ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Travel and Places»
  • Visiting Europe

Easter in Villajoyosa

Updated on December 10, 2015

The Marina

The Marina
The Marina

Villajoyosa

Villajoyosa is a small seaside town on the Costa Blanca in Spain. It is a delightful mixture of the old and the new.

The old dates back to the 1300’s and the new is being built all around us as I write. Villa as it is often called by the locals is a fishing port that still has a beautiful harbour and marina plus a working boat yard.

Unusually the boatyard still often works on wooden boats, boatyards capable of working on wooden vessels is getting to be a real rarity these days.

It is a beautiful little port that is in much demand by leisure sailors, this video shows my husband at the tiller of a friends boat leaving Villajoyosa port.

Villa is famous for its coloured houses which can be seen on many advertisements for things Spanish and of course it is famous for its chocolate.

Villajoyosa is only seven kilometers from Benidorm which is Spain's most popular holiday destination.

Sailing out of Villajoyosa port

Semana Santa

Spain is a Catholic country and almost all of its many fiestas have their roots in the church. Easter is celebrated in Villa by a fiesta that goes on for a week.

Everyday during Holy Week or Semana Santa there is some sort of parade or celebration going on in the town.

The robes worn by the Penitents (this is the name for those who take part in the parade ) are very similar to those worn by the Klansmen in the KKK in the United States.

The first time that you see the penitents congregating in their robes it can be very disconcerting and more than a little menacing.

Though to be fair to the Spanish the negative associations that people hold in regards to these robes in modern times is more down to the actions of Klansmen of America.

The Spanish had these robes long before anyone even thought of the KKK but the negative associations that rightfully go along with the wearing of the robes that stem from the Spanish inquisition has for the most part been forgotten by today's generation..

The Good Friday Parade Villajoyosa

Robes and Penitents

The colours of the robes worn by the Penitents use to be determined by the trade or Guild of the Penitent. In Villajoyosa they have robes of Black, White,  Red, Purple, Blue and some of a mixture of colours.

Robes and Penitents

Penitents with the KKK style robes including the pointed hats
Penitents with the KKK style robes including the pointed hats
Notice that Costaleros those who are the bearers of the huge statues don't wear the pointed hats
Notice that Costaleros those who are the bearers of the huge statues don't wear the pointed hats
This is a photo of a young child in full robes
This is a photo of a young child in full robes
Poles are put under the statues so that the Costaleros can take a rest as these statues are incredibly heavy
Poles are put under the statues so that the Costaleros can take a rest as these statues are incredibly heavy
Matrons of the Church
Matrons of the Church

Solemn Parade

In the Solemn Parade the only sound is that of the huge kettle drums that lead the parade through the streets. Before the parade begins you will see many of the penitents walking in their robes to the starting place of the parade some already wearing their hoods but some carying them. Fully robed they can look quite menacing but when you see the little old Spanish matrons donning their hoods they tend to look a lot less daunting. What is really creepy to see is very young children fully clad in miniature versions of the same robes that the adult penitents are wearing including the hoods.

The Solemn Parade Easter 2008

My Other Travel Hubs

My Other Travel Hubs

If you found this hub interesting you will also enjoy my hub on the most important fiesta in Villajoyosa The Moors and Christian Fiesta

It is said that Villajoyosa's Moors and Christians fiesta is the best in all of Spain.

The sea battle which takes place at dawn is spectacular and we have video and photograps of this on the hub.

Thank you for your visit please take a moment and leave a comment

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)