Cocentaina Feria de todos los Santos

Cocentaina is a town situated in the province of Alicante. South east of Spain.
The village is located between the “Serpis” river  and the mountain range of “Sierra de Mariola ” national park.

Cocentaina

Cocentaina

Tourist and cycling fans like Cocentaina, there are very nice biking paths and roads  who are very attractive.
For example a part of the “Vuelta de Espana” use the roads.
Some professional cycle  teams take the route for training. Some say for example the Astana pro team.
The economy of the town is based on the textile industry.

Climate

The province enjoys an excellent mild Mediterranean climate. The average year temperature is around  20 C.

History

Cocentaina is now a town of 12 000 persons.
In the past, the 11th century it was the capital of a large Moorish region.
This Moorish region did cover  a great part of the Alicante region.
Around the 13th century the Christians began their conquest in the region

About the town Cocentaina

The town is  a  medieval treasure town. It looks like you are catapulted into the  Medieval Ages, especially in the time of their” Feria de todos los Santos” or “Fair of all Saints” . Read more below!

Cocentaina Feria

Cocentaina Feria

It is strange that  in travel guides they do not write about the town. So it is really a hidden place, but very popular by Spanish people.
So now  it is up to you to discover it.
The local people are very proud of their history of Moors and Christians
So when you walk around in the old part next to the “Comtat Palace ”  you can see “medieval” flags and shields.

In the past the castle was origin Gothic ( 13th century). Then the count changed it to Renaissance style.
The ceilings and the columns  are beautiful painted.
There are some paintings representing the war between the Moorish and the Christians people.

Side by side is a large church. Nearly the size of a  cathedral. The most striking point of the architecture is the enormous golden entrance door.

During  your stay, is also worth ta take a walk to the ” Hermitage of Saint Barbara. At this point there are some breathtaking panoramas..

From the Arab castle of “Penelles” is only the tower remaining

Cuisine of Cocentaina

The cuisine is Spanish mountain food. The Spanish food is influence by the region.
But also by climate and geography. Indeed that is important for the cooking methods and the ingredients.
As Spain has a history of invasions, there are also influence of the way of cooking and the new ingredients.

For example  for the region of Cocentaina stewed partridge or fresh lamb.
Or ” platos de cuchara “or one spoon dishes. See our page culinary specialty of the Costa Blanca
Good meals for a stay in the mountains.

Mean event in Cocentaina .

The Moors and Christians Festival and the Feria de Todos los Santos ( all Saints Fair).
The Moors and Christians festival is dated in 1586.

The fair of  All  saint   has been celebrated since  almost 700 years.
No wonder that is a  declared as ” a Fiesta of National Interest.
For these special days of he town , they have leaflets and maps at different information points.

Cocentaina map

Cocentaina map

 

It is also interesting, to plan your visit back in time for the several activities.

A conventional market  with fresh fruit and vegetables cheeses and cured meat  from the region.

Then  there is also a zone for children with attraction and games.

Of course the old town is transformed  into a town in the Medieval ages.
In the historic buildings a re all sort of exhibition related to the medieval Ages : arts and crafts
It is really a sort of magic and very nice to discover. For example there are  of course Arab souks , medieval market Valencian artisan, Jewish quarter and stalls. In past , the town was also a mix of Moors and Christians and Jewish People.
Indeed , this mix was also found in the other city of  South Spain. To sum up: Granada, Cordoba, Sevilla.

Cocentaina Fair

Cocentaina Fair

 

 

Now in Cocentaina at the Fiesta de Todos Santos  the stalls are filled  with all sort of  handcrafts and little treasures. Medieval looking jewelry, spices and herbs. Of course also  essential oils and incense. So it is  a Fiesta  for your senses.  In every street of the old town  there are jugglers, singers, minstrels and knights.
Furthermore there are also stalls of  serving everything to eat. Such as  sausages potatoes, meat roasting on charcoals and preparation of  fish.

So the fair is in Spain very popular with more than 800 stalls.

The  young children love the time of the knights and the Medieval festival.

Map of the Fiesta

The map is interesting to take a look at. . So you can see the different sections.
It depends what you want to see. In short, we give you a choice : traditional fair, from horses to car, shoes and toys, local wines, traditional crafts, metal work,  lace making, embroidery,  glass blowing, soap making, candle making, pottery making…

When ?

The fair and the festivities  are taking place  the bank holiday of the 1 the November.
The stalls will open from 9 till 22.00 hour

If you want to come to the fair , there are many temporary parking’s  just outside the  town center. So it is is just a walk away , and preferable with all the Spanish visitors.

So, during you stay at the Costa Blanca why not enjoy a day back in time ?