Just in case you can’t make it out of Madrid during Semana Santa doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy this magical time in Madrid, one of the most beautiful and lively cities in Europe! Semana Santa in Madrid isn’t just for those who are Catholic, but for people of all ages and creed. Don’t assume that you have to spend the entire time silent, and in a cathedral to get the most out of this time of year. Let us give you a few alternatives to the typical plans, as well as share a few of the Spanish traditions that you may also want to experience!
What to Eat:
During Semana Santa, the most traditional food is of course a postre, or dessert: Torrijas! Torrijas are basically the Spanish version of french toast! They are made by battering thick slices of brioche bread in milk, then dipped in egg and it’s fried with olive oil. Although that’s the most traditional version, you can also dip the brioche in wine (diluted of course) or liquor.
What to Do: Traditional Option
You can check out the Tamborrada taking place in the Plaza Mayor on Easter Sunday (March 27th) at 20h. There will be tons of beating drums and processions. It’s hard not to get swept away with all the excitement! Afterwards, recommend having a drink at Prado A Tope! The most traditional drink to have during this time is Limonada which is red wine with sugar, cinnamon, orange and lemon!
The religious processions are orante and beautiful! If you’re interested in seeing Spanish culture from a more traditional perspective. Starting this Monday, there will be daily processions throughout the city. Find out when exactly each takes place by following this link!
What to Do: Non-Traditional Option
Here are a few plans you can check out if you’d rather not face the big crowds and processions!
Visit artisanal beer brewery Cervezas la Virgen!
Check out the FREE exhibit on Miguel de Cervantes if you’d rather a bit of literature history instead of religious history!
Take a day trip and avoid Madrid completely! What about Alcalá de Henares!
No matter what you decide, make sure to stay tuned to the #mad4madrid agenda for the latest and greatest plans!