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How Easter is lived on Gran Canaria

12 Feb 2024

Are you visiting Gran Canaria during Easter? Here’s what you can do!

Gran Canaria, the sun-kissed island in the Atlantic, isn’t only known for its beautiful beaches and pleasant climate, but also for its unique Easter tradition

So why not spend Easter on Gran Canaria this year? In this blog article, you'll find out why the island is particularly attractive at this time of year and which activities and places you shouldn't miss during Easter week.

Why should you spend Easter in Gran Canaria?

1. Tradition and culture

Gran Canaria is proud of its deep roots in tradition and culture. During Easter week, this is particularly evident when the streets of villages in Gran Canaria are filled with colourful processions and festive events. Experiencing these authentic customs offers an insight into the unique blend of Spanish and Canarian culture.

2. Spectacular processions

The processions are undoubtedly the highlights of the Easter celebrations in Gran Canaria. Impressive processions such as "La Burrita" and "Las Mantillas" take place in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, combining religious symbolism and artistic staging.

3. Good weather

While in other parts of Europe Easter is often still characterised by wintry weather, Gran Canaria welcomes its visitors with spring-like temperatures. The warm rays of sunshine invite you to enjoy Easter outdoors and explore the island's many activities.

4. Culinary delights

Canarian cuisine is a true feast for the senses, and Easter is the ideal time to sample these delicious specialities. From traditional fish dishes to sweet treats such as "torrijas": in Gran Canaria you can discover the diversity of Canarian flavours.

5 activities to do during Easter week in Gran Canaria

1. Music concerts and cultural events

In addition to the religious celebrations, Gran Canaria also offers a rich cultural programme during Easter week. Music concerts, art exhibitions and theatre performances fill the island with creative flair. Visit the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria or the Pérez Galdós Theatre to immerse yourself in the world of music and art.

2. Explore historical heritage

The capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is home to an impressive historical heritage. During Easter week, you can visit the city's many museums to learn more about the island's history and culture. Stroll through the historic centre, admire the architecture and sample the culinary highlights of the region in the cosy restaurants.

3. Relax on the beach

Easter week is also the perfect time to enjoy the stunning beaches of Gran Canaria. Relax under the warm sun, stroll along the golden sands and experience the refreshing Atlantic breeze. The beaches provide an idyllic backdrop for moments of peace and relaxation.

4. Discover traditional crafts

Immerse yourself in the world of Canarian crafts by visiting local markets. Here you can buy handmade products, handicrafts and culinary specialities. These authentic experiences connect you with the local culture and offer souvenirs that will be a lasting memory of your Easter trip.

5. Experience natural wonders

Gran Canaria isn’t only known for its beaches, but also for its impressive nature. Use Easter week to go hiking in the mountains or take a trip to the dunes of Maspalomas. The island's diverse landscape offers adventure and breathtaking views in equal measure.

3 places to experience Easter in Gran Canaria

1. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

The capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the ideal place to experience Easter. Immerse yourself in the religious atmosphere and discover the cultural diversity of this vibrant city.

2. Santa María de Guía

The municipality of Santa María de Guía is known for its impressive processions and traditional rituals. The olive branch blessing on Palm Sunday and the procession of "La Burrita" offer authentic insights into the island's Easter tradition.

3. Telde

Telde, another charming municipality on Gran Canaria, attracts visitors with its Basilica of San Juan Bautista. The processions, including the “Señor Predicador" and the "Santísimo Cristo", create a moving atmosphere that reflects the island's religious heritage.

Easter in Gran Canaria — an unforgettable experience

Spending Easter on Gran Canaria is’t just a journey, but an unforgettable experience. From the impressive processions to the wide range of activities, the island offers a unique mix of culture, tradition, and leisure at this time of year. Discover Gran Canaria in all its festive splendour and experience an Easter week to remember.