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Spanish Fiestas symbolise the very essence of Spain and the Spanish people. They’re colourful, vibrant, sometimes chaotic and always great fun.
The origins of many of the country’s countless Fiestas, rest in religious feasts, often honouring a patron saint. Spain has an amazing ability when it comes to turning a religious celebration into a lively and enjoyable Fiesta.
Perhaps it’s the warm weather or maybe it's the exuberant, uninhibited nature of the Spaniards, that has allowed them to become so renowned for their Fiestas. One thing’s for certain, if you can visit during Fiesta, you will have a chance to find out what all the fuss is about.
Two local Fiestas, well worth booking a stay at Cueva Santa Maria, for, are the Festival of San Anton and San Sebastian, (held in January) and the Festival Virgen de los Dolores, (held in August)
Orce Fiestas / Festivals
San Antón and
Again it is well worth booking your holiday just to enjoy this amazing festival.
Orce stages battle re-enactments, religious pageants, clowning, dancing and fireworks to celebrate the ancient festival of San Antón and San Sebastian, in memory of the Spanish victory over the Moors in the 16th century.The town takes the opportunity to venerate San Antonio Abad and San Sebastián, Both perceived to be instrumental in bringing about a victory for the Spanish and for Christendom in this far corner of Southern Europe.
Many of the townspeople dress up in full costume to replay the events that led to the Moorish uprising and subsequent Spanish victory, while a traditional clown, known as a cascamorras, spends the day chasing children. In their black and white trousers and shirts and hats and multicoloured ribbons and adornments, the townsfolk give a medieval flavour to the celebrations. A visit to this colourful and exciting festival is a must.
Pic Fiesta San Antón and
Virgen de los Dolores - 12th to 15th August
Another festival well worth booking your holiday for is the festival of Virgen de los Dolores. From the 12th to 15th August the village holds this annual Fiesta in honour of the Virgen de los Dolores, patron saint of Orce.
The celebrations go on for well over a week and well into the night, with flamenco dancing / singing, folk groups, fire wroks, medieval market, open air theatre, carinival processions to name but a few of the events. Full details of this amazing packed programme of events can be obtained from Orce's tourist information or the town hall.
Other Smaller Festivals Held in Orce.
On the Thursday before Ash Wednesday is the Lardero fiesta. It is traditional for the villagers to go into the countryside to eat Spanish omelette and other traditional foods of the season.
Día de la Cruz
The 3rd of May is Día de la Cruz (Day of the Cross) when villagers decorate crosses and put them on display all over the village streets and squares as well as inside houses and caves. Some of the displays are incredibly colourful and often very inventive.
The 28th December is the day of Los Inocentes (equivalent to April Fool's Day). The village custom is for a group of young people to dress up as those in authority and take over the village, handing out fines to people in the street - all in good fun.
Remember Book your holiday accommodation early to avoid disappoint during festival periods.
Self-catering, Cave House Vacation Holiday Accommodation with swimming pool. A very charming and traditional Spanish house, Cueva, Santa Maria a. rustic holiday rental in, Inland Andalucia, Situated in Real and Unspoilt Spain, in the hamlet of Fuente Nueva, Orce, near Baza in the province of Granada .With stunning panoramic views. Close to the historic and medieval town of Orce, with bars, restaurants, museum & castle.
Casa de vacaciones, con piscina. Una casa española muy encantador y tradicional, la Cueva de Santa María. Un alquiler de vacaciones en rústica, Andalucía Interior, en la aldea de Fuente Nueva, Orce, cerca de Baza en la provincia de Granada. Con impresionantes vistas panorámicas. Cerca de la ciudad histórica y medieval de Orce, con bares, restaurantes, museos y castillos