencia.

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.


Paso de la Mediadora

From the District Barrio de las Delicias (Map) there is a procession in the direction of Plaza de la Constitución and Alameda Principal.

  • 15.35: Departure of the throne.
  • 18.30: Tribuna.
  • 20.20: Torre Sur.
  • 20.30: Cathedral
  • 1.00: Closure in the Temple.

Procession of Salesianos

The procession begins in the Sanctuary of Maria Auxiliadora, in the  neighbourhood Barrio de Capuchinos (Map). From the Brotherhood House, heading towards Plaza de la Constitución, passing through Calle Granada. This brotherhood was created in 1985 and its first procession took place in 1995.

  • 16.45: Departure of the throne.
  • 19.00: Tribuna.
  • 20.50: Torre Sur.
  • 21.00: Cathedral
  • 23.40: Closure in the Temple.

Procession of Cofradías Fusionadas

A total of 5 thrones depart in procession from the Church of San Juan Bautista (Map) towards the Plaza de la Constitución for the official route. The Brotherhood is located in the following location on this map.

  • 18.15: Departure of the throne.
  • 19.20: Tribuna.
  • 21.10: Torre Sur.
  • 21.20: Cathedral.
  • 1.00: Closure in the Temple.

Paso del Rico

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. The procession begins in the Church of Santiago Apóstol (Map).

  • 18.00: Departure of the throne.
  • 21.45: Tribuna.
  • 23.35: Torre Sur.
  • 20.00: Cathedral.
  • 1.30: Closure in the Brotherhood House.

Paso de la Paloma

From the Chapel-House Brotherhood in the Chapel of María Santísima de la Paloma (Map) begins this procession that passes through the Plaza de San Francisco and the Tribuna de los Pobres towards the Alameda Principal to make its official route.

  • 19.00: Departure of the throne.
  • 20.40: Tribuna.
  • 22.30: Torre Sur.
  • 0.30: Closure in the Temple.

Procession of Brotherhood Cofradía de la Sangre

Virgin of consolation and tears throne during the Holy Week in Malaga.

The foundation of this brotherhood dates from 1507 and has more than 400 Nazarenes. The beginning is in the Church of San Felipe Neri (Map) towards the Tribuna de los Pobres y Atarazanas (Tribune of the Poor and Shipyards  in English) to take its official route.

  • 20.15: Departure of the throne.
  • 22.25: Tribuna.
  • 0.15: Torre Sur.
  • 2.00: Closure in the Brotherhood House.

Procession of Expiración

The procession of the Cristo de la Expiración begins in the Church of the Apostle San Pedro in the District Barrio del Perchel (Map) and reaches Avenida de Andalucía after its official route before returning to its Brotherhood House.

  • 21.30: Departure of the throne.
  • 23.15: Tribuna.
  • 1.15: Torre Sur.
  • 3.10: Closure in the Brotherhood House.

Last train on Wednesday of Holy Week

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

Weather on Holy Wednesday

Clear skies are expected throughout the day and average temperatures between 20ºC and 14ºC.

Processions on Holy Thursday

The 18th of April begins on Maundy Thursday with the processions at 4:40 pm.


Procession of Los Viñeros

From the Church of Santa Catalina (Map) departs this procession in the direction of the Plaza de la Constitución where it will begin its official parade, before returning to its Casa Hermandad (Brotherhood House). (map)

  • 17.30: Departure of the throne.
  • 19.15: Tribuna.
  • 21.05: Torre Sur.
  • 21.15: Cathedral.
  • 0.00: Closure in the Brotherhood House.

Procession of the Sagrada Cena

From the Brotherhood House (map) and passing through Calle Compañía towards Plaza de la Constitución, the official route ends passing through Calle Álamos, Carretería, Tribuna de los Pobres and Puerta Nueva.

  • 17.00: Departure of the throne.
  • 18.00: Tribuna.
  • 19.50: Torre Sur.
  • 23.30: Closure in the Brotherhood House.

Procession of Zamarrilla

The Zamarrilla procession begins at the Zamarrilla Hermitage located in the Barrio de la Trinidad – Perchel (Map); it heads towards  Plaza de la Constitución, passing through calle Mármoles.

  • 17.50: Departure of the throne.
  • 20.25: Tribuna.
  • 22.15: Torre Sur.
  • 2.30: Closure in the Brotherhood House.

Procession of Santa Cruz

From the Church of San Felipe Neri (Map) towards Plaza de la Constitución, passing through Calle Álamos and Carretería.

  • 16.40: Departure of the throne.
  • 18.50: Tribuna.
  • 20.40: Torre Sur.
  • 20.50: Cathedral.
  • 0.45: Closure in the Brotherhood House.

Archconfraternity of Vera Cruz

Beginning of this procession in the Church of San Juan (Map) towards Plaza de la Constitución through calle Cisneros.

  • 19.00: Departure of the throne.
  • 20.00: Tribuna.
  • 21.50: Torre Sur.
  • 22.00: Cathedral.
  • 1.00: Closure in the Brotherhood House.

Procession of the Legion in Malaga

Procession of the Legion during the Holy Week

The Legion is one of the most popular processions in Malaga during Holy Week. It begins in the Brotherhood House of the Confraternity of Cristo de Mena (Map) towards Plaza de la Constitución; it passes through Plaza de la Legión Española and Cisneros Street.

  • 19.15: Departure of the throne.
  • 21.15: Tribuna.
  • 23.05: Torre Sur.
  • 2.40: Closure in the Temple.


Procession of Mercy (Paso de la Misericordia)

The Brotherhood of Misericordia is linked to the Air Force (Map) . From the Brotherhood House it leaves towards Atarazanas and Cisneros street to reach Plaza de la Constitución, where the official route begins. Its first parade was in 1865.

  • 19.50: Departure of the throne.
  • 22.30: Tribuna.
  • 0.20: Torre Sur.
  • 2.45: Closure in the Temple.

Procession of La Esperanza

The Brotherhood of Esperanza was founded on 16 June 1641; the first processions took place in the second half of the 16th century. It begins at the Basilica del Paso y de la Esperanza (Map) towards Calle Cisneros and Plaza de la Constitución, where its official route begins.

  • 21.15: Departure of the throne.
  • 23.20: Tribuna.
  • 1.10: Torre Sur.
  • 3.50: Closure in the Temple.

Last trains on Maundy Thursday

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

Weather on Maundy Thursday

A weather forecast for this day is not yet available, but the skies are expected to remain clear.

Processions on Good Friday

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


Brotherhood of Monte Calvario

The brotherhood of the Nazarenes begins at the Hermitage of Monte Calvario (Map) at 3:00 pm in the direction of the Basilica and Royal Sanctuary of Santa María de la Victoria (from where it leaves at 4:00 pm, map). The procession passes through the Plaza de la Victoria, Plaza de la Merced towards Plaza de la Constitucion, where it takes its official route.

  • 16.00: Departure of the throne.
  • 18.40: Tribuna.
  • 20.30: Torre Sur.
  • 20.40: Cathedral.
  • 23.50: Closure in the Temple.

Brotherhood of Nazarenes of Sagrado Descendimiento

This procession begins in the Chapel of the Sacred Descent (Map) and continues through General Torrijos Square, Cervantes Avenue, Aduana Square and Carbon Square until it reaches Plaza de la Constitucion, where it takes its official route.

  • 16.00: Departure of the throne.
  • 18.40: Tribuna.
  • 20.30: Torre Sur.
  • 20.40: Cathedral.
  • 23.50: Closure in the Temple.

Procession of  Cristo del Amor

This procession begins with Nazarenes and bands in the Basilica and Royal Sanctuary of Santa Maria de la Victoria (Map) and continues through the Plaza de la Victoria, Alcazabilla, Plaza de la Aduana, Calle Cister and Calle Granada until it reaches Plaza de la Constitución, where it follows the official route.

  • 17.20: Departure of the throne.
  • 20.40: Tribuna.
  • 22.30: Torre Sur.
  • 2.10: Closure in the Temple.

Procession of Cristo de la Redención

This procession begins in the Church of San Juan (Map) and continues through Plaza Arriola, Plaza de Felix Saenz and Calle Nueva until Plaza de la Constitución, where it follows the official route before returning to its temple.

  • 18.20: Departure of the throne.
  • 20.00: Tribuna.
  • 21.50: Torre Sur.
  • 22.00: Catedral.
  • 0.10: Closure in the Temple.

Procession of the Holy Transfer (Santo Traslado)

The procession of this old brotherhood that dates back to 1665 begins in the Casa Hermandad (Map) and continues through Trinidad and the Puente de la Aurora until Plaza de la Constitucion, where it follows the official route before returning to the Brotherhood House.

  • 19.30: Departure of the throne.
  • 21.30: Tribuna.
  • 23.20: Torre Sur.
  • 2.30: Closure in the Brotherhood House.

Procession of La Piedad

The procession of a single throne begins in the Brotherhood House (Map) located in the Capuchinos district and continues through Ollerías, Carretería, Tribuna de los Pobres and Puerta Nueva until the Plaza de la Constitución, where it follows the official route before returning to the Brotherhood House.

  • 19.20: Departure of the throne.
  • 22.15: Tribuna.
  • 0.05: Torre Sur.
  • 2.10: Closure in the Brotherhood House.

Procession of Santo Sepulcro

The procession begins at the Brotherhood House (Map) and continues along Alcazabilla Street, Plaza de la Merced and Calle Granada until Plaza de la Constitución, where it follows the official route before returning to the Brotherhood House.

  • 20.30: Departure of the throne.
  • 22.40: Tribuna.
  • 0.30: Torre Sur.
  • 2.15: Closure in the Brotherhood House.

Procession de los Siervos (Servitas)

This is a very popular procession, during which the street lights of Malaga are turned off. It departs from the Parroquia de San Felipe Neri (Map) and continues along Carreteria, Alamos, Comedias, Compañía and Cisneros streets until Plaza de la Constitución, where it follows the official route before returning to its temple.

  • 22.00: Departure of the throne.
  • 23.40: Tribuna.
  • 1.30: Torre Sur.
  • 3.00: Closure in the Temple.

Last trains on Good Friday

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

Weather on Good Friday

A weather forecast for this day is not yet available, but the skies are expected to remain clear.

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 (Map) and lasts about 4 and a half hours. After its confinement in the temple the Holy Week will finish until next year.

  • 10.00: Departure of the throne.
  • 11.05: Tribuna.
  • 12.55: Torre Sur.
  • 14.45: Closure in the Temple.

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.

Weather on Easter Sunday

A weather forecast for this day is not yet available, but the skies are expected to remain clear.

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

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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