If our city can boast of something, among many other things, it is to have an important set of festivals that mark the twelve months of the year, all of them enjoying a truly outstanding level of quality and prestige, which makes Alicante considered in all fairness a party town.
Thus, and to take a chronological reference, we find ourselves, as soon as the year begins, with the Porrate de San Antón, perhaps the oldest of how many festivals are celebrated in Alicante, which concludes with the endearing blessing of animals.
Likewise, we find our peculiar Carnival with its intense and fun Saturday ramblero, whose epicenter is the main artery of the city, which is what gives it its name. And after Carnival, as is logical, we arrive at Holy Week, seafaring and Mediterranean, in which we celebrate with devotion the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
And among all these festivals, the first of Moors and Christians, that of Villafranqueza-El Palamó, which, since 1976, honors its patron, San José, is a gap. It is followed by the Pilgrimage of the Holy Face, whose devotion dates back to March 17, 1489, the date of the first known miracle, and which leads hundreds of thousands of Alicante to visit and venerate the Sacred Relic in its monastery.
Later, with the arrival of the month of May, the Santa Cruz neighborhood, the oldest in the city, is adorned with flowers to celebrate its traditional May Crosses and thus give way a few days later to the celebration of the procession of del Corpus Christi from the Holy Church Co-Cathedral of Saint Nicholas.
A separate chapter deserves the most important of our celebrations, Les Foguerers de Sant Joan, Official Festivities of the city and declared of International Tourist Interest that put Alicante on its feet from June 20 to 24 and that are close to celebrating its centenary. And before the end of the month we find a new celebration, this time on our beloved Island of Tabarca, to honor their patrons, San Pedro and San Pablo. At the end of June we have another Moors and Christians festival, in the district of El Rebolledo, in this case in honor of the Virgen del Carmen.
In July, we found another festival of the cross and the half moon, specifically in the immensely festive neighborhood of San Blas, which brilliantly celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2018. Later, on the aforementioned Island of Tabarca, on July 16, the Virgen del Carmen, patron saint of the men of the sea, is honored with her seafaring procession. And practically without a solution of continuity, the party moves to the San Gabriel neighborhood through festivities that date back to 1925.
And with the arrival of the month of August, festive par excellence, we find the Landing of the Moors and Christians that has been celebrated in our city since 2018, specifically in Postiguet Beach. Immediately after him we arrive at the Festivities in Honor of the Perpetual Patron and Mayor of Honor of the city, the Virgen del Remedio, with its corresponding Dawn and Procession, which are followed by those of Moors and Christians in the Altozano neighborhood, also honor to its patron, in this case the Virgin of the Assumption, dating back to 1952. Likewise, in the heart of Alicante, the celebrations dedicated to our beloved co-patron, San Roque, are held this month.
Already in the month of September, the Raval Roig patron saint festivities are celebrated, in honor of the Virgen del Socorro and the Virgen del Lluç, which date back to 1849.
From there we jump to the month of December, specifically to the 6th, in which the people of Alicante pay tribute to our Patron, San Nicolás de Bari, with different acts, among which the traditional procession stands out. All this to give way to Christmas, with which the annual festive cycle of our city closes, where we can highlight the Royal Mail Carriers Parade and the massive Three Kings Parade.
If to all this we add that many other neighborhoods of the city such as Los Angeles, Ciudad de Asís, Tómbola or various rural parties also celebrate their parties, we come to the conclusion that Alicante is a party all year round and that should make us feel proud . We will talk about them.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.