Festivals

The Moors and Christians Festival, the Hogueras de San Juan and the Holy Week are considered of International Tourist Interest


Being the fiesta province par excellence, there is no place or population, however small, that does not celebrate a fiesta with its own idiosyncrasy. The Moors and Christians Festival, a tradition across the Costa Blanca since the 16th century, is the most impressive fiesta, with the most famous being those of Alcoy and Villajoyosa, where it has been declared of International Tourist Interest.

 

The region's passion for fire can be seen in the celebration of the Hogueras de San Juan in Alicante, also declared of International Tourist Interest. Every year, this festival attracts thousands of visitors who enjoy looking at the monuments placed around the city before they are burnt on the night of San Juan.

 

You can experience more fire with the fireworks on the Nit del Albà, which takes place in Elche every August. A representation of the Misteri d'Elx play, listed as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, can also be seen in this city and is one of the most unique experiences you can have in the province. Altea's sky also lights up in August with the traditional Castell de l'Olla fireworks.

 

The Holy Week shines in a different way, especially in Crevillent (with images signed by Mariano Benlliure), Orihuela (with sculptures made by Salzillo) and Elche, famous for its Domingo de Ramos (Palm Sunday), all of which have been declared of International Tourist Interest.

 

The procession of the Three Wise Men is a long-standing tradition in Alcoy, which began in 1885 and is considered the oldest in Spain, where the page boys enter the town's houses through a long set of stairs to give families their presents. During the Christmas period, Alcoy also displays its very own nativity scene called Belén de Tirisiti, declared a Site of Cultural Interest in 2002, while Cañada puts on a Play of the Three Wise Men, in which the residents become actors for the day.

 

The International Habaneras and Polyphony Music Contest in Torrevieja, considered of International Tourist Interest; the performance of the Tractat d'Almirra, in Camp de Mirra; the celebration of the Pa Beneit in Torremanzanas; the Bous al Carrer in Dénia and Els Enfarinats in Ibi are other recommended experiences.

 

Music is almost always present throughout all of the province's festivals and in the towns' daily lives. A large number of concerts, passacaglia and contests are usually organised thanks to the region's bands and musical groups and its impressive musical tradition.


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