Moors & Christians Benidorm

Moors & Christians Benidorm

The Moors and Christians Fiesta (Moros y Cristianos) is a tradition dating back to the 16th Century, and commemorates Christians’ triumph after the great battle which took place in the 13th Century, ending the Moors’ 800 year rule of Spain.

Duration

5 Days

Runs

27/09/18 - 01/10/18

Departing

27/09/18 - 01/10/18

The Moors and Christians Fiesta (Moros y Cristianos) is a tradition dating back to the 16th Century, and commemorates Christians’ triumph after the great battle which took place in the 13th Century, ending the Moors’ 800 year rule of Spain.

The celebration includes beautiful parades with stunning costumes, dances, marches and live bands as well as a dramatic reenactment of the great battle.

The fiesta is celebrated in several towns around this part of Spain. 2018 dates are as follows:

  • Benidorm: 27th September to 1st October
  • Villajoyosa: 24th to 31st July
  • Alcoy: 22nd to 24th April

The fiestas give you an opportunity to learn about an important part of Spain’s history, whilst enjoying the striking, artistic parades and music.

2017 Programme of Events - Benidorm

We’ll update this with 2018 programme as soon as we have it.

SUNDAY 24th of SEPTEMBER
19:00 h. Gathering at Neptuno Square, leaving towards Aigüera Park.
20:00 h. Auditorium Oscar Esplá (Aigüera Park) Presentation of the Christian King and the Moor King. Concert of Music for Festivities “Villa de Benidorm”, played by Societat Musical L’Illa de Benidorm. Announcement of the Festivities 2017, by Mr. Juan Antonio Gonzalez Magraña (Priest of the St James & St Anne Church). Delivery of the city keys to the Christian King 2017 by the Major of Benidorm.

WEDNESDAY 27th of SEPTEMBER
23:00h at Colón Street. ENTRANCE PARADE (“ENTRAETA”) Itinerary: Paseo Colón, Paseo de la Carretera, Martínez Alejos and Gambo, to finish at the Castle.

THURSDAY 28th of SEPTEMBER
22:00 h. PLAYA DE LEVANTE (near Valencia Street). PARLEY OF THE MOORISH INVASION. Gathering of the Christian and Moor troops, medieval tournament and representation of the Parley and the Moorish Invasion of the Town.

FRIDAY 29th of SEPTEMBER
10:30 h. at Colón Street. REVEILLE (DIANA) Formation: Standard Bearer of the A.M.Y.C. Christian troops: Cavallers de la Baronía, Cruzados (Christian King). Moor troops: Nazaríes, Tuareg, Musulmanes Tagarinos (Moor King). Itinerary: Paseo Colón, Paseo de la Carretera, Martí- nez Alejos, Gambo, to finish at the Castle.
19:30 h. at the Castle (Gambo St). BATTLE AND CHRISTIAN EMBASSY The Ambassador and the King of the Christian will urge the Moors troops to leave the Castle, but the Moors will not accept, so the war will be declared with the ALARDO (boasting with pop guns), that will take place in the surrounding streets and that will finish with the RECONQUEST of the Castle by the Christian troops.

SATURDAY 30th of SEPTEMBER
10:30 h. at Neptuno Square. REVEILLE (DIANA) Formation: Standard Bearer of the A.M.Y.C. Moor troops: Nazaríes, Tuaregs, Musulmanes Tagarinos (Moor King). Christian troops: Cavallers de la Baronía, Cruzados (Christian King). Itinerary: Plaza Neptuno, Almendros, Paseo Colón, Paseo de la Carretera, Martínez Alejos, Gambo, to finish at the Castle.
20:00 h. starting at Tomas Ortuño Street (Ondulada Street) SPECTACULAR PARADE OF MOORS AND CHRISTIAN (ENTRADA) around the main streets of our town. Itinerary: Tomás Ortuño, Venus, Ruzafa, Martínez Alejos, Gambo, to finish at the Castle. Formation: Standard Bearer of the AMYC, Moor troops: Nazaríes, Tuaregs, Musulmanes Tagarinos with the Moor King. Christian troops: Cavallers de la Baronía and Cruzados with the Christian King.

SUNDAY 1st of OCTOBER
12:00 h. at the Castle (Gambo Street) THE PEACE PARLEY, between the Prince of Kairuán and the Governor of the Castle so, once it is finished, the Tunisian Prince and its troops will leave. Afterwards, around 12:30 h. GREAT OFFERING OF FLOWERS to Saint James. Formation: Identical to that of the “ENTRADA”, closing the parade the Standard Bearer of the A.M.Y.C., the Christian King, the Moor King and Local Authorities. Itinerary: From the Castle, Gambo, Martínez Alejos, Paseo de la Carretera, Santa Faz to finish at the Church.
13:00 h. SOLEMN MASS at the Church of Saint James and Saint Anne, with the participation of the A.C.R. La Barqueta from Benidorm
19:00 h. starting at Tomás Ortuño Street (Ondulada Street) FLOAT PARADE (RETRETA FESTERA) The different Troops will exchange the traditional throwing of sweets, serpentines and gifts. Itinerary: Tomás Ortuño, Venus, Ruzafa, Martínez Alejos, Gambo, to finish at the Castle. NOTE: The mentioned timetables are established as starting hours, and they could be changed by the Association, if it is necessary.

Duration

5 Days

Runs

27/09/18 - 01/10/18

Departing

27/09/18 - 01/10/18.

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