Hoe viert men pasen op Tenerife. Foto van een religeuze processie in een Spaans dorp.

How Is Easter Celebrated In Tenerife?

Easter is called 'Semana Santa' in Spain, a Christian festival commemorating the final moments of Christ on earth. This year, Semana Santa begins on Palm Sunday, March 24, 2024, and ends on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2024.

Throughout the entire week, numerous processions and events take place. It's best to check the online agenda of the municipality where you are vacationing for the exact schedule.  

Here is a small selection of the most remarkable events on the island: 

Procession - La Laguna 

The most famous procession is the one on Good Friday in San Cristobal de La Laguna (La Laguna). With over 500 years of tradition, this is also the oldest Easter ceremony in the Canary Islands.

To see the entire procession, which lasts a whopping 9 hours, you'll have to get up early: it starts at 4:00 AM in the morning!  

The Passion - Adeje

As many as 300 (amateur) actors and actresses participate in The Passion, a grand outdoor theater production. The spectacle takes place on Good Friday (March 29, 2024) starting at 12:00 PM on Calle Grande in Adeje, and it encompasses various scenes from the Easter story. What makes it special is that the costumes and customs from that period are faithfully recreated, giving you the feeling of traveling back in time to ancient Palestine.

The whole event is also live-streamed, including on the YouTube channel of the Adeje municipality.

De Passie - Adeje. Foto van de kruisinging tijdens het openluchttheater in Adeje.
The Passion - Adeje

How to get there? 

It is widely known that during such holidays and important events, it's better to leave your car behind. There are excellent bus connections to La Laguna and Adeje, so why not take the bus and avoid any parking problems? Plus, you'll help alleviate the congested roads by using public transportation. For more information on this, you can visit the page about Public Transport in Tenerife.

Easter Holiday with Children 

If you're planning to visit Tenerife with your family during Easter and you're wondering whether all those delicious Easter eggs will survive in your suitcase, then good news: they are abundantly available at almost every major supermarket on the island (such as Lidl and Mercadona).  

Paasei op Tenerife. Reclame van de Lidl, paasei in mandje.

If you're staying in a hotel, the entertainment team or kids' club will surely offer an Easter-themed activity, such as egg painting or an Easter egg hunt.  

Furthermore, it's worth noting that Semana Santa is the favorite holiday time for the local population, so it can get very crowded, especially in the theme parks. Keep that in mind! 

Wishing you a wonderful Easter and... ¡Hasta Pronto!

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