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Hogueras de San Juan :: Alicante, Spain

March 25, 2010 by  
Filed under Festivals

Each year around June 24th several towns in Spain celebrate the popular festival known as the Bonfires of Saint John(Hogueras de San Juan). Although celebrated throughout the country in many cities, Alicante considers it the most important festival in the city and sets up the largest celebration. During the festival there are a variety of celebrations held, some are repeated daily and others are one time events. Originally started in 1928 by Jose Maria Py because he felt Alicante needed an important festival, he combined the Valencian tradition known as the “fallas” (see our fallas article here) with the bonfires to create this unique celebration. Although the “Bonfires”, also called Fogueres or Hogueras, are very similar to the Valencian Fallas they are not made by “fallero” artists but rather local painters and sculptures. Read more

Santa Barbara Castle :: Alicante, Spain

September 28, 2009 by  
Filed under Landmarks

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Watching over the city of Alicante from high above is the Castle of Santa Bárbara, one of the largest medieval fortresses in Europe.  Bronze Age, Iberian and Roman artifacts have been found on the slopes of the mountain, but the castle was built in the 9th century by the Moors; the castle encompasses the complete summit of Mount Benacantil. Read more

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