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What to do in Madrid for Easter?

Easter is an ideal occasion to visit Madrid. One of the cities with more fervor is the death and passion of Christ with colourful processions, countless acts of cultural religious temples or the inclusion of dishes and pastries that are typically found in the menus of the most traditional restaurants.

Domingo de Ramos and Domingo de Resurrección are many people who dare to form part of the city acts. If you are thinking of visiting the capital of Spain during these days, we will help you plan your activities.

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1. Processions

During these holy temple days, many sacred images are decorated with candles, flowers and Mantles of gala are set in procession in the most representative places of the city. One of the most famous processions is the Christ of Medinaceli, which takes place on good Friday and runs through the main streets in the centre. This day is the procession of the brotherhoods of silence which is full of magic and fervour. The bearers carry in procession the Christ Blessed Sacrament of faith through the neighbourhood of Letras and pass through emblematic places that are full of history, like Plaza de Santa Ana and Echegaray. To see these clearly, why not rent a house or flat through Engel & Völkers Madrid. The procession of Holy Wednesday begins with our father Jesus the light, or Domingo de Ramos, the passage of the Christ of faith and forgiveness, are other major processions.

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Photo credit: © Jose Luis Cernadas Iglesias (Flickr) 

2. Holy music concerts

In addition to the processions, during those days also you can enjoy an extensive programme of holy music concerts. Held in the main temples in the city, concerts such as the  basílica de Nuestra Señora de Atocha and the parroquia de Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro will be completely free. Tamborrada of Domingo Resurrección is another one of those musical traditions in the capital that's worth admiring.

3. Guided tours

Easter is the perfect occasion for organising a guided city tour. "Dulce Pasión" (sweet passion) is intended for lovers of gastronomy. It aims to inform people about gastronomy as well as the typical sweets and their history, with special emphasis on toast. A recommended tour is "eat Madrid" which is perfect for foodies. "Easter traditions" aims to teach about religious traditions during these dates through a visit to the churches, establishments of religious imagery or processional steps. "Discover the treasures of Madrid" tour is a fun proposal and very suitable for those travelling with children. It is a journey of gymkhana the Hapsburgs legacy.

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4. Exhibitions

The most important museums of the city show temporary exhibitions during this period. They will be premiering Fauna of the Nile in CaixaForum and Raoul Dufy in the Thyssen Museum soon, an exhibition that is already a success because of explosive colours. The programme is broad and available to all citizens. For more information just check out the official website of City Hall.

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5. Typical gastronomy

This week is not all about religion and penance as it is possible to enjoy other leisurely activities. During these dates visitors to the capital should not leave without tasting the typical torrijas. The most traditional dishes are sold on the old Pastelería del Pozo, in the Rioja or Mallorca bakery. With regard to these dishes, cod is the main protagonist during this time and there are many varieties of this exquisite dish, such as codfish fritters, croquettes or "soldaditos de Pavía". You can enjoy your food in one of the most traditional restaurants in the capital, known as Casa Labra.

6. The way to the city churches and cathedrals

The capital is full of religious temples that look their best during Easter. There are numerous ones beyond Almudena, such as the monastery San Jeronimo el Real, or "Jerónimos", the Basilica of San Francisco el Grande, in the neighbourhood of La Latina, or that of San Antonio de los Alemanes, whose full details are still unknown. For those seeking something completely different, no doubt will visit the Temple of Debod. It is the only Egyptian Temple in Spain and offers priceless views at dusk, when the sky colours mingle with its own light, giving it a unique charm.

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Engel & Völkers Madrid invites you to pay a visit to this city and browse through the real estate listings. Choose a flat or a luxury property that best suits your needs in order to enjoy this week's passion and feel the special fervour that makes life so special. If you are looking to spend a few days staying at a property with an ultimate luxury, feel free to visit us, we have what you are looking for.

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