Situated in the north of the Costa Blanca, the coastal town of Calpe is a pleasure to visit at any time of the year, but for guaranteed fun and excitement the best time to visit is during one of the Calpe Festivals. Many different fiestas and festivals are celebrated throughout Spain with the main events taking place during the Easter and Christmas seasons. Some are specific to a certain town or city, commemorating an important time or event in their past history, and others are national events celebrated at certain times of the year.
A popular holiday destination and famous for its Rock of Ifach, Calpe is just a short drive from the legendary party city of Benidorm and holds a number of festivals and fiestas each year. Below are just some examples of the Calpe festivals visitors can enjoy throughout the year.
Three Kings Festival – A very important festival in Spain especially for the young ones who are given gifts. The festival and parade takes place on 5th January each year with wonderfully decorated floats carrying the Three Kings who offer gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to baby Jesus at the town's nativity scene. After the parade there is a time for prayer followed by the giving of gifts to the town's children.
San Antón Festival – San Antón is the patron saint and protector of animals and in 2017 the festival took place on Sunday 22nd January with the blessing of the animals in some of the town's parishes, along with the giving of gifts to pets and fun stuff for the children.
Calpe Carnival – This is one of the most fun Calpe festivals usually held around the 6th February as a prelude to Easter where everyone gets dressed up to enjoy the entertainment. There are loads of fun activities for the young ones, a fancy dress parade and late night parade for the adults followed by a disco party until the early hours.
Calpe Fallas Fiesta – This celebration of fire and fireworks usually takes place in Calpe from 17th to 19th March each year. This is another festival that is celebrated in many of Spain's towns and cities, the largest taking place in Valencia. Throughout the year huge puppets made from cardboard and wood are built, originally in the likeness of town councillors the public wished to criticise, but now taking all shapes and forms. The puppets are paraded through the town's streets along with much music and dance, and at midnight on the final day of the fiesta they are filled with fireworks and set ablaze, much to the delight of the crowds.
Semana Santa – Throughout the days of Lent and Easter week Calpe, and indeed all of Spain celebrates this religious time of year with a number of processions, daily mass, celebrations of penance, blessings, reenactments and awards.
Midsummer Festival – Also known as the Festival of San Juan, midsummer and the longest day of the year is celebrated throughout Spain with street and beach parties, processions, live music concerts, traditional dancing, bull running, dinner parties, bonfires and fireworks. This takes place in Calpe from around the 19th to 23rd June with a huge bonfire on 21st to celebrate the longest day and ‘burn old memories'.
Festival Of Moors & Christians – After nearly 800 years of Islamic rule by the north African Moors, the Christian military forces of Castile and Aragon finally captured the last Muslim outpost in Grenada and expelled the Moors from the country. This is celebrated at different times of the year to correspond with past battles fought in Spain's towns and villages. Calpe festivals are usually held in late October and include flamboyant parades, reenactment of past battles, storming of the beaches, bull running, children's shows, plays and much partying.
Calpe Oktoberfest – Of all the Calpe festivals this is the most popular with the town's northern European visitors and resident expats and is a smaller version of Germany's famous beer festivals. Held over late October and early November, during the 10 day festival the main beer tent usually opens around 18:00 and goes on until the early hours with live music, traditional dancing, food stalls and of course, loads of excellent German beer served in steins.