Almost every town and city in Spain celebrates Easter with elaborate Semana Santa processions but if you only get the chance to see one procession you should head to San Roque for their unique Good Friday ‘Gran Magna’ procession in which 14 individual ‘Tronos’ are paraded through the streets, each with its attendant band and entourage.
Many of the San Roque tronos date back to the 16th, 17th and 18th century and were brought to San Roque when it was founded by the Spanish former inhabitants of Gibraltar.
To celebrate this event San Roque’s Tourism department organises a guided tour of the procession with commentary and background in English and Spanish by the knowledgable guide.
The tour is free, but is subject to numbers so it is best to book. All the details and contact information can be found below:
Itinerary and timetable
Meeting Place: Diego Salinas Old Army Barracks car park, Alameda Alfonso XI, San Roque Town Centre
If anyone is coming with a group on a coach or minibus, please let the organisers know to arrange parking space with the local police
Meeting time: 5 pm, Friday 25 March.
The Magna Procession starts at around 5 pm. There are fourteen different floats or “tronos” all in all, as well as a squadron of Roman soldiers on horseback.
The guide will give you historical details on the statues and brotherhoods in English. The tour will end at around 8 pm.
The processions do not end until the early hours of the morning.
If anyone is interested in staying on for tapas or dinner at one of local bars, please let us know to book in advance, as the bars and restaurants will be extremely busy that evening.
Weather conditions: The Magna Procession involves 14 different floats. If there is rain expected, the parade will probably be cancelled due to its duration and complexity. If this occurs before the processions starts, people will be allowed into the church to see the floats instead. Contact us on the day for a weather update.
Organised by: San Roque Borough Tourist Office/ In association with: The Local Council of Brotherhoods & Guilds
Duration: 3 hours
Price: Free of charge (Tapas tour, prices depending on consumption)
Recommendation: Min. 15 people/ Max. 100 people. Book in spaces & tapas route in advance.
Info: Bring a camera, wear comfortable clothes & shoes.
Languages: English & Spanish.
Tel: 647 546 742 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
For pictures of the procession see our Facebook Album