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Moros y Cristianos in Moraira 2012

 

 Next saturday the celebrations of Moros y Cristianos will start in Moraira.

During this festivity there a number of processions and acts performed by different groups (cabilas) of Moraira.  Cabilas are composed by inhabitants of Moraira and they belong to either the side of the moros or the cristianos.

The first open act will be that saturday at 23:00 with the flag presentation at the main square.  Each cabila will present it’s insignia to the king and queen.

The next days there will be a several acts like a jazz and folk concert (Sunday 19:00) a children’s drawing competition (Monday 19:00) a choir concert in the church (Tuesday 21:00) and a concert of regional instruments ( Wednesday 22:30 in front of the church).

On Friday the 15th the celebrations really start.  At 13:00 the first “pasacalle” through the streets.  A pasacalle is a procession in which both members of cabilas and visitors can participate.   Members of the cabilas are  not wearing any impressive costumes.
At 13:30 there will be firing of muskets.   At 19:00 at the church the fila’s will make the flower offerings.

At 23:00 at the castle of Moraira the moors will land on the beach and will conquer the castle.   This one is really worth seeing, and with the reconquering of the castle and the gala forms the centre of the celebrations.

Saturday 16th 
At 9:00  the “despertá”  qualified members of the fila´s will walk through the streets of Moraira firing Muskets.
At 10:45 there will be another procesion.  At 12:00 a mass in the church and at 12:45 more muskets

At 19:30 at the castle starts the “reconquista cristiana” a event you shouldn’t miss.

At night is the “Noche de cabilas”, in which the town turns into a huge party and there is drink in all the cabilas.

Sunday 17th
The morning begins with muskets a 9:00.  At  11:30 there is a pasacalle for children and at 13:00 for adults.  At 13:30 more muskets.

At 19:00 starts the Gala procession. In this one the the different cabilas march through Moraira accompanied by music and wearing their finest gala costumes.  Each cabila tries to out do the others and are often accompanied by horses, camels, jugglers and will perform dances.   After the Gala there will be fireworks.

 

If you are staying at one of our holiday homes near Moraira, or even near Javea or Altea Hills you should not miss these typical festivities.  The Conquista, reconquista and Gala are the most impressive and fun to see.  If you can see only one it should be the Gala.

A few pointers:

  • This is Spain, this means that most events will start later than that they are planed,15, 30 minutes, maybe even an hour.
  • The muskets make a real racket and smaller children may get scared.  There is absolutely no danger since they are shooting blanks.
  • There are chairs available during the Gala, but unless you are willing to get there several hours before it starts they will be occupied.
  • The Gala lasts many hours, well into the night.
  • If you don’t want to see the entire Gala, the costumes of the moors are by far the most impressive ones.  They march during the second half.
  • Most of the restaurants and bars will serve food and drink to take away.

Next week I will talk a bit about the origins of the festivity.


June

L'ampolla, Moraira, Alicante, Spain

In a two days it will be the first day of June.  For me, that means  the summer is here.  Now I know officially the season doesn’t start for another few weeks but in Spanish schools June was the month where you started to have only half day classes.  Instead of classes ending at five like they usually do you could go home at one and we no longer ate at school.

So it’s summer and that means half of the year is gone. I find this idea much more prone to induce reflection than the end of the year, which doesn’t particularly interest me.  Regardless, if I felt like going over my life where total strangers could read it I would have a personal blog, which I don’t so that says enough.

 

In all honesty I think June is the best day to spend your holidays at the Costa Blanca.  It’s warm and you no longer need a jumper or a jacket but it’s not so hot that you can’t do anything but lay under your air-conditioning with your head in the freezer.  Also the town and beaches aren’t filled with tourists yet so you can go to your favourite restaurants without having to make a reservation and all the nice spots on the beach are still available.  And don’t forget that it’s much and much cheaper.  Plain tickets, car rentals and yes, villa rentals, are half the price they will be in July and August.  I guess September also has these advantages but in that month you can get a few days of rain, or even an early “gota fria” which is more or less the closest thing to the Great Flood you can get without it actually being the end of times.

And June also has a few interesting festivities.  During the second week we celebrate “Moros y cristianos” in Moraira and at the 24th it’s the “nit del foc de Sant Joan”.  But I’ll talk about them next week.

And of course if you want to spend your holidays at the Costa Blanca our rental villa’s are the best choice.(Because I say so)  Although there isn’t all that much free any more.  The first week of Vista Ibiza, with heated pool for the coldish; the first two weeks of Villa Hermosa for the really big groups and the last week of Alegre,  my personal favourite.  If you’re looking for a last minute reservation I’ll give you a 20-25% discount on the rent.