If your dates are right, do not miss one of the oldest festivals in Spain.
Moors and Christians
If you are planning your trip for July, it is worth going to Villajoyosa to see this festival, the Desembarco y la Batalla de Moros y Cristianos (the Landing and the Battle between Moors and Christians). Apparently, this festival is based on something that happened in the 16th century - the landing of Berber pirates and the defense carried out by the Villajoyosa people - and has been celebrated for the past 250 years, which makes it one of the oldest in Spain. The invading Moors hardly touched land at all: the locals repelled them with the help of a monumental storm and flood provoked by Saint Marta, which sank the pirates' ships. The Moors and Christians Battle of Villajoyosa is celebrated during a whole week with processions, medieval markets, historical recreations and the dramatisation of the final battle of the Landing on the sea.
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