The Easter holidays are approaching, one of the most desired breaks, as it is the first of the year.
There are many ways to live these days of the year: some enjoy the beach, others with cultural or nature visits; and there are others who visit the regions to see the processions of each place.
For those people who visit us and want to enjoy one of these religious parades we want to highlight “the living passion of Castro”, declared of National Tourist Interest.
The Living Passion is a performance that takes place in the town of Castro Urdiales every year the Good Friday day and lasts a few 6 hours. It takes place on the Esplanade of the Church of Santa María and begins at 10 in the morning.
The origin of the Living Passion of Castro Urdiales is from year 1984, when a group of young people who were attending a summer camp decided, together with Father "Sandalio", to create a representation of the Passion of Christ. It was performed for the first time in 1985.
The first years of representation were difficult to carry out, but over the years, it has become a reference within the representations of the Passion.
Every year, the town is transformed into a stage where more than 600 neighbors They relive the Passion of Christ.
There are 15 scenes those that are represented by the streets of the historic center of the City. The scenes are as follows: 1. The Last Supper; 2. Gethsemane Prayer. Judas kiss. Arrest; 3. Trial of the Jewish Senate. Peter's denials; 4. Repentance of Judas; 5. First and second trial of Pilate; 6. Judgment of Herod; 7. First fall; 8. Meeting with Magdalena; 9. Meeting with Mary; 10. Meeting with Veronica; 11. Second fall; 12. Meeting with the Cyrenean; 13. Meeting with the women of
Jerusalem; 14. Third fall; 15. Crucifixion, death, descent and resurrection.
More than 20,000 people come to watch the performance and many of them get up quite early to have the best seat at the final part of the performance next to the Esplanade of Santa María. There you can see the Last Supper, the Gethsemane Prayer, the trial of the Jewish Senate, the denials of Peter, the repentance of Judas and the two trials of Pontius Pilate.
With a little skill, it is also possible to see Herod's trial behind the church and next to the lighthouse castle.
If you are interested in seeing the performance, inform us in advance of your intention and we will organize the visit for you, telling you where to park, eat...