Moors and Christians
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.
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.
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.