Easter in Ourense

Spring has arrived to the city of As Burgas and gives us a Holy Week of sun and good weather. Here you have some tips to enjoy these days in Ourense, including the processions and the beautiful statues. Do not miss on Sunday 17th the peculiar Ceremony of the Affront, something unique in Spain.

Processions and Religious Acts

Ourense inaugurates its Easter on Palm Sunday, with a multitudinous blessing at St Lazarus’ Park followed by a procession to the Cathedral. The main processions follow from Holy Thursday, with the traditional religious statues taking the street: the Holy Supper, Jesus from Nazareth, the Holy Christ or the Holy Christ of Forgiveness. The last procession of Resurrection Sunday stands out: in it, the statue of Holy Mary Mother of God is carried to St Martin’s Cathedral. On the way back, after the mass and at the foot of the stairs in the Main Square, there is a curious Ceremony of the Affront, in which  the council of canons prevent the members of the city council to access the stairs, thus recreating the times of tense conflict between the religious and civil power in Ourense that have marked the history of the city.
Programming of Ourense’s Bishopric

Visits and Tourist Routes

  • Guided Tour in the Historic Centre · From Thursday to Sunday at 11.00 and 16.00 h with departure from the Municipal Tourism Office · € 12 / person (including Cathedral)
  • Guided Tour Monumental Ourense · April 8th-14th (every day) · 11.30 and 17.30 h
  • Route to Santomé · April 8th-14th (every day) · 11.30 and 17.30 h
    • + info, prices and other proposals at turismo@xeitura.com +34 607 474 976

Ourense’s Thermal Baths

Ourense’s thermal facilities begin Easter in full performance, ready for a few days in which the weather is expected to be fine, with sun and warm temperatures. Whether with a bath in the urban pool of As Burgas or on river Minho’s green banks, a bath in the hot springs that give fame to the city is an experience that you can not miss. The schedules of Outariz Thermal Station are extended these days.


With the next edition of the Tapas Competition Sabores de Ourense already in sight (will be from April 27th to May 7th), the kitchens of the city have already welcomed the flavors of spring, especially seasonal vegetables. The good weather has taken the terraces to the street, which are ideal for the vermouth at noon or beers in the evening. You can not miss the one at St Euphemia Square, Eironciño dos Cabaleiros, Blacksmiths’ Square and, of course, the Main Square.