Tucked into the slopes of the mountain, the winding streets and pretty white houses of Santa Cruz make up one of Alicante’s most emblematic neighbourhoods. This is an increasingly cosmopolitan part of town but also the one where you are most likely to find the genuine spirit of Alicante. And that spirit is probably at its brightest and best when Santa Cruz celebrates the Cruces de Mayo (crosses of May): 3 days – or more, depending on how the calendar falls – of passion, party, collaboration, community spirit, and very serious partying.
The central part of the Cruces de Mayo are the decorated streets of the neighbourhood, each one taking a different theme each year, and the painstakingly constructed crosses of carnations: real works of art.
The rivalry over which street and which cross wins the grand prize doesn’t usually last longer than the first day, though, as the whole neighbourhood erupts into 72 hours of street bands, parades, fancy dress competitions, elaborate karaoke routines and lots and lots of eating and drinking!
So if you find yourself in Alicante at the beginning of May, make the effort to walk up the hill to Santa Cruz, make a new friend or two, let your hair down and party like a local. You’ll love it!