Photo of the week: Orange trees bring spring to Andalucia

An orange tree against blue sky (Linares, Jaen)


After a long, cold, dreary winter, spring finally arrives in northern Andalucia.


Photo by Hannah Hawkinberry,... Read More

Touring the World’s Largest Olive Oil Factory in Rural Jaén Province

By Trevor Huxham

Every school district has its favorite field trip spots: Bostonians go to Salem or Plymouth to learn about America’s start; southern Americans visit ranches or plantations to learn about other parts of history and local culture. And this January, toward the end of olive harvest season, I went with students at the school where I work to the world’s... Read More

The ‘madruga’ experience: an Andaluz midnight Easter procession

By Alissa Greenberg

This crying Maria presides over the 4 am ‘madruga’ processions in Linares


The first time I heard about the madruga processions in Semana... Read More

The mystery and power of Malagueño Easter processions

By Paloma Fernández Durán

La Esperanza trono, carried on the shoulders of the admiring throng.

If you’re interested in seeing Semana Santa at its most intense, seek no further than... Read More

“El Hornazo”: An Andaluz Semana Santa Sweet

By Hannah Hawkinberry

A traditional Jaenes hornazo, complete with cooked egg nestled in the center.

As an expat in southern Spain, every holiday in this country is yet another wonderful excuse for... Read More

Santiago’s Festival de Músicas Contemplativas in Pictures

By Jeannette Kranick

During Semana Santa the narrow cobblestoned streets of Santiago de Compostela echo with the noise from dozens of Easter processions and ringing church bells.

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Limonada and Light: Cures for a Rainy Semana Santa in Leon

By Rhiannon Ashcroft

The majesty of a sunny Leon procession.

Semana Santa, like most Spanish fiestas, is predominately celebrated outdoors: excitable crowds... Read More

Semana Santa in Castilla: Traditional Easter Torrijas

By Beatriz Torres

A typical Castilian kitchen for a typical Castilian Easter dessert

Torrijas are probably the most popular Spanish dessert during Lent and Easter where I come from.... Read More

Easter processions in Castilla La Mancha

By Toni Galbany

A traditional Semana Santa processions passes the town hall in Ciudad Real, Castilla La Mancha.


Castilla La Mancha is a land of windmills, forgotten... Read More

Pirulines: The Traditional Cadiz Easter Sweet

By Elizabeth Meravi

Pirulines, the popular Cadiz Easter snack


In Cádiz city, vendor carts abound in the tiny streets during Easter week. Generally, they go where... Read More