With just the one feriado holiday this Easter in Argentina – Friday 18 April – it’s a long weekend for everyone nonetheless. If you’re not escaping to Mar del Plata for a little last-ditch beach action, here are some ideas on how to spend Semana Santa in Buenos Aires.
Fish on Friday.. and Saturday… and Sunday
Take up the tradition of a fish diet this Easter and head to a typical Spanish restaurant for the experience. El Casal in San Telmo is a perfect example, down to the colourful tiles on the walls. The fried squid rings are some of the best in the city, while other fishy hits are the seafood grill and Bacalao a la llauna. Chacabuco 863, San Telmo. Tel: 4361-0191.
Open your art
A bank holiday is a perfect time to check out a museum or gallery that’s been on your radar. Dip into some religious art at Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano Isaac Fernández Blanco, and enjoy being in Microcentro while no one else is around. Note, this museum will be closed on Friday along with with all the city’s other museums, but open over the rest of the weekend.
Suipacha 1422, Microcentro. Tel: 4327-0272/0228.
Have you heard? The Pope’s from Flores! So why not head to the start of the D line and Catedral for a mass that’s bound to be packed with Francis fans. The Catedral Primada de Buenos Aires, whose founding dates back to 1605, was the current pope’s last place of work, and thanks to its central location on Plaza de Mayo, it’s seen anything and everything go on over the past 400 years. Mass, prayers and confessions will be held over the next four days until Sunday culminating in a service at 11.30am on Easter Sunday. For a complete schedule. check here.
If you can’t find an Easter egg hunt, why not make up your hunt – after decorating some eggs? Smeterling Patisserie has come up with a fun kit that will keep busy hands occupied with glitter and feathers on hard-boiled eggs before the real fun begins. The most experiences hand might like to try out the Chef Kit, which includes two moulds for making a choccie egg. Uruguay 1308, Recoleta. Tel: 5294-6070.
Drink the red stuff – and the white stuff
This year World Malbec Day has fallen on Maunday Thursday and so instead of drinking strictly from the chalice, book into our special Malbec paired dinner at Hernán Gipponi Restaurant. Every one of the six courses is paired with a different kind of Malbec, from a white one to Grappa!. Until 21 April. Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood. Tel: 3220-6820.
And finally: Happy Easter from everyone at the Fierro Hotel!