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Fiestas Alicante



Festivals or 'fiestas' are a very important part of the Spanish culture and this is certainly no different in Alicante. Here are just a few of the most important fiestas in Alicante:

Hogueras de San Juan

This is Alicante's most popular festival or 'fiesta'. It is dedicated to fire and focuses on making sure that the light doesn't go out on the longest day of the year (24th of June). This is one of the fiestas that has been declared to be of International Tourist Interest.

The celebrations start on the 20th of June with the 'plantá', when the 'hogueras' or works of art are set up, and finish with a fireworks competition at Playa del Postiguet beach from the 25th to the 29th of June. It also has one of the most important bull fairs in Spain.

On Saint John's Eve, from the 23rd to the 24th of June, it is amazing to see all of the traditional 'hogueras' or bonfires lit on all the beaches. The people of Alicante gather around them, burn all of the bad events from the previous year, jump over the flames and swim in the sea to cleanse themselves. This is a spectacular night of celebrations that is not to be missed.

Moros y Cristianos

This fiesta is celebrated in the different neighbourhoods of the city throughout the year. It festively recreates the battles between Christians and Muslims in the 18th century, as they fought for the conquest of Spain. See also 'Fiestas Benidorm' for their version of the celebration.

Semana Santa - Holy Week

These celebrations begin on Palm Sunday and involve the participation of numerous guilds and brotherhoods. There are various processions, those held in the neighbourhood of Santa Cruz being particularly worth a mention.

Pilgrimage to Santa Faz

This takes place two Thursdays after Easter Thursday. It involves a pilgrimage to the Monastery of Santa Faz, where the cloth is kept with which, as tradition has it, Veronica dried Jesus Christ's face at one of the Stations of the Cross.


A widely celebrated festival in the city of Alicante in the month of February or March, in which the city comes alive with colour.