5 cities to visit this Easter Week in A Coruña

No plans for Easter? Let’s take the opportunity to visit the province of A Coruña, where five cities await us with open doors. What are we waiting for?

A Coruña. Here, during Holy Week, up to 12 processions take place, between March 22, that of the Virgin of Sorrows, and March 31, that of the Risen Jesus and that of Our Lady of Hope. In addition to processions, the city has a wide range of things to see, to do, to buy, to eat, to live… in short, to enjoy during the week. For example: walk breathing the sea along the promenade, climb the Tower of Hercules, a World Heritage Site, contemplate the views from Mount San Pedro, from where we can go down in a ball that is an elevator, know the Old Town, San Antón Castle…. It is also a good opportunity to visit the scientific museums of A Coruña and the MUNCYT, which offers a special program at this time of the year. And let’s not forget the Museum of Fine Arts, and all the program of plays, concerts and exhibitions in the city in March. And, of course, the personality of A Coruña, always open to fun.

Ferrol. Easter Week in Ferrol is serious business. The tradition comes from the eighteenth century and, since 2014, it is a Festival of International Tourist Interest, so the atmosphere will not be lacking. There are 5 confrarías (brotherhoods) in charge of organizing up to 24 processions, which follow one another from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. This year, the novelty is the departure of the Confraría da Mercé on Maundy Thursday, which premieres a new step, the work of Ana Rey, and the transfer of the Glorious Meeting, on Easter Sunday, to the Plaza de Armas.

Ferrol is many Ferrols in one: the one of the Holy Week, the one of the Enlightenment, the one of the Modernism, the one of the Meninas… We can make a very complete plan, with a review of the history of the port and the military city (Military Arsenal, Bastion of San Xoan, Castle of San Felipe, Museum of Shipbuilding, Naval Museum, Navantia, Palace of the Captaincy); the architecture of the Barrio da Magdalena; the murals in the neighborhood of O Canido… And, if we like surfing, we will do well to bring the board, or rent it, because in spring you can catch good waves in the area on beaches like Doniños, Esmelle or San Xurxo.

Santiago de Compostela. With so much religious tradition in the city, Holy Week makes its presence felt. There are 13 brotherhoods that organize 17 processions. The most curious are that of the Caladiños Descalzos, on Holy Thursday, with penitents dragging crosses and chains, and that of the Students, on Holy Wednesday. On these dates, with the churches crowded and decorated, there are also concerts of sacred and ancient music. Precisely, from the 24th to the 31st, the cycle “Of places and organs” takes place, with concerts, workshops, meetings with specialists, guided tours…

In addition to all the art and cultural life offered by the capital, spring is a great time to take a good walk through the Alameda Park, San Domingos de Bonaval, Belvís, the Sarela promenade or Mount Gaiás, for example.

Carballo. The capital of Bergantiños, in the north of the Costa da Morte, is a very dynamic municipality, crossroads between Santiago, A Coruña and Fisterra. In these dates, in which several processions will pass through the town center, we must also take the opportunity to visit the Museum of Bergantiños, the Spa, the Plaza de Galicia, the Concello, the murals scattered around the city (remember that the Rexenera Fest is held here). More towards nature, let’s go for a walk along the banks of the Anllóns, or on a hiking route, such as the Férvedas de Rus and Entrecruces, the Muíños de pan or the Sendas do mar, along the coast of Razo-Baldaio. For good views, the best is to climb Mount Neme, with its galactic lagoons, Santa Irene do Castrillón, A Vilela or Santa Mariña.

Without leaving the Costa da Morte, Easter coincides with the XXXIII Mostra de Encaixe de Camariñas (Lace Festival of Camariñas), from March 27 to 31, a perfect excuse to move to the area and, on the way along the coast, visit Buño, Malpica, Laxe, Muxía, Fisterra, with a very popular Easter… And, while we are in the area, let’s go to Carnota which, between the 28th and the 31st, celebrates the “Víndemo ver”, a market, and much more, dedicated this year to the fishing and processing of sardines. Inland there are also interesting things to see: the Castle of Vimianzo, the Torres do Allo, the Water Route of Zas…

Muros. Going down the Costa da Morte we arrive at Muros, north of the estuary of Muros e Noia, the northernmost of the Rias Baixas. In a town with so much history, Easter also has a lot of tradition. In particular, the Day of the Dove. In the Curro da Praza, on Easter Sunday at 11 a.m., the images of the Magdalena, the apostles Peter and John, and the Dolorosa, all in black, come out. But also a big blue balloon comes out. It approaches the Virgin, opens, and from it comes out an angel (a disguised girl) who says: “No more mourning, sovereign queen, your son is risen, alleluia” and removes her black cloak. The performance ends with music, release of doves and bombs, palenque. Unique in Muros

The history of the city is linked to the sea. Already in the Middle Ages it was one of the richest ports in Galicia, being the basis of its economy the sardine and, over time, the salting industry and export. Today, deep-sea fishing is the main activity.

The historic center is very well preserved, is a historic-artistic site since 1970, and you can make guided tours. Highlights include the Collegiate Church, the Sanctuary of A Virxe do Camiño, with its Gothic Christ, or the hospital of Os Lazarados, for example.

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