It’s Easter weekend and with two public holidays that also means a long four day weekend here on Gran Canaria. Friday is the main holiday so pretty much everything will be closed; as in banks and most shopping centres. The southern tourist areas never really closes completely so you can always find shops open and you can rely on Lidl in San Fernando to be open.
With the religious Easter feasting upon us, culminating in “Good Friday” and the long weekend ahead, there are lots of church events and processions to be seen throughout every major town on Gran Canaria. One very well attended procession is in Las Palmas on Friday, in the very beautiful old part of the town, known as Vegueta.
Most of the locals are on holidays, with the kids off school, and if they are not devoutly attending their local church services they’ll be migrating south to the beaches or heading to the mountains for some quality family time, with friends, and to enjoy the abundant natural spaces all around our little island.
II Jornadas Gastronómicas Vegueta en Semana Santa
From Wednesday to Sunday, various establishments in the historic quarter of Las Palmas will include in their menu typical dishes that are consumed during easter on the Islands during the second edition of Gastronomic Days ‘Vegueta in Easter’
The restaurants in Vegueta’s gastronomic route are: La Piedra, El Canalla, Te Lo Dije Pérez, Marsala, La Champiñonería, El Boccanegra, El Herreño, Taramundi, La Barbería, El Vasco de Vegueta, Bar Chico and Las 6 Calabazas
Jornadas Gastronómicas de Semana Santa Agüimes
Lovers of good food can also taste traditional easter dishes until Sunday in any of the 24 establishments signed up in the municipality of Agüimes during the first edition of Gastronomic Days ‘Agüimes at Easter’. 11 of them located in the old town of Agüimes and 13 in Playa de Arinaga.
Pasión del Señor y Vía Crusis
At 19:00 the celebration of the christian passion in the Parroquia de San Fernando followed by at 21:15 with a procession Vía Crusis
Pasión del Señor y Vía Crusis
at 20:00 the International Catholic Celebration of the passion followed bythe interdenominational station of the cross ‘Via Crucis’ at 22:00 from Templo Ecumenico “El Salvador”
See the full program for Easter weekend for Templo Ecuménico here
There will be processions from all of the churches surrounding the cathedral
Easter religious event, Procesión de “las Mantillas” (the shawls)
Starting at 11:00 am and entering the Cathedral of Santa Ana at around 13:00,
The Cathedral is the seat of the Diocese of the Canaries in the Roman Catholic Church. It is situated within the neighbourhood of Vegueta, next to the Plaza Santa Ana. In this traditional procession of women wearing the Canarian white veil or shawl over their heads to pay tribute to La Dolorosa, symbolising a mother’s pain after the loss of her son.
Two icons are carried, an icon of the crucifixion and Nuestra señora de Los Dolores (our lady of sorrows). Route : Obispo Codina, Espíritu Santo, Reyes Católicos, Dr. Chil
Later on Friday, 3 processions join in to one to travel the streets of Triana and Vegueta ( known as the Prócesion Magna Interparroquial )
la Parroquia de Santo Domingo, leaving at 18:30 and travels towards Alameda de Colón
la Parroquia de San Agustín, leaving at 18:45 from Plaza de San Agustín and travels towards Alameda de Colón
la Parroquia de San Francisco de Asís, leaving at 18:45
At 22:00, from the Parish of Santo Domingo: Procession of the Retreat of Our Lady of Sorrows.
At 22:30, from the Parish of St. Francis of Assisi: Procession of the Retreat and the Silence of Our Lady of the Solitude of the Portería.
Mercado Artesanal – Recommended Day Trip north
The Port of Las Nieves hosts the bimonthly craft market this Sunday. A lovely opportunity to drive up to the lovely seaside, port and fishing town of Agaete, on the northwest coast of Gran Canaria, and take a stroll in the beautiful surroundings.
The Market is held from the street called Nuestra Señora de Las Nieves upto the entrance to the old dock from 11.00 to 16.00. The street will remain closed to traffic, so it will be pedestrianised between 09:00-17:00. The road to Puerto de Las Nieves will be two-way to facilitate access to the car parks, entrance by the GC172 towards the Old Pier.
By Public transport, Global bus from Las Palmas ( San Telmo ) number 103 to Puerto de las Nieves.
From Puerto de Mogán to Las Palmas (San Telmo) Bus number 1
Why not try the scenic west coast mountain road from Puerto de Mogán? Bus Number 38 to La Aldea San Nicolás and then the 101 to Agaete.