Moros y Cristianos de Alcoy. Moors and Christians Festival in Alcoy.
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Moros y Cristianos de Alcoy
21-24 April
It commemorates events that took place in the XIII Century, April 23rd, 1276, in the times of Jaime I the Conqueror, when the city was attacked by troops led by the Moorish captain, Al-Azraq. According to the legend, St. George appeared on horseback and came to the aid of the city. To show their gratitude, the townspeople promised to build a church in his honour, and to hold annual festivities. In Alcoi this spectacle is declared an International Tourist Interest.
St. George helped save Alcoi from The Moors on  and the town has celebrated the fact every year since. One the best battles  is held every year as the whole town gets involved.
Alcoy moors and christians festival, Alicante, Valencia, Spain

 Moros y Cristianos de Alcoy

During the 21st - 24th of April, Alcoi is a mesmerising expression of happiness and of joy, and the city is decorated with thousands of white flags with St. George's cross on and just as many green pennants with the crescent moon of Islam.
La Diana (a military call to wake up the inhabitants), processions, and Entradas (entrance processions) all follow on, setting the scene for the taking of the castle by the Moors and the recapturing by the Christians.

The noisy banging of the kettledrums, the trumpets, the mass firing of the arcabuces (harquebus, a type of old-fashioned weapon like a musket) in the heat of battle, the smell of gunpowder, the smoke... An amazing spectacle
 

Maybe the best Moors and Christians festival in Spain and a truly spectacular event  every year, a not to be missed special event in Spain.
 
All that is best in Spanish festivals and traditions for three hectic days of noise and spectacle.
 
Drums banging, trumpets flaring, fireworks, mascletas, noise, smells, Alcoy is a scene of frantic excitement and smiles.
 
All the locals join in and everyone has a lot of fun, there's a lot of eating and drinking. Perhaps too much; it's not so long ago that after the final event was over, in the evening a group of those taking part as the Moorish invaders, somewhat the worse for drink, decided to change history and stormed the castle again. Having taken it they refused to come out and The Guardia Civil had to be called to resolve the matter..
 
Anyway, perhaps that's too much excitement. But great entertainment in Spain.
 
The two entrance parades or Entradastake place on the first day, the Christian troops in the morning and the Moors in the afternoon. The lavish colours of the costumes, the music, the Baroque style of the banners, and the twirls and turns made by los cabos de escuadras (the sergeants of each army division) fill the watching crowds with an air of unreality.
The second day is the 23rd, and is the feast day of St. George. This is a day when the religious aspects are remembered, in the chapel, with the procession of the relic, and in the figure of San Jordiet, a boy who is younger than eight dressed as a Roman soldier.
 
 
 

The two entrance parades or Entradastake place on the first day, the Christian troops in the morning and the Moors in the
afternoon. The lavish colours of the costumes, the music, the Baroque style of the banners, and the twirls and turns made by los cabos de escuadras (the sergeants of each army division) fill the watching crowds with an air of unreality.
 
The second day is the 23rd, and is the feast day of St. George. This is a day when the religious aspects are remembered, in the chapel, with the procession of the relic, and in the figure of San Jordiet, a boy who is younger than eight dressed as a Roman soldier.
 
The 24th is el Dia del Alardo(the day of the battle), and the skirmishes with blunderbusses and harquebusiers firearms begin. The Christians wearing armour and the Moors in their cloaks begin to fight a battle that every year, since 1276, ends in victory for the Christians. Then, when peace reigns, San Jordiet appears on the battlements of the castle to the cheering of the public, officially ending the festivities until next year.

On 22, 23 and 24 April each year, Alcoy is decked out in the style of the Middle Ages to celebrate its ‘fiesta mayor’ (main festival). On the first day, there is a spectacular procession of Moors and Christians: the different groups that make up each army march majestically through the streets of Alcoy dressed in luxurious costumes. Around 5000 people take part in this highly popular event. On the second day, many different events are held in honour of St. George. On the final day, a huge battle is fought in España Square in a specially-built castle which represents the city. The Moorish troops approach the castle in an attempt to persuade the Christians to surrender, but the offer is rejected and the ensuing battle ends with the Moors taking over the stronghold. In the afternoon, the Christian army returns and manages to retake the castle. Then, after unsuccessfully negotiating a surrender, the final battle begins in which the Moors are ultimately defeated. In the evening, an appearance by St. George marks the end of the three days of festivities, at least until next year. The patron Saint of Alcoy appears on horseback, shooting arrows from the top of the castle. If you like, you can even take some arrows home as a souvenir
 
More Information:
TOURIST INFO ALCOY
Calle Sant Llorenç,2 03801 ALCOY
Teléfono:965537155 / Fax:965537153
alcoi@touristinfo.net
 



Festival declared of Internacional Tourist Interest.
Organized by Casal de Sant Jordi and Alcoy City Council.
 
 

 

 
Valencia
Tourist Office:
Plaza de la Reina, 19
- 46002 Valencia
Tel. +34 963153931

http://www.turisvalencia.es/
 
Excelentísimo Ayuntamiento de Valencia
Plaza del Ayuntamiento, 1
46002  VALENCIA
(Valencia) Tel.:  963525478
Fax:   963529795
http://www.valencia.es/
 
valencia@touristinfo
 
 
TOURIST INFO ALCOY
Calle Sant Llorenç,2
03801
Tel: 965537155
Fax : 965537153
Email: alcoi@touristinfo.net
 
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Tourist Office:
Avenida Rambla Mendez Nuñez, 23 - 03002 Alicante
(Alicante - Alacant)
Tel. +34 965200000
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Valencia
Tourist Office:
Calle Paz, 48 - 46003 Valencia (Valencia)
Tel. +34 963986422
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Alicante - Alacant
Tourist Office:
Calle Paz, 48 - 46003
Valencia (Valencia)
Tel. +34 963986422
website