Fiestas & Culture in Hondon & Spain
Food and Drink
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It's been a long time since Spain allowed Fiestas ... such a vital part of the Spanish culture and outdoor lifestyle. Every village, town or city has them in abundance. Some are truly spectacular. You should allways attend if nearby ... most are FREE !!!
The Medieval Festival is very popular across the Costa Blanca. Often they come with artisan crafts, markets, music, jesters, devils, parades and games. The main plaza and nearby streets are dressed in bright colours and the vendors, musicians and actors in suitable medieval "fashion". The atmosphere is fun with lots to see and do for all ages.
This little collection sums up the icons and symbols of Spain and it's culture! .. flamenco, tapas, bull fighting, dance, sunshine, beach and more. The Hondon Valley is a traditional area for agriculture / farming of almonds, grapes, olives and other vegetables. The towns and villages reflect this... and far from touristy.
The Spanish are still passionate about his musical and dance art-form. With roots in Indian, Arabic, and Spanish culture, flamenco dance is known for its sweeping arm movements and rhythmic feet stomping. Flamenco dancers spend a great deal of time practising and perfecting the often difficult dance. Flamenco Festivals can be quite intense that tell stories through gestures, words and dramatic guitar pieces. But you should try to attend this traditional piece of Spanish Culture.
The Moors & Christians fiestais a key event in most Spanish towns & cities event calendar. They are famous for their elaborate parades of colourful costumes, dramatic music, dance and even elaborate reanactments of historic battles. The Costa Blanca has many, including in the Hondon Valley areas. Cartegena is more akin to a Hollywood movie. Altea / Calpe they run mock battles in the sea dn on the beach. They are attended by thousands of people and usally involve fairs and fireworks. Great!
The Jerez Horse Fair for all the family using pure-bred animals. The nobility of the horses has made this event internationally famous. It started around 1284 as a livestock market. Now it includes spectacular equestrian contests, leisure rides and fun events in the marquees and avenues lined with flowers and garlands... It's a very regal and fine affair.
Another traditional fiesta you can find right across Spain, including the Hondon Valley areas. The giants are usually hollow figures several meters tall, with a painted paper maché head and arms, the rest of the body being covered in cloth and other clothing. A person gets inside and dances or parades the street. They can be very funny as their expression never changes, not dissimilar to the giants in "It's a Knockout" years ago!
This is best described as a fiesta of hell !! It involves parades of up-close-and-personal fireworks, very loud music, glaring lights and "ninja" dancers in teh dark early hours of the night!. Chaos, Mayhem, Excitement but not for the faint of heart. Hondon Nieves and other local towns have this fiesta once a year, usually in the summer months. Be prepared to be amazed and shocked at this spectacle and the lack of safety!
May/Early June, you must see the Alicante Ninots exhibition in the Plaza Séneca. They are exhibited in the streets in the city centre and harbour/marina areas. Ninots are huge statues made of papier-mache, organized together to make the multi-faceted story. These are called “Hoguera”, a large satirical monument. Incredibly they are set alight on the 24th June, known as the “Hogueras de San Juan”.
Alicante is main airport for Costa Blanca South. It is currently the fifth largest airport in Spain and is the gateway to the Costa Blanca resort region, serving both Valencia Community and the Region of Murcia. A big proportion of the flights are internationalwho come from UK, Germany, Netherlands and Norway.