Fiestas – Moors and Christians Fiesta
BENIDORM´S MOORS AND CHRISTIANS FIESTA 2019
Saturday 28th September to Sunday 6th October (not every day see schedule below)
Streets decked out like the Middle Ages, magnificent processions, exciting mock battles…This is the festival of Moors and Christians: days filled with magic, legend and spectacle. this festival recreates the historic clash between two cultures.
The festival of Moors and Christians is a very old tradition that dates back to the 16th century. It commemorates the confrontation that took place between Moorish and Christian soldiers in the 13th century over the rule of Spain. The events are held in honour of the city’s patron saint who also played a decisive role in the battle. Thanks to the saint’s sudden and unexpected intervention, victory went to the Christians in spite of their being outnumbered by the Moors.
The attraction, grandeur and popular nature of these festivities have caused them to spread to many parts of Spain, although they are especially popular in Valencia and Alicante. There are many variations on these festivities, as each place has its own history and unique elements that set it apart from the rest.
The start of the festivities is truly spectacular and well worth seeing: the arrival of both armies in the city. Beginning in the early hours of the morning, the streets, balconies and windows fill with people intent on not missing a single thing. To the accompaniment of music and with all the pomp and majesty you could hope for, the various groups that make up the Moorish and Christian factions march in procession, desperately trying to outshine each others sumptuous costumes. It tends to be one of the most popular and impressive events and in certain cases.
Another part of the festivities are the religious ceremonies held in honour of the city’s patron saint. During the festivities, a floral offering takes place in honour of the Apostle Saint James, followed by a High Mass in the Church of Saint James and Saint Ana.
The spectacular final battle. It follows the so-called “embajadas” (meeting of envoys) in which each side reads a text in an attempt to persuade the other side to surrender. Once negotiations have failed, a mock battle ensues in which thousands of kilos of gunpowder is used, ending in victory for the Christians.
The final battle also marks the end of the festival.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Saturday, September 28, 2019
FESTERA MUSIC CONTEST “VILLA DE BENIDORM” AND EXALTATION OF CHARGES
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
11:00 p.m. ROW ENTRY
Thursday, October 3, 2019
22.00 – PARLIAMENT OF THE MORA INVASION
Beach Invasion – Gathering of the Moors and Christians on Levante Beach (between Calle Valencia and Avd Bilbao) The Moors will March to the Christian camp where a series of fights and medieval games begin. No friendly agreement is reached an the ritual concludes with the Moorish invasion of the town.
Friday, October 4, 2019
19.30 CHRISTIAN EMBASSY AND SCAM
Battle Commences. This event takes places at the site of the grand castle that has been erected in the Town Hall Square (Aiguera Park) War is declared on the Christian King and a series of colourful fights commence finishing with power being returned to the Christians.
Saturday, October 5, 2019
20.00 GREAT MORA AND CHRISTIAN PARADE
A spectacular display of colour as both kings and their troops march through the old town, starting at Thomas Ortuno and finishing at the town hall
Sunday, October 6, 2019
12: 00 PEACE PARLIAMENT
The Moors admit defeat and retreat.
12: 30 FLOWER OFFERING
A beautiful flower procession from the Castle throughout the old town to the Saint James Church on the headland followed by
13.00 SOLEMN MAJOR MASS
20.00 TATTOO – Float Parade
To conclude the festivities there is one more parade of floats that will journey through the old town from Thomas Ortuno to the town hall accompanied by the Benidorm Fiesta Queens. There will be lots of confetti, sweets and gifts thrown to those lining the streets.
The above is the official schedule of events available at the moment (translated from Spanish), if any more details become available it will be updated, all events take place in the Old Town