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Fiestas

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“Costa Blanca” (White Coast).
Is the name of the 200 km long coastline . We find many wide sandy beaches as small coves and beautiful landscapes with palm groves, wetlands and several nature parks.

The climate, has over 300 days of sunshine every year and an annual average temperature of 18 degrees Celsius, with lots of tourist facilities that can be found along the coast and some of the most fantastic beaches in Europe.

The name “Costa Blanca” was invented in 1957 by the airline “British European Airways”, which advertised their flights from the UK to Spain with this slogan. The name will not be surprising for anyone who has seen an aerial view of the coast from the air: the white sand beaches, rock formations and small villages with whitewashed houses form an impressive contrast to the deep blue Mediterranean sea.

In the northern part of the coast there is Denia, Javea, Calpe, with its massive rock formations, in the south of it there are the artist’s paradise Altea, Albir, as well as the touristic center of the coast, Benidorm, with incredible leisure facilities and nightlife. Passing Cala Finestrat and El Campello the way leads on to the capital of the province, Alicante and furthe South of Alicante there are Santa PolaGuardamar del SeguraTorrevieja and Pilar de Horadada. When hiring a car most of these towns and areas can be reached in just over one hour.  Giving you lots to see as well as lots of sandy beaches.

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In Crevillent,  history, legend and spectacle came together in a celebration full of sparkle and fantasy to commemorate events that took place in the 13th century.

The festival of Moors and Christians is one of the most important events of the year in Crevillent. The festival dates back to the 16th century and commemorates a battle which was fought in 1276. This was when there were many Muslim-held territories of Spain. There were frequent skirmishes between the two factions until, on 23 April 1276, the Christian army won the battle, forcing the Muslims to retreat and never to return.

 

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Every year all over Spain the towns are decked out in the style of the Middle Ages to celebrate the events. On the  day, there is a spectacular procession of Moors and Christians: the different groups that make up each army march majestically through the streets resplendently attired in their elaborate costumes. Thousands  of people take part in this highly popular event.

 

 

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Crevillent holds many such parades during the one week celebration, these being so large that the parades are split into different days. One for the Moors and another for the Christians Then finally a battle in the streets with both sets enacting the battle which took place, guns and canons can be heard for miles. I am assured that no one is hurt during the battle.  The streets are lined with thousands of families from great granddad to the great grand child and visitors come from all parts of the world to se this noisy and colourful event.

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Still0617_00000WoW Street parties don’t come any bigger than thisIt was a very entertaining fiesta in the small village of Catral which certainly knows how to throw a party. It was wild, colourful, musical and a great night was had by all.

The parade had some hard to follow themes and they all danced away for hours on end. We gave up and left just before midnight but we were told it normally finished at about 5am at the earliest.

 

On the video you can see just some of the parade as it lasted for hours, they are all drinking from coca cola cups but we were informed it definitely was not coke.

 

 

Still0617_00007I was even invited inside a dummy tank and got the shock of my life when they started up what looked like a motor cycle engine and me and the other three guys inside started running inside the tank so we were not trampled by the wooden tank,

No video recording was made as I ran the fastest I have run for years and the language was terrible in English and Spanish .

They are crazy here in Spain but what a great night it was and we were made most welcome

 

 

Still0617_00000Catral is a small village with lots of bars, restaurants, shops and a lot of friendly Spanish people. It has a large market on a Saturday mainly fruit, vegetables and other foods.

You can also buy some very cheap summer clothes at unbelievable prices. If you are ever near it give it a visit. The food and the drink is cheap and as I said earlier there are lots of small bars serving food and drink and lunch time mena del dia ) a very cheap lunch and tappas.

 

 

Hey remember to log on later this week, you know I love gadgets, well I will be making a video of a Parrot drone quadro Helicopter from inside it and on the ground, you must see this gadget. It uses the IPad to control it. It is huge and looks intimidating when it flies near you, don’t forget.  OK I will e-mail you when it is put on, can’t wait.

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