Easter lasts a long time in Alicante. After the flowers and saints and processions comes the final pilgrimage to the chapel in Santa Faz. On the second Thursday after Easter every year around 200.000 Alicantinos grab a long cane, stick a sprig of rosemary in the top, put on a traditional cassock and a blue and white neckerchief and set off from Santa Nicolas behind the Town Hall to the village of Santa Faz, 6km along the coast. It’s a real sight to see.
The chapel in Santa Faz holds a piece of Christ’s face cloth, and the people of Alicante have been making this pilgrimage to see it for over 500 years. Along the way there are 13 stops, marked with ceramic tiles showing scenes from La Pasión de Cristo, for the faithful to pray, and for everyone to take a small glass of mistela and an anís biscuit to help them on the journey.
The early birds get the best mistela and biscuits, while the rest turn the day into a family picnic, a visit to the market stalls and funfair in Santa Faz, and maybe even an afternoon on the beach. Come and join us!