Fiesta In Alcoy.
Fiestas don’t come much bigger, more colourful or much louder than the Moors and Christians festival held in Alcoy, Spain. It is held over three days and nights in April.More than a hundred bands take part all being cheered and applauded and covered with confetti, thrown from the buildings by thousands of onlookers from all over Europe. The only part I did not like was the queues of traffic when you arrive at Alcoy. Park anywhere you can we were told by the very obliging policeman. Its all uphill or downhill depending which way you are going, but it’s worth it. Unfortunately I was with my wife and our friends Maurice and Ann who all walk a lot and are very fit . Me? I am unfit and was in agony for three days after the fiesta, did I say it was worth it? Next time training before going to a town like Alcoy which is all built on hills is a must.
Orihuela holds one of the largest medieval market in Spain and this years was bigger than last years. Adults and children were catered for with attractions for all to see. Stalls selling everything from live pigs, ducks, toys, sweets, cakes, fresh food and of course there were the usual eating venues all with entertainment and music.
Knights in shining armour were seen riding with their lovely horses, belly dancers, musical groups, camel and horse riding for the kids and adults alike. What I liked most about the market was the smells and aromas going about the place from the barbeques and roasts being cooked on the streets.
It was like going back in time a couple of centuries ago. The stall holders were dressed in authentic costumes and from several countries as well as Spain. There were lots of traditional Spanish, Turkish and Moorish foods and drinks available. It was colourful, exotic with lively music everywere, there was different things to see around every corner. We spent over 4 hours and still did not manage to see everything as the market is placed around the old part of Orihuela with it’s very narrow streets and lanes.
This is the fourth year in a row we have visited the market and it has been different every year and believe it or not we bumped into some Scottish friends who were also enjoying visiting the medieval market. It is a shame that not many non Spanish people know about this traditinal fiesta held every year, then again I am glad as it was very busy the way it was with thousands of happy and intrigued people enjoying themselves with some hot red wine and some tasty barbeques. We look forward to going back next year.