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The Moors and Christians fiesta in Santa Pola will take place from the 31st August – 8th September 2019. The fiesta includes events like the Alicante province Archery Trophy, Carnival Parade, Ribbon Race, Sailing Regattas, Music Band Parades, Quail Shooting, Model and Radio Controlled Boat Competition, the Moors and Christians Parades, Mock Battles and Conquering of the Castle as well as daily Mascletas and three evening firework displays! Read more
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WH Smith’s in-store range will include power banks and headphones as well as products for the home.
Alicante celebrates the coming of summer with the bonfires of San Juan. In a spectacular display of music, colour and fireworks, thousands of people throng the streets to experience this fiesta which pays tribute to fire.
To celebrate the arrival of summer, the people of Alicante would traditionally flock to the countryside on 23 June for a festive dinner: they feasted on typical products, and at midnight they would light bonfires and dance around them, set off fireworks and go swimming in the sea. This custom endured over the years, and in 1928 the fiestas of the Bonfires of San Juan were formally constituted. For several days, Alicante celebrates this great homage to fire, where the stars of the show are genuine works of ephemeral art: the bonfires and the enormous cardboard and wooden figures which go up in flames on the night of San Juan.
The queen of the fiesta, known as the “Bellea del Foc” (“Beauty of Fire”), is chosen in May from among the candidates presented by a committee in each neighbourhood. The festivities officially begin on 20 June with the “plantà”, or building of enormous bonfires with their tongue-in-cheek cardboard figures which fill the streets of Alicante with wit and good humour. That day the “barracas” or large tents are also put up to serve as a public dance floor, and where fiesta-goers can sample the typical figs and “cocas” (a kind of pastry with tuna, onions and pine nuts). Some of the highlights of the festivities include the Entry of the Bands and Committees, with their respective “beauties” and their ladies-in-waiting wearing traditional dress; the floral offering to the patron saint of the city, the Virgin of El Remedio on 21 and 22 June; and the international folklore parade, a spectacular procession featuring dance troupes from all over the world. In addition, every day at two in the afternoon from 19 to 24 June, there are firework displays in Plaza de los Luceros square: these are the ear-splitting “mascletàs”, for which ear-plugs are highly recommended due to the racket of the exploding firecrackers and rockets. And finally at midnight on 24 June comes the “cremà” (burning), the high point of the fiestas. After a spectacular white palm tree of fireworks, the bonfires all over the city are set alight and blaze away amid much merriment and dancing and singing, while fire-fighters shower the merrymakers with water in what is known as the “banyá”.
But the fiesta is not over yet. From 25 to 29 June there is a fireworks competition on the El Postiguet beach, and the historic centre of the town comes alive with a medieval market and a range of shows.
A recent consumer survey revealed that Aldi’s £1.99’s sunscreen offers BETTER protection than Garnier’s Ambre Solaire and Piz Buin – but costs three times less! Read more
Food and drink travel operator SSP Group has received a €203m contract to open more food and beverage outlets at Alicante-Elche Airport. Read more
We now have the programme for the Easter Parades in Alicante which includes daily processions from Palm Sunday on the 14th April until Easter Sunday on the 21st April 2019. These are really worth seeing if you are in Alicante during Easter!
Chance to see a great sailing ship in Alicante!
Alicante-Elche airport will shortly be offering a new 130sqm terrace with “privileged” views to the aircrafts and the runway for take-off and landing.
Flights during the school holidays are notoriously expensive, but you can save money on flights to Alicante with these tips. Read more