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Travellers encouraged to visit Bilbao during Holy Week

Travellers encouraged to visit Bilbao during Holy Week
9 Feb 2011

Travellers planning a trip to Spain this year can enjoy a range of special experiences and events in Bilbao during Holy Week, according to a tourism industry spokesperson.

The festival, which is known locally as Semana Santa, will take place between 15 and 24 April this year.

It has been celebrated in Bilbao since the mid-16th century and traditionally features processions, displays of religious artworks and other events.

A spokeswoman from Bilbao Turismo pointed out that visitors can see carvings and sculptures such as Nuestra Senora de la Soledad and Santo Cristo de la Villa.

'There are other pieces of high value, such as the Coronacion de Espinas and Cruz a Cuestas, which are not as ancient, but nevertheless are extremely beautiful,' she added.

Visitors can also see an amateur university rowing competition that is held along the estuary every year.

Flights to Bilbao are available with easyJet, Lufthansa, TAP Portugal, Iberia and other carriers.

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