This week the Costa Blanca plays host to two great leisure events. The first one, the Fira de Tots Sants in Cocentaina will take you back in time to the Middle Ages, while the second event, the Oktoberfest in Calpe, will transport you all the way to Bavaria. Two very different festivals, but both offering plenty of enjoyment to anyone who visits them.
Horse riding and dressage, animal fair, handicrafts, markets, Arab bazaar, and beer, lots of beer.
From 1 until 3 November, Cocentaina is holding its traditional Fira de Tots Sants fair, a historical event with over 700 exhibitors. This year it celebrates its 667th anniversary no less, having survived centuries of wars and social unrest, periods of peace and progress, and even epidemics and catastrophes.
Even now several centuries after its creation, the fair, conferred on the town in 1346 by the King of Aragón and Valencia, Pere El Ceremoniós, is the perfect occasion for people of all ages to visit the town with so much going on. During the day visitors will be entertained by the Christian market, the bazaar, the games, the animal fair, delicious food and the dressage shows. At night, there are shows and entertainment to enthral the younger crowd.
Further north, the town of Calpe, between the two Marinas, plays host to the beer festival, better known as Oktoberfest, until 3 November. The festival is a replica of the famous Bavarian gala, with retro music from the 1970s to the 1990s and beer glass raising contests. Such is the attraction that Calpe’s Oktoberfest draws thousands of beer enthusiasts each year, to the cry of chipi, chapa, chipi, chapa, eh, eh, eh...