Moors and Christians in La Vila Joiosa

Publishing date 22/07/2013

Between 24 and 31 July, the friendly inhabitants of this lovely Alicante town change their swimsuits for their distinctive Moors and Christians costumes, swapping beach strolls for troop parades and sun cream for harquebus. Lots of colour and huge amounts of fun are the key features concepts at this festival, which has been given the status of Festival of International Tourist Interest.

 

 

 

Moors and Christians in La Vila Joiosa

Between 24 and 31 July, the friendly inhabitants of this lovely Alicante town change their swimsuits for their distinctive Moors and Christians costumes, swapping beach strolls for troop parades and sun cream for harquebus. Lots of colour and huge amounts of fun are the key features concepts at this festival, which has been given the status of Festival of International Tourist Interest.

The same crystal clear waters you see today on Costa Blanca beaches witnessed a period of enormous upheaval five centuries ago. No town or village was safe from Berber attack and no side was willing to back down. Fortunately, that old tension has been transformed into a fantastic re-enactment held every year in La Vila Joiosa as part of its Moors and Christians Festival in honour of Santa Marta.

The music bands provide the soundtrack to an event that people visit to enjoy dancing, partying into the night and eating traditional dishes cooked by both sides at gastronomy contests. But the rivalry doesn't stop here.

 

 

 

The biggest and most exciting moment of the Moors and Christians Festival in La Vila Joiosa takes place over the night of 27-28 July with the Disembarkation of the Moors. And this year, the dates falls on a Saturday, something that has only happened six times since 1963. An impressive re-enactment played out on the beach, where the Christian army is encamped along with its ordnance and artillery at the ready. Drums, lights, fireworks and gunfire... A unique and thrilling spectacle.

More information:

Tourist Info La Vila Joiosa
Calle Colón, 40 (Xalet Centella)
03570 La Vila Joiosa (Alicante)
Tel: 96 685 13 71
Fax: 96 685 65 32
Email: touristinfo_vilajoiosa@gva.es

 

 

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