Spain is well-known for its annual festivals, and Semana Santa has built a reputation as being one of the best the country has to offer. The celebrations last all week and lead up to Easter Sunday. Semana Santa or Holy Week is a bustling and colourful time in Trujillo, a highlight for anyone keen to experience Spanish and local tradition. Watch the popular ‘chiviri’ festival which dates back to the 19th century from one or our luxury, authentic villas up on the hillside by the castle.
Visit us from Wednesday 28 March 2018 to Monday 2 April 2018 for the unique chance to celebrate Easter as it has been done in Spain for hundreds of years. It is the perfect chance to immerse yourself and enjoy a tradition that delights thousands every year, all whilst on a luxurious holiday in one of our immaculate villas.
Good Friday Procession
Thousands gather in the Main Square on Good Friday to accompany the ornate floats representing each of the local parishes. The floats are carried from their respective churches to the cathedral and back again. On the floats, expect to see carefully created depictions of Christ and his mourning mother, the Virgin Mary.
Accompanying the procession of floats, traditional music plays and creates an enviable ambiance. The procession is really a glorious sight to see, with some of the floats being extremely old and delicate. As the parishes take their floats throughout the focal points of the city, use it as an opportunity to visit local shops and eateries under a fantastic, celebratory atmosphere.
This popular festival starts at dawn on Easter Saturday and continues right until the celebration of Jesus’s Resurrection on Sunday. The Main Square, which you can choose to view from one of our villas, becomes the focal point of the celebration as thousands gather with local people dressed in brightly coloured folkloric traditional costumes. Everyone in attendance dances a traditional jig known as the “Chiviri” accompanied by a live band. During the Festival, a wide selection of local food and drink are available.
This is a real treat of the area as Trujillo is known for its high-quality cuisine. On Monday, which is a holiday in the city known simply as ‘Easter Monday’, people go to eat in the picturesque and natural countryside. Enjoy singing, dancing, frivolity and fun for all the family as you celebrate Easter Week. The festival is definitely a highlight of Trujillo annual events and gains in reputation year upon year.
Trujillo is an area rich in culture and history, presenting you with an appealing number of enjoyable activities no matter which time of year you choose to visit. Sign up for a local tour and witness the 10th century Moorish Castle before widening your explorations to nearby landmarks. You’ll be tempted by a day trip to Caceres, an ancient walled town with cobbled streets that make an inviting maze of mansions, statues and heritage.
Dating back to the 16th century, there is a wealth of significant buildings to witness; be sure to check out the churches, monasteries and renaissance palaces. Or why not drive 45mins to the world famous town of Guadalupe? With just 2,000 inhabitants it is a calm yet exciting and educational place to visit with its main attraction, the Monastery of Guadalupe (the Monasterio de Santa Maria de Guadalupe).
Today it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Spain, becoming something of a “must-see” landmark. Its origins date back to 1325 when a farmer found a statue rumoured to have been carved by St Luke, of the Virign Mary, half-buried in his field. Trujillo is also well-known for its unique cuisine and gastronomy. Be sure to try Don Quixote’s favourite cheese, the Manchego cheese, which features in The National Spanish Cheese Festival in early May, and also Iberico ham made from the black Iberico pigs from the Dehesa Oak forests.
Trujillo Villas España offers you an exclusive range of stunning villa rentals in Spain to keep you in luxury during your stay. Our authentic villas are designed to give you the ideal Spanish experience to remember long into the future. Browse through our properties and choose the right one for the perfect getaway with your travelling group, but rest assured all our villas are meet exceptionally high standards of living.
Villa Martires was built in Roman times and sits high up on the hillside by the castle; from here it offers stunning views from above Trujillo’s skyline. Complete with landscaped gardens for your enjoyment, the property has 180 degree views of the countryside and the Gredos Mountains. The villa itself is sensational, with vast interior spaces including a fully equipped kitchen and an elaborate formal dining room with 18th century furniture. When you’re feeling active, there is a private swimming pool and tennis court for your use, also boasting exquisite views.
The Garden Cottage is situated up on the hillside and can be rented with Villa Martires for an extended season. The cottage is positioned to provide you with dedicated privacy and a peaceful, personal atmosphere as you settle in to enjoy romantic Spain. This Cottage has three ensuite bedrooms and a Summer Moroccan style loggia, perfect for a large group to relax in after a busy day spent exploring.
Villa Piedras Albas is an historic landmark and would be of particular interest to those with a penchant for historical architecture. Built in 1530, the interiors are suitably grand with stonework and wooden beamed ceilings. Outside from the Florentine arched loggia, the property overlooks the main square of Trujillo. Here you can take in the views whilst you dine and relax and exclusively view the Easter processions and folkloric dancing in April. In addition, the property has free on-street parking to make your travel arrangements convenient and stress-free.
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