Moraira Festivals (Fiestas)
The Spanish are famous for their festivals (fiestas), and the town of Moraira certainly 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 last quite a few days.
From the 14th-20th June the people of Moraira celebrate the Moros y Christianos (Muslims and Christians) fiesta. One of the town’s largest festivals the Muslims and Christians fiesta commemorates the expulsion of the Moors from Moraira. Many locals celebrate the festivity by way of donning often 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 Moraira Village Fiestas are held in honour of the towns patron saint La Virgen de los Desamparados (Virgin of the Helpless) and La Virgen del Carmen; protector of the fishermen. The main events take place on the 15th and 16th of July, but covers 10 days of celebrations overall. Participants parade the town streets in colourful costume, with brass bands, open air dances, games and more. A major feature is the running of the bulls around the marina area.