Tel 968 128 800 – Market Mon
Holy Week In Cartagena 7th – 16th April
The Holy Week of Cartagena was declared of International Tourist Interest in 2005 and provides a spectacular showcase of processions. It is the longest week of parades of the whole year with ten days of processions that extend from Friday 7th April (Viernes de Dolores) to Easter Sunday 16th April (Domingo de Resurrección).
The Processions in Cartagena are similar to those all over Spain, but are unique in their style of marching, organisation and clothing (some of which dates back to the 18th century), so much so that they warrant a lengthy description in Wikipedia:
The processions in Cartagena are organized by four brotherhoods:
The penitential brotherhood of the Most Holy Christ of Succour leads the prayer of the Stations of the Cross (via crucis) around the city on the early hours of Friday of Passion Week (the Friday before Good Friday), when the festivity of the Patron Saint of the city, Our Lady of The Seven Sorrows, takes place. The colour of this brotherhood is black.
The brotherhood of the Hour of Our Lord Jesus’ Arrest (known as ‘Californios’) organises the processions that take place on the evening of Friday of Passion Week, on Holy Tuesday and Holy Wednesday and on Maundy Thursday. The colour of this brotherhood is red.
The brotherhood of Our Lord Jesus of Nazareth (known as Marrajos) is in charge of the processions held on Holy Monday, on the early hours of Good Friday, in the evening of Good Friday and on Holy Saturday. The colour of this brotherhood is purple.
The brotherhood of Our Lord Jesus Resurrected (known as Resucitados) organises the procession on the morning of Easter Sunday. The colour of this brotherhood is white.
Given its role as the historical home of the Spanish Navy, every year on Holy Tuesday the Spanish Navy Marines send a delegation to the procession on that day.
The processions will pass by all the central areas of the city:
Friday 7th April (Viernes de Dolores) 9pm
Saturday 8th April (Sábado de Pasión) 7pm
Sunday 9th April (Domingo de Ramos/Palm Sunday) 10.30am and 5pm
Monday 10th April (Lunes Santo) 9pm
Tuesday 11th April (Martes Santo) time tbc
Wednesday 12th April (Miercoles Santo) 9pm
Thursday 13th April (Jueves Santo/Maundy Thursday) 8.45pm
Friday 14th April (Viernes Santo/Good Friday) various processions – main one 9pm
Saturday 15th April (Sábado Santo/Holy Saturday) 8pm
Sunday 16th April (Domingo de Resurrecición/Easter Sunday) 10.30am
More details at www.cartagena.es
Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th April – Bici Adventura – Cycling from Cartagena to Aguilas staying in Youth Hostels. Tracks are varied, so essential to have suitable bike and attire.
1st Day – 15km to Portus (including kayaking)
2nd Day – 50km to Puntas del Negre
3rd Day – 30km to Aguilas
140€ to include accommodation, travel, kayak and insurance.
Sunday 23rd April – Free Guided Tour of Military Instillations in Spanish 10.30am from Tourist Office
Tel 868 049 941/692 925 970 – Market Tues
San Pedro del Pinatar
Tel 968 182 301 – Market Thurs
Tel 968 172 041 – Market Thurs
Saturday 8th April – Free Guided Boat Trip from La Manga del Mar Menor to Santiago de la Ribera – In Spanish.
Saturday 8th April – Tour of Santiago de La Ribera in 1000 Steps, in Spanish. 11am from Tourist Office. Booking essential.
Tel 968 579 937
Saturday 29th April – Monday 1st May – IFEPA in Torre Pacheco will be hosting the XV Car Sales Exhibition
Sunday 30th April – Free Guided Tour of Pisico Windmill – 10.30am (English)/12pm (Spanish) from CAES Centre – booking essential