13 April 2017

Easter recommendations from the TUI holiday destinations

TUI-employees from Mallorca, Corfu and the Algarve talk about Easter in their destinations

Mallorca, Spain

Teresa Turk and Marcel Pacheco – TUI Airport Team Mallorca, Spain     

What is special about the Easter celebrations in Mallorca?
In Mallorca Easter is celebrated by having the bright colorful parade "Crist de la sang". This celebration is from Monday to Easter Sunday. Christ is carried on the cross through the streets.

What highlights would you recommend during Easter in Mallorca?
The highlight is the Gothic Cathedral “La Seu” in Palma de Mallorca. However, there are around 17 processions from churches and surrounding neighbourhoods with 33 brotherhoods, dressed in long flowing robes, pointed hats and masks. They march slowly through the streets carrying enormous statues on flower bedded floats accompanied by solemn music.

What traditional Easter dishes would you recommend in Mallorca?
Traditional foods that are eaten in Mallorca are "Mona day Pascua" which are chocolate sculptures for Easter and they are either eggs, rabbits or cartoon characters. We also have a traditional lamb pie with peas called "Panades".


Corfu, Greece

Konstantinos Raris – TUI Transfers and Excursions Supervisor Corfu, Greece

What is special about the Easter celebrations in Corfu?
Easter in Corfu is a unique religious combination of Byzantine, Venetian and Greek customs and cultural characteristics, while it is one of the few places where Catholics and Orthodox celebrate together, since the Venetian occupation.

What highlights would you recommend during Easter in Corfu?
Although almost all religious celebrations during the Holy Week are held in the city of Corfu in the historical center, on Easter Sunday festivities and folklore festivals take place also in the countryside and villages like Old Perithia, Kassiopi and Pelekas.

What traditional Easter dishes would you recommend in Corfu?
There are many traditional Easter dishes in Greece but the ultimate Easter delicacy is Lamb on the spit. You should also try the Easter bread Tsoureki and the Easter cookies Koulouria. In Greece all Easter Eggs are painted red. Before the Easter meals it is a tradition to hit the eggs against each other. The one whose egg does not break will have luck for the whole year.


Algarve, Portugal

Angelo Ribeiro – TUI Holiday Advisor Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal          

What is special about the Easter celebrations in the Algarve?
As 99% of the population in Portugal is Roman Catholic, Easter is a very important celebration. The whole family meets on Easter Day for lunch and eats the famous "cabrito" (oven roasted goatling). The same morning, the priest of the village will walk around and spray some "sacred water" in every house and blesses every family member. In return the houses need to keep their doors open and to put a carpet of flowers on the front door to welcome Christ and God.

What highlights would you recommend during Easter in the Alarve?
In Albufeira old town and its church several processions take place during the Easter week. On Good Friday and Easter Sunday many other religious ceremonies are held such as "Lava pés". The priest selects some individuals from the crowd and cleans their feet with sacred waters. All villages and towns have a religious Easter programme. I would recommend our guests to drive up to the Monchique mountains and watch the processions, particularly in the villages of Alte and the town of Monchique.

What traditional Easter dishes would you recommend in the Algarve?
The most important Easter dish is the “Cabrito”, the traditional roasted goat. The Easter delicacies here in Portugal also include “Folar de Pascua”, which is a cinnamon-cake with a boiled egg on top of it. This fits quite well with a glass of Port wine.

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