Festivals and events in Calpe
In Calpe you can enjoy different festivities throughout the year, from "Reyes Magos" at the beginning of January to "Moros y Cristianos" at the end of October. Find out more in the Don Travel guide to Calpe.
The festival celebrating the arrival of the "Reyes Magos" (Three Kings) is held on the 5th of January and is a hit with the kids. The three wise men arrive on multicoloured floats and parade through the streets of Calpe giving out presents to all of the kids, big and small, who have been looking forward to this day all year. The parade comes to an end when they reach the life-size nativity scene and present their gold, frankincense and myrrh to Baby Jesus.
On the 28th of February, the town celebrates "El día de Andalucía", a day when you can learn a little about the culture of the fascinating region of Andalusia in the south of Spain, as well as taste some of their specialities and see typical Andalusian dance acts.
Another exciting event is the carnival. The people of Calpe dress up and party until the early hours of the 19th of March with dancing and fancy dress competitions. On the evening of the 18th of March there are games and a children's parade. Transform yourself into whatever you want and come join in the fun!
A week later, the German residents of Calpe celebrate their own carnival together with the locals - a joining of cultures where the main attraction of this bright and cheerful festival is a parade of folk groups and music bands that allows residents and visitors to get away from their daily routines.
March also brings us "Fallas". For four days, from the 16th to the 19th of March, large sculptures made of cardboard, wood and other materials are set up around the town, representing public figures and ironies of everyday life. The curious thing about this festival is that these true works of art are burnt at midnight on the 19th of March, Saint Joseph's Day, to celebrate the arrival of spring - out with the old and in with the new. A giant paella during the day and street parties at night, add to the excitement of the "mascletà" whose loud firecrackers are sure to wake you from your daydreams at midday on the 19th of March.
At the beginning of May is the "fiesta de la Cruz de Mayo." This involves a flower-covered cross offered by the members of the Andalusian association "Casa de Andalucia." The parade is accompanied by typical Andalusian dance.
At midnight on the 23rd of June, the festival "Hogueras de San Juan" is celebrated on the beach Arenal-Bol. Groups of families or friends light a small bonfire on the beach and they have dinner together in the moonlight to celebrate the summer solstice. A street party also takes place on this evening in the square Plaza Colón. In the residential area, Urbanización La Cometa, next to the chapel Ermita de San Juan de la Cometa, a bonfire is built with old furniture and other disused items, which is set alight to celebrate the arrival of summer.
In the month of July, Andalusia returns to Calpe with the "Feria Andaluza." Acts, concerts, dances and a horse show, together with the stands of the fair give Calpe a true Andalusian feel for 4 days at the beginning of the month.
On the 16th of June, it is the fishermen who have something to celebrate. That day is the day of their patron saint "la Virgen del Carmen" and they programme several events in her honour, topping off the festivities with a fireworks display in the port to mark the end of the procession around the quay to carry the icon to the boat that awaits her.
In the height of summer, the town of Calpe hold their festival in honour of their patron saint "la Virgen de las Nieves." For 9 days, the people of the town hold mass, go on processions and parades through the streets, let off fireworks, dance all night and even have a miniature "running of the bulls" type event. This is a great time to get into the party spirit of this Mediterranean town.
So that the return to work or school after the hols isn't such a drag, in mid-September Calpe is host to the pilgrimage "Romería de la Virgen del Rocío", organised by the "Casa de Andalucía." The pilgrimage takes the icon from the chapel Ermita de San Salvador to the chapel Ermita de San Juan de la Cometa. As well as a special mass, there are also musical acts and fun and games.
If you're a beer lover, don't miss the beer festival that is held over the space of a week at the end of October/beginning of November. Here you can try typical German dishes and enjoy folk shows and then dance until the early hours to burn off all the calories! Also at the end of October you can see the "Moros y Cristianos" parades with their musical bands, fireworks and various other acts to commemorate the Christian's conquest over the Moors. The festivities go on for 4 days.
As you can see, with such a wide selection of events, you won't get bored in Calpe! However, if your holidays don't coincide with any of the above festivities, you can take a look at our Don Travel guide to Fiestas Alicante or Fiestas Benidorm and make the most of your free time on the Costa Blanca.