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...Read More
Today, Easter Wednesday, Lent finishes; the moment that ends a difficult 40 days of fasting.
In case you didn’t know, in its origins Holy Week was a form of penitence, of sentence. In fact, the typical cone-shaped hats of the Nazarenes that are frequently worn in the processions have their origins in those sentenced to die by the Inquisition. Originally, the hat would have been...Read More
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...Read More
Narrow, silent, winding streets lead to Santa Cruz Chapel, at the highest point of this neighbourhood where the most famous and spectacular Easter procession begins and ends.
Santa Cruz, they said, was the home of harbourworkers. The mystical air of this place is reflected in its street names, like Carrer San Anton, where there used to be an image of Saint Anton where the neighbourhood girls...Read More
I love medieval markets and the one in Orihuela is a really good one.
Orihuela is a small city, 50 km from Alicante and famous for its historic monumental architecture, Easter Processions and traditional gastronomy, including convent-made sweets and cakes.
Every year, at the end of January, Orihuela commemorates that back in the XV century it was one of the most imporant cities in the Kingdom...Read More
Every 28 February, still in the middle of winter, Alicante dresses up bright and colourful to celebrate Andalucia Day.
The event features participants from many associations established not just in Alicante city but in the province too.
People parade, sing and dance traditional music all day, with most of the activities taking place in Explanada de España.
The most attractive feature is the...Read More
It was on St Barbara’s Day, December the fourth, when Alfonso X El Sabio finally took posession of Alicante Castle, then in Arab hands, back in 1248.
If you didn’t know, St Barbara is the patron saint of artillerymen and jobs which deal with explosives. Brave woman!
The castle was used as a jail for prisoners during The Spanish Civil War (you can still see some graffiti and...Read More