Fiesta calendars for Moraira and Teulada
(all dates are approximate)
The Three Kings - procession and distribution of presents to the children.
Fiesta of San Blas - Procession and traditional cake distributed in the shape of a man or a woman.
EASTER - Throughout Spain the week of Easter (Semana Santa) is celebrated with somber religious processions, usually entailing an effigy of Jesus on the Cross being carried through the streets followed by mourners wearing black and carrying candles. Spaniards of all ages take part and one cannot help being struck by the sense of community and dedication to tradition that the celebrations reflect.
APRIL 15th - 25th variable (Teulada)
Each town has its Patron Saint and a fiesta is held in their honour which usually last one week. During this time the towns commercial activity virtually shuts down as celebrations go on practically 24 hours a day. Festivities include processions, dancing in the streets, live music, sporting events, firework displays, giant paella and bull-running.
BULL-RUNNING - The famous bull running event is held in many towns at different times of the year all over Spain. Large, generally aggressive bulls are let loose in designated streets to chase after those who think they are fast enough to jump out of their way, run behind the many wooden barricades or into the steel cages set up for their protection, before they get gored. Not for the faint hearted, and definitely best left to those with more experience as it is not as easy as it looks. The bulls are very fast and many people - usually foreigners - get hurt, and occasionally killed each year due to them tripping and falling before they manage to get to safety. These bulls have large horns, and will attack through fear. Hundreds of people attend the events, sitting upon makeshift platforms above the streets or standing within the steel cages. It can become rather noisy with everyone shouting and jeering at the bulls who naturally feel trapped and we all know how a cornered wild animal reacts to this kind of situation.
MAY - dates vary
Corpus Cristi - Religious processions and communion.
JUNE - dates vary, usually second or third weekend
Moors and Christians Fiesta. - This festival is celebrated all over Spain as their history is deeply rooted in the battles which took place over control of Spain in the 13th to 15th century. Each fiesta is a theatrical performance with participants dressed in elaborate and expensive costumes depicting both sides of the battle. The music played by the live orchestras is especially composed for the fiesta and is very dramatic. Battles are re-enacted using replicas of the weapons used so it can become a little noisy.
Night of San Juan - Celebrations around bonfires built on the beach and in the town square. When the flames die down people jump over the fire to bring them good luck for the year. A midnight swim is organised, which is thought to purify the body and soul.
JULY - dates vary, usually the first weekend
Fiesta of Font Santa celebrations held at the hermitage bearing its name.
JULY week beginning 15/16th
Fiestas celebrating the Patron Saint for Moraira. Festivities include processions, fireworks, dancing in the street to live music, fiestas at sea and bull running (see above) in the port.
JULY 24th - 25th
Fiestas in Benimarco - a small village just outside Teulada.
JULY 29th - 30th
Els Sants de la Pedra - Street celebrations in Calle Calvo Sotelo, Teulada.
AUGUST - dates vary, usually the last weekend
Fiesta of L'Andrago held at the beach with dancing to live music and dinner on the beach.
Mediaeval Market - dates vary. Stalls, birds of prey, traditional food and street entertainment.
SEPTEMBER - dates vary, usually first Saturday of the month
Muscatel Fiesta - wine tasting fiesta and exhibitions together with other open air celebrations.
Fiesta of Santa Catalina (Teulada) - Processions and week of cultural activities.
Fiesta of Santa Cecilia - dates vary - Musical concerts.
Christmas Market (Teulada) - Large open air market with arts and crafts and traditional food.