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Seasonal events in Costa Blanca

Costa Blanca is undoubtedly one of the most vibrant regions in all of Spain, and as such, it comes with an action-packed schedule of yearly festivities.


From local fiestas to historical celebrations, there's just about always something on the calendar. Partying here, you can expect live music, fancy dress, parades and a whole lot of fireworks.


Winter

Procession of the Three Kings

The Three Kings are those of biblical fame, otherwise known as the Three Wise Men. In Spain, they're the real stars around the holidays.

In December, children will write letters to the Three Kings asking for presents, and if they've been good, will get a visit on 6th January. Across Spain, the arrival of the Three Kings is often marked with parades beginning on the night of the 5th, where they pass out presents to little ones in the street.

Carnival

Carnival is as big of a deal in Costa Blanca as it is just about everywhere else. Beginning in the run up to Ash Wednesday in February, the streets are flooded with people in costume and parades featuring elaborate floats.

In Benidorm, the night is capped with fireworks, and on Ash Wednesday there's typically a ceremony for the burial of the sardine, complete with an oversized sardine that's placed in a coffin and paraded through the streets.

Spring


Fallas

Though Fallas is a celebration that's traditional in Valencia, it's wound its way to Denia and has taken root for good.

The celebration is typically in the end of February or early March, and involves locals constructing oversized papier mache monuments to honour Saint Joseph.

In the final days of the celebration after the monuments have been suitably shown off, they're set on fire and accompanied by people wearing traditional costumes, entertainment in the street and fireworks.

Summer

Bonfire of St John

The Bonfire of St John is a crazy big celebration that's at its biggest in Alicante, a coastal resort that's about a 40-minute drive from Benidorm.

With the help of fireworks and firecrackers, it's a very noisy celebration. The festivities centre around Midsummer, with the big event culminating on 23rd June. Massive, elaborate statues are made by local artists and constructed typically are a social critique, then burned and topped with fireworks.

Moors and Christians

Be prepared to go back to medieval times with the Moors and Christians celebration, a popular festival that takes place across Spain.

As such, celebration dates vary across regions, but typically tend to fall in the late summer and early autumn. The Moors and Christians celebration sees locals dressing up in medieval clothing and re-enacting the battle that took place between the groups in the 13th century over who would rule Spain.

Autumn



Fiesta in Benidorm

Held in honour of Benidorm's patron saints, the Fiesta celebration is a multi-day extravaganza that's flocked to by holidaymakers near and far.

The streets of Benidorm are transformed by decorations and the addition of live musicians and fireworks sparkling overhead. Furthermore, there are parades, religious celebrations, concerts and monster-sized fancy dress parties.

Benidorm Pride

Though it's relatively new to Benidorm's festival scene, Pride has already made a name for itself and attracts thousands of revellers to the city's vibrant streets.

The celebrations here take place for a week, and feature open-air parties and events at gay bars across the city. The central event is undoubtedly the Pride parade, which marches down the promenade bordering Levante Beach that ends with a free event featuring local performers and live music.

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