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Santa Faz Pilgrimage

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)

Starting out at 8 o'clock in the morning, the route to the Monastery is walked in about two and a half hours, a period that includes the traditional stop -the paraeta- for a breakfast of anise rolls with mistela wine.

Santa Faz PilgrimageThe significance of the Monastery is that it contains a relic that according to tradition is a veil with which Veronica wiped the bleeding face of Jesus.

The relic is devoutly venerated by the country people of Alicante from the time that the first pilgrimage was made to the Monastery in 1489.

After the religious celebrations in which the pilgrims beg for mercy from the relic, the tradition is for visitors to visit the many different stands selling all kinds of objects (the most typical purchase is an earthenware bell) and then to have a picnic.

Alicante Festivals

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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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