Easter, or Semana Santa, is a special time in Andalusia.
It is filled with solemn processions, beautiful art, and special dishes.
Traditionally, Catholics aren’t meant to eat meat in Holy Week. So, many restaurants have special fish dishes as their dish of the day.
You’re likely to find seafood, tuna, cod fritters, and garbanzos con bacalao (chickpea and cod stew) on the menu in many homes and restaurants across Andalusia. Vegetarians will find the garlic-laden garbanzos con espinacas, or chickpeas with spinach, a tasty alternative.
GARBANZOS CON BACALAO
For those with a sweet tooth, Andalusia has Easter treats featuring chocolate, cinnamon, and sugar.
You’re likely to find wonderful desserts on the menu – including rice pudding (arroz con leche).
Most local bakeries will be selling torrijas – slices of bread dipped in egg and then soaked in wine or milk. These are fried, sweetened with some sugar, and then sprinkled with cinnamon.
You will also find fried and honey-glazed pastries, called pestiño.
In Jerez de la Frontera, 44 brotherhoods including Las Angustias and La Borriquita will take part in processions, all stopping at the cathedral on their way.
Some of the brotherhoods date back as far as the 15th century.
On Good Friday, the city will see the processions marking the Passion of Christ, the processions of the Most Sacred Christ of the Exultation, the Holy Burial, and the Virgin of Solitude.
Crowds will join them along the route.
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