If you happen to be in the area this weekend then don't miss the Moors and Christians fiesta in Benaumarel.........it is one not to be missed.
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Fiesta Moros y Cristianos (source)
This festival is more popular in the East of Spain, in Andalucia in the provinces of Granada and Almeria, It takes place on different many days through out the year depending on the locality.
The origins are obviously the battles following the re-conquest on the XVI and XVII century. The usual format for the fiesta is first a procession of the Moors and the Christians, then a theatrical enactment of verbal attacks and rejections by both groups, a battle enactment with skirmishes and dances, the conversion or the death of the moors, and finally homage to the patron saint.
Nowadays with greater affluence the uniforms are more spectacular. The Christians wear the uniforms of the soldiers of the re-conquest. The moors wear basic short sleeved cotton jackets.
See below for a list of many towns in the Granada Province that support the festival with the name of the patron Saint and the date.
San Luis Rey de Francia, 25 August
Aldeire, Virgin del Rosario, 31 Mayo
Benamaurel, Virgin de la Cabeza, last Sunday in April
Beznar, Virgin de la Dolores, 8-9 September
Bubion, San Sebastian, 21 January
Caniles, San Sebastian, 20 January
Capiliera, Virgin de la Cabeza, Last Sunday in April
Cogollos Guadix, Virgin de Cabeza, 25 April
Mecina Tedel, san Fermin, 2 May
Montejicar,Virgin de la Cabezo, 24-26 Agust
Molvizar, Santa Ana, 25-28 July
Orce, San Anton y San Sebastian, 17-19 Jan
Pampaneira, Santa Cruz, 3-4 May
Virgin Rocio, 8-9 September
San Torcauto, 13 May
San Sebastian, First week October
San Torcauto, 15 May
San Antonio Padua, 12-14 June
San Marcos, 24-26 April
San Antonio, 13 June
Segundo Corazon de Jesus, 3 May
Santo de la Yedra, 15 Sep
S Antonio Padua, 13 June
V de la Cabeza, last Sun in April
Belmez de la Moraleda
Señor de la Vida o Cristo de la Moraleds, 19-22 August
Campilla de Arenas
Virgin de la Cabeza, 9-10 August