Spanish Festivals and Fiestas in Alicante
Festivals and Fiestas in Alicante
Alicante's most important festival and celebration is Hogueras de San Juan, which kick off on 20th June and last to 29th June. This festival and fiestas are devoted entirely to fire, and the highlight takes place on June 24, the day of Saint John the Baptist, when flames burn hundreds of huge amazing satiric wood and paper mâché figures on the streets of Alicante.
Officially declared Of International Tourist Interest, this festival in Alicante also include one of Spain's greatest bullfighting celebrations. Another very popular festival in Alicante is the Moors and Christians fiestas that are held all over the city throughout the year. These fiestas are commemorations of the battles in Spain between the Christians and the Muslims in the 13th century. Some of the city's most popular neighbourhoods spend several days to celebrate these fiestas, offering a great chance to discover one of the most widespread traditions on Costa Blanca.
Trough the year there are many festivals in Alicante. Some of the are;
Hogueras de San Juan Festival - San Juan Fires
One of the most important festivals in Alicante. This festival has been officially declared to be of International Tourist Interest and its origins lie in the tradition of burning useless objects with the arrival of the summer solstice. Date: 20th - 24th June.
Moros y Cristianos - Moors and Christians Festivals
The Province's most important festivals, celebrated in five different areas around the city of Alicante on various dates. It is a spectacular reenactment of the Province's recapture from Moorish rule.
Semana Santa - Holy Week
Starting on Palm Sunday, this festival sees a week of religious processions by some 30 guilds and brotherhoods. Date: Variable. From Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday
The Santa Faz Festival
A popular traditional pilgrimage also known as La Peregrina involving worship of the relics of Santa Faz that are housed in the Santa Faz monastery. Date: Variable. The second Thursday after Easter.
Las Cruces de mayo - The May Crosses Festival
For this beautiful spring celebration, the residents of the Santa Cruz neighbourhood on the slopes of Mount Benacantil decorate the streets with crosses made of flowers as part of a competition to see which street is judged to be the best. Date: 1st - 3rd May
Mercado Medieval - The Mediaeval Market
A market selling food, arts and crafts, set up behind the town hall in the Old Quarter during the last week of June or the first week in July. Date: Variable. The last week in June or the first week in July.
Virgen del Carmen - Virgen del Carmen Festival
A maritime procession held at the "Club de Regatas" yacht club in Alicante and on Tabarca Island in honour of the patron saint of sailors and fishermen. Date: 16th July
Virgen del Remedio - Virgen del Remedio Summer Festival
These celebrations starts in Alicante on 3rd August with the La Alborada choir concert and culminate on 5th August with the procession of the image of Virgen del Remedio, the patron saint of Alicante. Date: 3rd - 5th August