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‘Semana Santa’ on Ibiza: tradition, sport and events

During Semana Santa, or “Holy Week”, on Ibiza, assorted cultural and sporting events fill out a calendar for which traditional Easter processions share space with boating, cycling and musical events, making Ibiza a one of a kind destination with a bit of everything.

During Semana Santa, or “Holy Week”, on Ibiza, assorted cultural and sporting events fill out a calendar for which traditional Easter processions share space with boating, cycling and musical events, making Ibiza a one of a kind destination with a bit of everything.

Easter processions on the island are when a breadth of artistic styles take hold, giving substance to moments of reflection like Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday and Holy Friday in the streets of Eivissa, Santa Eulària des Riu and other municipalities. In Santa Eulària des Riu, for instance, Puig de Missa church will celebrate its 450th year. Painting and photo exhibitions, organ concerts and conferences feature on the programme of the jubilee year.

From 25 March to 1 April, the island will play host to a variety of sporting events, all with one common denominator: spectacular backdrops and ever-increasing crowds. Of particular note from 29 March to 1 April is the 31st Ruta de Sal (Salt Road), the Mediterranean’s most highly-attended regatta. This year, as roughly 200 boats congregate for the event, there will be a new challenge. The Triple Copa de la Sal (Triple Salt Cup) is a trophy that awaits any crew that manages to triumph, in under five years, at the Ruta de Sal’s three component parts: the Barcelona, the Denia and the Mallorca regattas.

Another sporting event expected to turn out thousands is the Vuelta a Ibiza, a mountain bike ride round the island that turns 28 this year. Comparisons with other similar trials put the Vuelta as one of the island’s most popular mountain bike trials and one of Spain’s most highly-attended.

Gastronomy is another great reason to visit Ibiza in Easter. Dishes include cuinat, a recipe showcasing seasonal Ibizan vegetables, orelletes, a traditional sugar-dusted pastry frequently enjoyed with a glass of local sweet wine, and of course, the treasured Ibizan flaó, a delicious cheesecake whose surprise ingredient is spearmint and which is traditionally eaten on Easter Sunday.