In Honour of St Gregory
Every 9 of May the town of Torremanzanas (The Tower of Apples!) thanks Italian St Gregory that back in 1658 he saved the town from a terrible plague of locusts.
For this reason, the single women in town and the married men, dressed with their traditional clothes, parade all around the town to church. The women, known in Valencian language as “Clavariessas” carry a home made loaf of bread on top of their heads. These loaves of bread weigh between 6 and 8 kg and are beautifully decorated with flowers and embroidered pieces of cloth.
Once in the church, the bread is blessed and after that it is shared between the people.
[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]The end of this extraordinary ritual with its agricultural origins usually involves setting light to a string of extremely loud fireworks. [/quote] And if you can’t be here on May 9, don’t worry. Torremanzanas still has plenty to offer. At only 42 km from Alicante, this little mountain town with fewer than 1000 inhabitants is perfect for a weekend plan, as it offers good walking and trekking routes, a delicious traditional gastronomy and a great way to get away from it all and enjoy its wonderful peace and tranquility.