The magical night of San Juan

It is not known exactly when this festival began to be celebrated, in its beginnings it was a pagan festival that reflected the worship of the sun by men where rituals were held to attract good spirits and keep away the bad ones, coinciding with the summer solstice.

With the arrival of Christianity, the festival became a night full of symbolism in honour of Saint John the Baptist, in which fire and water represent purification.  For this reason, the most common rituals have always been to burn old things in the bonfire to drive away the old or negative vibes and to bathe in water to attract the new or positive vibes.

This festival is celebrated all over Spain on the night of the 24th of June, in the coastal areas, the rituals of fire and water are always performed in close connection with the sea, and what more magical place to celebrate this night than on one of the beaches of Moraira, Benissa or Calpe, , where every year families or groups of friends gather on the beach for dinner, make a bonfire, and when it is 00. 00h on the 24th of June, jump over the fire and bathe in the sea to purify the body and spirit, and make a wish to ward off the bad luck and attract the good luck.

This year, because of the restrictions due to the pandemic, the Town Halls have informed us that no parties will be held to avoid crowds (normally DJ’s are hired to dance on the beach until late at night), but nothing prevents us from celebrating this party, even if it is in bubble groups and always complying all the safety measures. It will not be possible to have bonfires on the beach this year, but it will be possible to dine and swim.

There are many rituals to perform on this night, here are three very simple ones:

– Make a small bonfire (you can do it inside a flowerpot or small pot, it is not necessary a big bonfire to attract the good luck ), and jump over it 7 times, the flames and the fire will guarantee you protection and luck during the whole year.

– Another ritual you can do is to write down on a piece of paper all the bad or negative things you want to keep away from your life, and burn the paper into the fire so that will take away the bad energies.

– Bathe in the sea, many people consider that since it is a magical night, the water is miraculous, cures illnesses and brings happiness, and if you jump backwards over nine waves, you will have protection all year round.

Would you like to celebrate with us this incredible night of water and fire? Do not hesitate to stay at one of our villas for rent in Benissa, Moraira or Calpe. We look forward to seeing you!!

Festivities “Moraira” in honor of Nra Señora de los Desemparados

Del 6 al 22 de julio Moraira luce orgullosa celebrando sus fiestas patronales en honor a Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados y la Virgen del Carmen.
Fiestas para no perder detalle. En ellas se disfruta de verbenas, música en vivo ya que sea a la mano de las diferentes bandas de música locales que se encargan de llenar de ritmo a los diferentes pasacalles.También se hace honor a la virgen al ritmo de tambor y dolçaina. Se vive la noche al son de diferentes orquestas que hacen que nos invade el ritmo que mueve dentro de nosotros todo tipo de sentimientos alegres.

Siendo Moraira la perla del mediterráneo, sus vecinos aprovechan estas fiestas para sacar todo el brillo de la mismo y recibir las bendiciones de su patrona. Para ello se decoran las fachadas de sus pintorescas y elegantes casas. Sus balcones lucen hermosas flores y telas con la foto de la virgen. Las luces y los farolitos alumbran sus mediterráneas calles.

Aprovechando el buen tiempo y la amabilidad de su gente, las fiestas en Moraira se convierten en un festival multicultural donde los turistas se funden con los autóctonos y las fiesta son un conjunto de alegría, color, gastronomía, flores, aire fresco…y un abanico de sensaciones que sólo se experimentan en este maravilloso pueblo.

La fiesta satisface todo los gustos sean religiosos o civiles. en ámbito religioso se celebra una emotiva ofrenda a la virgen donde las flores y los trajes tradicionales llenan el pueblo de luz y de color. Los festeros lucen sus mejores trajes valencianos para rendir reverencia a su patrona en un ambiente solemne y emotivo. También se celebran varias misas y pregones para rendir fe a la figura religiosa.

Al final, Villas Holidays Costa Blanca les recomienda vivir el alma de la costa blanca en Moraira.

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San Juan´s night in Benissa

The celebration of the summer solstice, it’s so ancient as humanity itself. It can be said that he started about five a thousand years.

It is known as the magic night. It is a night of enchantments and spells, of request of wishes and spells to be done; It’s a night of ceremonies magical, rituals and spells.

And it is also, and above all, a night of partying, a big party that is celebrated in many parts of Europe, in many parts of Latin America, and of different ways depending on the place of Spanish geography that we choose.

Villas Holidays Costa Blanca will speak a little of the one you know best, the one on the Mediterranean Coast and, more specifically, that of Benissa and the Marina Alta.

It’s a party linked to fire, a fire that celebrates the arrival of summer and whose function was to give more strength to the sun, which at this time has reached its peak.

Because tonight the beaches of Benissa and the region will celebrate the feast of San Juan with thousands of people in the sand preparing the wishes they want to ask in tonight, they will burn what they want him to leave his life and they will throw into the sea what necessary for your wishes to be fulfilled.

Some rituals that you can perform this night:

The night of San Juan is a night perfect to mark the start of new personal goals, which can Begin, at least, with the intention that some rituals of this magical Night help you in the attempt.

Did you know that they say that if you jump the bonfire during this night you ensure protection during all the year? Of course, what varies is the number of times you have to jump … The seven, the magic number, it seems that is the favorite of our area.

But not only fire: Water is also an essential element tonight. Legend has it that To immerse yourself in the sea in the night of San Juan guarantees health for the whole year. As they say, you have to do it twelve times, with your back and looking at the moon. But If you are not too keen to dive completely, do not forget to jump the waves. The number of times varies depending on what you want: if you jump nine waves of backs, increases fertility; and if there are seven waves, you eliminate the energies negative

Finding love, solving problems of health, everything related to work and money … thousands of wishes, each one adapted to the needs of its owners, will float tonight on the beaches and they will burn in the bonfires, making June 23 the most magical night of the year.

So that we are all Taste, relax and enjoy the night every year in the magic palaya, par excellence, Benissa “LA FUSTERA” the festeros of the town take their bars and their stoves to serve us the best dishes in the area as “the puchero ball “the” figatells “sandwiches or sausage in the area. Neither will lack the cocas with all its varieties, all kinds of drinks and music for dance all night to the sound of the waves and the local spirit that contaminates Joy and happiness.

On this night you can give him rein release your senses, live magic, enjoy the party, let yourself be wrapped for the people. It is the night of wishes that come true. And you, have you asked yours?

What are the Fallas?

What are the Fallas?

During the month of March, exactly from the 14th to the 19th, many towns in the Valencian Community fill with colourful and fantastic monuments, gunpowder, music and fire to celebrate the Fallas.

These festivities in honour of Saint Joseph, originated in the city of Valencia and declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2016, are characterized by the installation of large sculptural monuments with fantasy and caricature-like figures throughout the city.

One of the versions about its origin says that with the arrival of spring and the good weather, carpenters used to clean their workshops by taking out the unwanted pieces of wood and burning them the day before the festivity of their patron saint, St. Joseph.

The Fallas, declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2016

Eventually, people started taking out what they no longer wanted until today, in which both large and children’s monuments are mounted, standing out for their impossible structures, their “ninots” (the different figures) and their “críticas” (satirical texts related to current national and international political, social and cultural events).

The Fallas have three main events: the Crida (the announcement of the festivities), the Plantà (when the fallas are mounted) and the Cremà (when they are burned on the night of 19th March); without forgetting the multiple “mascletás” (pyrotechnics displays), fireworks displays, parades of falleros (women and men dressed in traditional Valencian costumes) accompanied by music bands and firecrackers, many firecrackers.

If you want to discover and experience these wonderful festivities up close, it is very easy. Come and spend a few days on the Costa Blanca with Villas Holidays and spend the day in Dénia, Calpe or Pego, the towns in the area that celebrate them.

The Fallas, declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2016

Experience the Carnival of Pego!

Experience the Carnival of Pego!

If in Spain you talk about Carnival, people tend to think about those of Cádiz or Santa Cruz de Tenerife. But if you do so in the Valencian Community, it is more likely that people talk about the Carnival of Pego, one of the most famous in the area.

The Carnival of Pego, which attracts lots of people from the surroundings, it is celebrated throughout different weekends.

The Saturday before Carnival the river Bullent gets full of handcraft boats thanks to a popular event known as “Descenso del Río Bullent”. This is a descent which has a peculiar requirement: the boats must be handcrafted and motorless, respecting thus the environment on their way through the Marsh of Pego-Oliva, which makes this “race” a real challenge.

The Carnival party takes place on the following Saturday. All the town gets full of costumes, music and celebration, with parades, open-air concerts and people from all over the region.

To round it off, the week after the Carnival Pego celebrates the “Pinyata” or “Entierro de la Sardina”, this is, the Carnival’s funeral.  People parade dressed up all in black as a sign of mourning, carrying monuments in the name of the Carnival, which will be burnt later. The celebration ends with the “correfocs”, night shows with fireworks throughout the streets in town.

Would you like to experience this Carnival? You only have to come and bring a costume. If you are looking for a place to stay, trust in Villas Holidays.

Experience the Carnival of Pego!