Every Easter all eyes are on Adeje for its passion play (see HERE), but Guía de Isora has a unique and increasingly famous Easter programme, the star of which is the annual Pascua Florida. This sees the town’s streets filled with floral displays evoking the stations of the cross, as can be seen in the video below from a few years ago. In the old town centre itself, the plazas and pretty cobbled streets are filled with floral displays in a beautiful and moving visual representation of Christ’s journey through Jerusalem to the place of his crucifixion and death.
This year, the tenth for the Pascua Florida, the displays will be on view in the casco – the oldest central part of Guía de Isora town – from 5pm on Maundy Thursday 29 March until Easter Sunday 1 April, with music and performances to accompany the floral displays. The Ayuntamiento says that this Easter floral tribute is unique in Spain, and in thematic and artistic terms Guía de Isora’s Pascua Florida is becoming almost as well known nationally as Adeje’s Pasión.
The increasing popularity of the event has led the council to introduce guided tours for the first time this year. They will start at 4pm on Easter Thursday and 11am on Good Friday the front of the council offices (by the main church plaza): those attending should gather a quarter of an hour beforehand. The council says that for logistical reasons those wishing to take part in the tours should register first at any of the tourist offices in the municipality. Apart from that, the tours are free, and are being conducted in both Spanish and English.
In addition to the displays themselves, Guía de Isora Ayuntamiento holds a photographic competition with a top prize of €300. Entry is free, and open to all, amateurs and professionals, children and adults, and residents and non-residents of any nationality, but entrants must register. The details of the competition, including when and where to register, are HERE.