We have just returned from a wonderful holiday in Spain.
In a little hilltop village about two miles from us called Mojacar Pueblo they celebrate the Moors and Christian Fiesta. A Festival that celebrates the expulsion of the Moors from the area. An amazing spectacle where there are re-enactments and mock battles . And a lot of VERY noisy blunderbusses! I simply love it! The costumes are amazing. My goodness the Spanish know how to party.
The Fiesta begins on the beach on Mojacar Playa and it just gives you a little flavour of the weekend's party atmosphere.
And Christians at the ready. Not quite so handsome in my humble opinion!
The Moors and Christian soldiers gallop with lances aloft hoping to catch the tiny ring which unfurls a banner to impress the ladies watching from the stadium.
Lucky Is the valiant warrior who gets win the colours of a beautiful lady.
But the main event is the parade that wends its way through the hilltop village on the Sunday evening.
It lasts for two and half hours,and is spellbinding.
Here are just a few pictures to give you a little flavour of such a special event.
The next few shots are my favourite photos, they encapsulate the joy of the participants.
And we will be back. I don't think I will ever tire of seeing the magnificent costumes and setting but we will never party all night like the Spanish manage. Not just for one night but for a whole weekend!
If ever you get the chance to visit Mojacar Pueblo in June when the Fiesta is in full swing you will love it!