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Have fun at Alicante festival of Moros y Cristianos

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Traveling to Spain in April? Be sure not to miss the different festivals of Moros y Cristianos that take place in several Spanish cities every year.

From the 21st to the 24th of April, the small picturesque town of Alcoy, Alicante, is home to the bigger and most colorful Moors and Christians festival in Spain.

This 4-day celebration full of sparkle and fantasy, is one of the most popular Spanish Fiestas and a very important tradition for people living in Alcoy (Alcoi in Catalan), who prepare the event with enthusiasm and passion throughout the year.

Dating back to the 16th Century, the Alcoy festival is dedicated to St. George, patron saint of the city, and commemorates the battles between Moors and Christians, which ended in 1276 with the Reconquista (reconquest) of Alcoy by the Christians.

The event is an explosion of sounds and colors: festivities start with a huge parade – a spectacular procession with people dressed in luxurious period costumes – and go on with medieval music, fireworks, shots of gunpowder, and simulated battles around the castle of Alcoy on Espana square. The fiesta ends with the miraculous apparition of St. George who, according to the legend, frightened the Moors and helped the Christians retake the castle.

Just one useful tip when booking your holiday: it is very difficult to find accommodation in Alcoy during the Moros y Cristianos festival, so it is recommended to book a hotel in Alicante or in Benidorm on the Costa Blanca.

Other fantastic Moros y Cristianos festivals are held in Alicante and the surrounding towns such as Villena and Villajoyosa. They all offer great fun for both adults and children, so when planning your next family vacation in Spain, do not forget to look at upcoming celebrations and events.

Photo of Moors and Christians parade originally posted by Trimusical

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