The Spanish are famous for their festivals (fiestas), and the town of Denia has its fair share. There are many fiestas throughout the year, some larger than others. Most are a colourful and vibrant affair, lasting well into the evening and night; some for quite a few days.
Many of the festivals in Denia correspond to particular periods in the town’s history. Here we list some of the more popular (and typically the larger) fiestas to look out for:-
A festivity from Alicante, June 24th hosts the Hogueras de San Juan (Bonfires of St. John). The town is bathed in light and colour to welcome in the summer. Many bonfires and fireworks light up the nights together with feasting and dancing into the early hours.
During July the town celebrates Santissima a Sangre, which celebrates the town’s patron saint and the blood shed by Jesus Christ. Events include infamous Toros a la Mar bull running around the seafront, in which young men run in front of the bulls before throwing themselves into the sea. Parades, processions and fireworks are also on offer.
Between the 14th and 16th August the people of Denia celebrate the Moros y Christianos (Muslims and Christians) fiesta. This commemorates the battles between the Moors and the Christians in Denia. Many locals celebrate the festivity by way of donning elaborate costumes and parading through the town streets. As usual there is plenty of food and drink to be had, and fireworks crown the event.
The best advice we can give for those wishing to plan their holiday/trip at fiesta time is to contact the Denia tourist office. Their contact details are as follows:
Denia Tourist Office
Tel +34 966 422 367