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Moors and Christians Festival

Moros y Cristianos (Moors and Christians) is a fun, tongue-in-cheek annual recreation of the period in Spanish history known as the Reconquista - the reconquest of several cities on the Iberian peninsula by the Christians after they had (earlier) been taken under Moorish control. The Festival revolves around costumed 'Christians' (wearing fur and helmets, and riding horses) and 'Moors' (riding elephants and camels, and dressed in hilariously-anachronistic garb) engaging in simulated battles around the town, with the climax being a vaudeville-style showdown outside the Barchell Castle. When the 'Christians' eventually win the battle, they triumphantly parade a statue of the Virgin Mary through the streets of Alcoy. A fun and engrossing spectacle, performed every year with both humour and respect for the historical events that it depicts, Moros y Critianos is a great festival for tourists in the Costa Blanca to catch. The festival is celebrated in some other towns in the region as well, but Alcoy is known to throw the most feisty and entertaining festivities, and is the best place for tourists to catch the action. Kids love the mock battles and costumes, making this a fun festival for the whole family.

Venue: Alcoy, near Alicante

Date: 21 - 24 April 2014