Every Easter Tuesday, at only an hour from Alicante, the city of Murcia celebrates the day of the ‘Bando de la Huerta’, one of Spain’s most important Spring festivals, in honour of its patron saint, the Virgen of Fuensanta.
The Bando de la Huerta has been celebrated for the past 150 years and was recently declared a Fiesta of International Touristic Interest.
Dressed in their finest costumes commemorating their agricultural heritage, the people of Murcia go out to celebrate the arrival of Spring. In the afternoon there are parades, floats, music groups, recreations of folklore, giants and people wearing giant papier mache heads! There are scenes of bygone countryside lifestyles and the ever-popular tradition of eating a few pods of fresh, sweet baby broad beans as you wander around.
Apart from the fresh broad beans, don’t leave without trying the typical Murcian dishes of michirones (braised bean stew), zarangollo (scrambled eggs with courgette, onion and potato) and paparajotes, a typical dessert made with lemon tree leaves.