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Moros y Cristianos Festival

Moors and Christians Festival

Mock battles, colour, noise and fireworks

Moros y Cristianos (Moors and Christians) Festival is one of the most traditional and most widely celebrated festivals in Alicante. In the City, the festival starts with a huge parade with people dressed in the period costumes of the Moors and Christians.

This festival acts out a part of Spanish history demonstrating the battles between the Arabs and the Christians that took place in the region centuries ago. One of the best places to see this fiesta is Alcoy, in Alicante, where the celebrations take place between the 22 and the 24 of April.

The festival is the highlight of the year for the townsfolk of Alcoy with no less than 28 separate Moorish and Christian armies parading around in full medieval, military attire. The proceedings are taken very seriously by the Alcoyanos as they march in their companies all day accompanied by bands.

Mock battles also take place at various points throughout the festival culminating in a huge simulated battle around Alcoy's castle. The Spanish love of fireworks is evident during the fiesta and the balconies of the whole town are decorated with red cross flag of St George.

Alicante Festivals

St John´s Bonfires
The Hogueras San Juan (St John's Bonfires), Alicante's principal festival, has been officially declared as of International Tourist Interest.

Moors and Christians
In Alicante the festival starts with a huge parade with people dressed in the period costumes of the Moors and Christians.

Santa Faz Pilgrimage
Santa Faz Pilgrimage is one of Alicante's most popular festivals, when around 200,000 people walk in pilgrimage from the centre of the city to the Monasterio de Santa Faz (Monastery of the Holy Face)

Attractions in Alicante
So what to do in Alicante? You will find many attractions in Alicante to keep you busy all day (and night!) long.



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