Full programme and free bus service details for fiestas from July 15th – 21st
Orihuela’s Moors and Christians fiestas have been declared of National Tourist Interest by the government and its parades are full of spectacular, colourful costumes, not to mention the deafeningly loud gunpowder battle on the 18th. This year that night will have a new castle and never seen before attractions including lights, holograms, projections onto the water and fireworks.
People in Entre Naranjos and Orihuela Costa can go to see them without even having to drive as there is a free bus service available every night. The buses depart from Orihuela Costa town Hall in Playa Flamenca and pick up for the return at the Glorieta Gabriel Miró park in Orihuela.
On Sunday July the 15th the bus departs at 6pm and picks up to return at 10pm. From Tuesday the 17th to Saturday the 21st it departs at 7pm and picks up again at 1am. For information and bookings call the Orihuela Costa Tourist Info on 96 676 0000 ext. 32. A minimum of 20 people are required for the service to go ahead. The buses are accessible for disabled people.
Here is the programme:
SUNDAY 15TH JULY
7.30 p.m. PROCESSION OF THE CITY’S PATRON SAINTS JUSTA AND RUFINA AND FLORAL OFFERING PARADE starting at Glorieta Gabriel Miró Park.
MONDAY 16TH JULY
11.30 p.m. PUBLIC DISPLAY OF THE “ORIOL” GLORIOUS BANNER on the principal balcony of the Town Hall.
TUESDAY 17th JULY
776TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE RECONQUEST
9.30 a.m. Procession of the “Oriol” Glorious banner starting from the Town Hall to the Cathedral.
10.00 a.m. Procession of Saints Justa and Rufina and return to their Parish Church.
10.30 a.m. Solemn Mass in honour of “the Reconquest” and subsequent parade.
8.45 p.m. MOORS AND CHRISTIANS CHILDREN’S PARADE starting at Ocarasa Street.
11.30 p.m. Removal of the “Oriol” Glorious banner from the principal balcony of the Town Hall.
WEDNESDAY 18th JULY
8.30 p.m. MOORS AND CHRISTIANS GUNPOWDER MOCK BATTLE.
10.00 p.m. CAPTURE OF THE CASTLE in Glorieta Gabriel Miró Park.
THURSDAY 19th JULY
9.30 p.m. “RETRETA” FESTIVAL PARADE starting at Ocarasa Street.
FRIDAY 20th JULY
9.30 p.m. CHRISTIAN ENTRANCE PARADE starting at Ocarasa Street.
SATURDAY 21st JULY
9.30 p.m. MOOR ENTRANCE PARADE starting at Ocarasa Street.