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6th November, 2020

A festive calendar of events

Costa Blanca has several festivals that take place every year and these celebrations are a sacred part of life in Spain offering the best chance to meet the locals. We’ve chosen our favourites below.

January

Festival of the Three Kings

Spectacular fireworks await!

Los Reyes Magos or Festival of the Kings is a New Year celebration that involves fireworks, delicious food and drink, floats, processions and lots of children.

March

Fallas Festival in Valencia, Calpe and Denia

Giant papier-mâché figures in the Fallas Festival of Valencia

The Fallas fiesta which takes place from March 15-19 every year is undoubtedly one of those ‘super-festivals’ attracting many foreign visitors, as well as Spanish tourists from all over the country. It involves large statues of wood and cardboard paraded through the streets of the old town and being burnt at midnight to celebrate the beginning of Spring. There is also a giant paella and spectacular firework displays.

Easter

Semana Santa (Holy Week)

A depiction of Jesus Christ riding on a donkey on Palm Sunday

Over eight days from Palm Sunday to Resurrection Sunday, processions of floats and effigies (called pasos) are carried through the streets to represent the journey made by Christ to his crucifixion. This is a deeply religious event and many of the pasos are authentic masterpieces by famous Spanish artists.

October

Moros y Cristianos – the Moors and Christians Festival

Men in the traditional costume for Moros y Cristianos

This age-old festival commemorates the battles between the Christians and the Moors during the reconquest of the area. Celebrations take part in most of the towns and villages on the Costa Blanca and include amazing costumes, fireworks, music and dancing. Teams of Moors and Christians try to out do each other with their elaborate period costumes and mock battles ensue with humorous retreats from both sides.

November

Fiesta in Benidorm

Firecrackers set up and ready to go for the festival

This fiesta celebrates Benidorm's patron saints, El Virgen del Suffrage and Jaime Apostle. It runs from the Friday before the second weekend of the month until the following Wednesday.

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