In pictures: Spain’s Holy Week 2014

In pictures: Spain's Holy Week 2014
Penitents in Zamora during celebrations to mark Easter in Spain. Photo: Cesar Manso/AFP
As Spain's Holy Week draws to a close, The Local showcases some of the best images from a week of drama, pageantry and mystery.

"The best Semana Santa in recent years": that is how Malaga's town hall have described the city's 2014 Easter celebrations.

The city's hotels saw 87 percent occupancy and bars did 20 percent more business than usual, according to local daily La Opinión de Malaga.

Click here to go straight to The Local's gallery of the best pictures from Semana Santa 2014.

Up the road in Seville, authorities crowed that from 90 to 100 percent of hotel rooms in the city centre were occupied — genuine tonic in a region with one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe

But beyond the economic indicators, it was the sun and warm weather that took centre stage this Easter in Spain — at least until Sunday's rain dampened proceedings in some areas.

This absence of rain saw Seville's famous Macarena Brotherhood procession able to complete its full circuit for the first time in three years, while the north of the country also experienced summer-like temperatures.   

Against this backdrop, an amazing array of traditions were played out, with outstanding images to match.

Read on to see The Local's gallery of the best pictures from Semana Santa 2014.

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