Teulada Medieval Market
During early August each year visitors to north Costa Blanca can enjoy the festivities and fanfare of the splendid Teulada Medieval Market. The small town of Teulada lies slightly inland from the coastal town of Moraira and around 30 minutes drive from Benidorm. Its agricultural history, especially the cultivation of grapes, citrus fruit and almonds dates back to the occupation of the Moors who introduced the elaborate irrigation systems and vineyard terraces for growing the Muscatel Grapes which are still produced today, although tourism is now the main contributor to the region's economy.
Early August sees visitors come from far and wide to enjoy three days of fun for all during Teulada's Medieval Market that sets up in the streets around the historic old town. This was a time during Spain's turbulent history when Christians and Moors at times lived side by side in relevant peace and at other times waged wars against each other, yet both nations left lasting legacies that can be seen in the country to this day, and the different cultures, traditions and dress can be seen during the festivities of the market.
More than 70 tents and stalls set up in the streets, and stall holders, entertainers and the more enthusiastic visitors all dress up in traditional costumes to create an authentic feel of the Middle Ages. Teulada Medieval Market really is great fun and makes for a lovely family day out with pony and cart rides, falconry and various entertainers mimicking the characters of the period such as squires, scribes, stilt walkers, jugglers and the children's favourite, jesters all adding to the lively atmosphere.
Wonderful smells of spit roasting meat and hot chestnuts fill the air from the food stalls who do their best to offer a taste of the past, although modern day food and drink is also available for those with less adventurous palates. Market stalls are festooned with regional and Medieval specialities such as cured hams, sausages and various other fresh cooked and cured meats, cheeses, rustic loaves of fresh bread, plump marinaded olives, pickles, fruit, nuts, pastries, desserts and sweets.
Aside from the flamboyant street performers visitors can see traditional Medieval methods of glass making, stonemasons, farriers shoeing horses, woodworkers, silversmiths and hand crafted leather, silk and cotton. Thirsty market goers can enjoy local wine made from the Muscatel grapes of the region and jugs of ale in the popular Medieval tavern, as well as modern day beverages and snacks. After spending time at the Teulada Medieval Market visitors can head down to Moraira where there's a choice of small coves to enjoy a swim or sunbathing.