Easter is a great time of year to visit Marbella. This is the time when the high season officially begins, everything reopens, the beaches are ready for the summer and the atmosphere is excellent as tourism returns again in earnest.
This is also an important religious holiday, and is marked by a whole week of daily processions through Marbella. You don’t have to be catholic to go along and take a look, it’s a fascinating insight into the Spanish culture and is very dramatic. The processions all start from different churches and chapels around the pretty old town and centre around floats with statues depicting different events from the Easter story. These floats are enormous, ornate and take 12 or more men to carry them through the streets, navigating the small squares and balconies on their way through. They then head down to the main street, Ricardo Soriano, along this high street before going back into the old town again. If you’re not sure where they are just follow your nose – they are always accompanied by a lot of incense!