Vejer de la Frontera Easter Programme 2022
Easter in Spain is one of the best experiences you will enjoy. It starts 40 days after Ash Wednesday, which is when Carnival finishes. The music, smell, costumes, and the figures covered in gold, silk and silver are outstanding. Even if you are not religious you will be thrilled to enjoy this celebration.
The list below are the events done every year in Vejer de la Frontera during Easter. So in case you are planning to come to Vejer de la Frontera for Easter in 2023 you can expect a similar schedule.
In Spanish schools, students, enjoy 8 days of holiday during Easter. It is one of the most important holidays in Southern Spain. This year, 2022, it will be going on from 8th until 17th April.
Each place throughout Cadiz province will have different processions (parades where they carry a religious scene from the bible). In this blog we will let you know the schedule of activities to do in Vejer de la Frontera as well as in other villages nearby.
Easter in Spain
Easter Sunday in Spain is preceded by an entire week of celebrations, known as La Semana Santa (“Holy Week”). During Easter in Spain, processions take place, beginning at churches. The highlight of the processions are the “Pasos”. These are large sculptures, or figures carved in wood, depicting scenes from the Bible, which are carried on the shoulders of people throughout the city/village for hours. Here in Vejer de la Frontera, they last around 4 hours.
The processions are slow marches that follow a predetermined route around a city, town or village. Large bands follow many of the “Pasos”, playing traditional Easter music. The pasos are led by the Nazarenos, the people in the robes and hats. Spending Easter in Seville is a very incredible experience, but Easter is celebrated all over Spain in a similar way.
Who are the people in robes?
The Nazarenos wear the pointed hats (known as capirotes) and robes. Nazarenos are part of the Catholic brotherhoods. Generally, each city has multiple brotherhoods, each with their own representation and different symbols and colour of robes. Often, these brotherhoods date back to the Middle Ages. Read our other blog post on the Nazarenos and their costumes.
Traditionally, only men could be in the Catholic brotherhoods but nowadays women also join in. However, Nazarenos represent penance, due to the historical significance.
Vejer de la Frontera and surroundings’ Easter programme 2022
The days that Vejer de la Frontera does not have a procession going on you can attend mass in different churches.
Friday 8th April: Friday of pain in Veejer de la Frontera.
20:00: San Divino Salvador church procession. Itinerary: Plaza del Padre Ángel, Ramón y Cajal, Judería, Trafalgar, San Juan, Misericordia, Poca Sangre, La Fuente, Plaza de España, Canalejas, Reyes Católicos, Capitán Quintanilla, Rosario, Plaza del Padre Ángel y Parroquia Divino Salvador.
Wednesday 13th: Holy Wednesday in Vejer de la Frontera
20.00-22:00 From San Miguel’s Church. Procession of the Holy Christ of the Olive. The figure is from the 18th century in carved and polychrome wood, baroque style. This procession is lead by the brotherhood of “Nuestra Señora de la Oliva Coronada”.
Route that it will follow: Iglesia de San Miguel, Diputación, Juan XXIII, Mariscal Miranda, Avda. San Miguel, Juan Relinque, Plazuela, Ntra. Sra. de la Oliva e Iglesia Parroquial del Divino Salvador.
Thursday 14th: Maundy Thursday in Vejer de la Frontera
20.30-1:00am: 3 Processions leaving from “Iglesia Divino Salvador”.
Procession of the Nazarene. This procession is comprised of three figures. The first figure is Jesus carved in the 17th century, the second figure is the virgin “Nuestra señora de los dolores” carved in the 19th century. This procession is lead by brotherhood of “Nuestro padre Jesus Nazareno, Maria Santísima de los Dolores y San Juan Evangelista”. I have no information about the third figure, but apparently this year there will be three.
Route that it will follow: Salida desde la Parroquia del Divino Salvador, Nuestra Señora de la Oliva, Plazuela, Calle Teniente Castrillón, Plaza Juan Bueno, Altozano, Sagasta, Santísimo, Esquina de la Pita, Rivas de Neira, San Ambrosio, Cobarrubias, Manuel Torres, Calle Juan Relinque, Plazuela, Nuestra Señora de la Oliva e Iglesia Parroquial del Divino Salvador.
Friday 15th: Good Friday in Vejer de la Frontera
20:00-00:30 : 2 processions leaving from “Iglesia Divino Salvador”. Procession of the Holy Burial and Solitude.
First figure Jesus Christ carved in 2004 and the second figure they carry is Nuestra señora de la Soledad carved in 1942. This procession is lead by brotherhood “Santísimo Cristo de la caridad en su santo entierro y María Santísima de la Soledad”
Route that it will follow: Parroquia del Divino Salvador, Ntra. Sra. de la Oliva, Plazuela, Juan Relinque, Santísimo, Sagasta, Altozano, Plazuela, Ntra. Sra. de la Oliva y a su Templo.
Sunday 17th: Sunday of Resurrection
On Easter Sunday (Sunday of Resurrection)the 17th of April. Instead of having an Easter procession they run with the bulls in Vejer de la Frontera. This year they will have 3 bulls, one in the morning and two in the afternoon running from side to side of a long Street (Av. San Miguel – Hotel Convento San Francisco). They let them free at 13:00, 16:00 and 17:00.
Easter Week in Cadiz Cities
If you are not staying the full week of Vejer de la Frontera Easter in 2022, but instead you are going to spend part of your Easter holidays in Cadiz city look at the schedule for Cadiz here. If on the other hand you are thinking to spend Easter in Jerez de la Frontera in 2022 you can see the schedule here instead. Each day will have different brotherhood, you can see the route by clicking in the link.
Full day tours in Vejer de la Frontera and Cadiz province
If you are looking for Andalusian culinary food, cultural and Sherry wine experiences for sightseeing Cadiz province, then keep reading. I will now take advantage to show off to you the great food tours in Vejer de la Frontera and throughout Cadiz province that we do. Officially, Vejer de la Frontera is one of the most beautiful villages of Spain, you should come and meet us!
Cultural and culinary food tours
If you want to learn the whole process of the Almadraba and Bluefin tuna in Cadiz province check our Bluefin tuna tour. You will learn the history of Bluefin tuna in the area since Phoenician times. You will go in a private boat ride to visit the Almadraba (if you are lucky it may be active); visit a local food market; and taste different parts of bluefin tuna in all ways, salt-dried, grilled, raw.
If you want to learn more about Vejer de la Frontera, its traditions and gastronomy book our Sherry & Tapas tour! Learn about sherry, wine tastings, and how to pair it with gourmet traditional food from the area. Taste different types of Sherry and local food like bluefin tuna, bull meat, salmorejo, eggplant with honey and pinenuts, etc. The tour includes 5 tapas and 5 wine/Sherries.
If you would like to visit other beautiful white villages like Vejer, we can do a tour of the white villages in Cadiz province. On the other hand we can mix a visit to a beautiful white village with a visit to an olive oil mill. Or you can choose to do a private tour that we can design especially for you based on your interests. Come and join Explore la Tierra in Vejer de la Frontera, Cadiz, Spain!
Our latest addition is our become an artisan for one day tour. Make your own cheese and your own leather souvenir in Ubrique and enjoy its great history and panoramic views. This white village is famous worldwide for its importance for the international leather companies.
Sherry wine tours
Would you like to learn more about Sherry wine and immerse yourself in the local culture and traditions? If you want to learn and experience it with the company of a local guide and turn your visit to Cadiz into an exciting culinary adventure, book with us. Sherry wine love is very contagious, surely you will also become one!
If you have your own transport we can accompany you while learning about Sherry. Enjoy the best Sherry bodega tours, local culture and traditions and the local gastronomy. In case you do not have a car we can arrange transport, restaurant and the rest of your trip for you.
If you would like to learn all about Jerez-Sherry-Xeres D.O. then join us for our Ultimate Sherry wine Tasting tour. We can design a private tour just for you and your family.
If you are staying in Vejer de la Frontera or within Cadiz province we can organize a private Sherry wine tasting with local gourmet tapas for your group. We will go to your place and do a Sherry wine or Andalusian wine tasting for you privately. We can focus on premium Sherries; VORS and premium Sherries; or Andalusian wines in case you do not like Sherry wine.