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Fiesta Dates for 2012

Here is a list of the main fiesta dates in the area for the whole year. This info has been compiled by the Round Town Times, a free paper issued in the Benidorm area (www.roundtown.info):

 

January 5th

Spain’s equivalent to our Christmas Eve celebrates the arrival of the 3 kings with a majestic procession through the streets of the old town. Bright lights and colorful costumes light up the faces of the children as they wave from the pavements before heading home to bed. Next morning if they’ve been good the children will receive gifts form the Kings rather like Santa brings gifts on Christmas Day. January 6th is a national holiday.

February
Spain celebrates carnival season in February but with no specific date you’ll just have to keep an eye out for the fancy costumes, parades and all night parties!

March
The Valencian region of Spain (that includes the Costa Blanca) celebrates ‘Fallas’ from 16th to 19th March. Here in Benidorm the 3 day event includes street parties, parades and spectacular costumes and culminates with the burning of the giant papier mache monuments that are built especially for the occasion. March  19th is also a national holiday to celebrate Father’s day in Spain. The 16th of March is the traditional fancy dress day!

March/April
This year there is to be the 2nd fabulous Elvis Festival in Benidorm from 30th March – 1st of April. More details here

Easter
Good Friday is on 6th April 2012. Benidorm and the surrounding area will start filling up a whole week before as Madrid, for example, take the week before Easter off and other parts of Spain the week after. Easter is the busiest time of the year for Benidorm as it’s the first chance the Spanish nationals have had this year to head for the coast and they arrive in their thousands….brilliant!

May
May 6th is Mother’s Day in Spain – it always falls on the 1st Sunday in the month. May 1st is also a national holiday (day of the worker) so some will get lucky and get the 2nd off work/ school instead. May is also the month the Holy Communions are celebrated in Spain – look out for mini-brides and boys dressed as sailors enjoying their big day!

June
June 24th sees towns up and down the coast celebrating San Juan. Typically everyone heads to the beach for a picnic supper before lighting bonfires and paddling in the sea at midnight. This is the biggest beach party you’ll ever see and will be the highlight of your holiday.
    
July
For the second year Benidorm will host the ‘Lo cost’ music festival on 27th, 28th and 29th of July. With an estimated 40,000 visitors this year, this is fast becoming Benidorm’s very own Glastonbury.
Finestrat celebrate their annual fiestas in July with 4 days of fun!

August.
Albir celebrate their summer fiestas with a weekend of fun around the 20th. And in Benidorm, with the resort packed to the seams, the Tour de Spain Cycle race has chosen to start in Benidorm this year – this means great international publicity for the resort – just don’t try and drive anywhere that day!

September
Altea celebrates their Moors & Christians fiestas over the second week with fantastic costumes and stirring parades.

October
Benidorm celebrate their Moors & Christians fiestas over the first weekend with swashbuckling theatrical re-enactments of the battles that took place in the 13th century. There’s plenty of gun powder and ‘baddies’  -  great fun for those who like to see a good fight!
Top Tip; October 9- 12th is a Spanish bank holiday so the resort will be packed (and prices will no doubt soar!) 

November
Fiesta Month! Alfaz del Pi celebrate their fiestas from the 4th - 8th inclusive with religious parades, fantastic costumes, fireworks and fun. Then Benidorm take over from the 10th with even more fun, fancy dress and finish with the famous Brit after party on the 15th. Top Tip; Book early to avoid missing this, the highlight of the fiesta calendar in Benidorm.

December
December 6th & 8th are national bank holidays then it’s full steam ahead to Christmas! And the highlight of the Spanish Christmas is ‘Noche Buena’, Christmas Eve on the 24th celebrated with a sumptuous family meal.

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