Moors and Christians Fiesta

From Jul 24, 2020 to Jul 31, 2020

La Villajoyosa

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  • Landing, Festival of Moors and Christians

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Moors and Christians Fiesta

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Calle Ciutat de València, 27 entresuelo
03570  La Villajoyosa, Alicante - Alacant  (Region of Valencia)

Moors and Christians Fiesta


From Jul 24, 2020 to Jul 31, 2020

Moors and Christians Fiesta


This is the most important festival held in Villajoyosa (Alicante). It recreates the attempted conquest of the city by the Berbers in 1538. It has been held for more than 250 years and its main event is the landing by the Moors. The spectacular representation of the landing is held in the early morning of 28 July. People arrive at the beach at around 5 o'clock in the morning. There the Christian side prepares the defence while over 30 Muslim craft approach the coast. The land battle is initially won by the Moors, who occupy the castle. However, in the afternoon the Christians recapture the fortress and after an intense combat, the Moors are symbolically returned to the sea. The festival is in honour of Santa Marta, who according to the legend provoked a great flash flood that destroyed the enemy ships. As well as the landing, there are also processions of Moors and Christians on 25 and 26 July.

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