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Easter on the Canary Island – lying in the warm sun at the beach, going for a surf and hunt for Easter Eggs in between? That sounds almost too good to be true, but Easter on the Canary Islands offers exactly that: summer temperatures and beautiful ways coming together with typical spanish or canarian Easter traditions and customs. 

Easter on the Canary Islands – Table of Contents

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Easter on the Canary Islands – Semana Santa

Holy Week – in Spanish Semana Santa is the week between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Many Spaniards have this week off, as not only Good Friday but also Maundy Thursday are public holidays. For devout Christians, this week is the most important time and is therefore celebrated intensively. Many others use this week to go travelling or visit family. Holiday accommodation is therefore usually fully booked well in advance and the airports are very busy.

In Catholic Spain, however, many traditions and customs are still lively. Semana Santa is characterised by many Easter processions and religious celebrations.

Easter on the Canary Islands – Easter processions 

Easter on the Canary Islands is characterized by impressive processions that take place in cities such as Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and La Laguna on Tenerife in particular, as well as in other municipalities on the islands. The faithful often carry religious symbols and statues of saints, some weighing several tonnes, through the streets, accompanied by solemn music and singing and believers in pointed hoods.

The most important processions take place on Good Friday. In Tenerife, the largest Passion Play in the Canary Islands takes place on Good Friday: around 300 amateur actors re-enact the Last Supper and the crucifixion.

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On Fuerteventura, these processions mainly take place in the island’s capital, Puerto del Rosario. One of the most interesting parades takes place here on Holy Wednesday, the “Procesión del Encuentro” (Procession of Encounter). On Good Friday, the “Procesión de de la Virgen de la Soledad” (Procession of the Virgin of Solitude) represents the solitude of the Virgin Mary after the death of her son.

The processions and their dates vary from island to island, which is why it is always better to find out in advance if you want to attend one.

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Easter on the Canary Islands – typical food

Like many other holidays, the Easter holidays in Semana Santa are of course used to spend time together with family and friends. A delicious feast is of course a must, especially on Easter Sunday. During the fasting period between Carnival and Easter Sunday, believers abstain from meat and alcohol. Typical dishes during Semana Santa therefore include chickpea stew with cod and spinach, buñuelos de bacalao (small fried balls made from flour and cod) or garlic soup.

Canarian cuisine offers a variety of traditional dishes during the Easter period. These include delicious specialities such as “Tortillas de Camarones” (prawn tortillas), “Papas arrugadas con mojo” (boiled potatoes with mojo sauce) and “Potaje de Vigilia” (Lenten soup), which is eaten especially on Good Friday.

“Torrijas”, a type of French toast that is soaked in milk, rolled in eggs and then deep-fried, and “rosquetes”, small pastries that are often glazed with honey or sugar, are also very popular at Easter on the Canary Islands and can be found on many dining tables or in the picnic baskets of Canarios.

Chocolate Easter eggs are also becoming increasingly popular in supermarkets and are often given as small gifts.

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Easter on the Canary Islands – Can the Easter bunny surf?

Colourfully painted and decorated Easter eggs are rarely found on the Canary Islands. Although many children here are familiar with the Easter bunny from films, television or books, there is not really an Easter egg hunt on the Canary Islands at Easter as there is in Germany. After all, the chocolate would only melt in the sun…

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So the Easter bunny stays landlocked and takes care of the chocolate supply for northern Europeans on the mainland. However, Easter on the Canary Islands is particularly worthwhile because of the many exciting processions, especially in Tenerife and Gran Canaria.

For holidaymakers who want to get a taste of summer and can hardly wait to get back into the waves, Fuerteventura in particular offers miles of sandy beaches, beautiful waves and pure sunshine!