A JOURNEY THROUGH HISTORY
24th to 31st July - Moors and Christians
Towards the end of July the maritime town of Villajoyosa raises the curtain on a festival that has been held for more than 20 years in honour of its patron saint, Santa Marta, who defended the village from the Barbary pirates.
The fiesta commemorates the events of 1538 when the inhabitants of Villajoyosa repulsed a massive enemy attack.
Over a number of days the streets are filled with music and the local people, wearing costumes representing the armies of both sides, take part in a host of parades and activities.
The outstanding event is the landing of the Moorish forces in the small hours of 28th July. A fantastic show of lights, fireworks and sound accompanies a recreation of the naval assault launched by the Moorish hordes on the coastal defences. And after the attacking force finally manages to land, there is hand-to-hand fighting against the Christian defenders.
Experience a unique adventure at this event of International Tourist Interest.