The Moors and Christians will be disembarking, marching, firing their guns, fighting and conquering the castle in Calpe from the 20th to the 23rd October 2017. The annual fiesta is held in honour of the patron saint, Santisimo Cristo del Sudor to celebrate the historic attack on Calpe that took place on 22nd October 1744. The full programme of activities in English is:
13:00 Ringing of the church bells and firing of rockets
19:00 Entrance Parade of the Music Bands
20:00 Opening Speeches with the raising of the flags in the Plaza Mayor, followed by the offering of Cirios (candles) at the Parroquia Nuestra Sra. de las Nieves.
19:00 Grand Parade of the Moors and Christians along Avenida Gabriel Miro
20:00 Solemn Procession, with the statue of the Santisimo Cristo del Sudor, followed by night time mascletas in the Plaza Mayor
18:00 Children’s Parade along Avenida Gabriel Miro
The History of the Moors & Christians
Streets decked out like the Middle Ages, magnificent processions, exciting mock battles…This is the festival of Moors and Christians. For over four centuries, this festival has recreated the historic clash between two cultures. Come and enjoy this unique festival in which thousands of people take part year after year, all trying to outshine each other in splendour and brilliance.
The festival of Moors and Christians is a very old tradition that dates back to the 16th century. It commemorates the confrontation that took place between Moorish and Christian soldiers in the 13th century over the rule of Spain. The events are held in honour of the city’s patron saint who also played a decisive role in the battle. Thanks to the saint’s sudden and unexpected intervention, victory went to the Christians in spite of their being outnumbered by the Moors.